Vics' moved off the bottom of the EvoStik NPL Divison One South table this afternoon following a crucial 1-0 home win Vs visiting Carlton Town FC. An expertly taken penalty by striker Dave Short proved the match-winner on 17 minutes. Vics' forward Yaw Gyimah was red-carded on 69' for violent conduct but the Green and Whites' dealt with everything the Millers' threw at them in the game's closing quarter.


Saturday 25th March 2017. COMPETITION - EvoStik NPL Division One South. VENUE - The Net Dec Stadium, Northwich


LINE-UP'S - Vics'  - Forth, Lawrence, Lyndon (C), Fitzgerald, Mannion, Bennett, Cesaire, Clarke, McDonald, Gyimah (S/O 69'), Short (Kelleher 90'),  Un-used subs' - Shaw, Imade, Matthews.


Carlton Town - Steggles, Carlisle (Lusamba 80'), Davie, Schoenecker, Gorman, Walker (C), Newton (Gordon 46'), Elliott, Troke, Mellors-Blair, Rae (Hooton 53') (caution).  Un-used subs' - Podier, Wallace.  


GOALS - Vics' - Dave Short 17' (penalty).


Vics' M.O.M - Stu McDonald. A craftsman at work all afternoon. At the heart of all Vics' plays offensively and won the penalty. Word too for Dave Short, a thoroughly industrious performance, expertly taken penalty and never gave the Miller's defence a seconds peace all game.


In a cagey opening to the game, Carlton striker Alex Troke had the games first decent chance on 9', firing wide from fifteen yards in a good position.
Vics' responded on 13' when Matty Clarke embarked on a jinking run and let fly with a fierce twenty yard shot that went just wide that had visiting keeper Jack Steggles scrambling.
The Vics' took the lead on 17' through striker Dave Short's excellently taken penalty, hammered low right-footed into the bottom corner despite Steggles' despairing dive.
The penalty was awarded after Jack Steggles had upended Vics' attacker Stu McDonald at the corner of the six-yard area.
Vics' midfielder Lingouba Cesaire had the first half's only other chance of note - firing wide from eighteen yards after racing into John Bennett's slide-rule pass.


HALF-TIME - Vics' 1-0 Carlton Town FC.

Vics' began the second half strongly - captain Reece Lyndon's bullet header was gathered at the second attempt by glove-man Jack Steggles on 52' from Stu McDonald's pin-point corner and Carlton defender Kieran Walker almost put through his own net on 55' when attempting to clear Stu McDonald's dangerous right-wing cross; the ball landed on the top of the net with Steggles in no-man's land.
Vics' forward Yaw Gymiah was red-carded on 69' for an off-the-ball elbow on a Carlton player. Carlton's hit-man Alex Troke saw a shot deflected just wide that could easily have gone in on 85'.
Vics' midfield schemer Lingouba Cesaire then saw his deft chip strike the cross-bar on 89' after Carlton defender Niall Davie's weak back-header sold his keeper' short. On 90' minutes Carlton sub' Dan Gordon saw his twenty-two yard free-kick fly just wide of the goal in the final goal-mouth action of the game.
Vics' saw out the additional five minutes to earn a precious three points and move off the bottom of the table. 

Vics' Manager Paul Moores' reaction to the performance and a crucial three points that moves the Green and Whites' off the bottom of the League table -

A huge win, Paul. The organisation from front to back was excellent and limited Carlton to few chances. Much to play for now with another home game Vs Gresley FC this Wednesday evening -


Yes it's a huge three points, Jamie.

I asked for a performance and I've criticised the whole squad recently for not taking the opportunity to climb off the bottom of the league. Poor discipline and lack of commitment, but this was a game we knew we HAD to win.
It's no coincidence that with 5 senior players added to the squad that were missing from last Tuesday's debacle -  we had a better and more experienced look about us. Our shape was good and we had a determination about us that in recent games has been lacking. The young players are learning and they are as important as the senior lads and let's not forget they have shown commitment and guts when required. But yesterday we needed strong leaders and I got eleven of them on the pitch.
We need to replicate that on Wednesday night (HOME Vs Gresley) and next Saturday afternoon (AWAY Vs AFC Rushden & Diamonds) until the very end. There are seven cup finals for us and an actual cup final (Mid-Cheshire District FA Cup Vs 1874). It would be fantastic if we were safe by then and enjoy the cup final without any other added pressures 
We have lots to do before then, and for now let's all enjoy a great win and performance. A massive well done to all involved.
I'd also like to mention and say a massive thanks to Brian Turner who has supported us all the way, and took us to Stamford AFC last Tuesday evening. 


Up next for Vics' is an EvoStik NPL Division One South fixture Vs Gresley FC at HOME on Wednesday 29th March with kick-off at 19:45. 


Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.