THE VICS COLUMN - By Peter Tonge

WELL what a week it has been. For certain, it is never dull being a Vics fan.

A week last Saturday saw about 90 Trickies travel over to Oldham to watch the Vics grab a last-minute winner against Avro FC.

Maybe this would be the result that would get the Vics back up and running in what has been a stuttering start to the season which had started with high expectations.

New players had come in, old favourites had left, there was a slight sense of unease amongst the faithful but that result sent a new current of expectation through the Vics’ support.

So, with hopes high, that Tuesday they travelled to Ashton Athletic hoping that things had changed, but after an even first half, those hopes were dashed as Vics failed to show up for the second half and succumbed to a dismal 3-1 defeat.

Not an ideal performance to put in just a couple of days before a scheduled “Meet the manager” evening with Steve Wilkes.

Questions were being asked but Steve understood the concerns of the Vics’ faithful and he left us assured that with a few tweaks and the continued support of the fans, matters would change.

So on to another away day, this time to play Skelmersdale Utd at Prescot.

Hopes and expectations again high, surely Vics would beat a side that had won only two matches all season and were in the bottom three!

By half-time, the despair was back as Vics were two goals behind, despite playing not too badly.

The Vics support cheered the team back out. Within two minutes, Saul Henderson had pulled one goal back, tackles were being made, closing down was being done, Vics were on the front foot.

The equaliser came midway through the half from Henderson again, the Vics’ faithful could sense a win, the noise became louder, the drum was beating and on 77 minutes Henderson put Vics in the lead.

The bar was hit, Vics were in control and a wonderful committed second-half display was capped by a last-minute penalty by the returning Aaron Burns, which led to delirious scenes of joy between players and fans. It was great to see that it meant as much to the players as it did to the loyal supporters.

So we’re on an up and hopes are rising. Why not pop along on Saturday as we take on Squires Gate at Wincham Park.