Stocksbridge PS 2 Northwich Victoria 1
by Jordan Sheppherd Photos: Peter Revitt & Chris Clancy
Northwich Victoria have problems off the pitch after going into administration a couple of weeks ago, former manager Adam Lakeland resigned on Wednesday night saying he'd "had enough". So the Vics assistant manager and Manchester City community coach Dave Wild took over for today's game.
Steels were the better side all round even though it took 5 minutes for the first decent chance. The ball went to Joe Lumsden, who returned to the team after a 3 match suspension. Lumsden passed to Josh Meade on the right wing, Meade slots in a shot but it hits the side netting.
Steels first goal was the goal of the game, David Reay cleared the ball passed the half way line to Adam Hinchliffe who sprints down the left wing, passed the ball to Harrison Biggins who was just outside the opposition penalty area, Biggins calmly slotted the ball past Northwich Victoria's Keeper Dylan Forth and that's Steels 1-0 Northwich Victoria!!
A few minutes later the home side doubled their lead after a penalty was awarded to the Steels! Brodie Litchfield had a cheeky shot handled by Victoria's former St Mirren and Oldham Athletic player Michael Brewster. Harrison Biggin's converted the penalty with ease. Steels 2-0 Northwich Victoria.
Just 5 minutes after the second Steels goal, captain Liam McFadyen handled the ball, the referee gave the penalty and Yaw Gyimah felt the pressure and blasted the ball over the bar at the Bracken Moor end of the stadium.
The Steels really tested Victoria's goalkeeper Dylan Forth. Matthew Reay had one of the better chances with the header from a corner but it was saved by Forth.
The second half started the same as the first half but there were some testing moments for the home side but as ever steels excellent keeper David Reay was on hand to stop Northwich. But on 83 minutes Yaw Gyimah slotted in a shot making it Steels 2-1 Northwich Victoria.
The boost the Steels needed were substitutes Jack Poulton and Ben Rhodes. Poulton sprinted 25 yard's down the left wing passed to Lumsden but the ball goes out for a corner, which was easily retained by Northwich.
Ben Rhodes had a shot from the right wing Victoria's Dylan Forth fumbled the ball but the Northwich defence managed to clear relieving the pressure.
Five minutes were added on by the referee in that period Joe Lumsden should have increased the lead with a double effort but the keeper saved one with his chest and the other sticking out his foot.
Full Time: Stocksbridge PS 2-1 Northwich Victoria.