IT was the final even James Jennings wanted - and he was in the running for the Steve Edwards goal of the season.

The full-back felt Luke Young’s stunning long-range volley to beat Bromley 1-0 and Luke Summerfield’s 30-yard drive into the top corner with his left foot against Woking would make for a fitting trophy decider.

And so it proved as the midfield duo went toe-to-toe in the final of the competition Young coming out on top with 75 per cent of the votes.

“I was lucky enough to watch both of those goals live and they are both the best goal I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jennings.

“Young’s was a great volley, which proved to be a winner against Bromley and Summers’ was a fitting goal after a difficult time personally with his grandad passing away.”

Asked whether he felt his goal - a free-kick into the top corner as Wrexham stunned high-flying Harrogate 2-0 on home turf - was a worthy contender for the award, Jennings simply said: “Probably not, no!”

Jennings saw his strike eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Summerfield’s effort, which was made to work harder for a place in the final as he came up against Paul Rutherford’s sublime left-footed effort from distance against visiting Yeovil.

The 32-year-old managed to book a meeting with Young after earning 53.7 per cent of the vote.

Young progressed to the final with ease after cruising past Omari Patrick’s curling effort to help beat Chorley 2-0, the Reds’ midfielder securing 87 per cent of the vote.

And after being awarded the trophy for a second successive year, Young, one of six players under contract for next season, told the club’s official website: “It’s an honour to win this award for the second year running, I was up against some great goals this year so it wasn’t going to be an easy vote! Thanks to all the fans that voted for me in each round and I hope everyone is keeping well during this difficult time.”

Other goals knocked out in the last eight were Rutherford’s fine effort against Ebbsfleet, Devonte Redmond’s impressive finish at Notts County and JJ Hooper’s drilled strike versus Harrogate.

Jenning insists the competition for the Steve Edwards goal of the season award has been fierce.

“We had a much better season last year in terms of results, but this season the quality of goals have been loads better.”

And there’s no-one that loves a Wrexham goal more than Jennings, the defender often the first man on the scene to celebrate after a team-mate has found the net.

“There’s nothing better than celebrating a goal, whether you’ve scored it or it’s one of the other lads,” said Jennings. “I suppose defenders enjoy goals a little more because it takes the pressure off!

“Nobody wants to have to defend for 90 minutes, so it’s great when the team scores a goal and I’m only too happy to celebrate it.”