Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey has this message to squad ahead of Consett Wembley final

Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey has called for “focus and hard work” from his side as they finalise their preparations for their FA Vase Final showdown with Consett.

By Mark Carruthers
Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:45 pm

The Ebac Northern League rivals will finally get their day at Wembley in the final of the 2019/20 competition on Monday, almost a year on from the schedule date of the original fixture.

A lot has happened in both clubs during that time and Hebburn head into May looking at the possibility of securing a historic treble for the club.

Hot of the heels of Monday’s final is next weekend’s trip to Warrington Rylands in the last eight of this season’s Vase and promotion into a new Northern Premier League division is expected to be confirmed ten days later.

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Louis Storey. Picture credit Richard Waugh.

Storey revealed that it has been difficult to focus on Monday’s final with a quickfire Wembley return and promotion also on the agenda – but he praised key figures at the club for the attitude they have shown during a hectic period.

“Promotion and this season’s Vase don’t really help because you have got more things to focus on,” explained the Hornets skipper.

“But I have been hugely impressed with the club and the group of players with how we have been able to digest that and segregate it.

“We have taken it one step at a time.

“We have flipped it on its head and accepted there is pressure, there is a lot of focus and hard work to go in – but it’s all for a fantastic cause and it’s showing how much we have come on this year.

“We just have to embrace that and make the most of it.”

Storey was a member of the South Shields squad that lifted the FA Vase with a 4-0 win against Cleethorpes Town in 2017.

The former Newcastle United academy defender was an unused substitute for the Mariners that day – but will play a far more prominent role when he leads Hebburn out on to the Wembley turf on Monday.

He admitted that he had allowed himself to consider the prospect of being the player to lift the Vase at full-time – but conceded that there was a lot of work to do before that dream could be realised.

“I wouldn’t be human if I hadn’t allowed myself to have thoughts of lifting the trophy.

“But I always bring it back to the fact that there is a lot of hard work to put in over the 90 minutes to make that happen.

“The preparation we have over the coming days, the performance of the group and myself as captain are all important.

“That is how I scale back any thoughts and focus on the job in hand.”