Vics' run without a win since the start of the season continued last night at Chasetown; but in a fairly dominant performance after  a slow start - the Green and Whites' couldn't notch a deserved winner following Man of the Match Jamie Hinchliffe's smart finish to a flowing team move on 81'.

 

Tuesday 20th September 2016. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One South. VENUE - The Scholars Ground, Chasetown

 

LINE-UP'S - Chasetown F.C - Pond, Curley, Wood (Ashman 48'), Slater, Thompson, Dance (C), Rooney (Lake-Gaskin 68'), Craddock (caution) (Langston 84'), Piggon, Wynter, Ruff.  Un-used subs' - Till, Kiembi.

 

Vics' - Springthorpe, Olopade, Pritchard, Brewster, Fitzgerald (Waldron 60'), Regan (C), Gymiah (caution), Hinchliffe, Cockerline, Mudimu, Clarke (Edwards (caution) 27').  Un-used subs' - Hill (GK), Simon Lakeland.

 

Vics' M.O.M - Jamie Hinchliffe.  Here, there and everywhere in a block-busting performance. Linked up the midfield with the forwards perfectly and was a constant thorn in the Scholars' side all evening. Was thwarted on several occasions by home keeper' Pond but got his just rewards for himself and the team late on with a clinical finish.

 

GOALS - Chasetown -  Ryan Wynter 2'.   Vics' - Jamie Hinchliffe 81'.

 

Vics' started the game in much the same fashion as most that had come before it, in a slow and sluggish start that the Scholars' wasted no time in seizing upon. On 2' striker Ryan Wynter was picked out un-marked in the six-yard area and planted a downward header into the net past the exposed Mason Springthorpe in Vics' goal - a superb in-swinging cross by full-back Matt Wood the creator of the chance. The lead should have been doubled on 11' when Vics' midfield was by-passed again far too easily and Josh Ruff headed well wide when perfectly placed un-marked five yards out after a cross by right-back Matt Curley to the far post. Vics' started to get a foothold in the game after the 20' minute mark and produced their first chance of the game on 21' when Matty Clarke saw a low right-foot drive arrowing towards the bottom corner from 18 yards deflected out for a corner by a desperate out-streched leg of the Scholars' captain James Dance. Four minutes later, game-star Jamie Hinchliffe scampered clean through on goal after intercepting a loose pass by Rhys Thompson but his low, fierce shot from 16 yards lacked the accuracy to beat home glove-man Curtis Pond who saved with his legs and the ball went out for a Vics' corner which eventually came to nothing. Vics' continued to make progess in the game but just couldn't make that all important break-through - a fine move on 37' nearly yielded a fine team goal when a jinking run by left-back John Pritchard ended with him picking out sub' Tyler Edwards just inside the area and he impudently back-heeled to front-man Yaw Gymiah who in turn hammmered a rasping right-foot drive at goal from 10 yards but home keeper' Pond again excelled; getting a right hand to the effort and diverting the ball back out to safety.

 

HALF-TIME - Chasetown 1-0 Vics'.

 

Vics' started the half much like they had ended the first; on top. Two minutes in and striker Dan Cockerline created room for himself on the right-hand side just inside the home area and he picked out Jamie Hinchliffe cleverly with a reverse pass and the man of the match was again thwarted; but this time by the base of the post as his low daisy-cutter shot from 6 yards on an angle did beat keeper' Pond, and Yaw Gymiah blasted the re-bound over the cross-bar from 8 yards out. Scholars' fired a warning across Vics' bows on 55' though, Nathan Rooney's screamer from 20 yards sailed just wide of Springthorpes' near post and had the effort been on target; Vics' no.1 would have had his work cut out to deny the brilliant effort. Hinchliffe was denied yet again by Pond on 63' when a barnstorming run downfield from his own area by Vics' skipper' Matt Regan saw him reach the edge of the box and he released Hinchliffe with a wonderful raking pass and the pocket rocket midfielder unleashed a stinging, rising right-foot drive that Pond had to make a wonderful flying save to deny - the ball only just clearing the cross-bar via the faintest of finger-tips. On 70' John Pritchard drilled a left-foot shot goalwards from 6 yards after a flowing Vics' cross-field move completely carved open the Scholars' rear-guard and the keeper' this time was beaten all ends up but the ball took a huge deflection off his trailing leg that he knew nothing about and the ball trickled centimetres wide of the goal. The goal that Vics' so richly deserved finally arrived on 81' when the perservering Jamie Hinchcliffe rifled home right-footed with a calm and clinical finish into the bottom corner of the net from 8 yards out after Dan Cockerline produced a neat lay-off under pressure from the bye-line. Vics' then had chances to win it; with Dan Cockerline's low drilled left-foot effort curling just wide with home keeper' Pond in all sorts of trouble - fellow front-man Yaw Gymiah created the chance with a quick-break from centre-field and slide-rule pass. The Scholars' could have nicked it with the last chance of the game in injury time which would have been a travesty on balance of how the game had transpired; striker Ryan Wynters' rising right-foot shot from 16 yards on an angle was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Vics' keeper' Springthorpe at full stretch. The referee then blew for full-time with Vics' players, officials and supporters' left scratching their heads at how they only earned a point, when it should have been all three.

 

Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict on the excellent performance but frustrating stalemate -

 

Another really good performance, Adam but that elusive first win has still not arrived yet. We did everything right again but a combination of good-goal keeping and a few wasteful chances has again thwarted us. Surely the first win is imminent

 

I thought we were excellent tonight, our best performance of the season to date. I'm bitterly disappointed to have only come away with a point as we could have won heavily here and nobody could have said it was undeserved. They started the game better than us and didn't allow us to get into our rhythm but after the opening 10 minutes once we worked our to penetrate their press early we started to dominate the ball and created numerous excellent chances. We've hit the post a couple of times, missed some chances we should take and their keepers made some good stops and you do start thinking the goal isn't going to come but credit to the players for fighting till the end and getting an equaliser through Jamie's (Hinchliffe) first goal for the club; who I must say was outstanding all night. My only real frustrations from the night, despite not taking all three points were the goal we conceded by losing possession so cheaply, the failure to convert more chances and the biggest one being that once we got level we stopped doing the things we had done previously. We dropped deeper and kept giving the ball away which is just the nature of the results we've been suffering and a bit of edginess creeping in which we discussed and will learn from.

Overall plenty of positives and hopefully we can get a similar performance together with three points on Saturday at home to Stocksbridge.

 

Report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.