Vics' lost by a single goal at home to visiting Glossop North End this evening. In a game of little quality overall, proceedings were settled by a freak goal mid-way through the first half when Vics' keeper' Mason Springthorpe kicked through thin air when attempting to clear a routine back-pass by centre-back Andy Watson; the ball rolling into an empty net. The result sees the Hillmen leapfrog Vics' into third but the Green and Whites can still claim third spot in the final League table and with it a home tie in the promotion play-off semi-finals next mid-week - with a win in the return fixture between the two sides this Saturday 23rd April. 


Wednesday 20th April 2016. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One North. VENUE - The Net Dec Stadium, Northwich.


GOAL GLOSSOP - Andy Watson (o.g) 22'.   Unavailable for Vics' - Abou Sanogo (groin), Cedric Krou (knee), Jimmy Ball (suspended.)


Vics' - Springthorpe, Byrne (caution) (Clarke 83') (caution), Watson, Regan, Duxbury, Cook, Summerskill, Roddy (Simon Lakeland 63'), Howard (C), Amis (Bennett 63'), Burnett.  Un-used subs' - McCoy (GK), Gyimah.


Glossop - Robertson, Kelvin Lugsden, Russell, Barnes, Young (C), Andrews, Mulholland (Richardson 85'), Rainford, Reed (Bailey 85'), Kieran Lugsden, Parker.  Un-used subs' - Moran, Carey, Brizell.


This clash between two promotion contenders opened up with both sides surrendering possession far too easily and little of note being created at either end of the pitch. On 12' Vics' front-man Josh Amis sent a header well wide of the target and Astley Mullholland saw a low shot fail to seriously trouble Vics' keeper' Mason Springthorpe. The opening goal arrived on 22' when Vics' defender Andy Watson passed back to Mason Springthorpe routinely, but as the glove-man went to clear the ball up-field he mis-cued as the ball took a slight bobble in front of him and it rolled into an empty net. Jamie Rainford volleyed horribly wide just before the break when well placed ten yards out on 44' in a forgettable first period.


HALF-TIME - Vics' 0-1 Glossop N.E.


PICTURED - Stuart Cook on the ball with team-mate Josh Amis (No.9) in close.

Stu Cook Glossop 16


Vics' began the half looking to get back on terms quickly and started the half brightly. On 54' Josh Amis' dipping twenty-yard volley was expertly finger-tipped over the bar by keeper' Andy Robertson. Vics' continued to apply the pressure and on 62' Iain Howard saw a left-foot acrobatic volley on an angle around eight yards out fly just wide from Scott Duxbury's deep left-wing cross. The next quarter then took on the pattern that much of the first half had taken with no real sequences of entertaining play fro both sides save for a an Astley Mulholland fizzing shot on 78' from twenty-yards that went just wide of the far post for Glossop, and Vics' sub' Richie Bennett shot just over the bar from eight yards on the half-volley from Iain Howards' cushioned assist on 83'. Glossop took the win that leaves Vics' needing to win this Saturday's fixture at Surrey Street to re-claim third place in the table and a home tie in next week's play-offs.   


Vics' M.O.M. - Andy Watson - No fault for the goal and was totally in control of Hillmen' forwards Mark Reed and Jamie Rainford. Showed great composure and distribution on the ball.


Vics' Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict on the narrow defeat -

A disappointing night and result, Adam. A game that failed to get the pulses racing considering the obvious qualities of both sides.


We knew that it was going to be a difficult game beforehand and it proved to be exactly that. They (Glossop) are a well organised team who are difficult to break down and with certain offensive players within their side they always pose a threat so we expected a tough match.
I got the feeling from the first whistle that they had come with a plan to slow the game down and not allow us to get any tempo to our play. Every time the ball was off the pitch it was taking longer than usual for them to re-start the match and as a manager you hope that in games like this you get a strong referee which I didn’t feel we did. There were a number of occasions where they were clearly wasting time and killing the game which made it increasingly difficult for us to build any momentum or pattern to our play. You have to give them credit for this I suppose but its certainly not the way I like to see football played.
We have the benefit of getting our matches videoed now and after seeing the disallowed goal again several times, I cannot see how the referee has penalised Josh Amis for a foul on Andy Robertson their keeper. Josh is actually in the back of the goal having been wrestled there by Martyn Andrews. The keeper collides with his own player who was picking up Michael Roddy and Matty Regan beats Mark Reed at the back post to head home. A very poor decision which proved to be extremely costly as the first goal is important, particularly in games like this and I believe had we got it they would have had to come up the pitch a bit which would have given us more space to exploit and the game would have panned out differently.
To concede and lose the game in the manner we did with the own goal was bitterly disappointing as I felt that other than an error by us which presented Jamie Rainford with an opportunity before the break they didn’t really create much and I felt we looked reasonably comfortable throughout. Saying that I would have to be honest and say we didn’t create much ourselves either. We had a few half-chances and got into some good areas at times but didn’t really do enough to hurt them which is disappointing and something we need to look at ahead of Saturday.
I cannot fault or criticise the players at all for the result. It turned out to be a very frustrating evening and it wasn’t the outcome we wanted but it certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort. I believe that a number of things went against us on the night and you have to give Glossop some credit for coming with a plan and having the discipline to execute it. Towards the latter stages of the game I think we allowed our emotions to overcome us and as a result became a bit petulant giving away cheap fouls which kept breaking up the game and playing into their hands which we need to learn from quickly.
Games of such importance are usually defined by narrow margins and I believe our chips were down with the dis-allowed goal and the own goal but we have to be prepared to go again on Saturday and I’m sure we will be.
I thought the supporters were brilliant for us on the night and tried to drive the team on for the full 90 minutes. Glossop have a strong following and I’m sure there will be a decent crowd at the weekend so hopefully a number of our loyal supporters will make the trip on Saturday and get behind the team.


Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.