Ryan: Hawks can fulfil my Wembley dream

Perry Ryan (left) with Hawks team-mates Dennis Oli and Ed Harris   Picture: Dave Haines

Perry Ryan (left) with Hawks team-mates Dennis Oli and Ed Harris Picture: Dave Haines

Lee Bradbury has led the Hawks to the Ryman League premier division title and promotion to National League South. Picture: Mick Young

Hawks clinch promotion as Borough are relegated

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PERRY RYAN is confident his Hawks team-mates can help him fulfil his dream of playing at Wembley.

Lee Bradbury’s side can book their place in the FA Trophy final with victory at rivals Gosport Borough in tomorrow’s semi-final second leg.

Ryan was part of Pompey’s Academy when the Blues lifted the FA Cup in 2008 and returned to the home of football in 2010.

But family holidays meant he missed both showpiece events.

Ryan, who played in Monday’s 1-1 first-leg draw, said: ‘It would be a dream come true to go to Wembley.

‘I feel confident in the boys going into the second leg, but it’s still all to play for.’

The 21-year-old added: ‘I remember the build-up and buzz surrounding Pompey’s FA Cup runs.

‘I was gutted that I didn’t get to go to Wembley.

‘But playing there would be better than going to watch.

‘And hopefully, tomorrow I can fulfil a childhood dream.’

Borough boss Alex Pike said: ‘Whether you like it or not, technically, they (the Hawks) have got better players than us.

‘But we have got a tremendous spirit and we fight for each other.’

– JEFF MARSHMAN

FULL FA TROPHY SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW

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