NORTHWICH Victoria fended off a winding-up petition from the tax man at London’s High Court on Monday.

Registrar Stephen Baister dismissed a request from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for an order against Northwich Victoria Football Club (2007), currently playing home matches at Valley Road in Flixton, after being told a debt had been paid in full.

Lawyers representing HMRC asked for the petition to be withdrawn during a hearing that lasted 30 seconds.

No other details were given.