FA Trophy: Wrexham's Neil Ashton 'made up' with Wembley trip

Neil Ashton
Neil Ashton started his professional career at Tranmere Rovers

Wrexham defender Neil Ashton hopes to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the 2013 FA Trophy in this year's final against North Ferriby.

Wrexham reached their second Trophy final at Wembley in three seasons with a 5-1 aggregate semi-final win over Torquay United.

Ashton, 30, missed the win over Grimsby Town two years ago because of injury.

"I'm made up, obviously I missed the final a couple of years ago," he said.

"I will want to play in that one and avenge a bit of a bad record I've got as a player there."

Ashton had played in every round of Wrexham's 2012-2013 FA Trophy campaign before suffering an ankle injury ahead of the final.

He did appera at Wembley for Wrexham that season but the Dragons lost 2-0 to Newport County in the Conference play-off final.

Wrexham survived a tense first half before Louis Moult's header from a Dean Keates free-kick extended their 2-1 first leg lead.

Kieron Morris scored two goals in quick succession to seal the victory and a final spot at Wembley on 29 March against North Ferriby United, who beat Bath City in the other semi-final.

"Playing against the wind we didn't want to give anything away so we were quite compact and didn't really want to go too offensive," Ashton said.

"We got in at half-time 0-0 and the gaffer said 'go and play your stuff' and I think that's what we did and we were far more positive in the second half.

"Some of the goals we scored I thought were fantastic."