Vics' closed out the season with a 2-2 draw away at Brighouse Town this afternoon. Josh Amis nodded Vics' into the lead on 20' - only for Ernest Boafo and Ryan Hall goals to wipe out the lead. Leading scorer Gary Burnett rescued a point for Vics' with a tremendous volley on 73'; the result sees us finish in 4th position in the final Evo-Stik NPL Division One North League table.
The final League Table can be viewed here - http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/league/northonenorth
PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS -
We will now play Bamber Bridge FC AWAY on Tuesday 28th April in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One North PROMOTION PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL. Kick-off is at 19:45.
Stadium Address - The Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire. Postcode for Sat-Nav systems is - PR5 6UU. Admission prices are as follows - £7 Adults, £4 concessions (Students with a valid card and over-65's), £4 for U-15's.
Saturday 25th April 2015. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One North. VENUE - The Dual-Seal Stadium, Brighouse.
LINE-UP'S - Brighouse - Giles, Stor, Tolley, Wilson, Field, Hurtley, Hall, Thornton, Boafo, Harris, Henry (C). Subs - Baldwin, Gay, Hull, Fisher, Allison.
Vics' - Deasy (C), Smalley, Grayson, Clarke, Ali (Bennett 63'), Krou, Cook, Roddy (Summerskill 63'), Sanogo (Mendes 63'), Amis, Burnett. Un-used subs' - Smith (GK), Fishwick.
GOALS - Brighouse - Ernest Boafo 43', Ryan Hall 56'. Vics' - Joshua Amis 20', Gary Burnett 73'.
Unavailable for Vics' - Callum Henry (calf), Danny Meadowcroft (hamstring), Iain Howard (away).
No bookings for either side. A fifth game in Vics' last six with no cautions.
Vics' began the game in style, enjoying plenty of the possession and working Brighouse keeper Jacob Giles on two occasions early on; Mike Roddy's header on 11' was saved at the second attempt by Giles; then on 16' Gary Burnett's low driven shot was collected at the base of the post by the aforementioned glove-man. The opening goal arrived four minutes later on 20' - Josh Amis powered in a header into the bottom corner of the net from short range after an excellent corner delivery by Mike Roddy had picked him out perfectly. Vics' continued to enjoy the better of proceedings but were caught out on 43' when Ernest Boafo stabbed in a left-foot shot into the net after Mike Clarke only partially cleared away the loose ball after Ben Thornton's snap-shot had cannoned back off the post. It was Towns' first shot on target in the game.
Pictured - Stuart Cook launches a Vics' attack in the first half.
HALF-TIME Brighouse 1-1 Vics'.
Brighouse started the second half in determined mood and took the lead on 56' - Ryan Hall fired past Deasy from 15 yards after latching onto a big kick out by the keeper', the Vics' defence hesitant to clear away a harmless bouncing ball. It was incredible that Vics' found themselves 2-1 down at that stage as they had the majority of the possession and had worked the keeper' enough but had only the solitary goal to show for their endeavours. The game then entered a scrappy period over the following 15 minutes or so until 73' when Gary Burnett fired in a stunning volley right-footed across Giles' 16 yds out from sub' Richie Bennett's superb, delicate cushioned assist into his path. It was the hit-man's 22nd goal of the season. Both sides launched attacks at each others' goal in an attempt to finish the regular season on a winning note but no real chances presented themselves in the closing stages of the game as the honours were shared.
Pictured - game-star Gary Burnett celebrates his point-saving goal with sub' Brian Summerskill.
Vics' M.O.M - Gary Burnett. A tireless performance from the leading scorer, kept the Town defence on the back-foot all game and crashed home a stunning volley for the equaliser.
Manager Jim Gannon's reaction to the draw and his thought's ahead of the promotion play-off semi-final Vs Bamber Bridge (A) on Tuesday 28th April -
Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.