Vics' kept a clean sheet for a second successive home league game as visiting play-off hopefuls Leek Town were held to a score-less draw.

 

Saturday 11th February 2017. COMPETITION - EvoStik NPL Division One South. VENUE - The Net Dec Stadium, Northwich

 

LINE-UP'S - Vics' - Forth, Clarke (caution), Fitzgerald, Lyndon (C) (caution), Mannion, Doran (Shaw 76'), Bennett, McDonald, Gyimah, Short (caution) (Berrisford 85'), Kiwanda (Pritchard 82').  Un-used sub' - Lawrence.

Unavailable for Vics' - Godwin Abadaki - Striker (shoulder) - expected back in one week.  Drew Matthews - forward.

 

Leek Town FC - Chapman, Smith, Morris, Beaumont (Mullarkey 82'), Frances, Chadwick, France (Stevenson 73'), Maguire (C), Grice (caution), Budrys (Higham 73'), Grimshaw.  Un-used subs' - Donnelly, Faulkner.

 

Vics' M.O.M - Dylan Forth. Brilliant penalty save to deny Tim Grice from the spot and made several saves to earn the Green and Whites' a point - best save of all was to deny ex-Vics' hit-man Chris Budrys' bullet header.  

 

In an even first half of few chances, Vics' forward Damase Kiwanda had the first effort on goal, his mazy cross-field run resulted in a fierce left-foot shot from 20 yards that was well saved by Leek keeper' Ben Chapman on 11'.
On 28' Leek Town were awarded a penalty for a foul by Matty Clarke on Darren Chadwick but Vics' keeper Dylan Forth was equal to Tim Grice's well struck right-foot spot-kick, saving well low down to his left and also holding onto the ball.
Vics' left-back George Mannion saw a long range drive fly just wide with Chapman scrambling on 29', then Vics' keeper' Dylan Forth made a fantastic save on 41' - denying ex-Vics' striker Chris Budrys' close-range bullet header from Sam Grimshaw's floated cross and the ever-consistent Matty Clarke cleared a header by Tim Grice off the line on 44'.

 

HALF-TIME - Vics' 0 Leek Town 0.

 

The second half began with the first attempt at goal seeing Dylan Forth saving Leek wide-man Sam Grimshaw's shot from eight yards with his left leg on 53' and Vics' front-man Damase Kiwanda's left-foot shot from ten yards following Dave Short's clever reverse pass was brilliantly saved by visiting glove-man Ben Chapman on 69'.
The impressive Matty Clarke again made a goal-line clearance on 87' as Leek finished much the stronger; this time he denied Darren Chadwick's well-struck shot from twelve yards that was destined to ripple the net as Vics' held out for the draw.

 

Vics' Manager Paul Moores' verdict on a second successive home goal-less stalemate -

Another clean sheet Paul, and looked solid again all over the pitch. But hitting the back of the net is elusive for us these past few games.

 

Yes Jamie - we are proving to be hard to beat and our work rate along with our endeavour is really showing. 

What we now need is that killer punch, creating those clear-cut chances. It's clear we are gelling but we need to get those wins to give us a fighting chance in the last two months.
Today was always going to be tough and discipline was important. We have discussed this and I felt we gave away too many free-kicks, Matty Clarke and John Bennett both guilty in the first half but both played well and kept their composure in the second half.
We didn't get caught out by long balls which was a point we discussed and I also felt we picked up second balls a lot better. The game was very even for long periods and they probably had  the better of the chances along with the missed penalty. 
Our defence have been excellent over the last couple of games and my Man Of The Match goes to Dylan Forth who has been outstanding. 
We go again next week with Godwin Abadaki, and Drew Matthews back available again - alongside new striker Niall Sultan (Ex-Retford United & Chadderton).

 

Up next for Vics' is an AWAY EvoStik NPL Division One South fixture Vs Gresley FC on Saturday 18th February - kick-off is at 15:00.   Stadium Address - The Moat Ground, Moat Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire.   Postcode for Sat-nav systems is - DE11 9RE.   Admission prices - £8 Adults, £5 for over 60's, £5 for U-16's, £1 for U-13's (accompanied by a full paying adult).   Match-day programme - £1.50.

 

Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.