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3.00pm Monday 31st August 2009

The UniBond League Premier Division

Ingfield, Prospect Road, Ossett, W Yorks, WF5 9HA

Ossett Town 1 - 2FC United of Manchester
Lee 8 Deegan 59
Chadwick 90

Attendance: 823

Ossett Town
1 L Sutcliffe
2 N Hay
3 R Tonks
4 A Clayton
5 D Riordan
6 J Riordan (capt)
7 P McGuire
8 C Hall
9 A Hollindrake
10 A Lee
11 R Hardaker

14 J Douglas (for 9 61)
15 B Kane (for 7 89)
16 S Hargreaves (for 8 79)
FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Adam Carden
3 Simon Garner
4 Danny Warrender
5 David Chadwick (capt)
6 Robert Nugent
7 Carlos Roca
8 Simon Carden
9 Ben Deegan
10 Jerome Wright
11 Phil Marsh

14 Jake Cottrell (for 8, 66 mins)
16 Danny Williams (for 10, 77 mins)
17 Ben Morris (for 7, 79 mins)

Match Report

FC left it late to secure their third win in as many games as skipper Dave Chadwick prodded home an injury time winner.
The reds started the game slowly and were a goal down after seven minutes when a defensive mistake allowed the ever dangerous Ossett striker Andy Lee to run on goal and coolly lift the ball over Sam Ashton. Things could have been worse for the away side but Ashton was quick to pull off a good save from a header from Hollindrake. In between these chances, Deegan was only inches from tapping in a Marsh cross but in all honesty FC struggled to get their passing going in the blustery wind and it took till the 43rd minute before they had their next chance, which Adam Carden fired over, albeit from a tight angle. Hollindrake, the Ossett no 10, was a constant menace to the FC defence and he had another great chance to score just before half time, but his shot was straight at the keeper.
During the break, the FC players and staff came out of the dressing room early and this seemed to work as they started the 2nd half in the ascendancy. The dangerous Deegan put a header straight at the keeper and put another one on the roof of the net as the Reds took control of the half. It came as no surprise when Deegan headed FC level on 58 minutes from a superb cross from Carlos Roca. The home side weren’t happy as they felt that Deegan was offside, but the officials were unmoved. Though the game could have changed only two minutes later when an innocuous looking cross was fumbled onto his own post by Ashton.
The away team were having the majority of possession, but the final ball seemed to be missing though Deegan did go close with a shot, as did Rob Nugent. At the other end, a mistake in the FC defence almost let Ossett take the lead, but to the relief of the travelling support, Ashton made the save. Just when it looked like both teams would have to settle for a point each, FC managed to win a corner on the left. The home keeper did well to tip the ball over the bar, as it looked like it would sneak under the crossbar. From the resultant corner the ball was flicked into the box where man of the match Chadwick was waiting to fire the ball into the net for the winning goal.
All in all, it was a generally scrappy performance from FC, but the three points propelled the Red to 5th in the league and was certainly a boost with the trip to top of the table Kendal looming large on Saturday.

Report by Steven Wood.
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