STEVE Wilkes felt his side looked more likely to prevail in a meeting with Prestwich Heys at the weekend.

However Northwich Victoria couldn’t find a way through over 120 minutes and instead the rivals will play again for a place in the FA Vase second round on Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

“I think we made enough opportunities to win,” said the Vics boss.

“Unfortunately we didn’t take one.

“The best chance was obviously from the penalty, and that’s a first miss from Joel [Brownhill] after converting the past five that he’s taken.”

Vics will have home advantage against their lower-ranked opponents, who play in the North West Counties League’s First Division North, in the second game.

And their record at Wincham Park – where they have won four knockout ties already this term – is a reason for optimism.

Meanwhile a draw for the next stage on Monday pitted the replay’s victors with Silsden.

Wilkes added: “The wind spoilt the game as a spectacle [at Prestwich]; it was strong and swirling around the ground.

“We hope it’s better on Wednesday when we try to take our second chance.”