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‘Dizzy’ Vance corrects VCD boss

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RIVAL manager Keith McMahon raged at the imagined injustice of it all, including a 5am wake-up call to fly here.

Kerfuffle at the Lane: Liam Mahon and Alastair Gordon were at the heart of the unseemly melee. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 25995041)

But, as Green Lions boss Tony Vance was happy to remind his VCD Athletic opposite number after Sunday’s 3-1 win for the Green Lions, the referee was not the reason for Athletic’s second defeat of the season and that it was due to GFC being better on the day.

If there was a domestic downside to the day in which GFC climbed to fourth in the BetVictor South-East table it was the realisation that it will be another 25 days before the Footes Lane faithful get to see their team live again, Whitstable being the visitors on Saturday 2 November.

By then Vance’s men will have played an FA Trophy tie at Barking this weekend, followed by away games at Herne Bay and Ashford.

McMahon, also frustrated by a delayed flight going home, tweeted: ‘Why are we playing here? LOL.’

‘Lovely people, but leaving home at 5am for a game is a joke,’ he added on social media.

Vance was not worrying himself over his opposite number’s gripes and was delighted with the performance and, especially, Ross Allen, who looked back to his best.

‘Ross is looking really sharp now and that’s the sharpest I’ve seen him since returning and his ball retention was outstanding. He was a real pain in the rear for their defenders.

‘They started quite sharply and the first five-10 minutes caused us a little bit of surprise.

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‘But credit to the boys, they stepped up and got stronger and we were knocking on the door.

‘I think the win shows how far this side have come, because VCD are a good side.’

A crowd of 812 – very good for a Sunday lunchtime – made for good financial news for the club too.

‘The crowds were good and it was good to see lots behind the goal as well,’ said Vance.

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‘We entertained them and we responded.

‘It’s dizzy heights, fourth, but if you had been on the road with us we deserve to be where we are.

‘I thought it was really a complete performance and the two subs were made to keep the momentum going and it shows the strength we have got.

‘“Strawbs” and “Doddy” enjoyed making it ugly back there and a good afternoon’s work.’

As for the two red cards, Vance was unsurprised to see a couple despatched after what was a prolonged touchline kerfuffle involving the majority of the players.

Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
Sports Editor

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