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.
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.
Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.