'Gutted but I couldn’t be prouder' - Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey reacts to FA Vase defeat at Warrington Rylands
Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey revealed his pride in his side’s performance in their FA Vase quarter final defeat at Warrington Rylands.
The Hornets ventured to the North West just five days after they lifted the 2019/20 Vase with a dramatic win over Northern League rivals Consett.
But the trip to face the Blues proved to be a step too far as Hebburn became the fourth Northern League club to see their Vase run ended by David McNabb’s side.
Where Jarrow, Shildon and West Auckland Town fell, Hebburn followed as Elliott Nevitt’s second-half goal separated the two sides after a hard-fought 90 minutes at Gorsey Lane.
Storey described himself as gutted in the aftermath of the defeat – but reflected on a successful season with great pride in his side and the club as a whole.
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He said: “Gutted, there’s no better word to describe it.
“I think it makes it worse when we have left everything behind physically.
“It was a quick turnaround from Monday and the quality wasn’t there as much as we would like today.
“But the one thing the boys did do was they put everything on the line for the club and the fans.
“As much as I am gutted, I couldn’t be prouder.
“The fans and everyone associated with the club in terms of committee members, owners, have done every they could to ensure we felt the support.
“We did feel the support all along the way and I am proud as captain of what the group of players have put on this season because we don’t do it for ourselves.”