'It’s really humbling to think about that' - Hebburn Town star and captain Louis Storey opens up on FA Vase win
Hebburn Town star Louis Storey has described becoming the North East’s newest FA Vase winning captain as “a sensational feeling”.
The former Newcastle United academy defender put in a captain’s display as the Hornets battled their way to a 3-2 Wembley win against Ebac Northern League rivals Consett.
Olly Martin’s dramatic late winner ensured that the Vase returned to South Tyneside for the first time since South Shields’ 4-0 win against Cleethorpes Town in 2017.
Storey was an unused substitute for the Mariners on that occasion, but he played a far more significant role as he lifted the Vase to mark Hebburn’s first ever win the competition.
“I think of the calibre of players and captains that have won the FA Vase in the past and to be alongside them now is a really proud moment,” explained the delighted Hornets skipper.
“It’s really humbling to think about that.
“When I first got the captaincy at Hebburn, we were a bit bold about doing well in the league and we always wanted to lift the Vase.
“We know how difficult it is in any year, it’s a tough knockout competition and there are some very good sides in there.
“This year, with everything going on, has been even more difficult so it’s a fantastic achievement.
“It’s a sensational feeling lifting the Vase for this club and it’s one that makes me very proud,” he added.
Storey paid tribute to match-winner Martin after his late strike continued his fine run in the competition and finally saw off a determined display from Consett.
The young forward was in contention to start the final – but had to settle for a place on the bench after Kevin Bolam opted to select Amar Purewal on the left-side of his front three.
But Martin made a significant impact from the bench as he slotted home a pass from Michael Richardson and wrote his name into Hebburn folklore.
“Olly has been outstanding in the Vase,” explained Storey.
“Maybe it was written in the stars that he would score, but we are all delighted for him,” he added.