NORTHWICH Victoria shocked Conference League Stockport County in the Cheshire Senior Cup second round.

It was a match in which Vics started slowly but gradually worked their way into and by the end thoroughly deserved their win.

The Hatters' young side started brightly, and Danny Taberner in the Vics' net had to be alert after just five minutes when he rushed out to dive on a loose ball before a county attacker could get there.

They kept pressing forward having most of the play, but apart from a few corners never really tested Tabbs again until the 20th minute, when he had to brilliantly tip a Frank Mulhern free-kick from the edge of the area away for a corner.

Two minutes later, he repeated the feat again from another Mulhern free kick which was heading for the top corner.

Vics finally crept their way into the match and, after 29 minutes, Ryan Winder superbly controlled a long ball down the right, and drove into the area where he tried an effort which was blocked.

The ball fell to Matty Clarke on the edge of the box, but his well struck drive was inches wide of the left post.

Forty minutes in and another chance for Vics, as Brandon Barski did well to win the ball back in midfield and slide the ball through to Tom Kilifin on the edge of the area.

He slipped a pass across to Saul Henderson but the ball was running away from him, and his shot lacked direction.

Just before half-time, Vics went even closer as Kilifin did brilliantly to beat a couple of defenders and get a shot towards goal, but it got a slight deflection and hit the post rather then the back of the net.

Just two minutes into the second half, a Vics long throw was superbly flicked on at the near post by Saul Henderson.

Kilifin reacted quickest but his header was extremely well saved by Willan in the County net for a corner.

The corner was whipped in, and met by the head of Keiron Kenny and looked a certain goal but it was superbly cleared off the line by Josh Robinson for County.

Vics did take the lead after 55 minutes, as another corner was floated to the far post and was headed to Kilifin nearly on the byline who somehow managed to power a header over the County keeper into the net from the tightest of angles.

Five minutes later, with Vics now playing the ball around confidently, Henderson laid the ball off to Matty Clarke who played it to Ryan Winder in some space, and he cracked a shot just wide of the post.

County were trying to get forward, and in the 61st minute, Taberner had to rush out and clear the ball just before the onrushing Nyaupembe got there as he was clean through.

Vics were looking fairly comfortable though and in the 76th minute Henderson did well to beat his man, and fire a shot in which was well blocked and eventually cleared.

The rest of the game passed by with few alarms for Vics, and indeed they nearly scored a second in the last couple of minutes when a long ball reached substitute Josh Winder down the right, and he tried an audacious volley from a tight angle which only just went over the bar.

Vics: Taberner, Henry, P Clarke, Kenny, Forbes (Powell 36), Barski, Camozzi, M Clarke, R Winder, Kilifin (J Winder 87), Henderson (Dorney 88). Subs not used: Peters, Pollard.