Buildbase FA Vase Third Round - Northwich Victoria 3 Silsden 0
Sat 1st December 2018 | FA Challenge Vase | By Ian Templeman
Northwich Victoria booked their place in the Fourth Round of the Buildbase FA Vase after an impressive win over Premier Division rivals Silsden.
Two goals up at the break, Vics rounded up a fine afternoon's work with a late penalty from Joel Brownhill, to continue their Vase adventure.
The opening goal arrived in the 13th minute from a corner kick that was earned when Silsden keeper Sam Lee reacted quickly to push Joel Brownhill's shot over the bar.
Harvey Whyte swung in the resulting corner kick, and Brandon Barski buried a header into the bottom of the net to open the scoring.
Seven minutes before half time, Vics doubled their advantage when Silsden keeper Lee failed to deal with a cross, and Andrew Fitzgerald pounced on the ball to fire home a second goal with the aid of a deflection.
A good afternoon for Vics was completed five minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty after Darryhl Mason was tripped inside the box and Joel Brownhill - whose brother Lewis picked up a winners medal in last year's Vase final at Wembley for Thatcham Town - made no mistake from the spot.
Vics manager Steve Wilkes said: "We played well from the word go. From the first minute the lads stuck to the game plan that we wanted, and we could have won by more in the end.
"We've been ticking over nicely, we've just lost 2 in 14 games now, and it's nice to see so many people enjoying themselves watching Northwich Vics, and the longer we stay in the Vase, the more chances we get of giving the fans the chance to back us.
"There's a good feeling around the place at the minute. We had a bingo night last Friday and people were coming up to me saying 'we've got to win on Saturday', so the fans are all focussed on a Vase run.
"Every team left in the last 32 of the Vase will be a good side, so if we can have home advantage that would be good. I'd like a home draw in the next round, although the lads probably want an away draw down south so they can have a night out.
"But it's just nice to be in the draw and the prize money will be good for the club too".