Third Wembley defeat agony for Stags keeper

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IT wasn’t to be third time lucky today for Stags keeper Alan Marriott as he suffered a third successive Wembley final defeat.

Marriott, who has only just returned from a broken finger in a nightmare season of injury, lost twice in play-off finals with Lincoln before today’s 1-0 FA Trophy final defeat by Darlington and said: “I really thought it would be third time lucky for myself today.

“It is like a funeral parlour in the dressing room. Everyone is out on their feet.

“You always get more downs than ups as a footballer but it is so upsetting to get to a final and not be able to get over the finishing line.

“I made sure I watched Darlington get the cup. It would be easy to go and hide but it makes you more determined as a person and should inspire you and push you harder.”

Marriot left his line on 121 minutes but was beaten to the ball by Tommy Wright which led to Chris Senior’s winner and the keeper said: I came for the ball but, unfortunately, I have hit Steve Foster which put both of us out of the game.

“The ball came back off the crossbar and I don’t think it could have fallen any more kindly for the lad who put it in.”