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.
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).
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.
Manager Jim Gannon's post-match reaction -