The first game of 2019 for Vics, and it a biggie....4th Round FA Vase action away at Newcastle Benfield of the Northern League. They currently lie 7th in their league but are unbeaten in all competitions for their last 14 matches which includes their 2 games in the Vase after having entered in the 2nd Round. Both of those games were against teams Vics know well, with 1874 Northwich being defeated 2-0 in the 2nd Round and Runcorn Town finally succumbing 5-4 to an injury time goal for Benfield. Vics will be high on confidence after a run of 7 wins out of the last 9 matches though and manager Steve Wilkes says :
"It's going to be tough but that is one of the things we can tap into in a sense, we are not expected to go up there and win, everyone is expecting us to go up there and get beaten.
They are third favourites in the competition but hopefully we can go up there and pull off a surprise.You look at their results and think, yes, they are in form and they are playing very well, but it's a cup game."
"I'll be speaking to the Runcorn Town manager Chris Herbert (who Benfield beat in the last round), and we have had one or two scouting reports off people and know one or two of the players.They have Paul Brayson at centre forward who is a Northwich Vics legend. He's is about 42 years of age now but is very well known to Northwich Vics fans.He scored the goal that got them an away trip to Sunderland in the FA Cup (in season 2005-06), and he is a massive favourite with them.We expect to take over 100 supporters with us, the coach is fully booked and we have plenty of cars going up too. Many of them are going up on Friday night and making a weekend of it so hopefully we will have a good backing of fans helping us through the game".
Steve says that everyone at the club, players, supporters and officials alike is relishing the day.
"It's the biggest game I've had as manager of Northwich Victoria, and it's the furthest I have ever been as a manager in the Vase.I got to the semi-finals as a player so I know what the journey is about, and there is a real buzz around the club about the game.You just had to look at some of the tweets that were being sent at New Year, it was 'Happy New Year and good luck for Saturday' , 'can't wait for Saturday', so we know how big a game it is for the club."
Ticket prices are as below :
Standard : £6.00
Concessions : £ 3.00 ( Seniors and students)
Children : £1.00
Ground address is :
Sam Smith's Park,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,