VICS swear their fortunes will continue to rise despite an FA Trophy nightmare against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.
On top of the shock 2-1 defeat, Natt Kerr was sent off, two goals were controversially disallowed for offside and star striker Lee Steele added to the fans’ fears when he limped off after scoring their only goal.
It is a lot for the club to bounce back from, but manager Dino Maamria is determined the team will refocus for the sake of their ‘magnificent’ fans and not let the loss affect their improving year.
He has already turned the club on its head since taking over, and said: “I won’t let it have an effect on our season – we’re stronger and bigger than that. It’s just disappointing.
“We have been making great progress lately and our work rate has been the biggest thing in my team for the last few weeks.
“We took it for granted on Saturday and that’s a lesson, but it’s not like we didn’t give it any importance.
“We’re not in the FA Trophy now and so our priority is the league. If you had asked me what was more important before the game – possibly getting to Wembley or staying up this season – I would have said staying in the division. If you ask me now I say the same thing.”
Yet Vics are still battling on more than one front and face Barrow away in the fourth round of the Setanta Shield on Saturday.
Meanwhile, one benefactor from the problems could be loan-signing Nick Farquharson, who may now get a rare chance to extend his career at Vics thanks to Steele’s injury.
The striker only suffered a hamstring twinge and should be back for the following game against Altrincham, but that gives Farquharson a one-game window to prove his worth before his loan is reviewed.
It expires in the first week in January and Maamria said: “Nick has been enjoying his football and been getting on well with the rest of the squad. But it’s not down just to me.”