Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade revealed his delight at his side progressing to the Northumberland Senior Cup Final after a hard fought win over Ashington.
It took Spartans two attempts to dispose of the Colliers after a draw in the original tie at Woodhorn Lane.
However the replay was settled by the odd goal in five thanks to a Damen Mullen penalty and former Gateshead manager Wade admitted he was most pleased for his squad: “To get through to the Cup Final is a reward for the hard work and commitment that the players have shown this season,” he said.
“They have worked hard for the club and they enjoy being here.
“It will be a great occasion and they will be looking forward to walking out at St James Park.”
It’s been a season of promise for Spartans with a play off challenge still ongoing, and an upturn in the mood surrounding Croft Park after a dismal couple of years, but Wade stressed that his side are nowhere near where he feels they should be.
He added: “We said at half time against Ashington that we have won nothing.
“If we finish eighth or ninth then it’s a bad season for us.
“I know everyone is saying it’s been a good season but for us that isn’t the case.
“The club shouldn’t be in that position and we are looking to build momentum and to improve.”