It's Batch to the future for Wroxham
Paddy DavittWroxham boss David Batch has vowed his Yachtsmen will emerge stronger for their FA Vase Wembley heartache. The Trafford Park outfit's fairytale run to the showpiece final ended with a 6-1 defeat against holders Whitley Bay in front of nearly 9,000 at the national stadium.Paddy Davitt
Wroxham boss David Batch has vowed his Yachtsmen will emerge stronger for their FA Vase Wembley heartache.
The Trafford Park outfit's fairytale run to the showpiece final ended with a 6-1 defeat against holders Whitley Bay in front of nearly 9,000 at the national stadium.
Batch is confident the Ridgeons League flag bearers can bounce back after a summer recess to reflect on their historic achievement in becoming the first Norfolk club to play at the revamped home of football.
'I can't promise you we will be back at Wembley because this is a cup competition,' he said.
'Lots of things can go out of the window in 21 seconds, as we discovered, but we'll certainly give it a good go and we can aim to be better and we can draw on this experience to be better and that's what we'll try and do.
'We watched a little snippet of a speech as part of our build up which said winning is not about how hard you hit, but how hard you get hit and how well you get up and get on with it. That is the difference between winners and losers. Whitley have done it. They've been to Wembley before, they got up and got on with it and have now won it a couple of times. In that sense we have to try and emulate them. There's lots of clubs who get to the final, who haven't been beaten, suffer a knock, and they never come back.'
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Batch was quick to put Wroxham's heavy FA Vase final defeat in proper context.
'I wouldn't say it is my biggest disappointment in the game,' he said. 'I've been a footballer at a professional club and not had my contract renewed, so that was more disappointing.
'I've had to sit in front of 18-year-old lads and tell them they are not going to be professionals and their football careers are over and that is more disappointing. In the grand scheme of things it is not the end of the world. We've done really, really well and I'm proud of the players and pleased for the football club.
'We obviously didn't set out to lose the game like that when we went down on Friday. It would have been an easy route for us to take to say, 'Well, we're here. We're in the final, let's enjoy it,' and all that sort of stuff.
'But we didn't have that intention and we didn't aim to do that because I didn't feel that was the right winning mentality. Okay, it hasn't worked out for us but we move on.'
Batch admitted the early defensive mix-up between keeper Scott Howie and captain Graham Challen that allowed Paul Chow to notch the fastest goal at the new Wembley was a hammer blow.
'No, in terms of preparation I don't think there was anything we could have done differently,' he said. 'You can't legislate for that and you can't prepare for your keeper - who is the best at this level and he has proved that plenty of times - making his one mistake this season after 21 seconds.
'You can't prepare for that and it put us on the back foot a little bit. Fair credit to Whitley Bay they were better than us.
'It's not all about Wroxham and on this occasion they were much, much better than us, albeit it was helped by mistakes early in both halves.
'They deserved to win it, although the last three goals I'm not worried about because we had to go for it and we were wide open, but you don't score six goals in a final and be the second best team.'