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Huge upset as the winners of the 20/21 FA Trophy Final confirmed with fans on the pitch

The winners of the 20/21 FA Trophy Final was confirmed on Saturday afternoon just hours after the FA Vase final was played out.

Hereford of the National League North face Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Hornchurch in the final of the competition – and 3,000 fans were there to watch on.

Hereford have beaten: St Neots, Nantwich, Stamford, and Leamington, Aldershot and Woking on route to Wembley.

Hornchurch have beaten: Tonbridge Angels, Dulwich Hamlet, Kings Lynn Town, Maidstone United, Darlington, and National League play-off contenders Notts County

The first effort of the game came just after 15 seconds by Hereford’s Chris Camwell who fired over from range.

There was a claim for handball by the Bulls fans, before the game came over for Michael Bakare who was denied by a last ditch tackle.

A long ball over the top found Liam Nash who found space before shooting low, it was saved comfortably. Action packed in the first 10 minutes.

Bakare ran the ball into the corner, with the cross then brought down to Tom Owen-Evans who rifled goalwards, but it’s blocked wide.

It didn’t take long for the first goal to come, as on the 12th minute, a short corner came in with Camwell crossing low to Tom Owen-Evans who pulled away and slid the ball home via a deflection. 1-0 Hereford.

On the 18th minute, played opened up for Hornchurch and Grimes got a great block in to deny the shot.

Following a good take by Brandon Hall to stop a high ball, Finn took a knock after a very late challenge.

Camwell saw his free-kick find Grimes who can’t get any power on it.

Claims for a penalty from Joe Butlin who was barged by Mickey Parcell as he headed the ball wide.

On the half an hour mark, Bakare turned to create space and ran forward before trying to chip the goalkeeper, but sends it over.

Minutes after Hornchuch goalkeeper Joseph Wright grabbed the ball away from Butlin after a decent move from Hereford.

There was a glorious chance for Lewis Butroid who was played in on the angle but smashed the ball well over.

Direct free-kick by Camwell was heading into the near corner but ended up being met with a fine save.

Both sides went into the break with Hereford leading 1-0.

The second half was something to forget for Hereford as it was Hornchurch that started hitting the chances, putting pressure on the National League North going into the game as favourites.

On the 73rd minute, a quality block was made by Jared Hodgkiss as Ruff was through on goal, he beat the goalkeeper but the Bulls defender was equal to it.

Then, Hereford’s hearts broke, a long throw was headed onto the bar by Grimes and Charlie Ruff was underneath to tap the ball home. 1-1 with 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

Hereford responded well pushing forward. Butlin claims to have been taken down, but it’s not given.

With full time approaching, Ruff send a long ball into the box which is headed back down to Nash, free inside the box, and then fired it home. 2-1 Hornchurch.

Six minutes were added on and the nails were biting for each club’s fanbase.

On the 94th minute Hornchurch hit on the break and Ellis Brown outruns Hains, he is through before slotting past Hall. 3-1 Hornchurch. What a huge win.

Fans were left in tears in the stand are what they had just witnessed, and whilst Hereford supporters applauded the Isthmian League side’s win, members of the Hornchurch fanbase legged it onto the pitch.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimpson gives it verbals to Josh Gowling according to some reports and Steve Burr gave it back, Josh walked away while Burr and Stimpson had to be separated.

Fans reacted on social media with the winners of the 20/21 FA Trophy Final confirmed…

@SX_Addick: Congratulations! A brilliant fairy tale and antidote to the European Super League nonsense.

@atthelawrences: Congratulations! Gutted as a HUFC fan but clearly the better team on the day

@BillySullivan27: Huge Congratulations 👏🏻👏🏻 Represented @IsthmianLeague superbly ⚽️

@howe147: Congratulations great performance

@MattyLxwn: Well played Hornchurch. Well deserved!

@GafferReal: Just a pub team from Hornchurch!!!

@micky_nath: Massive congratulations to everyone involved

@poplar32: Fantastic 2nd half…. Well done boys

@SFC_Interviews: Stimmo just wins the FA trophy!

@tracyfuller77: Well done I was listening on the radio brilliant 2nd half

@Ryannn_NCFC: Lads, get yourself a pint 🍺 You’ve done the impossible

@MattAllenUK: Absolutely amazing from @HornchurchFC, 1-0 down at half time to then score three second half goals to secure the #FATrophy for the Urchins in the ONLY game that mattered in London today! Massive congratulations

@_cabbers: Footballs always the winner *Jimmy Bullard voice*

@BIGelz24: Unbelievable

@littledanw: Congratulations @HornchurchFC. Remember you lot in Diadora Division 3. You’ve come an impressively long way since.

@PaulMoody23: Absolutely class, well done lads.

@leumasredlo: Well done. Love it when an underdog wins

@atthelawrences: Gutted but there’s always next year. COYB

@charllgfx: Didnt show up second half. Feels like deja vu.

@tehgob_66: 2nd half was nowhere near good enough

@rdotyk: Did well to get here but two big embarrassments now at Wembley

@JamesRo76639459: Unlucky lads

@rreczulski: Poor show no energy 2nd half from the players & did Hereford have any fans there ,they were pretty tame compared to the noise from Hornchurch fans throughout! Where’s that Radford when you need him!

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