Vics' picked up their first three points of the embryonic Evo-StikNPL Division One North Season last night with a battling performance away at Mossley AFC last night (Tuesday).
Hit-man and last season's N.V.S.A player of the season Gary Burnett proved to be the match-winner with the only goal in the 7th minute.
TUESDAY 19TH AUGUST. - Venue - SEEL PARK. Competition - EVO-STIK NPL DIVISION ONE NORTH.
1. Liam Higginbotham
2. Andy Brown
3. John Bennett
4. Tom Dean
5. Josh Granite
6. Charlie Anderson
7. Andy Keogh
8. Arron Hevingham
9. Steve Foster (C)
10. Mike Fish
11. Dougie Carroll
12. Daryl Weston ( Bennett 52')
14. Brian Matthews ( Brown 71')
15. Tom Pratt (not used)
16. Kevin McGrath (not used)
17. Mitchell Bryant ( Carroll 56')
1. Tim Deasy (C)
2. Chris Smalley
3. Mohamud Ali
4. Danny Meadowcroft
5. Callum Henry
6. Stuart Cook
7. Godwin Abadaki
8. Brian Summerskill
9. Gary Burnett
10. Josh Amis
11. Matty Greenwood
12. Owen Davies ( Abadaki 46')
14. Bohan Dixon (not used)
15. Aboubacar Sanogo ( Greenwood 46')
16. Michael Clarke ( Amis 71')
17. Scott Harries (not used)
Vics' started the match with pace and panache aplenty; Stuart Cook stamping his authority on proceedings in the opening exchanges; busy and prompting and probing with abandon.
It was no surprise when the visiting Vics' took the lead - a superb block tackle was made by Stuart Cook around twenty-five yards out on Andrew Keogh to win the ball and he sent Gary Burnett scampering clear, with a first-time slide-rule pass and he flashed a right-foot shot across Liam Higginbotham in the hosts' goal in off the far post from around 12 yards - under huge pressure from centre-back Charlie Anderson. The rest of the half continued with Vics' enjoying more of the possession without really threatening the hosts' goal, other than a Josh Amis header in the 37th minute from a Gary Burnett cross that he should have done better with; sending a tame effort into Higginbotham's hands when well placed around eight yards out. The Lillywhites' only opportunity of note came just before half-time, a Mike Fish shot was blocked by the impressive Mo Ali and the ball fell to striker Steve Foster who tried an impudent back-heeled effort that Deasy collected easily.
Half-time came with Vics' a single goal to the good.
The second half began with Vics' boss Jim Gannon making a double substitution. In the 57th minute, Gary Burnett was sent clear by again by that man Stuart Cook and his slide-rule shot from just outside the box was parried by the 'keeper, who then dived on the loose ball at the second attempt. The game then adopted a fractious and scrappy pattern from the 60th minute onwards, punctuated by a lot of niggly fouls by both sides and a some-what fussy referee. The next chance came the hosts' way in the 72nd minute though; Steve Foster teed up Andy Keogh perfectly around ten yards out but he rolled a tame shot into Deasy's hands, and he should have scored. Vics' Gary Burnett then blew a golden chance to make sure of the points in the 82nd minute, being sent through by the outstanding Stuart Cook yet again, he poked the ball around the on-rushing 'keeper Higginbotham, and had a clear sight of the empty net from the left-hand edge of the box; but as he shaped to fire into the empty net he fell flat on his face losing his footing on a small divot - much to the home supporters' glee. Vics' saw out the additional four minutes of added time to collect a very welcome three points.
Vics' M.O.M -
@cookie_12_ A thoroughly dominant performance in midfield, he mixed grit with silk & needed to. Top class assist for Burnetts winner, just one amongst many killer passes.
Pictured above - Gary Burnett is high-fived upon scoring the match-winning goal in the 7th minute by Callum Henry.
Picture courtesy of Mike Smith.
Manager Jim Gannon's reaction to the victory and his thoughts looking ahead to the Ossett Albion (A) game this Saturday 23rd August K.O 15:00 Stadium Address - Queens Terrace, Dimplewells Road, Ossett. Postcode for Sat-nav systems - WF5 8JT.