Division One North
Tuesday 19th August 2014 @ Seel Park, Mossley
Northwich Victoria
(0) 0
(1) 1
Burnett (7)
Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Mike Fish

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 (for Bennett 52)
14. Brian Matthews (for Brown 71)
15. Tom Pratt (not used)
16. Kevin McGrath (not used)
17. Mitchell Bryant (for Carroll 56)

Yellow cards:
Anderson, Granite

Northwich Victoria

1. Tim Deasy (c)
2. Chris Smalley
3. Muhamud 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 (for Abadaki 46)
14. Bohan Dixon (not used)
15. Aboubacar Sanogo (for Greenwood 46)
16. Michael Clarke (for Amis 71)
17. Scott Haries (not used)

Yellow cards:
Amis, Greenwood, Davies

Referee: Mr P. Gooch

With only one defeat in their last 21 fixtures Northwich Victoria were always going to prove a tough nut to crack in Tuesday's opening Seel Park fixture of the season, and so it proved as Vics' early goal wrapped up the points for the big budget visitors.

Northwich have a rigid game plan that serves them well and they pulled it off to a tee in a largely scrappy encounter which saw few chances for either side.

Vics play a direct, physical and 'in your face' style with big defenders and quick forwards and the visitors held the upper hand in the early stages.

The visitors had the ball in the net inside three minutes but Josh Amis was ruled off-side. However, they took the lead just four minutes later. Arron Hevingham, who had an otherwise sound game, was caught in possession inside Mossley's half and the ball was played down the left channel for Gary Burnett who made no mistake with a 15 yard angled shot.

Mossley were able to make little headway against a very well drilled Vics back line marshalled by one time Mossley player Danny Meadowcroft.

The Lilywhites best chances of the opening half saw a Charlie Anderson free kick that Deasy did well to hold, Mike Fish flashed a drive across the face of the goal with Dougie Carroll just unable to get a touch on it and a deft Steve Foster flick from a tight angle also almost brought an equaliser.

The second half saw the visitors happy to sit and defend their lead often pulling all eleven back to defend set pieces, a ploy that was to ultimately frustrate the Lilywhites.

The ever dangerous Foster and the in form Fish were the biggest threat for Mossley and both had half chances as the second period progressed. Anderson fired over with another free kick and saw a fierce half volley fly centimetres over the bar. Foster, Fish and Andy Keogh also had chances as the game drifted to it's close but Vics defence held firm to the end.


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