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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Vics face 10-point penalty
By Pete Oliver

Northwich's temporary home at Wincham Park
Northwich's temporary home is Witton's Wincham Park ground
Northwich Victoria look certain to lose 10 points for going into administration, which will leave them marooned at the foot of the Conference.

The Vics had until Monday to decide whether to appeal against the penalty.

But no appeal is to be lodged, which means Northwich will become the first club to be penalised under the Conference's sporting sanctions rule.

"I think they will have to suffer the 10-point penalty," David Appleby, the joint administrator, told BBC Sport.

The Vics have yet to win this season and the penalty will leave them with minus five points.

However, Appleby believes the club does still have a bright future with a deal in place to bring in new owners.

Local businessman Mike Connett, whose son Ben is a goalkeeper on the Vics' books, is in line to assume control if creditors agree to his proposed takeover package.

Plans are in place to get the Vics back on a sound financial footing and finish building their new Victoria Park Ground.

Increased debts incurred in the building of the new ground forced the Vics, who currently play at Witton Albion's Wincham Park, into administration after the club was handed a winding-up order.

Meanwhile, Vics boss Steve Burr has signed Notts County midfielder Faharudin Kuduzovic on loan, with the former Derby County youngster making his debut on Saturday.

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