Last Monday, Northern League side Hebburn Town lifted the Buildbase FA Vase at Wembley Stadium as they won the much delayed 2019/20 season competition with a 3-2 win over Consett. Five days later, and they were knocked out of the 2020/21 season competition, with Elliott Nevitt's goal just after the hour mark putting Warrington Rylands just 90 minutes away from Wembley.
Just three teams can win the FA Vase now. Standing in the way of Rylands and a place under the arch on Saturday 22nd May are Walsall Wood. The Midlands League side booked their spot last Saturday, and will travel up to Gorsey Lane in Warrington next Saturday for the Semi Final. The other side is Binfield, the Berkshire village side being a week ahead with their fixtures due to Hebburn's being in last year's Final, and Binfield reached the Final this afternoon with a penalty shoot out win away at United Services Portsmouth.
The Quarter Final game with Hebburn was unfortunately played behind closed doors once more, with fans not allowed in games until May 17th. They could however watch the game via a live stream, with half of all booking fees going to St Rocco's hospice, a great gesture from the club.
It was all Hebburn early on, with Michael McKeown firing a free kick well over the bar with the best chance. On ten minutes though there was a warning from the home side as Ste Milne's shot was deflected for a corner.
On 21 minutes, a corner from Michael Richardson found Graeme Armstrong in the box for the visitors, but his header was cleared off the line. Another header went wide a few minutes later, with both sides unable to find that final pass after seeing a lot of ball in midfield.
Just after the half hour, Nevitt broke through for Rylands but his touch took him wide. He managed to recover and crossed for Paul Shanley whose shot was deflected straight the visiting keeper. Rylands had the better of the closing exchanges, Milne seeing a shot blocked and Andy Scarisbrick shooting over the bar when well placed.
Hebburn had a huge opportunity to take the lead just two minutes into the second half. A poor touch from Rylands defender Jack Tinning left Amar Purewal one on one but keeper Graeme McCall - often the hero in previous rounds for the home side - was equal to his low shot. Rylands broke immediately with the ball spread wide to Milne who crossed for Nevitt. This time he failed to get over the ball and fired just over the bar.
The game was opening up more, with Armstrong again heading wide a Richardson corner in the 55th minute, with Milne frustratingly firing wide again wide. However just after the hour, a well worked move found Nevitt inside the box, and he fired it low through a host of legs and into the bottom corner to give Warrington Rylands the lead.
The Hornets pushed for an equaliser, but this just left space at the back. Nevitt and substitute Gary Kenny both saw shots saved by the visiting keeper Foden.
With the fourth official signalling five minutes of added time, Hebburn won a free kick deep in Rylands half. It came to nothing but with men upfield, Milne found himself heading towards goal, with his effort hitting the under side of the bar and bouncing out.
Then a corner at the very death. The delivery caused chaos in the box with Rylands unable to clear and Hebburn unable to get a clear shot away. Eventually it was hit wide from close range. McCall took his time, and after the ball was kicked the referee blew the Final whistle with Rylands progressing to the Semi Finals.
Warrington Rylands XI: McCall, Gerrard, Tinning, Kenny, Smith, Sheen (Coveney 45’), Doyle, Scarisbrick, Nevitt (Denman 90+3’), Milne, Shanley (Drummond 58’)
Unused subs: Emery, Freeman, Lees, F. Potter
Goals: Nevitt (60’)
Bookings: Gerrard (17’), Shanley (23’), Nevitt (86’)
Hebburn Town XI: Foden, Mullen, Carson, Storey, Lough, Spence, McKeown, T. Potter (Lambert 75’), Richardson, Purewal (Martin 62’), Armstrong
Unused subs: Coulson, Elefthheriadis, Donaghy, Hudson, Taylor
Bookings: Spence (89’)
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