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Northwich Victoria
Hanley Town
J Brownhill (17' Pen), B Matthews (6'), B Webb (83')
Full time
Sun 9 Sep 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 152

Vics 3 v Hanley Town 1


Vics move up to 3rd in League

COMPETITION - North West Counties Premier Division.

VENUE - Wincham Park, Northwich.

DATE - Sunday 9th September 2018.

Attendance - 152.

Unavailable for Vics’ - Dom Craig, Kieron Kenny, Regan Jarrett (all work).

Referee - Carl Rooney.


Vics’ -

Taberner, Camozzi (caution), (McDonald 89’), Monson, Shinks (caution), Barski, Whittle, Cooke (C), Connolly, Doran (caution) (Webb 80’), Matthews (Clarke 87’), Brownhill.

Un-used subs’ - Lawrence, Scott (GK).

Hanley Town -

Joe Mellor, Blowers, Connor, Bristow, Ollie Mellor, Nicholls (Vernon 72’), Stanyer (C) (caution), Ashton, Leigh Skellern (Lindop 80’), Ball (caution) (Erdmann 54’), Sheldon.

Un-used sub’ - Jamie Skellern.

Vics’ - Brian Matthews 6’, Joel Brownhill 17’ (Penalty), Billy Webb 83’.

Hanley Town - Thomas Ashton 86’.

Vics’ opened up this league game with real intent and on the front foot. An early chance on 3’ fell for Billly Whittle who saw his low drilled shot from 15 yards go wide after seizing on Hanley defender Josh Bristow’s poor clearance. The lead was taken on 6’ however; when Brian Matthews side-footed home right-footed forcefully into the far corner of the net from 10 yards after fellow forward’ Rob Doran’s tee-up. Doran looked to be upended seconds beforehand by Town defender Andy Nicholls but the referee played on, much to the Vics’ fortune - Matthews finished with aplomb. Game-star John Connolly had started the move from midfield initially.
On 10’ Vics’ countered from a Hanley break-out after clearing a corner and Doran worked his way into the box, and laid off to Connolly who skinned his defender. His curling ball across found Brownhill who's flashing header went just over the top of the bar with Town glove-man Joe Mellor a relieved spectator.
Vics’ early dominance continued and that dominance was rewarded with the lead doubled on 17’ when Josh Brownhill hammered home a penalty straight down the middle of the goal leaving custodian Joe Mellor with no chance after Town defender Ollie Mellor had shoved Rob Doran to the ground after he was perfectly primed to head Joel Brownhill’s superb lofted cross.
On 25’ a superb flowing move by the Green and Whites’ saw Cooke trade passes with Billy Whittle who in turn played the ball to John Connolly who impudently back-heeled the ball into the path of a rampaging Joe Camozzi, he took the ball in his stride and fired in a fizzing shot from eight yards on a tight angle but Mellor made a great save with his feet to thwart his effort.
Hanley mounted an attack of sorts on 36’ when Leigh Skellern finally worked Taberner in Vics’ goal but his shot was straight down his throat and he easily made the save.
On 42’ Vics’ hit-man Matthews wriggled free in a crowded area and fired in a well-struck shot across an exposed Mellor but the ball cannoned back into play off the base of the far post.

HALF-TIME - Vics 2-0 Hanley Town.

The second half began with Hanley looking to make inroads into the two-goal deficit; forward Jon Sheldon forced Taberner to save his volley low down on 53’. On 59’ a terrible two-footed tackle by Town skipper Martin Stanyer on Vics’ schemer John Connolly was punished by the referee with a yellow card when it could and should have been red.
Vics’ centre-back Brandon Barski’s bullet header from Billy Whittle’s centre was pushed round the post by Mellor on 68’.
Hanley sub’ Jacob Vernon then tried his luck soon after with a long-range speculative shot but Taberner was again equal to the effort.
Vics’ wrapped up the points when sub’ Billy Webb notched his first goal in Vics’ colours on 83’ with a 15 yard shot that went in via a slight deflection off centre-back Ollie Mellor.
Hanley grabbed a consolation goal on 86’ when midfielder Tom Ashton tucked a shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards after a series of shots were not cleared effectively enough by the Vics’ rearguard.
4 minutes were added on at the end of the game and the Vics’ saw this out with minimum of fuss to pick up the win and move up to third in the league table.

