FORCED to play away from the Marston’s Arena on Saturday for their ‘home’ clash with Histon, Northwich Vics endured a heartbreaking finish to a dramatic and incident-filled match.
Manager Steve King was minutes away from getting his first win since joining the club in November when two late goals stole the points for the visiting Stutes.
Matty Crowell had given Vics a 14th-minute lead at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground, the match having been moved there as former chairman Mike Connett had locked the gates to the Marston’s Arena.
But the game turned when Ryan Brown was sent off for a tackle on Lanre Oyebanjo.
“It was never a sending off,” fumed King. “It wasn’t even a booking. Everyone in the ground and even their manager said so.
“We have had to play for 70 minutes with 10 men and we couldn’t hold on.
“We had a chance to go 2-0 up with their keeper out of his goal, but the shot just missed the post.
“It was an open goal from 35 yards and that would have killed the game off.”
Histon’s Nathaniel Knight Percival headed home a cross to level the scores on 90 minutes and in the seventh minute of added-on time Josh Simpson stole the points.
Despite the heartache of losing a game they surely deserved to win, Vics boss King was satisfied with his team’s efforts.
“They have given absolutely everything. The supporters tell you how you have played and they stood and clapped us off after the game.
“It is testament to those supporters and to the boys for giving everything under the current circumstances.
“We are just not getting any luck at the moment.”
This Saturday, bottom-of- the-league Vics make the long journey south to 13th-placed Weymouth (3pm).