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3.00pm Saturday 13th February 2010

The UniBond League Premier Division

Gigg Lane, Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR

FC United of Manchester 2 - 0Worksop Town
Carden 43, 55  

Attendance: 2,137

FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Kyle Jacobs
3 Ludovic Quistin
4 Jake Cottrell
5 David Chadwick (capt) Yellow Card
6 Adam Tong
7 Ben Deegan
8 Simon Carden
9 Kyle Wilson
10 Jerome Wright
11 Phil Marsh

12 Carlos Roca (for 10, 67 mins)
14 Joseph Yoffe (for 7, 78 mins)
16 James Holden (for 8, 75 mins)
Worksop Town
1 J Kennedy
2 R Austin
3 A Burley
4 S Hawes
5 S Lowe
6 K Davies (capt)
7 R Mallon
8 M Austin
9 G Townsend
10 B Tomlinson
11 C Adam

12 A White (for 10 86)
14 D Bacon (for 11 46)
15 M Glass (for 7 69)

Match Report

A goal in each half from Simon Carden saw FC United beat Worksop Town 2-0 in front of 2,137 supporters at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon as the Reds continued their unbeaten run in 2010.

Carden broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time, after Sam Ashton had saved an early penalty, and the midfielder sealed the match 10 minutes after the interval as United eased to victory over The Tigers.

The result puts Karl Marginson’s side up to 10th place in the UniBond Premier Division table as Buxton and Stocksbridge lost whilst Marine drew at Hucknall. The Reds have now won three games in a row and are unbeaten in their last five.

The game could have got off on the wrong foot as David Chadwick conceded a penalty in the opening minutes but the visitors couldn’t capitalise on the situation as Ashton saved the spot-kick to his bottom left hand corner.

After that, United controlled the game although it wasn’t until half an hour in that the Reds created an opportunity. With their best play coming from the wings through Jerome Wright and Phil Marsh, United went close as Marsh crossed deep beyond the awaiting strikers and then Wright saw his effort from the left well saved.

United got the break they needed; and possibly deserved, a free-kick from the left was headed towards goal by Ben Deegan, which the visiting keeper fumbled into the path of Carden who duly obliged by slotting the ball into the empty net.

The second half again saw United control the game, looking for the second goal that would ultimately kill the visitors challenge off. Ben Deegan went closest to doing this but saw two headers denied, the first by the post and the second by an acrobatic clearance off the line.

Kyle Wilson looked to build on his hat-trick over Nantwich and when he broke down the left and into the box, he looked in a good position but saw his effort hit the side netting.

United; and Carden, got their second goal not long after, through a touch of good fortune. Breaking on the wing, Wright crossed the ball which hit Carden in the chest and went into the net. Last season’s supporters’ player of the year may claim he intentionally steered the ball home with his torso but regardless United had the vital second goal.

Wright went off not long after and worryingly he had been holding the back of his thigh after setting up one of the aforementioned Deegan chances. Carlos Roca came off the bench as Wright’s replacement.

United controlled the rest of the game without ever having; or needing, to get out of second gear, easily outworking the visitors in the process to claim their third straight victory which sees them move into the top half of the league and dare we say; eight points off the play-off places?

United made light work of Worksop but they know come Wednesday it won’t be a piece of cake when Kendal Town come to Gigg Lane.

Report by Craig Phillips

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