Glossop North End suffered defeat in the FA Vase Final at Wembley, losing 2-1 in extra-time to North Shields.
The Hillmen led when Tom Bailey sent the GNE fans into jubilation when he opened the scoring after the break but Gareth Bainbridge levelled up for North Shields to force a further 30 minutes.
Then, in extra-time North Shields’ sub Adam Forster tucked the ball home for what ultimately proved to be the winner in front of nearly 10,000 fans at the home of English football.
It was a disappointing way for Glossop to end their season, as they harboured hopes of completing a historic treble to add to their North West Counties League and League Cup triumphs.
There was an early scare for North Shields when a long, hopeful punt by Greg Hall was seized upon by Tom Bailey but the hitman failed to get a shot from out of his feet.
The first real effort saw Kieran Lugsden plant a header straight into the arms of Shields’ stopper Chris Bannon after good work from Michael Bowler down the right.
Bailey then headed over as GNE enjoyed the lion’s share of possession without truly threatening Bannon’s goal.
Kevin Hughes headed straight at Hall for the visitors, before GNE’s Lee Blackshaw blazed over shortly afterwards.
Skipper Dave Young then lifted an effort over the bar after a goalmouth scramble before Sam Hare squandered a header straight at Bannon.
In the latter stages of a cagey opening 45 minutes, North Shields’ Gareth Bainbridge drew a fine stop from GNE ‘keeper Hall before Kieran Lugsden was denied by the legs of Bannon.
North Shields came out for the second half full of vigour and Ben Richardson went agonisingly close when he smacked an effort against the bar.
Hall then came to the Hillmen’s rescue when he palmed away a shot from Michael McKeown inside the area.
Then against the run of play, Tom Bailey put GNE in front when he stabbed in Kieran Lugsden’s ball across the face of goal on 55 minutes.
The chance came after a Glossop corner which found Lugsden unmarked at the back post and he proceeded to find strike partner Bailey, who sent the GNE fans into raptures.
GNE were clearly buoyed by the goal and Kieran Lugsden went close to doubling the advantage but couldn’t direct a near-post header goalwards.
Substitute Sam Grimshaw made an immediate impact for GNE and he sent in a dangerous cross from the right which just eluded Lugsden.
North Shields were always a threat, especially with just a solitary goal between the two sides, and they duly equalised with 10 minutes to go.
Bainbridge glanced in a free header from a corner that completely knocked the stuffing out of Chris Willcock’s side.
Glossop almost won it late on when Bannon came for a corner only to spill it, but no GNE player could capitalise to prevent extra-time.
After a short break the two sides returned with Glossop kicking towards their fans in the first half but it was to be North Shields who were celebrating.
Substitute Adam Forster peeled away from his man and bundled in at the back-post to propel the North-East outfit in front.
GNE bombed forward in search of an equaliser with Kieran Lugsden shooting straight at Bannon before Grimshaw scuffed an effort wide.
Glossop started the second period without captain Young after he was made to leave the field after suffering a head injury, despite protesting that he wanted to stay on.
A man light, North End struggled to muster any meaningful attack as North Shields held out for a famous win under the Wembley arch.
GNE: Hall, Bowler, Kelvin Lugsden, Young, Russell, Parker. Blackshaw (Grimshaw 69), Hare (Hind 82), Moran (White 60), Bailey, Kieran Lugsden
North Shields: Bannon, Grey, Mckeown, Parker, Hughes, Morris, Bainbridge (Wrightson 108), Richardson, Holmes (Forster 69), Luccock (Carr 59), Donnison
Ref: A Madley
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