Vics' earned a point away to Carlton Town this afternoon after Matty Clarke scored in injury time for the Green and Whites' ensuring a point was taken home to Cheshire.
Saturday 26th November 2016. COMPETITION - Evo-Stik NPL Division One South. VENUE - The Bill Stokeld Stadium, Nottingham
LINE-UP'S - Carlton Town - Steggles, Campbell, Fletcher, Schoenecker, Gorman, Walker (C) (caution), Mellors-Blair, Elliott (caution), Wilson, Troke (Davie 64'), Gordon (Wholey 73'). Un-used subs' - Newton, Rae, Stovell.
Vics' - Hill, Nolan, Pritchard, Brewster, Fitzgerald, Regan (C) (caution) (Olopade 40'), Abadaki, Lakeland, Johnson (Hinchliffe 84'), Gyimah, Clarke. Un-used sub' - Coffey.
GOALS - Carlton Tn - Alexander Troke 14', William Mellors-Blair 87'. Vics' - Godwin Abadaki 44', Matty Clarke 90'.
Unavailable for Vics' - Alec Mudimu (ankle), Dylan Forth (away).
Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict on the four-goal stalemate -
We anticipated a difficult game today and thats exactly what it proved to be. Having equalised twice and especially the second one so late in the game, I suppose you would have to say its a good point but to be truthful I’m disappointed not to be going home with all three and I think it would have been incredibly harsh on the players if we hadn’t taken anything away from here.
It isn’t the easiest pitch to play on and its also one of the smallest pitches in the league and with them being such a robust and competitive team I felt we had to mix our game up a bit more and in fairness I think it took us a bit to get to grips with that. They started the game better than us, they seemed to be sharper all over the pitch and were very competitive in the opening stages. I felt when we got the ball into the front players we didn’t retain it well enough early on and as a result of this it was very difficult to build any momentum so it ended up becoming very scrappy which ultimately suited them. They scored direct from a free-kick which was a good strike to be fair although I felt we should have defended better to avoid giving the initial foul in the first place. We got better as the half went on and started to enjoy brief spells of possession in their half but didn’t really create much until the goal which was a great strike by Godwin Abadaki from the edge of the area. I think it took a slight deflection and went through a couple of bodies to elude the keeper but we deserved that bit of fortune.
At half-time I asked the players to stretch the game a bit more and use the spaces down the sides and in behind better. We have willing runners and good mobility in attack and I didn’t think we asked enough questions of their back-line in the first half. In the second half we did this much better and as a consequence we got in behind and down the sides but we also created space in the midfield area which enabled Simon (Lakeland) and Mike (Brewster) to get on the ball and influence the game more. I thought some of our play in the second half was excellent on a difficult playing surface and the reason we didn’t win the game was because we failed to score in this period. We had a couple of great chances, the best of all falling to Godwin 12 yards out who shot straight at the keeper, either side of him was a goal and considering his goalscoring record of late he really should have scored. Typical of ourselves - we then allow them to score with one of their only entries into our final third in that period and end up having to come from behind again. It was a poor goal from our perspective which I have discussed with the players as it stemmed from a throw-in of theirs in their own half. However the players yet again showed tremendous character to come from behind and get a deserved point. They never know when they're beaten and always go until the end which is something I am proud of.
Im disappointed to have scored two goals in our last two league games and only have one point to show for it. Today was our 24th game in all competitions and we have scored 2+ goals in 15 of those games, over 50%. Two goals should be enough to win a football match and this is what we must improve going forward as I believe we should have many more points to show for our performances this season.
Up next for Vics' is another Evo-Stik NPL Division One South fixture AWAY Vs Market Drayton Town F.C on Saturday 3rd December with kick-off at 15:00. Stadium Address - Greenfields Sports Ground, Greenfields Lane, Market Drayton, Shropshire. Postcode for Sat-nav systems is - TF9 3SL. Admission prices - £7 Adults, £5 for over 60 year old's, £2 for Childern over the age of 11, £1 for Children under the age of 11.
Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.