Vics' manager Jim Gannon has spoken on the heart-stopping defeat in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One North play-off semi-final, and has given his thought's and reflections on the season 2014/15.

He also touches on his future as the Club move forward, and entering into the new season that starts next August 2015 - when we will be playing back in our home town of NORTHWICH; ground-sharing at neighbours Witton Albion F.C.

                            Jim Gannon                 

On defeat to Bamber Bridge in the play-off semi-final -

 

A tough one to take that, Jim. A largely good performance and it looked for long periods that we were going to at least take the game to penalties. The several chances we created were expertly thwarted by their M.O.M; keeper' Lee Dovey.

Any defeat is always hard to take but especially in the final game of such importance. The players were desperately disappointed after the game as it feels that the season was a failure. But I reminded them of what they have achieved this season and how they have brought pride back to the Northwich Victoria FC Shirt. We have got to the promotion play-offs, won a cup final (Mid-Cheshire Senior Challenge Cup for a 16th time) and finalists in another one (narrowly beaten by Macclesfield Tn in the Cheshire F.A Senior Cup Final); so there is a lot to be proud of.

The Bamber Bridge FC game was always going to be a tough one. Our form had been a little indifferent coming into the game but we felt we had got the squad back to a good strength and fitness level. We had an extremely difficult week leading up to the game with the two mid-week cup finals and a tough away game (five games in ten days) - so we have done well to find the level of fitness and strength to compete extremely well in the game. We more than matched the Bridge and for periods of the game we also dominated. Unfortunately during those periods when we were on top, we did not capitalise on our pressure by taking our chances. I felt we deserved to take the lead but somehow ended up trailing at half-time.

We re-grouped at half time and set about getting back into the game. I made one change and Richie Bennett got us the equaliser. After we sustained our game we could have scored again. Both teams gave everything and it is a shame in such circumstances when two teams give everything that one has to lose - and lose big in the context of the game's value.

 

What are your feelings on the season's work as a whole, Jim?

I guess when the dust settles and we have accepted the disappointment of the game's defeat we can turn our attention to the great experiences we have gained. We have again made significant progress on the previous season and if we stay strong and make similar growth again next time out; I am sure we will feel much better come this stage of the next campaign.

I would to thank all the Directors, staff, players, volunteers and supporters of the Club for their great support this season and also for staying so strong to ensure this Club continues it's great tradition. It has been a great pleasure for me leading the team over the last 18 months and I would be pleased and proud to continue that role going forward.

 

On moving back to NORTHWICH and ground-sharing with Witton Albion F.C -

The return of the club to Northwich is an extremely important step for the Club and town. I am very impressed with the set-up at Witton and I am sure everyone associated with Vics'; be it staff, volunteers or supporters - are all really looking forward to the team playing at their ground next season. It will galvanise the group even more from within and more importantly from the outside as it was refreshing to see even more returning supporter's at the play-off game Vs Bamber Bridge, who certainly made themselves heard! Many thanks for your support.

 

Interview by Jamie Dewsbury.