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History maker Heath opts for quiet night after dramatic Trophy win

North Ferriby United manager Billy Heath was surely going to paint the town red after seeing his side pull off a remarkable FA Trophy Final win against Wrexham? Surprisingly not!

Heath admitted that even after such a historic victory he would be enjoying a "quiet night in with the family", although did send out a warning to the locals in London, as his players prepare to celebrate their dramatic win with a night in the capital.

"It's a fairy tale for us and I am sure the boys and the chairman will celebrate. Hopefully it will sink in soon for me. We will enjoy tonight, the team are going into London so London beware. I will be going back to the hotel with my wife and four kids and believe it or not I'll be having a quiet night in with the family"

Heath looked as if he was still trying to come to terms with the Trophy win as he met the press deep inside the anuls of Wembley Stadium after the game. He described it as "a bit of a blur" but did always believe, even at two goals down, that his side would come back, pointing to their "unbelievable desire and spirit" as the main reason for his confidence.

"It's a little bit hard to take in at the minute but maybe in a couple of days it will be easier. We have certainly enjoyed the day. It's a bit of a blur but I honestly thought if we could impose our game on Wrexham, it's all I have said this week, is that we would have a chance.

We know we were big underdogs going into the game but we told the players if they believe enough we would have a chance. At two down it probably didn't look that way and it was slipping through our grasp but the boys have an unbelievable desire and spirit. Once we got a goal back there only looked like there would be one winner"

Heath refuted suggestions that his players put in a special effort to match the setting and the occasion, stating in the strongest possible terms that all they did was match what he demands of them week in, week out.

"The effort and desire was no different to what I demand week in, week out. There is no difference just because it was the FA Trophy. That is what our club is based on and that is what our team is based on"

There were many heroes in green and white on the day, although man of the match went to former Farsley and Darlington winger Jason St Juste as he tormented the Dragons back four routinely throughout the game.

And his manager picked him out for praise after the game.

"Jason St Juste, we got him six months ago but he had fell out (of love) with football. He had been released from Halifax and had little spells with Conference North clubs and he really wasn't enjoying it.

He ended up at Farsley two leagues below us and to be honest I took a punt on him. We knew he had great ability but he needed an arm around him and some guidance, he isn't a young man but he had fallen out of love with it. He has been fantastic since he came in"

Now the challenge for Heath and his club is to finish off a remarkable season with a play off push, and he conceded that although his chairman would like to get into the Vanarama Conference, it would be tough, although admitted that he hoped the FA Trophy win would help them build for next season.

"It's a little bit different isn't it?. That's the progression of the club though, we just missed out on promotion last year on the last day but hopefully this will propel us forward a bit. The chairman wants to get into the Conference, which will be difficult for a club of our size. The financial side of it is tough, we can't financially with half of the teams in our league now but hopefully because of this, we can attract players to help us next season"

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