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Story posted: Wednesday, 8th May 1991

Story courtesy of Burton Mail
Beaten boss Frank Northwood last night vowed to lead Gresley Rovers on another FA Vase adventure next season.
After seeing Rovers slide to a tortuous 3-1 defeat in their Bramall Lane replay with Guiseley. Northwood said: “The boys have got a little taste of what Wembley and the Vase is all about – and they want to go back.

“People say that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but I’m saying that there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it again next season.”

Rovers took a 41st minute lead through Steve Astley, but the Yorkshire side hit back a minute later to equalise through Mark Tennison – their two goal Wembley hero – and gave a commanding second half display.

Dean Walling put Guiseley ahead with a brilliant 48th minute header and, after Gresley had had appeals for a penalty rejected, Rovers’ dream finally turned to a nightmare when Peter Atkinson plundered a third goal in the 69th minute.

Northwood said: “A draw was fair result at Wembley, but there’s no doubt the best team won tonight. They didn’t have a weakness. They were much quicker, sharper and stronger than us. In fact I would go as far as to say that Guiseley are the best team I have ever seen at this level.

“When your opponents create as many chances as they did you can’t really complain about the result. I still feel that over the two games the lads have done Gresley Rovers proud – and so have our fans because they were tremendous again tonight. We’ve got nothing to be ashamed about.”
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