Northwich Victoria are currently without a home after they were locked out of their Marston’s Arena ground by former Chairman Mike Connett.

Vics, languishing at the bottom of Blue Square Premier, were forced to play Saturday’s home clash with Histon at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground.

Only 425 fans made the journey to South Manchester to witness the agonising 2-1 defeat and Vics officials are not planning to return there in the future due to the high cost.

Connett’s company Beaconet is facing a winding-up hearing later this month but despite the ground being seized by global finance firm Deloitte, after Beaconet went into administration, Connett remains the stadium landlord for now.

He locked the gates on Saturday and removed several items from the premises, preventing a football match from taking place.

Club officials hastily rearranged Saturday’s fixture with Histon and redirected them to Moss Lane and the move almost paid off.

Matty Crowell gave Vics a 14th-minute lead but the game turned when Ryan Brown was harshly sent off for a tackle on Histon’s Lanre Oyebanjo.

Vics held on for 70 minutes with 10 men until Nathaniel Knight Percival headed home a cross to level the scores on 90 minutes.

Then Vics hearts were broken when Josh Simpson stole the points in the seventh minute of added-on time.

Vics go to Weymouth on Saturday (3pm) and then face play-off chasing Wrexham on Tuesday (7.45pm) at the Racecourse Ground.