22-5-2021 Non-League finals day Wembley

The Non-League finals day produced a feast of football at Wembley with epic wins for Warrington Rylands and Hornchurch.

Essex team Hornchurch won the FA Trophy on their first visit to Wembley after scoring three second-half goals to beat higher level Hereford.

And Warrington Rylands navigated nine rounds of the FA Vase before overcoming a spirited Binfield 3-2 in an entertaining final.


Hornchurch 3 Hereford 1   FA Trophy Final

Mark Stimson's unheralded Essex team made their first visit to Wembley having eliminated a series of higher-level sides including Maidstone, Kings Lynn, Darlington, and Notts County.

They had proved very resilient to get this far and would continue that desire at the home of football.

While Hereford had been here before having lost to Morpeth in the Vase but definitely came into the tie as favourites.

And it was Josh Gowling's team who were well on top in the opening exchanges.

They produced threats from wide-man Bakare and a snap shot from Owen-Evans.

And it was the ex-Newport County player who opened the scoring after he was in space to deliver from what looked like a set-play corner routine. 

That was after just 13 minutes.

A mistake by defender Hayles almost led to another goal by the Bulls who were well in control.

Chances also fell to striker Butlin as danger came from nice left deliveries by Camwell.

However, Hornchurch kept it down to 1-0 at the interval.

After which everything would change, especially when subs Dickson and Ruff appeared for the Urchins.

They seemed to galvanise Stimson's side who turned the tide as the half wore on.

Firstly when a long throw reached Ruff who just about nodded it over the line for the equaliser.

Then, within the last five minutes, Dickson won a header to set up man-of-the-match Liam Nash to smash in left-footed for 2-1.

That triggered joyous scenes among the Hornchurch players and fans.

Which was topped off by the willing Ellis Brown breaking free to force in a third in added time.

Yet again Hornchurch had fought back from a losing position.

The Isthmian League team had produced a piece of history and the players and coaching staff could enjoy unique celebrations with their 3000 fans.

While Hereford's Josh Gowling, in his first coaching role, reflected on a great run to the final and plenty of hopes for the future.


Warrington Rylands 3 Binfield 2   FA Vase Final

An entertaining final played in front of around 3000 fans went the way of Rylands despite a spirited effort by the Hellenic League side.

Both these teams will play at a higher level next season and it was certainly deserved as shown by their performance at Wembley.

Rylands striker Elliott Nevitt would get the headlines after his hat-trick but all his team contributed.

Especially considering they had negotiated nine rounds of the competition to get this far.

Though Binfield managed a series of corners they never quite got to grips with the opposition forwards.

Milne and Drummond always offered a threat whenever given the chance.

And it was the latter who set up Nevitt for the opener midway through the first period. 

Rylands looked on top but Binfield replied when captain Moore produced a fine cross for Ferdinand to head in the leveller.

However, straight after David McNabb's side gained a penalty when Doyle was brought down.

Nevitt dispatched that with authority.

So they went in 2-1 up at the break.

And they soon added another when a Coveney corner reached the hat-trick hero who headed in after goalie Grace seemed to be impeded.

Perhaps it was a little tough on Binfield.

Who would never give up and indeed got one back when Ferdinand's shot eluded McCall to make it 3-2.

The Berkshire team gained more corners but never got too close as Rylands closed out the match.

It was a deserved victory in a showpiece non-league final.


report - John Bethell



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