Newport Pagnell Town won the Buildbase FA Vase Final for the first time at Wembley Stadium, defeating fellow Step Five side Littlehampton Town 3-0. Ben Shepherd scored a brace and Kieran Barnes scored a fantastic strike.
The squad from a town of 15,000 people accomplished the finest moment in their 59-year existence under the Arch five years after losing in the quarter-finals to eventual Vase champions South Shields.
Jake Watkinson found himself in the box with a wonderful opportunity to put the Swans ahead in the opening 20 minutes, but his shot on goal was diverted off a Littlehampton defender and was afterward pushed out of play under pressure.
The FA Vase Final in 2022 Was the 48th Edition of The Tournament.
The FA Vase Final of 2022 was the 48th edition of the Football Association’s cup tournament for clubs in English football league divisions 9–11.
Littlehampton Town of the Southern Combination Premier Division took on Newport Pagnell Town of the United Counties League Premier Division South in this match.
The FA Vase is an annual football tournament for clubs participating in Levels 9 and 10 (steps 5 and 6) of the English National League System. The 2021–22 FA Vase (known for sponsorship reasons as the Buildbase FA Vase) is the 48th season of the FA Vase. The tournament consists of two qualifying rounds, six legitimate rounds, semi-finals, and the final, all of which are held at Wembley Stadium.
After 90 minutes, both teams were tied.
This season, all ties were played to a conclusion on the same day. Due to the late start of the football season caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, there were no replays in any of the rounds this season to reduce fixture congestion.
If the scores were tied after 90 minutes, the match was decided by penalties, with the exception of the Final, which included 30 minutes of extra time (15 minutes each way) followed by penalties if the scores were still tied after the extra time period.
Soon after, a Shepherd corner was headed clear only as far as Barnes on the outside of the box, who hammered it wonderfully with his left foot for a gem of a half-volley into the top corner to make it 1-0.
Danny Webb counterattacked from a Littlehampton corner and put a teammate through on goal, but the ball back inside to attempt to give Webb an open goal was too near to the goalie and was easily handled.
Mo Ahmed and George Gaskin Had a Quarrel.
Mo Ahmed and George Gaskin clashed heads in midfield just before halftime, leading the Littlehampton co-manager to be pulled out in favor of Aaron Capon.
But it might have started differently, as Lucas Pattenden of Littlehampton had the first major opportunity on goal. In the opening four minutes of the game, he cut inside from the right and watched his attempt fly over the bar, but he scared Martin Conway between the Newport Pagnell sticks.
To start the first half, James Binfield made a wonderful close-range stop when Shepherd’s corner struck the head of an unmarked Jordan Wright, but the Marigolds’ goalkeeper was too fast to react and parried the ball over the bar to keep his side in the game.
Newport Pagnell extended their advantage in the 55th minute after a pass into the area ricocheted off a defender and Binfield to a waiting Shepherd who had the whole goal to blast the ball into.
Joe Benn Fired a Goal-Scoring Attempt.
Joe Benn drove a shot towards goal from 18 yards out, but it rattled the post, much to the disappointment of the 7,000 spectators who had traveled up from West Sussex.
When Lewis Jenkins pulled down Watkinson in the area with an extended leg, things got even worse for the Southern Combination Premier Division champions; referee Samuel Barrott promptly signaled to the spot for a penalty.
Shepherd took a stride forward and sent the goalie the wrong way to score his second and the Swans’ third goal. Littlehampton didn’t go down without a fight, with Capon’s stunning dipping shot just missing the bar the finest of several opportunities for Mitchell Hand’s side in the closing 20 minutes.
The Winning Team in A-League Is Littlehampton.
It might have gone anyway in a game that could have gone either way, but Newport Pagnell’s efficient performance ensured they got their Wembley moment, claiming the FA Vase trophy and depriving Littlehampton of a league and cup double as they prepare to move up to Step 4 next season.
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Mitchell Hand and George Gaskin Are the Joint Managers.
1. Martin Conway, Newport Pagnell Town James Sage is number three. Christian Smail is #4, Jordan Wright is #5, and Alfie Powell is #6. Kieran Barnes is number seven. Ben Shepherd (number 8) Jake Watkinson (#10) Mo Ahmed are 19 years old. Danny Webb (14), Lewis Markey (#21)