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Villagers striker Denton lauds supporters ahead of Trophy final

Ahead of his side's FA Trophy Final clash with Vanarama Conference side Wrexham, North Ferriby United striker Tom Denton has paid tribute to the Villagers supporters, describing them as "first class".

Up to 7,000 fans are expected to travel from the East Riding, which is almost double the population of North Ferriby and they will make the trip to the national stadium with the praise from Denton ringing in their ears.

"The supporters have been first class all season, they follow us home and away and to get over 2,000 at the Semi Final made a real difference for us. It's a very well ran Non-league football club with good people behind the scenes.

This achievement is for them and the fans. The day out at Wembley is for them, it's not a day out for us though, we are going down there to win"

The Villagers have a busy weekend ahead of them as they prepare to walk out at the "new" Wembley for the first time. The players and staff from the Conference North outfit will take in England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on Friday night as guests of the Football Association, two days before they step out on to the same pitch that the likes of Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart will have played on during the Three Lions game.

Denton admitted that this would be the first time he has been to Wembley and revealed that his family and friends discussing the game with the Dragons had helped it sink in that he would be playing at the home of English Football.

"This is the first time I have ever been to Wembley so I am really looking forward to it. All my family and friends are talking about it and it just feels unreal to be playing there"

United head into the final as underdogs, something that Denton feels suits his side. However that underdog tag hasn't stopped the striker feeling confident ahead of the big game.

"We are underdogs and that suits us. All I hear from people is that Wrexham are going to beat us comfortably but that won't happen. I really fancy us to beat them"

The Villagers have seen off the likes of Ebbsfleet United, Farnborough and finally Bath City in an epic two legged semi final tie. However, for Denton, a moment much earlier in the cup run gave him the belief that a trip to Wembley was in store for his side.

United seemed set to go out of the competition in the First Round proper against Boston United. Already a goal down to the Pilgrims, a late penalty save by Villagers keeper Adam Nicklin kept his side in the tie, before an even later goal by Denton's strike partner Ryan Kendall sent the tie into a replay.

There was to be no let off for the Pilgrims in the replay as a second half goal from Jason St Juste gave United the lead, before another Kendall goal in injury time sealed the tie.

However Denton believes that Nicklin's penalty save, coupled with Kendall's late equaliser, gave his side the belief to make it to Wembley.

"We beat Boston at home in a replay and that was when I thought a run was on. They missed a penalty in the last minute and we went straight up the other end of the pitch and scored. From then on I said we have to get to Wembley and we have!"

With that level of confidence it is sure to be an interesting day for the Humberside club on Sunday.

Image: Charles Mullen

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