Chertsey Town's Big Day Out At Wembley Ends In Silverware
Over 6,000 supporters of the club travelled to Wembley to see their team lift the Buildbase FA Vase.
It was a fitting way to end a fantastic season for the Town winning the Combined Counties Premier Division and now adding the FA Vase title to their collection.
Lifelong Chertsey Town fan, Barry Turner had a day to remember being nominated by his club to carry the Vase trophy onto to the pitch with Steve Dodds of Cray Valley pre match.
Chertsey had to come from behind to get the better of Cray Valley after Gavin Tomlin opened the scoring in the first half.
The Curfews supporters had something to shout about minutes later as defender Sam Flegg got the crucial touch to send the ball across the line to bring the game back level just before half time.
Both sides had their chances in the second half to score with the standout chance falling to Cray Valley rattling the crossbar with the final kick of 90 minutes.
Extra time began with Dave Anderson’s side coming out the stronger of the two sides in the first half.
Chertsey’s confidence grew going forward and they were given a great chance from 12 yards to take the lead.
That they did through Jake Baxter, slotting home a beautifully taken penalty to give his team the advantage in the Final.
A moment of brilliance from centre back & Man of the Match Quincy Rowe two minutes from time scoring an absolute beauty from the edge of the box to seal the FA Vase win over the Millers.
Referee Ross Joyce blew his whistle at the end of the game, which meant Chertsey Town were crowned the 2019 Buildbase FA Vase Winners in their first trip to Wembley.
Dave Anderson announced post-match that it would be his last game in charge of Chertsey retiring from management. A special way to bow out of the job leading the Curfews to a dream Wembley win.
The attendance across the two matches at Non-League Finals Day was 42,962 which is a fantastic advert for Non-League Football up and down the country.
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