FA VASE REACTION: Glossop NE boss proud despite Wembley defeat

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Glossop North End manager Chris Willcock says he is extremely proud of his troops despite their 2-1 extra-time FA Vase Final defeat on Saturday.

The Hillmen took the lead at Wembley through Tom Bailey, but opponents North Shields came from behind to stun Willcock’s troops and end their hopes of a historic treble.

Glossop North End vs North Shields - Chris Willcock - Pic By James Williamson

Glossop North End vs North Shields - Chris Willcock - Pic By James Williamson

After the game, Willcock says the result should not take the gloss off what has been a superb 2014-15 campaign for the club.

He said: “I’m disappointed and frustrated at one or two things, but immensely proud of what the players have achieved this season.

“We don’t like losing any football match.

“After the magnificent season we’ve had, we were looking to cap it off.

Glossop North End vs North Shields - Michael Bowler gives Dave Young some encouragement after Glossop lose 2-1 to North Shields in the FA Vase final - Pic By James Williamson

Glossop North End vs North Shields - Michael Bowler gives Dave Young some encouragement after Glossop lose 2-1 to North Shields in the FA Vase final - Pic By James Williamson

“It was just a bridge too far today.

“We’ve had a real long season and I think it just caught up with us.

“I thought the performance was okay but we’ve had a long season.

“We just didn’t have that zip and sharpness about us today.

“They (North Shields) kept the ball better than we did and made us ran and chase.

“The whole game was fine margins.

“It was two set-pieces and a deflected shot and there was nothing between both sides.

“Our aim was to win the league and the league cup was also a priority.

“I thought we had the qualities to do so and we managed that.

“The Vase then sort of took off, and we were very happy to be a part of that.

“Once we got here (Wembley), we wanted to create history.

“Nobody has managed to win a treble at step five and unfortunately it’s an opportunity that’s passed us by.

“We didn’t look our usual self but I think today we just looked a bit jaded.

“It’s an extremely big pitch and we certainly weren’t as we have been all season.”

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