CARL Grimshaw marked his Northwich Victoria debut with a goal as he helped his side recover a two-goal deficit to take a point against Vauxhall Motors.

The striker, who joined the club last week having scored an incredible 474 goals in 432 games for league rivals Charnock Richard, equalised with 10 minutes to go as the sides drew 2-2 at Wincham Park last night.

Vics had looked on course for defeat after conceding a goal at the start of each half.

Simon Thelwell put Vauxhall ahead early on before Haydn Cooper’s long-range effort doubled the lead just after half time.

However, Stephen Wainwright’s sending-off for the visitors proved the catalyst for Vics to mount a comeback.

Brad Lynch pulled one back and when Grimshaw restored parity, Vics still had 10 minutes to find a winner.

They thought they had one when Lynch netted in injury time, but the goal was controversially disallowed for offside.

Listen to the thoughts of Grimshaw and Vics boss Steve Wilkes on the game below...

Check out Peter Tonge's verdict on proceedings below...

 

VICS again fought back after going two goals down and were robbed of all three points by a poor offside decision at the death.

Both teams started off brightly and Vics had the first chance in the 3rd minute as Matty Clarke fired in a first-time volley which was heading in, but Dixon in the Vauxhall goal managed to somehow tip it round the net.

Immediately, Vauxhall went down the other and forced a corner from which the unmarked Simon Thelwell headed into the bottom corner.

Vics nearly got an instant reply as a lovely dinked cross found Luke Sephton, but his header just crept wide into the side netting.

It was Sephton again in the 12th minute who raced through towards goal and laid the ball across to the waiting Carl Grimshaw, but a Vauxhall defender just managed to divert the ball clear.

Vauxhall should have extended their lead in the 19th minute as Knapper took advantage of a mistake and was one-on-one with Cheetham, who was equal to his poor shot.

Vauxhall were having slightly the better of the game but both teams were making chances and in the 23rd minute, Grimshaw cleverly held the ball up in the area, turned and fired in a shot which Dixon just managed to save.

Six minutes later, it was Grimshaw again with a header but again Dixon was equal to the task.

Next it was Vauxhall's turn to have a chance as Knapper beat his man and fired a strike which Cheetham did fantastically to push onto the bar.

The game then coasted to the half time break with all to play for still.

Virtually straight from the restart, Vauxhall extended their lead as the ball fell to Haydn Cooper 20 yards out and he crashed the ball home.

The momentum of the game changed in the 54th minute, however, as Motors' Stephen Wainwright received a deserved red card for a terrible lunging tackle on Clarke.

Vics sensed they were back in the game now and pushed forward, with the returning Brad Lynch looking dangerous down the left.

Sephton’s low shot in the 56th minute forced Dixon into another good save and he went even closer in the 65th minute as a corner was swung in and he headed against the bar.

Vics finally got the goal they were looking for in the 73rd minute as Ryan Winder broke quickly from midfield and found Lynch with room in the middle of the box and he gleefully fired home to get Vics back in the match.

It was all Vics now and just a minute later, they nearly got the equaliser as Grimshaw fired in a shot from the corner of the penalty area which rattled the far post and somehow stayed out.

A minute later, Clarke fired in a first time cross after good pressure from Vics, which received a slight deflection and landed on the top of the cross bar.

Vics were getting closer and in the 80th minute, got the equaliser they deserved as Joe Camozzi found debutant Grimshaw in the area and he neatly fired the ball into the back of the net giving Dixon no chance.

Vics were dominating now and they thought they had completed the comeback in the 90th minute as Joe Camozzi delivered a wonderful ball into the area where Brad Lynch stole past his defender and turned the ball into the back of the net much to the delight of the Vics' faithful, but the assistant referee had other ideas and raised his flag for offside.

He must have been the only person who thought so though as everyone else including the players thought it was a good goal, and unfortunately he was the one who counts.

A costly poor decision for the Vics as the whistle blew shortly afterwards for full time.