South Shields’ victorious joint managers showered their players with praise as they clinched FA Vase glory at Wembley Stadium this afternoon.
They became the 8th Northern League team to win the competition in the previous 9 years as they eventually rolled Cleethorpes Town over.
The 4-0 scoreline may have been a little flattering but in front of their 13,000 supporters boss Lee Picton said: “I thought our class told at the end, it was tight until the last ten minutes but we came on really strong.
“We were disappointed at halt time We didn’t play our normal brand of football, and we didn’t get close to what we could have done.
“But I thought we were fantastic. We showed what the club is all about and the players did the occasion proud.”
His managerial partner Graham Fenton echoed that and now hopes the Vase triumph can act as a springboard to greater things.
The former Blackburn Rovers striker, who won the competition with North Shield as well two years ago, was pleased with how their big day went at Wembley.
“We knew we would come on strong as we have shown that fitness during the season, we’ve done that a fair number of times,” Fenton told the press after the match.
“It was a day we won’t forget and this season can be just the start.
“We have big ambitions and we don’t want to stand still. But four trophies? What a season it has been. The players have been magnificent.”