Vics' Man of the Match as chosen by Match Sponsor , The Spinner & Bergamot : Antony Shinks

Vics’ Man of the Match as chosen by Jamie Dewsbury - John Connolly : A midfield masterclass from the former City Of Liverpool schemer. Linked midfield to attack with consummate ease and was at the heart of all the Vics’ enterprising football in the first hour.

Vics’ boss Steve Wilkes’ verdict on the win -

"Another welcome three points on the board. I thought the first half was the best football we’ve played all season.
The passing and movement when we had the ball was excellent. Also knowing when to go short or long was really good; Hanley couldn’t handle us at all. It’s always difficult to keep that tempo up and we slowed down a little in the second half, but ran out comfortable winners.
It would have been nice to have finally kept a clean sheet in the league. That’s twice in the last two games we’ve conceded a goal in the final five minutes. The only disappointment from today is the news that Stuart McDonald has left the club, to join Runcorn Town.
I spoke to Stuart on Friday night when he’d messaged me to say he was leaving. I asked him if he was going to Runcorn Town and he said he was taking a couple of weeks out, but today we’ve received the transfer papers from Runcorn.
Stuart was a massive favourite with the fans and was highly rated by myself. Football’s a strange game at times but I wish him well wherever he turns up."

Up next for Vics’ is a HOME F.A Vase 2nd qualifying round match Vs Maltby Main F.C on SUNDAY 16th September with kick-off at 15:00.

Match report & interview by Jamie Dewsbury.

Match Sponsor : The Spinner & Bergamot
Match Ball Sponsor : MCR Media Ltd

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Antony Shinks

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Brian Matthews scores for Northwich Victoria
Scored Penalty Joel Brownhill scores a penalty for Northwich Victoria
Goal Billy Webb scores for Northwich Victoria
Goal Goal for Hanley Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Antony Shinks is awarded player of the match for Northwich Victoria
88:00 Sub On
Mike McDonald is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
88:00 Sub Off
Joe Camozzi is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
87:00 Sub On
Matty Clarke is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
86:00 Sub Off
Brian Matthews is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
86:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Hanley Town
83:00 Goal 3 - 0
Billy Webb scores for Northwich Victoria
78:00 Sub Off
Robert Doran is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
78:00 Sub On
Billy Webb is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
66:00 Yellow Card
Joe Camozzi is yellow carded for Northwich Victoria
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Robert Doran is yellow carded for Northwich Victoria
38:00 Yellow Card
Antony Shinks is yellow carded for Northwich Victoria
17:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Joel Brownhill scores a penalty for Northwich Victoria
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Brian Matthews scores for Northwich Victoria
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Northwich Victoria
  • Hanley Town
  • 0
  • Brian Matthews Goal 6:00'
  • Joel Brownhill Scored Penalty 17:00'
  • Antony Shinks Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Robert Doran Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Joe Camozzi Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Billy Webb Sub On 78:00'
  • Robert Doran Sub Off 78:00'
  • Billy Webb Goal 83:00'
  • Brian Matthews Sub Off 86:00'
  • Goal 86:00'
  • Matty Clarke Sub On 87:00'
  • Joe Camozzi Sub Off 88:00'
  • Mike McDonald Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Taberner, Danny Taberner, Danny
Camozzi, Joe Camozzi, Joe
Shinks, Antony Shinks, Antony
Brownhill, Joel Brownhill, Joel
Barski, Brandon Barski, Brandon
Monson, Kirtis Monson, Kirtis
Whittle, Billy Whittle, Billy
Cooke, Bradley Cooke, Bradley
Matthews, Brian Matthews, Brian
Doran, Robert Doran, Robert
Connolly, John Connolly, John


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. City of Liverpool 38 91
2. Bootle 38 89
3. Congleton Town 38 78
4. Northwich Victoria 38 67
5. Ashton Athletic 38 61
6. Charnock Richard 38 61
7. Runcorn Town 38 60

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