Trophy success was always on agenda reveals Oyebanjo

Goalscorer Lanre Oyebanjo revealed in the wake of York’s FA Trophy success that manager Gary Mills had challenged his players to win the competition from the very outset.

Sides annually chasing promotion to the Football League would be forgiven for not taking the FA Trophy seriously in the early rounds.

But midfielder Oyebanjo – who popped up to convert the second goal at Wembley – said such an outcome was on Mills’s agenda as early as the first round against Solihull Moors.

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“The gaffer has been saying right from the very start of this competition that he wanted us to go to Wembley and win it,” said Oyebanjo, 21.

“We have worked hard to get here and achieve victory.

“It’s been important to him from the very start.”

York were 30 seconds from being humbled by lower-league Solihull in that first round before Jon Challinor grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser.

Four rounds and five games later they were at Wembley.

Oyebanjo was indebted again to Challinor for starting the move that resulted in his 73rd-minute goal.

“The move for the goal was one of our best moves of the game,” he recalled.

“I didn’t think it would actually come to me.

“Jon (Challinor) knocked it wide and I thought I’ve just got to gamble and get on the end of this.

“I didn’t have much to do when it came to me but it was an important goal at an important stage of the game.

“No one wants to lose at Wembley and it’s especially nice for the lads who have been here before, either with York or with other clubs, and not tasted success.

“This is the best possible way to go into the Luton game.

“We’ve got a big week ahead of us and this fills us with confidence.

“The whole squad’s belief has never been in question. We are striving to succeed with this club, to bring them success.

“The job is not done. We’ve got to take this momentum now into Sunday.”