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Match Report


   

7.45pm Thursday 15th March 2007

NWC Football League Challenge Cup

Wincham Park, Chapel Street, Northwich, CW9 6DA


Congleton Town

2 - 2

FC United of Manchester

Hurst 40, 60 Giggs 10
Patterson 20

Attendance: 1,062

Congleton Town 2

Hurst 40, 60

FC United of Manchester 2

Giggs 10
Patterson 20

Attendance: 1,062
Congleton Town
1 P Forester
2 T Baker
3 A Glover
4 B Alston
5 A Alston (Capt.)
6 C Jones
7 J Johnson
8 R Bailey
9 A Hurst
10 G Courtney
11 S Williams

Subs.
12 J McAllister
14 J Petrie (for 7,83)
15 C Smith


FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Mathew Taylor
3 Shaun Roscoe
4 Steven Spencer
5 David Chadwick (capt)
6 Robert Nugent
7 Rhodri Giggs
8 Nick Platt
9 Stuart Rudd
10 Alex Mortimer
11 Rory Patterson

Subs.
12 Joshua Howard (for 9, 74 mins)
14 Simon Carden (for 8, 90 mins)



Margy positive about draw
Manager Karl Marginson remained positive about seeing two goals from Congleton Town’s Andy Hurst either side of half time peg back FC United after they had taken a commanding 2-0 lead through Rhodri Giggs and Rory Patterson.

The Reds were straight out of the blocks and two goals to the good in the first 20 minutes of the North West Counties D-Zine (Contractors) Ltd League Challenge Cup semi final. They looked to be fully in control for most of the first half but the Bears fought back and a sloppily conceded goal just minutes before the interval gave them a way back into the two legged tie.

United appeared to lack discipline in the second half and Congleton were playing with renewed confidence. It was no real surprise when Hurst grabbed the equaliser on the hour mark to make sure the score is evenly poised for the second leg at Gigg Lane in two weeks’ time.

Margy knew his side should have done more to capitalise on the good position they got themselves in to but was reasonably pleased over all. He said: "We should have killed the game off in the first half, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal, but the important thing is how the lads respond to that on Saturday.

"It wasn’t the best, we have to give them credit, I thought they worked really hard, but we were a little bit sloppy with our defending and some of our finishing."

Margy is looking forward to the second leg, although he thinks it will be another tough match. He said: "I was disappointed with the performance, but at this stage we’ve got to be pleased because we’re in a strong position with the two away goals. The second leg will be just as tough because they’re a strong side."

The Reds looked the more likely to pinch a victory towards the end, but Margy didn’t think it would have been justified. He added: "I think it was a fair result. We had some chances, the ‘keeper’s made a great save from Nicky Platt and how Josh (Howard) didn’t get that header in I don’t know, maybe it was behind him a little bit. We could have nicked it, but it would have been harsh on them."

The second leg takes place on Saturday 31 March at Gigg Lane with kick off at 3pm. The good news for United is that they came through last night’s match unscathed so there are no new injury concerns for tomorrow’s match away to Abbey Hey.
Margy positive about draw

Manager Karl Marginson remained positive about seeing two goals from Congleton Town’s Andy Hurst either side of half time peg back FC United after they had taken a commanding 2-0 lead through Rhodri Giggs and Rory Patterson.

The Reds were straight out of the blocks and two goals to the good in the first 20 minutes of the North West Counties D-Zine (Contractors) Ltd League Challenge Cup semi final. They looked to be fully in control for most of the first half but the Bears fought back and a sloppily conceded goal just minutes before the interval gave them a way back into the two legged tie.

United appeared to lack discipline in the second half and Congleton were playing with renewed confidence. It was no real surprise when Hurst grabbed the equaliser on the hour mark to make sure the score is evenly poised for the second leg at Gigg Lane in two weeks’ time.

Margy knew his side should have done more to capitalise on the good position they got themselves in to but was reasonably pleased over all. He said: "We should have killed the game off in the first half, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal, but the important thing is how the lads respond to that on Saturday.

"It wasn’t the best, we have to give them credit, I thought they worked really hard, but we were a little bit sloppy with our defending and some of our finishing."

Margy is looking forward to the second leg, although he thinks it will be another tough match. He said: "I was disappointed with the performance, but at this stage we’ve got to be pleased because we’re in a strong position with the two away goals. The second leg will be just as tough because they’re a strong side."

The Reds looked the more likely to pinch a victory towards the end, but Margy didn’t think it would have been justified. He added: "I think it was a fair result. We had some chances, the ‘keeper’s made a great save from Nicky Platt and how Josh (Howard) didn’t get that header in I don’t know, maybe it was behind him a little bit. We could have nicked it, but it would have been harsh on them."

The second leg takes place on Saturday 31 March at Gigg Lane with kick off at 3pm. The good news for United is that they came through last night’s match unscathed so there are no new injury concerns for tomorrow’s match away to Abbey Hey.