'This is for the people of Hebburn' - Emotional Town boss Kevin Bolam has this message after FA Vase final win over Consett
Hebburn Town manager Kevin Bolam dedicated his side’s FA Vase Final win against Northern League rivals Consett to the town’s people.
Local hero Olly Martin grabbed the decisive strike for the Hornets after he came off the bench to secure the Vase with a goal five minutes from time.
That was enough to claim a historic win for Bolam and his players after they had twice battled back from falling behind during a hectic opening 45 minutes.
The celebrations that met Martin’s goal were replicated at full-time.
Bolam said: “This is for the people of Hebburn from the babies at under-6s, all the way to the first-team, the grassroots coaches, everyone behind the scenes.
“That send-off we got on Sunday was fantastic and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are there to greet us home when we come home tomorrow.
“I have to say from a personal point of view, it’s what dreams are made of.
“The messages of good luck I’ve had is overwhelming.
“It’s quite humbling to be fair.
“But I am so pleased for the people of Hebburn, for the people behind the scenes, the owners that came into the club and rescued it basically.
“The people behind the scenes, your Vin Pearson’s of this world.
“It’s a club full of good people and I am so, so pleased that myself, Mick and all the lads have delivered the trophy.”
Bolam revealed that match-winner Martin was almost handed a starting role as he deliberated over his starting line-up for the game.
Amar Purewal was given the nod and rewarded Bolam by grabbing their first equaliser of the day.
The Hornets boss praised Martin’s attitude towards the decision.
“It was really close between Olly and Amar to be fair.
“We have looked at it all week in the sessions.
“Olly was absolutely fantastic, I have to say his attitude towards the decision, he took it like a man as opposed to a young lad.
“My instructions to him from the technical area were discipline out of possession and go and win us the game when we have it.
“The kid has done that and full credit to him.
“He is a local lad, he’s very well thought of, and I am over the moon for him.”