Vics' were soundly beaten tonight by visiting table-toppers Shaw Lane AFC. The visitors were impressive in extending their lead at the top of the table to six points from nearest rivals Witton Albion as the Green and Whites' three-match unbeaten run was halted.
Wednesday 1st March 2017. COMPETITION - EvoStik NPL Division One South. VENUE - The Net Dec Stadium, Northwich
LINE-UP'S - Vics' - Forth, Clarke (caution) (Gyimah 73'), Fitzgerald, Lyndon (C), Mannion, Doran (Kelleher 58') (*D), Bennett, McDonald, Short (S/O 67'), Sultan (*D) (Matthews 65'), Abadaki. Un-used sub' - Shaw. *D - Denotes Debut. Unavailable for Vics' - Adam Lawrence - Defender - work commitments.
Shaw Lane AFC - Stewart, Austin (caution), Algar, Lenighan, Kelvin Lugsden, Qualter (C), Byrne, Harris, Allott (Radford 89'), Kieran Lugsden, Burnett. Un-used subs' - Tuohy, Zaniewski, Elliott.
GOALS - Shaw Lane AFC - Gary Burnett 15', Gavin Allott 35', 89', Spencer Harris 65'.
Vics' M.O.M - Godwin Abadaki - Was at the heart of the Vics' best, and few; moments in the game - a tireless 90 minutes from the diminutive front-man.
In a scrappy opening to the game owing much to a greasy surface with the recent heavy rain-fall, Shaw Lane took the lead on 15' when ex-Vics' striker Gary Burnett looped a header into the bottom corner from short range after several headed attempts by players from both sides after a corner had caused confusion in a packed penalty area. Vics' battled gamely and had their first attempt on goal on 26' when debutant Niall Sultan's low shot from 12 yards - after cutting in from the touch-line; was blocked by Ducks' defender Ryan Qualters' out-stretched leg. The lead was doubled for the visiting Ducks' however; on 35' giant striker Gavin Allott slotted in a low shot from seven yards after scampering clear onto Spencer Harris' clever through-ball. Vics' star man on the night - Godwin Abadaki; showed great skill and poise just before the break on 44' when he left two players for dead and cut into the far edge of the area and unleashed a curling right-foot shot that was destined for the bottom corner of the net only for Ducks' defender Kelvin Lugsden to produce a great block to divert the ball away for a Vics' corner.
HALF-TIME - Vics' 0-2 Shaw Lane AFC.
The second half began with the visitors looking very strong and in no mood to relinquish their strong position in the game. A couple of failry comfortable saves were made by Vics' glove-man Dylan Forth to deny Kieran Lugsdens' snap-shot from 12 yards on 55' and Gary Burnett's stinging shot from 18 yards on 63' but the third goal wasn't long in coming on 65' - Spencer Harris' thigh diverting the ball into the opposite corner of the net from ex-Vics' favourite Alex Byrne's well-struck eighteen-yard effort. Soon after on 67' Vics' front-man Dave Short had a brain explosion in an altercation with a visiting player, being sent for an early bath by the referee for a head-butt. Vics' were being out-classed by and large but never gave up; a riposte of sorts was mustered when debutant Jack Kelleher's low raking shot from fourteen yards was cleared away by Ducks' defender Ben Algar before keeper' Jon Stewart had chance to finally dirty his gloves in the second period. Gavin Allott completed his double and scored the fourth of the evening for the visitors' in the last minute when he strode clear after receiving Kieran Lugsdens' inside pass; smashing home a low right-foot shot into the far corner of the net at the second attempt after Vics' skipper Reece Lyndon had expertly blocked his initial effort.
The goal rounded off a bad day at the office for the Vics' but with still twelve fixtures to go in the quest to stave off relegation.
Vics' Manager Paul Moores' reaction to the comprehensive defeat -
A tough night, Paul. Shaw Lane were pretty much in control for most of the game. But moving forward there are more than enough fixtures left against teams in and around us - to get the points needed to avoid relegation.
Yes Jamie it was a very disappointing evening all round. After the recent three game unbeaten run and clean sheets, it was a huge come-down from how we played in those previous games. Certain individuals need to take a long look in the mirror after that and ask themselves 'did i do enough?'.
I have a big selection conundrum for the game at Bedworth United and i may have to make some changes.
We were beaten by a better side on the night for sure but two, possibly three; of the four goals were down to mistakes and people not taking responsibility in certain situations. Dave Short has apologised for his indiscretion on Wednesday - but the reality is we will lose him after tomorrow's game for three matches for violent conduct and he should know better with the experience he has got in the non-league game.
Team news for the Bedworth United AWAY fixture - defender Adam Lawrence (work commitments) is back available for selection . All other players are fit and available.
Up next for Vics' is an EvoStik NPL Division One South fixture AWAY Vs Bedworth United on Saturday 4th March - Kick-off is at 15:00. Stadium Address - The Oval Ground, Miners Welfare Park, Coventry Road, Bedworth. Postcode for St-nav systems is - CV12 8NN. Admission prices - £9 Adults, £6 Concessions (O-65's and students with a valid NUS card).
Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.