Peter Wilson's excellent report on VICS' 2-1 win over Woking in the FA CUP:
That this was one of the greatest nights in the history of Northwich Victoria Football Club is undeniable, that it should provide a springboard for an exciting new future is a distinct possibility.
Whatever the long-term outcome, the team tonight showed those fans that had returned to the fold following a long absence, or those who chose to attend for the first time, that they had been missing a great deal recently and that Steve Burr and Dave Moss have created a squad that is worth their support every week.
In truth Woking were second best for long periods throughout the game and Vics were more than good value for their 12th minute lead. Sustained early Vics pressure brought a corner which was only partially cleared to leave ELLIOTT to collect 20 yards from goal and score with a firm finish into the top corner of the net. Maintaining the initiative the Vics ought to have added to their advantage when Allan was blatantly pulled back inside the box and a penalty kick was awarded. The opportunity to double the Vics lead was spurned when Jalal saved the spot kick from Brayson and Carr struck the rebound high over the bar. Yet Vics continued to dominate with an ease that was as pleasing as it was surprising. Allan went close and Roca had an effort cleared from the line before Woking began to come into the game. Ferguson shot narrowly wide and then Vics lost influential skipper Peter Handyside with what appeared to be a potentially worrying injury. Moments later FERGUSON popped up at the far post to stroke a left wing cross beyond Rogers to score an equalising goal from what was probably the visitorsâ?? first meaningful shot.
The early second half indications were that the missed penalty and loss of their skipper might have proved significant turning points in the game. But the Vics steadily set about restoring their authority and after Allan and Mayman had threatened they retook the lead on the hour with another Brayson quality cameo goal. Chapman won the ball in defence to find Mayman and his sweeping pass found BRAYSON who moved inside to score with another measured strike inside the post. From this point Vics moved the ball around to a standard that had Woking chasing shadows. Roca again went close and Brayson had a certain goal tipped over the bar by Jalal. Roca broke to shoot inches wide and Elliott went similarly close. Yet as the game entered an agonising final few minutes there remained the threat that Woking may grab a late equalizer. But Woking always looked second best and never realistically threatened to deny the victory Vics had comprehensibly deserved.
At the end the celebrations were something to savour and will not only provide an aperitif to the Sunderland tie but will act as the inspiration to their eventual goal of gaining promotion back into the National Conference where tonight's display can leave few doubters is where they deservedly belong.