Vics' suffer defeat in the dying moments of the game.  

 

Vics' started of the game brightly and took the lead with a well worked goal on 40 minutes with a low drive from Dan Cockerline into the bottom corner of the net. Romulus hit back in the second half with a charged down effort from a Mason Springthorpe clearance after 61 minutes. Romulus took the lead 3 minutes into Injury time from a well worked free kick.

 

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Adam Lakeland has given his verdict on the match

 

Obviously it wasn’t the result we were looking for and to concede another late goal is bitterly disappointing. That’s now two goals conceded in the first two games in stoppage time and as a consequence has seen us drop four points.
 
I felt overall that a draw would have been a fair result but to lose was cruel on the players. First half we were by far the better side, playing with control and purpose and we deservedly led at half time. I felt we started the second half on top too with both Alec Mudimu and Dan Cockerline missing decent chances to extend our lead to 2-0 and had we done so I don’t see a way back for Romulus as they didn’t pose any real threat in the opening 60 minutes.
 
Once they changed shape and went with the second striker it prevented us from building our game from the back and became a bit scrappy which suited them and consequently saw them growing into the contest. The goal which they equalised from is another bit of misfortune thats gone against us this week. Mason should have perhaps done things a little quicker but nine times out of ten that hits the lad and ends up out for a goal kick so to see it fly into the goal gave them a big lift and temporarily dented the confidence of my young team. This only encouraged them to press us with more intensity and to be fair to them they did that better second half. When they were reduced to ten men we started to regain control and again became the dominant team in terms of possession but didn’t really penetrate them enough or create enough to go on and win the match.
 
I think my players lost the belief in the dying stages that they could win the game and in doing so switched off, conceded a needless foul and despite the free kick being a well worked training ground goal by Romulus, I was disappointed to see a number of green and white shirts ball watching as the Romulus lads queued up to tap home the winner. We have to learn that in the instance where we cannot win a game, that we do not lose it either and to keep our focus and discipline for 95 minutes is paramount.
 
Whilst its not been the start we envisaged or wanted, we must remember that we have led the opening two games, played some good football in both and been competitive against experienced sides who finished 4th and 10th last season. We are in the process of rebuilding and thats only the second 90 minutes this group has played together and for long spells we dominated. Barring conceding late goals in both games, we would have taken four points and everyone leaves doing cartwheels. I would rather focus on the positives from both fixtures and those are that for 90+ minutes we did a lot of things well and gave ourselves the possibility to win both games of football. Of course there are a number of aspects we can improve on and we need to wise up a bit but overall I’m positive and believe that my young players will learn and improve individually and collectively going forward.
 
We turn our attentions to the FA Cup on Saturday when Cheadle Town visit Wincham Park and its great that the games are coming thick and fast and I’m sure all the lads are looking forward to that game.