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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER NUMBER 219
15th APRIL 2004
With nothing but pride to play for in their last 3 matches, plus a contract for next season, Vics go into Saturday's game against Barnet missing Rioch and wright who both complete their suspensions, probably without Thompson and Nicholas but with Ward likely to be fit. Shaun Teale was far from happy about the display at Leigh on Esster Monday when Vics were confirmed as wooden spoonists. He questions the ability of the players to handle the pressure and makes no bones about the fact that some are just not up to it.
The Youth Team, on the other hand are going from strength to strength. They won 1-0 at Hanley Town last night and are now close to clinching the title. In addition they are in the semi-final of the Sentinel Cup at Kidsgrove on Sunday, kick off 2.0pm. If they win the final will be at the Britannia Stadium. The reserves play Burscough at Moss Farm on Saturday, 2.0pm and wrap up their season at Lancaster the following week. Remember that in addition to possibly winning a car and / or tickets to the Conference Play Off Final the draw currently being held by Vics includes an extra prize of a meal for 4 at a match of your choice at the new stadium next season. The Player of the Year awards will be made at the Telford game next Wednesday evening rather than at the usual Saturday evening "do". It will be a Vics v Witton final in the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup after Albion beat Congleton 4-0 tonight. The date is not known yet.
Work stopped over Easter but has now re-started again. The final part of casting the large concrete slab under the stand is being done and should be completed by next week. The contractors are now "working out" from the middle. Once this is done there is just the bricking to be completed and work on the blockwork has started already. The inside of the stand will be a special kind of brickwork that requires no plastering. The front "apron" of the stand is also ready to be concreted. Work has also started on the perimeter wall foundations now that the bulk of the work on the turnstile blocks has reached the point where only the actual roof needs to go on. Joiners and electricians continue to work as well. After the "overseeding" done to the actual playing surface last week the contractors today completed the "top dressing" which involves a thin layer of fertiliser.To prove someone likes us (!) the rain started falling in hours which couldn't have been better timed.
There was a committee meeting this week. The solicitors are dealing with the registration and we still hope to be registered by the end of the month. The worse scenario is a couple of weeks into May. More paperwork has arrived to be signed! The meeting was mainly dealing with the practicalities of designing and printing the membership cards, arranging the programme for the monthly meetings, defining what will go on the web site and in the newsletter that will go out to members on a regular basis. It is planned top hold the first of the monthly meetings for all fans on Thursday 6th May and thereafter on the first Thursday in every month. Full details next week.
SEEN ON THE INTERNET
Nationwide Conference Site - 15/4/04 Northwich Victoria manager Shaun Teale says that he and his players have plenty to play for, despite the Vics having been relegated from the Nationwide Conference. Teale's side still have three games to play and he is aware that they will have a major bearing on plans for next season. He said: "From a personal point of view, I am caretaker manager until the end of the season and any victories now can only help me get the job full-time. "We have also got five or six players who are on the borderline as to whether they get new contracts or not and they have three games to stamp their claim. "If they throw it away, they have got no chance of getting contracts. "So at the end of the day there is plenty to play for and it's not like the season has suddenly died for us."
Nationwide Conference Site 15/4/04 Hereford United have ended the loan stay of Lincoln City midfielder Scott Willis due to a serious breach of club discipline. The tough-tackling midfielder had made eight appearances for the Bulls, scoring twice, before being omitted from the squad for the trip to Aldershot last Monday. His final outing for United came in the 2-0 home victory over Barnet, during which the 22-year-old scored and was later sent off. Willis was on the winning side on every one of his appearances for Graham Turner's side, with his debut coming in the stunning 9-0 triumph at Dagenham & Redbridge. He also had a short spell on loan with Northwich Victoria earlier in the season.
Winning code 1270 unissued. Next week's jackpot £1,300. Messrs Wright, Ashbrook, Martin, Capper, Gerard, Park and Pickering won £57 each for trebles.
MATCH OF THE DAY
This week's matches: Vics v Barnet Stocksbridge Park Steels v Witton Blackburn v Leicester.