THEY were within touching distance of the hallowed Wembley turf but it was a step too far for Hawks fans on Saturday.
Havant & Waterlooville missed out on a place in the FA Trophy final at the home of football after suffering a defeat to local rivals Gosport Borough at Privett Park.
But away fans leaving the ground after the game were pleased to have made it so far before the 3-1 aggregate defeat.
Owen Vanderhoven, 26, who lives in Gosport but is a Hawks fan, said: ‘I’m quite gutted, to be honest. Havant normally play decent football and when they were on the pitch they just didn’t turn up. It was very disappointing.
‘In terms of the day itself, it was absolutely fantastic. The occasion was great but the players just didn’t seem to be up for the occasion.’
But Owen said he may still make the trip to Wembley.
‘I won’t be going with Havant but I might go with Gosport because I think they thoroughly deserved the win,’ he said.
James Monks, 28, from Waterlooville, said: ‘I’m feeling pretty disappointed. At the end of the day Gosport were the better team. They had a game plan and they stuck to it.
‘It’s more disappointing that we didn’t play as well as we could do on the day.
‘Good luck to Gosport. They probably deserve to be in the final.
‘In some ways it’s disappointing to have lost having got so close to Wembley but at the same time we’ve had a pretty good run and we probably didn’t expect to get this far.
‘It’s good for Hampshire football. We had two relatively local football teams. For Hampshire football that’s quite impressive.’
Simon Sleeman, 29, from Waterlooville, added: ‘It’s very disappointing. Credit to Gosport, they had a game plan and stuck to it but we were awful.
‘We have played so much better than that.
‘It’s sad that they couldn’t perform on the day.
‘It’s disappointing. We probably won’t get another opportunity. These things come round very rarely.
‘I wouldn’t have predicted getting to the semi-final.
‘It’s great for Hampshire football and credit to Gosport – I hope they win.’