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The rise and rise of Sholing
Sholing winger Marvin McLean has admitted his pride at the Boatmen’s rise through the ranks of south coast football that has culminated them in booking a FA Vase final date against West Auckland.
The wide-man, who was in excellent form as he helped his side to a semi-final second leg win over Eastbourne United, can see just how big this is for the club as a whole.
“The club started from Hampshire League level and has made its way through the Southern Leagues, the Wessex and now to Wembley, we’ve done it all,” he said.
“We’re going for the Wessex title too so it’s just brilliant.
“It’s just the best feeling in the world.
“Not even all professionals get to play there (Wembley) and we’re going.
“The boys dug in deep, we all in put in a shift and we fully deserve it.”
"We blew them out the water, that’s what we do, we turn up and turn teams over.”
The 26-year-old intends to fully relish his day at England’s home ground.
“I’m just going to take it all in and enjoy it,” he said.
The attacker, who pestered United’s defence all afternoon with fast runs , felt manager Dave Diaper’s tactics were flawless.
“Spot on, he knew we needed energy in the centre of the park, playing Carts (Mike Carter) and Sawyer (Alex Sawyer) – what a shift they put in," he said.
"We knew they weren’t mobile enough in midfield and our speed and energy just undid them.”
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