Morpeth Town will aim to finish the season with national silverware after winning through to Wembley.
The Highwaymen drew 2-2 with Bowers and Pitsea in the FA Vase semi-final first leg last weekend and the second leg took place at Craik Park yesterday.
The home fans were delighted when Sean Taylor gave Morpeth the lead after just three minutes of the second leg. It was a great finish from a well-worked corner.
Town had some good chances to increase their lead. Michael Chilton headed just over from a Keith Graydon cross and Taylor headed wide.
The visitors hung in there and equalised when Lewis Manor struck the ball into the net on 39 minutes following a scramble from a free kick.
It was a more even second half and clear-cut chances were at a premium.
Morpeth came on strong in the final 20 minutes and substitute Dale Pearson’s effort was well saved by the away side’s keeper.
A key moment happened in the closing stages as Bowers and Pitsea’s Ross Adams was sent off. He picked up a second booking for a foul on Graydon.
Town piled on the pressure and Taylor hit the ball straight at the keeper from a good position in the penalty area.
But the visitors still threatened on the break and a mistake by Morpeth keeper Karl Dryden gave substitute Tom Hine a chance from a wide angle.
Thankfully for the home side, the ball hit the outside of the post.
Then came the winning goal for Town in the third minute of injury time.
Luke Carr, who was a constant threat throughout the game, turned home Graydon’s cross. The ball squirmed under the keeper and into the net.
There were jubilant scenes, including a pitch invasion, when the full-time whistle was blown.
Morpeth will play Hereford FC in the FA Vase final on Sunday, May 22, at Wembley (12.15pm kick-off).
In the video, Town manager Nick Gray gives his thoughts on the game and what getting to the final means for the club and the town.