HE predicted that there would be another twist to come.

But Northwich Victoria manager Paul Moore may not have expected his prophecy to play out quite so perfectly last Saturday.

His side kicked off a meeting with Sheffield six points adrift of a position of safety following a 3-1 defeat at home to direct rivals Rugby in midweek.

However a win at the weekend means they start a game against back-markers Loughborough Dynamo tonight knowing a victory will propel them from the table’s relegation zone.

“Rugby thought they were safe after beating us and now they’re back in trouble,” said Moore.

“But we’ll keep on fighting, I can guarantee that.

“It was a massive win [at Sheffield], a game we knew beforehand that we simply had to win.

“Again these lads showed a never-say-die attitude.”

He has a selection dilemma though with no specialist central defenders available for tonight’s match.

Captain Reece Lyndon and Andrew Fitzgerald are both suspended, as is Stuart McDonald.

Yaw Gyimah is available again after a ban, while Matty Clarke – who may have filled in – is away on holiday.

Striker Dave Short has switched to defence for the past two games.

A registration embargo, which has been in place since he replaced Adam Lakeland in the dugout – means Moore will be able to name only one substitute.

Visitors Loughborough ended an eight-match losing sequence by winning at Rugby on Saturday, when Jack Beckett’s goal boosted their hopes of beating the drop.

Not only that, they came from 2-0 down to beat Vics back in January.

That victory could prove crucial, a point not lost on the Northwich manager.

Moore said: “When I think back over all the games we’ve played while I’ve been here, that one hurts the most.

“It sticks in my mind, and it’s one I’ll wonder about if we end up going down.”

Kick off is at 7.45pm.