REPORT: Squires Gate 0-3 Northwich Victoria
Squires Gate suffered a fourth defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon as the School Road's side slump continued.
Manager Andy Clarkson welcomed two new signings to his side that lost late to West Didsbury last weekend. Striker Jamie Thomas, formerly of Bolton Wanderers and Burnley led the line for Gate whilst at the other end James Faiers kept goal in place of Ben Fletcher who was unavailable.
The visitors took the lead seven minutes into the first half. Joel Brownhill shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide by keeper Faiers on his debut. From the following corner Brownhill sent in a ball to the back post where an unmarked Brandon Barski headed in the opening goal.
Debutante Jamie Thomas came close to opening his account for the club on ten minutes. Dean Ing found the striker who turned and spotted the keeper off his line but his lob was just over the bar.
Ryan Riley sent in a testing ball into the Northwich box on 17 minutes but nobody could get a touch.
Northwich extended their lead a minute later when Rob Doran was bought down in the box. Strike partner Joel Brownhill stepped up to the spot to double the Greens lead.
After a lengthy stoppage in play due to a nasty looking head injury to for Dean Ing and a Vic's player, the visitors added a third goal. From a corner Ben Reader guided the ball into his own net with a header any forward would have been proud of.
Half time: Squires Gate 0-3 Northwich Victoria
Gate's best chance to grab back a goal in the whole game came from Ryan Riley on 52 minutes. After moving out wide he flicked the ball over the fullback into the Vic's box before watching his striker cannon back off the post.
Brett Dawson but inside soon after as Gate started to get a foothold in the game but his shot was straight at the keeper. Jamie Thomas then came close but headed wide when Ryan Riley found him in the box.
Northwich Victoria came close to adding another goal in the 78th minute but couldn't convert. Two players waiting at the back post but neither could get a touch on the cross.
The loss for Gate moves them down to 12th in the league though they do have two games in hand on others around them. Gate are back in action next Saturday when they host Sandbach United in the FA Vase.
Gate: Fletcher, Richards, Reader, Bamba, Riley, Booth, Ing, Dawson, Seear, Thomas. Subs: Charnley, Mullen, Clarkson, Salthouse.
Report by Mark Ashmore