Kirkham hail teenage hero Walwyn

Mick Fuller hailed teenage scoring sensation Matt Walwyn after the 17-year-old schoolboy won the FA Vase for Kirkham and Wesham at Wembley.

Walwyn sits his A Levels next month but Kirkham's supersub gave Lowestoft Town a Wembley finishing lesson with two goals in the last seven minutes.

Fuller, in charge for 16 years and who masterminded Kirkham's 2-1 win, said: "Matt Walwyn is our jewel in the crown and he took both his goals superbly.

"To score the winner with seconds left was just an amazing moment. It was the greatest day in the club's history.

"Matt is a fantastic prospect and has pace to burn. He has proved a point, that he can finish.

"Fortunately we've got him on a contract at Kirkham, but I'm sure there will be interest from clubs higher up the football ladder in the coming months."

Fuller added: "What a story, to see a 17-year-old lad come on and change the course of a Wembley final and then to kill the game off in the last seven minutes.

"His mother will be incredibly proud of him and it was just a shame that his dad wasn't there to see it."

Walwyn, whose late father Keith played for York and Blackpool, said: "It was a dream scoring two goals at Wembley, and something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life.

"The boys were fantastic and it was the greatest day in Kirkham's history.

"It is a really busy time for me, and I'll be back to school tomorrow, though, preparing for my exams."

Kirkham were due to celebrate their victory with a civic reception in the town tonight.

Fuller, who also guided Kirkham to promotion this season, added: "I'm just so incredibly proud of the players.

"They've given their all since day one and I couldn't have asked for more from them.

"They are a special group of people and winning the FA Vase at Wembley was a fitting tribute to all the hard work and application they've put in.

"Sean Paterson was magnificent with his work-rate producing the two openings for Walwyn, but there were so many other heroes in that final.

"It was a wonderful advert for football, played in a great spirit.

"What we've achieved at Kirkham and Wesham is a dream and I don't think it will be repeated.

"With the team also winning promotion, and the tough league programme they faced, nobody thought we'd get to the final.

"We came right through the qualifying rounds and Wembley was a distant thought at the start.

"It was a new challenge – it was our first year in the competition – and we just wanted to see how far we could progress.

"But I remember we had the FA Vase on show at Kellamergh Park just before we played our first tie against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in September.

"I said to the chairman that wouldn't it be special if we could win it.

"Maybe it was fate, but my players never stopped believing."It is hard to put into words what it means to manage a club that has won a Wembley final, because it is something you always dream about."

Fuller, who also guided Kirkham to promotion this season, added: "I'm just so incredibly proud of the players.

"They've given their all since day one and I couldn't have asked for more from them.

"They are a special group of people and winning the FA Vase at Wembley was a fitting tribute to all the hard work and application they've put in.

"Sean Paterson was magnificent with his work-rate producing the two openings for Walwyn, but there were so many other heroes in that final.

"It was a wonderful advert for football, played in a great spirit.

"What we've achieved at Kirkham and Wesham is a dream and I don't think it will be repeated.

"With the team also winning promotion, and the tough league programme they faced, nobody thought we'd get to the final.

"We came right through the qualifying rounds and Wembley was a distant thought at the start.

"It was a new challenge – it was our first year in the competition – and we just wanted to see how far we could progress.

"But I remember we had the FA Vase on show at Kellamergh Park just before we played our first tie against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in September.

"I said to the chairman that wouldn't it be special if we could win it.

"Maybe it was fate, but my players never stopped believing.

"It is hard to put into words what it means to manage a club that has won a Wembley final, because it is something you always dream about."

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