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Vics' defeated Mossley AFC by four goals to two at Seel Park last night in another commanding performance. Two goals in the first half from Brian Summerskill (including a penalty), and game-star Jordan Hadfield gave Vics' a three-nil interval lead.  Dougie Carroll replied with a penalty of his own for the hosts in the last quarter of the half, before Gary Burnett plundered his 18th goal of the season and the Lillywhites' James Blair notched a consolation goal in the final throes of the game.

The unbeaten run for Vics' now extends to a very impressive fourteen matches, the last defeat being away to Prescot Cables in the EvoStik NPL Division One North way back on Tuesday February 11th.

The result sees Vics' move up a further place in the EvoStikNPL Division One North table to ninth position.

 

Tuesday 8th April 2014.  Venue - Seel Park, Mossley.  EvoStikNPL Division One North.

 

LINE-UPS

VICS  -  Deasy, Smalley, Henry, Schofield, Wisdom (C) (Meadowcroft 44'), Greenwood, Hadfield, Summerskill, Amis, Clarke (Sanogo 60'), Burnett (Stott 79').  All subs used.

 

Mossley A.F.C  -  Thewlis, Wilkinson, McGrath, Dean, Brown, Bennett, Blair (C), Gough, Welbeck, Pratt, Matthews.  Subs - McDonnell, Warburton, Carroll, McGonigle, Nightingale.

 

Bookings for Vics' -  Hadfield 71',  Burnett 74'.

 

Unavailable for Vics'   Marc Joseph (suspended).

 

Vics opened the match with confidence, with the unbeaten run under their belts - Mossley created the games first chance of note in the tenth minute however; Vics' net-minder Tim Deasy made a poor kicked clearance, the ball gained no ground and looped back in the air, he punched clear and the ball fell invitingly for the Lillywhites' Brian Matthews to strike on goal at the unguarded net and Vics' defender Ryan Schofield nodded clear to safety to deny a near-certain opening goal.

Vics' took the lead in the 14th minute; Gary Burnett left the hosts' centre-back Tom Dean for dead and was upended by him on the edge of the box. Matt Greenwood's free-kick was only cleared to Brian Summerskill who was lurking on the edge of the box in a central position and he pummelled a right-foot drive into the bottom corner with home 'keeper Thewlis a virtual bystander - such was the quality of the strike.

The lead was doubled in the 31st minute, when Gary Burnett went on a pacy run - again leaving the host's defence trailing in his wake; he played in Josh Amis and his six-yard shot was smothered by Thewlis, the ball ran free and Burnett seized on the loose ball and he was unceremoniously tripped by left-back Andy Brown and the referee awarded what was a stone-wall penalty. Brian Summerskill stepped up to confidently stroke the spot-kick past Thewlis - sending him the wrong way for a quick-fire brace. Vics' were now stroking the ball about with an air of supremacy, and went three-nil up in the 33rd minute - a Matt Greenwood corner found it's way to the energetic Jordan Hadfield on the left-hand edge of the box and he knocked the ball around Mossley right-back Matt Wilkinson and unleashed a stinging left-foot shot that flew into the far corner of the net - it was a fantastic finish and on his wrong foot too. Mossley were by now completely deflated, and were only limted to sporadic raids and shots from long-range.

Half-time arrived with Vics' in control at 0-3 to the good. The second half was somewhat a quiet affair; Vics' more than happy to take the sting out of the game being three-nil in front and Mossley struggling to make any in-roads despite the best efforts of the impressive and tireless Wayne Welbeck up-front. Chris Smalley had a shot cleared off the line by Tom Dean in the 65th minute after Thewlis' parried a Josh Amis close-range shot. Mossley finally got on the score-sheet in the 71st minute, sub' Dougie Carroll driving a penalty past Vics' 'keeper Tim Deasy after Jordan Hadfield had tripped Wayne Welbeck just as he had entered the box on a jinking run. Any hopes of a Mossley comeback were extinguished five minutes later by consistent striker Gary Burnett; who plundered his 18th goal of the season - sending a right-foot screamer across Thewlis and into the far corner after Matt Greenwood played the ball beautifully into his path on the right-hand side just inside the box. Vics' were now home and hosed at 1-4 in the lead - Mossley 'skipper James Blair notched a consolation goal for the Lillywhites in the 88th minute, sweeping home from 20 yards right-footed after being picked out by sub Dougie Carroll.

 

Pictured - Brian Summerskill congratulated on his second goal from the spot by game-star Jordan Hadfield, and happy team-mates Mike Clarke (background), Callum Henry and Chris Smalley (No.2).

 

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Vics' M.O.M - Jordan Hadfield - Ran the midfield in typically dominant fashion - covered every blade of grass and a great goal to boot.

 

Pictured below - The  Mossley and Vics' players exchanging hand-shakes prior to kick-off.

 

Mossley V Vics 13.14

 

Manager Jim Gannon's post-match reaction -

 

A fine victory again Jim, four goals scored away from home and further extends the unbeaten run to fourteen matches. How pleased were you with the performance overall? 
 
 
You should always be pleased when you get a good away victory. No matter what level you play at, away games always pose a greater challenge. I felt the players were in good spirits before the game, and the level of energy and focus was up a level from previous games. It seemed as if they were refreshed after the extra day’s rest over the weekend. I think that transpired into the first half performance and we found ourselves in a 3-0 lead at half time. I was a little surprised to see us lead 3-0 as many of our previous games had been very tight affairs for long periods. This game was no different and was fairly even as both teams adjusted to the opposition shape and the condition of the pitch. But once we scored I felt we showed a ruthlessness to exploit Mossley’s defensive weaknesses. We turned up the intensity of our pressure and once again we executed and finished several set plays with great efficiency.
 
I always felt that the second half would be much tougher. Having previously watched Mossley several times, their management are quick to make tactical and personal changes to chase the game. Three substitutes from them at the start of the half and a more aggressive team shape meant that they had the better of the second half possession and territory. However, despite conceding a poor goal I felt we were always capable of another goal as they played further up the pitch. Gary Burnett became an increasing threat, and his pace caused a number of troubles. The referee should have awarded a penalty when he was taken down clear through on goal but soon afterwards he got his deserved goal.
 
Effectively the game was over and it was just a question of being professional and seeing the game out. Mossley’s captain got a late second but overall I felt we deserved the win and it was pleasing to get another three points which have helped move us up the League and now broke above the top ten into a solid ninth position.
 
 
 
Up next for Vics' is an EvoStikNPL Division One North encounter at home to New Mills F.C this Saturday 12th April, kick-off 15:00.
 
 
Match report by Jamie Dewsbury.