As the game kick off at 3.07pm to honour the memory of the 96 that lost their lives 25 years ago at Hillsborough, Jim Gannon’s Northwich Victoria extended their spectacular unbeaten run to 15 games as they saw a well fought 2 – 1 victory over New Mills.
Date – Saturday, April 12th 2014
Venue – Valley Road, Flixton
Competition – Evo Stik Division One North.
Samms, Shaw, Wood (Hampson 46), Caldecott
Smith, Grimshaw, Welsby, Hewitt
Fish (Nevins 46), Bancroft
Subs Not Used – King, Hopper & Pugh (GK)
Cautions – Bancroft, Hewitt
Sending Off – Smith
Goals – Bancroft 65
Smalley, Meadowcroft, Henry, Joseph
Summerskill, Hadfield, Greenwood (Phoenix 72)
Amis, Burnett (Sanogo 70), Stott
Subs Not Used – None
Goals – Stott 43, Amis 61
Unavailable for Vics – Harries (Illness), Wisdom (Groin), Clarke (Neck) & Schofield (n/k)
Jordan Hadfield wore the Captains armband as club skipper Danny Wisdom missed the visit of the Millers due to a groin injury whilst Marc Joseph returned to the starting eleven following suspension in the place of the injured Ryan Schofield with Strike ace Ashley Stott included in the line up alongside Gary Burnett and Josh Amis in the Vics attack.
The game enjoyed a bright opening with both teams sharing possession with a lively tempo. Matty Greenwood broke down the left flank in Vics’ first attacking move, delivering a splendid cross, which was punched away by the flustered Collinge with Danny Meadowcroft lurking.
Tenacious Gary Burnett was hauled to the ground by Jacob Wood just a few paces outside of the area as Vics stamped their authority. Greenwood stepped up and curled the resulting freekick into the side netting.
Build up play was spectacular for the hosts as Josh Amis laid off Brian Summerskill to drill the ball narrowly wide of the right post.
Skipper for the day Jordan Hadfield showed skill to shield the ball from Welsby as he feeded the ball out wide to Matty Greenwood – the winger whipped over the ball to see Josh Amis flick a header just wide.
The same outcome was witnessed moments later when Joseph collected the goal kick and sent Greenwood scampering down the flank, his cross was again met by the head of Amis, this time the forward looped his effort onto the roof of the goal.
Two minutes before the half time break, Ashley Stott rose bravely to nod the ball past Peter Collinge. The striker rising to meet a deep searching ball from Chris Smalley after being played in by Summerskill.
Following the interval Vics again started brightly when Chris Smalley combined well with Ashley Stott to send a ball over to see Greenwood hit a volley over the goal.
As New Mills tried to find an opening against a solid Vics resistance Kiarno Samms blazed the ball over as he powered down the wing.
Danny Meadowcroft’s header was nodded goalwards by Stott but Samms headed the ball off the line as Stott’s effort looked destined for the back of the net.
However just 2 minutes later the hosts did find the back of the net when Josh Amis hit a sweet volley from 6 yards out after latching onto another fine cross from right back Chris Smalley.
Former tricky Wes Bancroft halved the deficit for New Mills when he spun and sent a powerful right-footed daisy-cutter past Deasy into the bottom corner.
Shortly after Josh Amis fizzed a shot well wide as Jim Gannon’s men attempted to regain their two-goal advantage.
Aboubacar Sanogo and Jamie Phoenix entered the fray, replacing Greenwood and Burnett respectively with Sanogo involved straight away, releasing Amis down the right, with the forward cutting inside to hit a fine shot forcing Collinge to tip the ball over the bar.
The game was played out with a Jamie Phoenix cross was headed goalwards by Amis, unfortunately Ashley Stott couldn’t quite connect to divert into the goal.
A well fought victory for the hosts as we continue go 15 matches unbeaten. Next up is the visit of Bamber Bridge at Valley Road on Tuesday, April 15th 2014. Kick off 7.45pm.
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Matty Greenwood spoke to Jason Dudley after the game and said, “It was a tough game. It was quite hard to get the ball down and play, but we all battled well to get the win and keep our run going which is the most important thing”
Report by Jason Dudley