The Vics Column by Pete Tonge

SO, two games played this week, and the recurring theme from last season returns as Vics threw away leads late on.

On Wednesday, having played extremely well against title favourites Warrington Rylands 1906, Vics managed to let slip a well deserved 2 - 1 lead to lose 3 -2 with the winning goal coming after 88 minutes.

This was followed on Saturday with a similar scoreline in the FA Vase match against North Ferriby, a result which was entirely fair. A poor first half saw us go in one down, but we rallied at the start of the second half to go into a 2-1 lead which we held until just 15 minutes to go and ended up with that familiar 3-2 scoreline.

This time we got what we deserved, nothing, having played unconvincingly throughout the match.

This inability to hold on to leads is becoming an unwelcome habit for the Vics having the unenviable record of losing points from winning positions at least 12 times last season.

This was most notable in the 5-5 draw against Wythenshawe Town in last season’s FA Vase when Vics three times held a three-goal lead and still managed to end up drawing the match.

Let's hope we've got it out of our system now for this season as we look forward to Wednesday night at Hanley Town and what should be a cracking match on Saturday at Wincham Park when we take on Longridge Town.

Longridge have won all four of their competitive matches this season so far, which includes a great victory over Stalybridge Celtic in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, ironically by a score of 3-2 with their winner coming in the 88th minute.

Talking of the FA Cup, our friends over at Northwich Vixens have a big cup tie of their own on Sunday 18th October when they face Wem Town Ladies in the 2nd Round Qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup. This comes after they defeated Sheffield Wednesday Ladies on penalties in the previous around.

The match ended one all after normal time with Michaela Thompson scoring a 30 yard screamer for the Vixens.

They then went on to win the penalty shoot-out 5 - 4 to progress through to the next round and the tie against Wem Town Ladies.

Wem play in the Women’s National League Midlands Division 1, which is 2 steps higher than the Vixens so it will be a tough match so why not pop down to Lostock Gralam FC on Sunday and give them your support.

Next Matches:

Wed 14th October: Hanley Town v Northwich Vics, 7.45pm

Sat 17th October: Northwich Vics v Longridge Town, 3.00pm.

Sun 18th October: Northwich Vixens v Wem Town 2.00pm.