Two former Hartlepool United forwards were today celebrating Wembley glory.
The success was contrasting for David Foley and Scott Fenwick.
It is just every boy’s dream to play and score at WembleyDAVID FOLEY
Fenwick, a key member of the Pools Great Escape squad two years ago, was forced to watch from the bench as York City defeated Macclesfield 3-2 to lift the FA Trophy.
But there was no frustration for Foley – apart from the fact that his FA Vase dream did not quite come true.
The 30-year-old scored two second-half goals to shoot hometown club South Shields to a 4-0 victory over Cleethorpes.
Liam Finnigan and Dillon Morse also scored for the EBAC Northern League champions.
On his two-goal haul, Foley believes it was just meant to be.
He said he had dreamed about it on Saturday night in his room in the club’s Hilton Ealing base.
Although he did get one thing wrong in his sleep – he didn’t net a hat-trick.
But that’s something he says he needs to take up with long-time friend Finnigan, who netted a first-half penalty to set the Mariners on their way,
“It is just every boy’s dream to play and score at Wembley,” said the 30-year-old, who was a cup hero for Pools when his screamer dumped out Premier League Stoke City in the FA Cup in January 2009.
“I think I had a dream just like how the game played out – I scored a hat-trick, though.
“With [who was taking] the penalty we sorted it beforehand.
“I might have to give him a bit of stick for it, though, because I wouldn’t have minded getting a hat-trick.”
Foley could actually come up against Pools next season given former and current clubs will both be in the draw for the FA Trophy.
While over the moon with the non-club’s achievements this campaign, Foley is not content with standing still.
That ambition is something that also resonates with his club.
And even though Shields will next season be one of the minnows in the Trophy as of next season, he sees no reason why the forward-thinking boys from Mariners Park can’t go all the way.
“There is a real feeling that this could be the start of something at this club,” he said.
“We are ambitious as players and the club shares those ambitions.
“The club as a whole is only going in one direction.
“It would be nice to be playing the FA Trophy final this time next year. There’s no reason why we couldn’t.”
While Foley was instrumental in securing the Tynesiders’ fourth piece of silverware of an historic season, Fenwick was a spectator as York beat off the challenge of National League rivals, Macclesfield.
Fenwick had scored the crucial extra-time penalty in the semi-final victory over Lincoln never made it onto the hallowed turf.
Aiden Connolly stabbed home with four minutes left to secure victory.
The Minstermen had led twice already, with goals from Jon Parkin and Vadaine Oliver cancelled out by Macclesfield pair Rhys Browne and Danny Whitaker.
Ex-Pools and York keeper Scott Flinders was between the sticks for the Macc lads.