Vics' ended the regular season with a comfortable two-nil win away this afternoon at fellow play-off semi-finalists Glossop North End. First-half goals from Stuart Cook; a wonderful twenty-yard shot and a now trade-mark thumping header by Matt Regan did for the Hillmen' which now means we play Glossop N.E at HOME in the promotion play-off semi-final this Wednesday 27th April - Kick-off is at 19:45.

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Saturday 23rd April 2016. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One North. VENUE - Surrey Street, Glossop

 

GOALS  - Vics' - Stuart Cook 15', Matt Regan 35'.  Unavailable for Vics' - Abou Sanogo (groin), Cedric Krou (knee).  No bookings or red cards for either side.

 

Glossop - Robertson, Kelvin Lugsden, Russell, Barnes, Young (C), Andrews, Mulholland, Rainford, Reed (Richardson 65'), Kieran Lugsden (Brizell 65'), Parker (Moran 55').  Un-used subs' - Bailey, Carey. 

 

Vics' - Springthorpe, Byrne, Watson, Regan, Duxbury, Cook, Summerskill, Simon Lakeland (Gyimah 88'), Howard (C), Bennett (Amis 69') Burnett (Ball 69').  Un-used subs' - Roddy, Mike Clarke.

 

This last match of the regular season started under sunny skies in Glossop, with Vics' eager to make amends for the mid-week home defeat to the same opposition. The Green and Whites' made early inroads forcing four corners in the first fifteen minutes. The fourth flag-kick by Iain Howard being cleared to Glossop midfielder Martyn Andrews just before the half-way line and he was tackled brilliantly by Simon Lakeland who played a quick inside ball to Stuart Cook who shifted the ball from his right foot onto his left twenty-yards out and drilled a powerful left foot shot into the net via the inside of Glossop glove-man Andy Robertson's left post. Vics' continued to largely dominate with the Hillmens' attacks few and far between as the half wore on. Josh Amis' low drive was deflected out for another corner by home defender Sam Barnes on 35' and a well-worked short-corner routine between Brian Summerkskill and Iain Howard saw the latter send over a fine delivery to the edge of the six-yard box where Matt Regan was picked out beautifully to thunder in a downward header into the far corner of the net and Vics' were now in complete control. A rare raid by the home side saw a tame shot by Martyn Andrews sail well wide from distance. Vics' nearly headed into the break with a 0-3 lead when Brian Summerskill hit the post with a low right-foot shot after yet another perfect corner by Iain Howard fell to him on an angle seven yards out.

 

PICTURED - Matt Regan (third from left) is cock-a-hoop after putting Vics' 0-2 to the good. Pictured - joyous Vics' team-mates L-R  Brian Summerskill; about to high-five goal creator Iain Howard (out of picture), Simon Lakeland, Alex Byrne (partly hidden), and Andy Watson.

Matt Regan GNE 16

 

HALF-TIME - Glossop N.E 0-2 Vics'.

 

The second half's opening quarter was fairly scrappy but this didn't bother Vics' who sat on the two-goal lead comfortably, with no real scares of note inside the first twenty minutes as the home side began to get frustrated at their impotency across the pitch. Vics' midfielder Brian Summerskill's low shot went wide on 66' and Mason Springthorpe made his first save of the game on 77' when he pushed out Martyn Andrews' long-range pile-driver for a corner; which ultimately came to nothing. Vics' front-man Iain Howard embarked on an enterprising run from centre-field on 85'; springing the home side's offside trap - sending hit-man Josh Amis clear on goal but Glossop keeper' Andy Robertson saved his low right-foot cross-shot from fifteen yards with an out-stretched right boot and full-back Kelvin Lugsden was able to clear the ball out to safety. The additional three minutes of time added on were seen out with considerable ease by the Vics' as a home play-off semi-final ticket was booked for this coming Wednesday.

 

Vics' M.O.M - Stuart Cook.  Completely controlled the midfield area and broke up everything Glossop had to offer. Great composure and finish for his goal, taking his season's total to an impressive fourteen.

 

Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict on the win -

A pleasing win and performance, Adam. Much to be positive about ahead of the big play-off semi final this Wednesday.

 

I felt we started the game better today than we did on Wednesday at Wincham Park which was important. We wanted to try and sustain a better tempo to the game which I thought we did, particularly in the first half and we were good value for our two-goal lead at the break. Cookie’s goal was an excellent strike and the delivery by Iain Howard and header by Matty Regan for our second was great and I was delighted for him because the one he scored on Wednesday in the reverse fixture should have stood so it was a bit of justice in a way.  
We expected a bit of a response from them in the second half as they are a good team and don’t give in regardless of the score-line so we were ready for this period of pressure and I thought the players dealt with it brilliantly. We kept our discipline and our shape limiting them to a couple of half-chances, I think their only real clear-cut effort was a few minutes from the end when Astley Mulholland collected a loose pass by us and released Jamie Rainford between our centre-backs but Mason made a top save and saw us secure our third clean sheet in the last five games which is fantastic. 
We knew that by getting ourselves ahead in the game that they would have to come up the pitch a bit leaving us more space to play. The game became more stretched in the second half which gave us a number of opportunities to counter them which I didn’t feel we capitalised on as well as we should have done. Thankfully we had done the damage in the first half in the sense of getting our goals and the second period was a very professional, disciplined and controlled performance which was pleasing.
In my mind nothing was to be gained today regardless of the result other than the three points and finishing in third, one place higher than last season. It was more the performance I was looking for and I wanted to see us being more of a threat which we certainly were. Ok we get the home advantage in the play-offs and I think Glossop would have rather had us coming to Surrey Street on Tuesday night but my players are acutely aware that winning today doesn’t assure us of anything in the play-offs, just like Glossop beating us last Wednesday doesn’t assure them of anything either. We are under no illusion about how difficult this game will be but nevertheless we have the confidence and belief and we will be going all out to win on Wednesday night as I’m sure Glossop will themselves.
I thought the crowd, over 400 I think there was, and supporters of both teams were brilliant on Saturday and I urge as many of our fans as possible to come out on Wednesday evening and get right behind your team.

 

Up next for Vics' is the Evo-Stik NPL Division One North promotion play-off semi-final at HOME to Glossop North End on Wednesday 27th April. Kick-off is at 19:45.

 

Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.