GNE at Wembley: Chairman targets ‘icing on the cake’

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Kelvin Lugsden (L) of Glossop North End, Dave Young the captain, Chris Willcock the coach and  Kieran Lugsden (R)  pose with the trophy during the FA Vase Final media event at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Kelvin Lugsden (L) of Glossop North End, Dave Young the captain, Chris Willcock the coach and Kieran Lugsden (R) pose with the trophy during the FA Vase Final media event at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Glossop North End chairman Dave Atkinson says Saturday’s trip to Wembley is the perfect setting to round off a near-perfect campaign.

The Hillmen head to Wembley hoping to seal an historic treble in the FA Vase Final.

North End face North Shields at the national stadium looking to follow up their North West Counties League and Cup double, the latter of which was achieved last Thursday after a 2-0 win over Atherton Colleries.

Ahead of the trip to London, Atkinson says the Vase Final is reward for a memorable season.

“We’ve had a great season and this is hopefully going to be the icing on the cake,” Atkinson told the Advertiser.

“It was nice to win the League Cup last Thursday and we want to go out in style now. North Shields will be a strong side.

“Chris will have done his homework on them and I’m sure they will be fearing us just as much as we are fearing them. It’s all about what happens on the day.

“We’ll go there with confidence and we’ve got a good chance.

“I’m sure the lads willturn up and perform on what is a huge, huge stage for any player to play on.

“It’s going to be a brilliant day for everyone associated with the club. The players, the staff, the fans, the volunteers.

“Everyone is looking forward to it.

“It’s the pinnacle and to go there twice in six years isn’t too bad is it?

“We’ll be going for a tour around Wembley on Friday then back to the hotel and putting the final touches for Saturday.”

Willcock’s side romped to the league title before securing their second piece of silverware thanks to goals from Kelvin Lugsden and Eddie Moran last Thursday.

Whatever the result on Saturday, Atkinson knows the club is well-poised ahead of the 2015-16 Evo-Stik League season.

He added: “The club’s ready for the step-up, in terms of stadium and infrastructure. Chris will obviously be working hard to make sure that the football side of it is up to scratch.

“He’s been fantastic in his two years here and hopefully that will continue next year.”