NORTHWICH Vics already have their eyes on the prize – promotion back to the Football Conference.
At this month’s meeting of the Supporters Club at the Victoria Stadium, manager Andy Preece revealed that he was looking for a total of 90 points to return Vics back to the Blue Square Premier.
Preece’s new charges have impressed their new boss despite drawing a blank in their two preseason friendlies so far.
Last week Vics lost 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury and on Saturday, a Manchester City reserve side claimed a 3-0 victory thanks to a double from David Ball and a Clayton McDonald header. Vics’ new striker Jon Newby hit the woodwork in the second half.
Vics have seen 18 new arrivals join the club so far and Preece admitted there are still one or two targets he is keen to bring to the club in the wide and full-back positions.
But so far Preece is satisfied with the progress being made on the pitch and is looking forward to three further friendlies in the space of a week.
He said: “I am very happy with the fitness levels and how well organised we are given how little time we have spent together.
“The goals we have conceded have been more to do with individual errors rather than teams opening us up. We have played pretty well and at times against City, we dominated the game.”
Vics were due to host old rivals Altrincham last night and on Saturday they travel to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium (4.45pm). Next Tuesday, Preece’s men make their first visit to Nantwich Town’s Weaver Stadium (7.45pm).
“These are the games we want to be playing in and we’ll know exactly what stage we are at.
“They are sides that are closer to us in the league structure and will play their football at a high tempo.”
Winsford United have been kicking their heels during pre-season after two friendlies were called off but the Blues’ new-look management trio will finally get the chance to run the rule over their new charges this week.
Last night, United hosted Whitchurch Alport and tomorrow night (Thursday), Crewe FC visit Winsford Knight’s Grange Leisure Complex (7.45pm).
The triumvirate of Terry Murphy, Tony Ledwards and Mike Alcock have signed a total of 18 players so far with the majority arriving at the Barton Stadium from Nantwich Town’s youth team and Middlewich Town.
A full list of the Blues’ new faces will appear in next week’s Chronicle.
Ledwards said: “Fitness-wise the lads are looking ok but what we do need now are games.
“We will be much wiser about where we are next week.”