'I don’t think it will ever be topped' - Hometown hero Olly Martin reacts to Hebburn Town's FA Vase victory at Wembley
Hometown hero Olly Martin believes that will be unable to surpass his winning goal in Hebburn Town’s dramatic FA Vase Final triumph against Consett.
The former Whitley Bay forward came off the bench to score the decisive goal as the Hornets became the tenth different North East club to lift the Vase with a 3-2 win against their Ebac Northern League rivals.
Martin’s goal was met by scenes of jubilation on South Tyneside as the Hebburn-born youngster wrote his name into the club’s history books.
Chants of “Olly Martin, he’s one of our own” filled the air at the Green Energy Sports Ground as supporters watched on a big screen after being unable to make their way to Wembley following the decision to hold the game behind closed doors.
Martin reflected on his Wembley heroics and admitted they are yet to sink in as the celebrations continues amongst the Hornets squad.
He told The Gazette: “I can’t describe the feeling of getting the goal, I don’t think it will ever be topped.
“When I was on the bus heading to the pub after the game, my phone kept crashing because I was getting so many messages.
“My Mam and girlfriend were at the Sports Club and people were singing.
“It really hasn’t sunk in.
“I’m a lad from Hebburn, most of my family are from Hebburn and I probably knew most of the people watching the game at the club.
“It just makes it even better that I have done it for my hometown club.”
Celebrations over Monday’s Wembley win will die down over the coming days as Martin and his team-mates as they turn their attention towards making a quickfire return to the national stadium.
Hebburn travel to Warrington Rylands on Saturday as they look to reach the semi-final of this season’s FA Vase – but Martin warned they can’t afford to focus on anything other than their trip to the North West.
“The lads definitely want to come back and experience that all over again,” he explained.
“Saturday will be a tough game and it’s another one in what has been a difficult run so far.
“We know there is a home tie in the next round, but we can’t afford to look past the quarter-final.”