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Wednesday 29th September 2010

A SPRING BACK IN THE STEP

They think it's all over!

After a mini revival it’s back to league action this Wednesday night as FC take on promotion hopefuls Buxton at Gigg Lane, kick off 7.45. Two excellent wins in the last week have raised morale in the dressing room but Buxton will be no pushovers as they already sit comfortably in a promotion play off position and have the confidence of knowing they did the double over FC last season. 

Margy was pleased with both performances in the last week especially the FA Cup win over Gainsborough. “We’ll be in for a tough game on Wednesday so I’ll be looking to the players for a repeat of Saturday which I thought was a very good professional performance. The pleasing thing is that though we went a goal down it didn’t set the alarm bells ringing which it had done at times in recent weeks, and I was fully confident that with the experience we had in the side we could turn it round. The equaliser was a fantastic goal. There was great movement from Norton, who was played in by a great ball from Jimmy Holden and Hurst topped it off with quality finish.”

“Gainsborough had the better of the territory in the first half but when a team is that big and physical it’s very hard to combat. You’ve got to work your way into the game. We weathered that storm even after going a goal down and, for me, deservedly came out on top. In the second half we created three, four, maybe even five really good chances whilst at the other end Scott McManus and Karl Munroe stood firm and Zach pulled off a great save at the end.”

“At halftime it was mainly a case of encouraging the lads to keep going. The big lad up front was obviously a handful so we told them not to get too tight to him as he was capable of rolling any of our defenders with his physique. In that second period it was pleasing to see some nice football from them. The game got stretched and we had good intelligent lads there who know the right areas in which to play it around, something that’s always easier when you’re a goal up. Glynn has helped out there with what was a magnificent header for his second goal. We brought him off as he’s not really played much for three months. He gave us a good seventy minutes and at his age the old tired legs will have been kicking in so we didn’t want him getting injured.”

 “It’s back to the league on Wednesday and we obviously want to start putting a few wins together again. It won’t be easy but we’re not going to face a tougher physical challenge than we did on Saturday. We’re well aware of Buxton’s quality after they gave us a sound beating back in March at a time when we’d been playing well. I’ve not had a chance to see them this season but I’ve spoken to a few people who’ve played against them and I don’t think they’ll be too different. We know their two lads up front are very dangerous so we’ll have to be on our mettle once again.”

Get yourself to that football ground – FC United V Buxton, Gigg Lane, Wednesday 29th September, kick off 7.45 pm.

Past it they aren’t

The FA Cup 3rd Qualifying round draw has thrown up a fascinating tie for FC away at Northern League Division 1 side Norton and Stockton Ancients a week on Saturday, 9th October.

Although the Northern League is in theory equivalent to North West Counties level it is widely accepted that the standard of football is much higher as teams and players from this part of the world tend not to join the higher leagues due to costs of travelling. Whitley Bay who are in the same division as Ancients are the reigning FA Vase holders and had an excellent 3-2 win at Nantwich in the last round. Nothing can be taken for granted.

The ground is part of a larger sports complex which includes cricket and football pitches and only a short drive from Middlesbrough. There is a small seated stand and a smaller covered standing area. The remainder of the ground is a path behind a railing around the pitch.  

Full details have yet to be confirmed but it has the makings of a good day out bringing back memories of our very first national cup tie at Brodsworth Miners Welfare in 2006. It’s still warm enough for an ice cream isn’t it?     

 


FC Minithon 2010 – sign up today – the players have!

There’s still time to enter FC’s annual charity run, the FC Minithon which takes place on Sunday 17th October 2010. Set over 5.8 kilometres around scenic Chorlton Meadows, the event will see FC United supporters, members and friends running, walking and in some cases crawling(!) to raise money for children’s charity the Frost Foundation, FC United and fellow supporter-owned clubs, Rochdale Hornets and Mancunians RL.

All you have to do to take part is pledge to raise at least £25.00 sponsorship money and pay the £10.00 registration fee for adults. There is no minimum sponsorship for under 18s, just a £5 registration fee. All those who can pledge to raise £50 however, are eligible for prizes.

Categories include Fastest male, Fastest female, Fastest player, Fastest female junior, Fastest male junior, Best headgear, Best dressed runner, First dog and owner and Best dressed branch.

For the first time this year certificates will be presented to Junior entrants and for families who want to enjoy a genteel walk there will be two local guides giving a talk about the local area on the way around the course.

We’ll also be holding a raffle with some great prizes. Last year’s event raised £13,000 and we’re aiming to better this year. The Minithon is supported by the Co-operative Membership and we’re very grateful for their support. Prizes will be presented at our afterrun party in Chorlton Irish Club where

entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

Entry is easy at www.fc-utd.co.uk/minithon2010 The closing date is Friday 8th October 2010, so don’t delay, sign up today! And you’ll be in good company too because Margy has signed up and so have most of the players. It’s also rumoured that general manager Andy Walsh will be defying his advancing years and turning out too despite nearly suffering a heart attack last year!

Urging fans to take part, Andy said: “I hope every supporter that is physically able will join Margy walking round the course or will run with the players or just crawl around with the Board. It will be a fun event and vital for club funds as we progress our plans for Ten Acres Lane.”