United threw away two points here with their inability to control the final ten minutes of the game. To be fair to them they had done very well for much of the game but should have seen it out.
The Whites started brightly and it was no real surprise when they took the lead in the 7th minute. Scott Coupland played a suerp ball through to Ben Garrick and his neat cross found Jordan Hempenstall unmarked at the far post and headed home unchallenged.
United were getting very easily and might have added to their lead on a number of occasions. We were winning the midfield battle but couldn't ram home our advantage. Northwich had several who were a threat and the danger of an equailiser was always present.
United had an untidy five minute spell which led to a corner that should have been a goal-kick and has so often happens in that circumstance it did lead to the home side's equaliser. John Hardiker heading home, another set-piece concession for the Whites.
The disappointment nearly turned to despair as Victoria missed a great chance before the interval but the Whites must have been kicking themselves for nott converting a couple of their first half chances.
The home side started a little better after the break and took the lead 10 minutes into the half, Conor Roberts finding the net.
However United didn't buckle, Jordan Hempenstall burst into the box and was upended and Scott Coupland made no mistake from the spot-kick.
In the 70th minute the lively Hempenstall pressured the home defence and once again burst clear, this time he rounded the keeper and gave us the lead.
We never quite had enough to see it out we gave away 7 free kicks in the final 15 minutes although it has to said awarded by an over fussy referee.
Three minutes were added and in the fifth minute of added time we failed to deal with a free kick into our box, David Coyde committed a foul in the box and Joe Guest broke United's hearts from the spot. The final whistle went following the kick-off.
No doubt we would have been happy with a point before kick off but not after the game. However it was another step in the right direction.