Vics' exited the Cheshire F.A Senior Cup at the first hurdle with a 2-0 reverse at 1874. In a game of few chances; particularly the first period; 1874 front-man Tom Bailey's deflected free-kick fortuitously handed the home side the lead at the break, and he doubled his tally shortly after the resumption to seal the win. Vics' had chances in the second period but lacked a killer instinct in which to find a way back into the tie.
Tuesday 10th January 2017. COMPETITION - Cheshire F.A Senior Cup 1st Round. VENUE - The Barton Stadium, Winsford United
LINE-UP'S - 1874 - Hall, Connor, Russell, Mitchell, Thomas, Hare, M. Jones (C), L. Jones, T. Bailey (McGowan 85'), Carey (caution) (Edwards 77'), Hind (J.Woolley 90'). Un-used subs' - M.Woolley, Whitlock.
Vics' - Forth, Olopade (caution) (Burey 58'), Lyndon (D), Nolan (C) (caution), Pritchard, Clarke, Doran, McDonald, Matthews, Short, Johnson. Un-used subs' - McCoy (GK), Moore.
*D - Denotes debut.
GOALS - 1874' - Tom Bailey 45', 55'. Unavailable for Vics' - Godwin Abadaki - Striker (shoulder), Andy Fitzgerald - Central Defender (ankle), Yaw Gyimah - Forward (Work commitments).
Vics' M.O.M - Reece Lyndon - an assured debut at the heart of the defence and calmness personified on the ball when bringing the ball out from the back or under pressure. His first game in almost four months after wretched luck with injuries.
1874 began the game much the better side early on whilst not posing much threat to Vics' goal and relied on a stroke of fortune to take the lead. Referee Joe Hull ignored their appeals for Lanre Olopade to be sent-off after Vics’ full-back ended Lee Jones’ surge towards goal, Vics' captain Kieran Nolan providing the cover. The resulting free-kick - taken by Bailey, took a huge deflection off the wall before trickling into the net. Jason Carey had earlier sent a header wide at the far post when meeting Matt Russell’s cross on 3 minutes.
Sam Hind sent a wild shot over on 14', then former 1874 striker Dave Short’s low attempt from 20 yards saw custodian Greg Hall collect low down in Vics' first real chance on 23'.
The game never really got going as a whole as 1874 took a slender lead into the break.
HALF-TIME - 1874 1 Vics' 0.
On 55' after a cagey opening to the second half; another mistake by Vics' full-back Lanre Olopade saw him fluff what should have been a routine clearance, Sam Hare shot at goal from just outside the box and Tom Bailey notched his second of the game after keeper' Dylan Forth had parried the initial effort by Hare invitingly into his path from short range and in turn provided him with the simplest of finishes. A good chance arrived for Vics' to strike back on the hour; Alex Johnson shot wastefully over from Dave Short's cute headed knock-down when well placed ten yards out and un-marked. Another opening went begging on 68' this time Stuart McDonald skied a shot well over, left-footed from a good position at the edge of the 6 yard box after the outstanding Matty Clarke had picked him out with a clever reverse pass in a packed area. Vics' best spell of the game continued and on 73' a fantastic block by 1874 defender Danny Thomas diverted Matty Clarke's rapier-like shot from eight yards after sub' Bevan Burey had easily skipped past defender Paul Connor on the left-hand side and sent over a delicious cross that skidded along the floor and reached Clarke perfectly. 1874 had two half-chances in the last quarter; new signing Jason Carey fired wide from 20 yards on 81', then Lee Jones forced Dylan Forth to make a smart save with a shot from outside of the penalty area as the game entered into injury time as the home side made sure of the win and a place in the second round.
PICTURED - The again outstanding Matty Clarke prompting another Vics' foray forward on 56'.
Manager Paul Moore's verdict on the Cheshire F.A Senior Cup exit -
A disappointing performance in general, Paul. The game itself never got going really with only flashes of genuine quality throughout the whole game. The changes didn't apppear to help us; along with injuries to important players.
Yes i agree with the game as a spectacle it didn't really live up to the hype pre-match. With 3 main players absent (Godwin Abadaki, Andy Fitzgerald & Yaw Gymiah) and two new players along with only three subs available, one of those being a keeper' and the other one being myself; it was making a big task even bigger.
I didn't think there was much in the game during the first half, obviously going 1-0 down seconds before the break via a huge deflection was tough on us.
We again failed to deal with easy problems and somehow helped them via terrible defensive errors to get another cheap goal and that was that. No complaints on the result though they deserved to win the tie.
Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury. Photgraphy courtesy of Kevin Warburton.