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I didn't know what to do when I scored, says FA Vase winner

Sunday 10 May 2015
Adam Forster celebrates his Vase Final winner

North Shields hero Adam Forster was lost for words after his goal won The FA Vase - but says he is now owed a pint or two from his skipper.

Forster was a second-half substitute for the Northern League side as they trailed one-nil to Tom Bailey's opener for Glossop North End.

However, the Robins top scorer Gareth Bainbridge glanced home a header - his 17th goal in the Vase this season - to draw things level with ten minutes left. 

Glossop North End 1-2 North Shields

After extra-time
The FA Vase Final 2015
Saturday 9 May
Wembley Stadium connected by EE

And Forster grabbed the winner in extra-time following great work on the right from man-of-the-match Denver Morris. 

"Words can't describe how I feel after scoring the winner - I'm over the moon," Forster told shortly after the final whistle at Wembley.

"The ball came through the crowd, it was a great run and cross from Denver, and luckily it fell to me and I was able to put it in the net. I don't do it very often," he laughed.

"I didn't know what to do when I scored, I just ran around!"

Forster may also be having a quiet chat with his skipper, Kevin Hughes, who said in his match programme player profiles: "Fozzy is great on the ball, he’s well known for his marauding runs through the field, most of the time with no end product!"

And though he knows he was just having a joke, Forster reckons Hughes owes him some thanks after helping to send the Vase to North Shields for the first time in their history.

Bainbridge and Forster

North Shields scorers Bainbridge and Forster

"He can watch the goal again and that should show him - I reckon he owes me a couple of pints now, then I'll forgive him," smiled the forward.

Victory over Glossop caps a great season for North Shields, who finished just five points behind the Northern League champions in the first season since promotion.

But it had to be done the hard way, as they came from behind to take the Vase back to the north-east.

And, he says, it will make the long journey home that much easier for their "fantastic" supporters who were part of the near-10,000 crowd at Wembley. 

North Shields celeb

The Robins players bundle Forster after his match-winner

"The management has always said that if we do go a goal down, just play our normal game. We did that and it helped us and we came out on top," he said.

"It's been a great season, we only got promoted to the Northern League division one last year, so we always knew that we could do good things as a team, but nobody was expecting this.

"The fans have been superb all season. The crowds we get at home and away have been fantastic. 

"That just showed today with so many down here in London to support us. They are amazing."

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor At Wembley Stadium