Vics' finished off the EvoStikNPL Division One North campaign with a routine and resounding four-nil victory against visiting Ossett Town AFC.
Goals in the first half from in-form Joshua Amis and Abou Sanogo secured a 2-0 lead at the interval and further goals from hit-man Gary Burnett - his 19th of a profitable season; and Marc Joseph after the resumption put the icing on an impressive victory - now only one defeat in Vics' last nineteen league and cup matches.
Saturday 26th April - Valley Road - EvoStik NPL Division One North
VICS - Deasy (C), Smalley, Clarke, Joseph, Greenwood, Sanogo, Summerskill, Hadfield, Harries, Amis, Burnett. Subs (unused) - Phoenix & Meadowcroft.
OSSETT TOWN AFC - Dobbs, Kilburn, Kuba-Kuba, Connor, Jeff (C), N.Wood, Ovington, Patterson, C.Wood, Eyles, Cross. Subs - Pashley, Akeister, Sykes.
Unavailable for Vics' - Stott (knee), Wisdom & Schofield (both groin) Henry (Ankle).
Goals - Amis 23', Sanogo 27', Burnett 58', Joseph 85'.
Jim Gannon kept faith with the same X1 that started the Easter Monday game at Cammell Laird, with four players still unavailable due to various injuries.
Vics' started the game the brighter however; Joshua Amis sent a header just wide of Ossett 'keeper Dobbs' near-post from Clarke's headed assist on 12 minutes and Gary Burnett sent a drive just wide from 8 yards on 15 minutes from Hadfield's centre into his feet in the 19th minute.
The lead wasn't long in coming though; Joshua Amis sending a flicked header across Dobbs' and into the far corner of the net from Matt Greenwood's excellent delivery from a corner kick in the 22nd minute, and Vics' were up and running at 1-0.
The lead was doubled just five minutes later in the 27th minute - Abou Sanogo carried the ball himself from half-way and charged to 20 yards from the visitors' goal and let fly with a screamer of a right-foot shot which flew into the net before Dobbs' had time to react. It was a fine finish; the kind of goal which has now become his trademark. Ossett were undeterred though; on the next play, Jimmy Eyles was played clean through on goal by Richie Patterson but make-shift centre-half and striker by trade Mike Clarke got across to make a goal-saving block as Eyles shaped to shoot towards the exposed Tim Deasy in the Vics' goal.
In the 43rd minute, Ossett full-back Brad Kilburn tried his luck from 35 yards, his shot which was wind-assisted took everyone by suprise - including himself as it arced through the air and crashed back into play after striking the top of the crossbar. Half-time came with Vics' holding a 2-0 advantage.
Vics' were in control at the start of the 2nd half; Gary Burnett firing a volley wide after the busy Brian Summerskill picked him out; but he made amends shortly after in the 58th minute, collecting another fine pass into his feet - this time by Jordan Hadfield, he controlled the ball and skipped past Shaun Connor with ease before blasting home with his right-foot from 6 yards and Vics' were now 3-0 up and looking good for a heavy victory. A rare Ossett raid in the 76th minute ended with Chris Wood having a shot tipped round the post by Deasy at full stretch; and the resulting corner came to nothing.
Vics' scored a fourth in the 81st minute; another excellent corner delivery by Matt Greenwood was swung in viciously to virtually under the crossbar and centre-back Marc Joseph thumped in a header to seal an emphatic victory and a respectable ninth position in the final EvoStik NPL Division One North table.
VICS' M.O.M - Matty Greenwood - Peerless performance again at left-back and only 18 years of age, really blossoming now and another two assists.
Manager Jim Gannon's match reaction -