MAX Gnandi was lost for words after helping to fire Great Wakering Rovers to Wembley.

Wakering beat Worcester City 5-4 on penalties in the second leg of Saturday’s FA Vase semi-final at Burroughs Park.

And Gnandi – whose goal took the tie to spot-kicks – struggled to express his excitement at seeing his shot hit the back of the net.

“It was an incredible feeling, words can’t really describe it,” said Gnandi.

“Just being able to lift the energy of the team and the supporters towards the end of the game gave us that little bit of momentum going to penalties.”

Gnandi’s goal gave Wakering a 2-1 win on the day and levelled things up on aggregate.

And Gnandi thought the spirit of Marcus Bowers’ side proved decisive where penalties were concerned.

“When it comes to penalties it’s could be anyone’s game,” said Gnandi.

“We really showed our togetherness within the squad to lift spirits and take the edge off what was a really tense moment.”

That enabled Wakering to make it through.

And Gnandi was delighted to upset the odds once again.

“We were written off and knew the game was going to be challenging,” said Gnandi.

“They had just won their league and had the advantage going into the second leg.

“But being at home with our support we were quietly confident of being able to turn the tie.”

Wakering just did that and will now take on fellow Essex Senior League side Romford in the final at Wembley next month.

“Honestly, it’s unbelievable,” said Gnandi.

“It’s every footballer’s dream to play at an iconic stadium like this, and for me personally to be going to Wembley at my first season at this level is a credit to how hard I’ve worked.

“As a team we’ve shown we deserve to be there, now we have to make the final step.”