Vics' prevailed in a five-goal thriller at Seel Park this evening to take another all-important three points in the quest for promotion. In a see-saw encounter, Mossley took the lead through Dougie Carroll early on before Matt Regan opened his Vics' account with the equaliser just before the half-hour. Stuart Cook blasted Vics' in front just before the break only for Lillywhites' skipper Andy Keogh to haul the home side level on the hour. Vics' leading scorer Richie Bennett had the last word in the 91st minute; blasting home a trade-mark left-foot half-volley to clinch the points and registering his 26th goal of the campaign in the process. The result lifts the Green and Whites' up to third in the League table - You can view the table in full HERE | http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/northonenorth/league
Tuesday 5th April 2016. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One North. VENUE - Seel Park Stadium, Mossley
LINE-UP'S - Mossley AFC - Flynn, Henson, McDonnell, Thomas, Dean, McGonigle, Warburton (John Bennett 34'), Pratt (caution), Keogh (C), Abadaki, Carroll (Short 75'). Un-used subs' - Mannion, Robinson, Fish.
Vics' - Springthorpe, Byrne, Duxbury, Clarke (C), Regan (caution), Cook, Summerskill, Ball (Roddy 79'), Howard, Amis (caution) (Richie Bennett 70'), Burnett. Un-used subs - Watson, Gyimah, Toner.
GOALS - Mossley AFC - Dougie Carroll 2', Andy Keogh 60'. Vics' - Matt Regan 26', Stuart Cook 45', Richie Bennett 90+1'. Unavailable for Vics' - Abou Sanogo (groin.)
Mossley started this League game much the better team and took the lead in double-quick time - a long throw from the right by full-back Caldon Henson was allowed to bounce in the eighteen-yard area by a static Vics' defence and Lillywhites' hit-man Dougie Carroll - un-marked; needed no second invitation nodding the hosts' in front from seven yards. Vics' fought back though, with Gary Burnett's pace causing problems for the home side. The equalising goal came on 26'; Iain Howard floated over a corner via his left-foot and the ball eluded everyone crammed into the area in front of the goal - Gary Burnett didn't give up though and raced after the loose ball managing to keep it in play and sent a delicious cut-back from the touch-line that picked out centre-back Matt Regan's storming run to perfection and the defender lashed a left-foot cross-shot into the far corner of the net and across a helpess Liam Flynn in the Mossley goal. Vics' now ramped up the pressure; and on 30' Jimmy Ball was presented with a golden chance from seven yards out following an inch-perfect cross by the marauding Alex Byrne; but could only hit the base of the post with home glove-man Liam Flynn and the goal at his mercy. Mossley still looked dangerous though; on 39' game-star Matt Regan had to be alert to stop ex-Vics' flier Godwin Abadaki in his tracks with a brilliant last-ditch tackle; who had jinked his way into the six-yard box and pulled the trigger to shoot. Thirty seconds into the one minute of time added on at the end of the opening period, Vics' took the lead through Stuart Cook who seized on Tom Dean's poor headed clearance and he struck a fierce right-foot volley on the full; hitting it flush and the ball arrowed into the roof of the net from eighteen yards out. It was the England Futsal internationals thirteenth goal in all competitions so far this season.
HALF-TIME - Mossley AFC 1-2 Vics'.
The second half's opening fifteen minutes presented little at either end of the pitch by way of goal-scoring opportunities but the Lillywhites' got back on terms on the hour through skipper' Andy Keogh who blasted into the far corner of the net from nine yards out via a fortunate deflection following a run and cross by impressive full-back Caldon Henson. Ten minutes later on 70' Brian Summerskill's clever through-ball split the home defence and picked out the jet-heeled Gary Burnett who was clean through on goal but Liam Flynn managed to save his low right-foot shot with his legs and Alex Byrne's follow-up piledriving effort was miraculously diverted out for a corner by left full-back Danny McDonnell. The Lillywhites' responded and on 78'; Tom Pratt's skidding shot from just inside the box went just wide with Springthorpe in Vics' goal appearing to be un-sighted. Vics' poured forward in the final ten minutes in a desperate search for a winner and it looked like it had arrived on 87' when sub' Richie Bennett's searing left-foot drive from twelve yards beat Liam Flynn all ends-up but not the cross-bar; the ball coming back off the underside of the woodwork and ex-Vics' man Mike Thomas hacked the loose ball to safety. Bennett was not to be denied though; and as the game ticked into the final minute of injury time, Vics' left-back Scott Duxbury launched a long, raking pass up-field and such was the quality of the assist; the bounce of the ball took the Mossley rear-guard by surprise and Bennett sniffed out the chance - allowing the ball to bounce for a second time and un-erringly hammered a left-foot half-volley into the net past the exposed Liam Flynn from ten yards to spark wild celebrations amongst Vics' players', staff and supporters' and the three points went back with the Green and Whites' to Cheshire.
PICTURED - An ecstatic Richie Bennett (centre) takes the acclaim from equally joyous team-mates Iain Howard (left) and Gary Burnett after ensuring the Vics' took all three points in injury time.
Vics' M.O.M - Matty Regan. Scored a great goal to get the Vics' back on terms and was utterly dominant defensively. Effective use of the ball all game to boot.
Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict on the dramatic late win-
A huge three points in the context of the shake-up for the play-off positions, Adam. I felt it was a deserved win, even coming so late as the amount of chances we created should always ensure a win.
Match report & interviews by Jamie Dewsbury.