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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

 

LINE-UPS

 

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 -

 

A resounding win Jim, four goals and a clean sheet.  A nice way to finish off the League campaign.
 
 
I couldn’t have asked for any better. The result stands out as convincing but the performance was also excellent and matched the result. Being honest I didn’t expect such a dominant score-line after our previous meeting, as Ossett have a number of very competent players.
We also had to contend with only 11 fit players coming into the game. It was the same eleven that started away at Cammell Laird last Monday. However, after much thought I decided to change the shape of the team, and adjusted the positions of Abou Sanogo and Scotty Harries. The main thought was to allow Scott Harries to act more as an attacker than a midfielder and with Abou on the left of midfield he would protect Matty Greenwood defensively, and also allow that side of the team to have an extra attacking dimension. It was very pleasing to see all three of those players have very good games.
 
From a coaching point of view the nature of the goals and the clean sheet were also very pleasing. The front two from Ossett Town FC were very threatening and they had their chances especially in the first half. They got in behind us a couple of times and also posed a threat from set plays. But after the half-time team talk and a few adjustments their threat dissipated in the second half. On the defensive side Michael Clarke was again outstanding, proving himself a very effective last defender at crucial times and also a real presence on defensive set plays.   
 
On the attacking side we also posed a real threat when breaking on Ossett’s defence. I feel we had a few extra dimensions to our attack than Ossett with the free roles of the attacking midfielders Scott Harries and Abou adding to the hardworking Josh Amis and Gary Burnett in central attack. I thought Abou and Gary Burnett took their individual goals extremely well, with both displaying great composure, close control and accuracy in their finishing. Also pleasing is to score another two goals from set plays. Matty Greenwood providing two excellent crosses which were taken very well by Josh Amis and Marc Joseph.
 
It was a great way to finish the League Campaign and surely gave everyone a great feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction as we sign off on what has been a tough season for all. The players have also shown the form over the last three months of the season to suggest that they will be very competitive next year, especially if we maintain the teamwork, organisation, work ethic and conviction that was so apparent in the last 16 league games.
 
Match report by Jamie Dewsbury.