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Vics' play Tranmere Rovers TONIGHT in the CHESHIRE F.A SENIOR CUP FINAL - TUESDAY 29TH APRIL - KICK-OFF 19:45.

 

The final will take place at the home of our EvoStik NPL Premier Division neighbours Nantwich Town F.C.

Stadium Address - The Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich, Cheshire.  Postcode for sat-nav systems -  CW5 5BS.

Admission prices are £8 for Adults, and £3 for U-16's & O-65's.

 

Vics' team-news -  Ashley Stott, Matty Greenwood and Marc Joseph are all unavailable as they have already appeared in the competition for another Club (cup-tied).

Danny Meadowcroft, Ryan Schofield and skipper' Danny Wisdom all face fitness tests, all three currently have groin injuries. Callum Henry is a doubt with a badly bruised ankle suffered in the Bamber Bridge victory on 15th April.

 

The match will conclude on the night; with extra time and penalties required if the scores are level at 90 and 120 minutes respectively.

 

Manager Jim Gannon's thoughts leading up to the final -

 

The Cheshire Senior Cup Final represents a different challenge from a league fixture Jim,  football league opponents. We are going into such a big game in fine fettle though; bearing in mind the lads are all in reasonably good form in the last three months.

 
I don’t think the selection of the team will give me any problems, as we are likely to only have 11 fit players! although we are hopeful that one or two more players may come through late fitness tests and be additions to the bench. We will be definitely be forced into two changes from Saturdays team due to Marc Joseph and Matty Greenwood both being cup tied for the match. But we are hopeful that two from three of our injured defenders Danny Meadowcroft, Callum Henry and Ryan Schofield will be fit and available.  
 
On Saturday, Danny Meadowcroft and Jamie Phoenix made themselves available for the substitute bench if needed in emergency, but they were not required and that will mean they are more likely to be fully fit and available for Tuesday. So as it stands we are hopeful that everyone came through Saturdays game without any problems and that 2, 3 or 4 players will be added to the squad on Tuesday. That side of things will not faze the players. It has been a hallmark of our cup run going back to the 11 available that played at Hyde FC in a fantastic win. I just hope for those players that played in the fantastic wins against Crewe Alexandra FC, Hyde FC and Macclesfield Town FC get the chance to play in a hard earned Cup Final.
 
 
Northwich Victoria Supporters' Association player of the year Gary Burnett gave us his thoughts on the big game
 
 

A huge game to round off the season tonight, Gaz. An outstanding run of form in the last three months from yourself and the team. Tranmere Rovers will be stiff opposition but we have nothing to fear after beating their fellow football league opponents Crewe Alexandra, and Skrill Premier sides Hyde F.C and Macclesfield Town en-route.

 

Yes Jamie - having the final to play is a great way to finish the season! The whole team is looking forward to it and I don’t think there is anything we need to fear - yes, they are a team from a higher level but we have quality in every position and we have nothing to lose, so we will have a good go at them - all we can do is give it our best.

The team has been in great form recently and it was great to be part of the long unbeaten run (16 matches). I am pleased with my own part in that run but to be honest I still feel I should have scored a few more goals, but winning the Supporters Player of the year was a great honour! one that was a complete surprise to be honest but being recognised by the fans is very pleasing, so hopefully I can repay them with a goal or two in the final tonight.

The last three months has been like playing in a different team to be honest, I put this down to a few things:

The manager making sure every single player knows exactly what is expected from them.

Confidence running throughout the team and a buzz around the dressing room. Consistency in team selection. And probably the most important thing for anybody involved in any type of sport, enjoyment! - the lads are enjoying their football again. There seems to be an expectation in the team we are going to win every match we play now, which has showed in our results.

 

 

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Gary Burnett - The Northwich Victoria Supporters' Association Player Of The Year pictured above in his usual all-action style versus Macclesfield Town during our 1-0 semi-final replay victory.

 

Preview by Jamie Dewsbury.