FC United of Manchester
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FC United’s run of three consecutive pre-season wins came to an abrupt end as they were easily beaten 3-0 by League One side Rochdale on Saturday afternoon at Broadhurst Park.
The Reds famously came out on top when the two teams met in an FA Cup first round tie in 2011, but on this occasion it was the Dale who took the victory and in truth the result never looked in doubt.
The visitors went a goal up after nine minutes when a cross from the right was headed in at the far post by Sammi Qdusi.
Despite their best efforts the men in red really couldn’t get a foothold in the game finding the organised defensive unit of the visiting team difficult to create much against but with that being said the gap was still only a single goal and we were very much in the game until we gifted the Dale their second goal.
It looked like the FC defence had cleared a corner but as the ball dropped down to Scott Tanser at the edge of the box he volleyed towards goal and the strike went through Ashley Frith’s hands when it looked as though easier to stop it, the former Manchester City and Blackburn man would have been disappointed to concede in such a way.
With just a week until the first game at Chorley, Karl Marginson decided to still change multiple players at the break looking to get a good look at his squad, especially against testing opposition and the substitutes in the second half seemed to have more of an effect on the game as FC United posed more of an attacking threat.
With new players (both off the bench and at the club) on the pitch it was actually the ever present Jerome Wright who had the best chance. Wright (the only FC player who played in the FA Cup meeting) looked to catch the substitute goal keeper off guard with a free kick from the right and his well struck effort was only just pawed away.
But It would be the visitors who would score the third and final goal of the game. A low, hard free kick from 25 yards out could only be pushed out by replacement goal keeper Dylan Forth into the path of Andy Cannon who put the ball away to make it 3-0.
Rochdale was always going to be the toughest game of the pre-season campaign and so it proved on the pitch. But the workout against a professional team, who themselves are in good form would have been a positive for the players and staff but they will almost certainly be looking to get back to winning ways at Trafford on Tuesday before travelling to Chorley for the league opener next Saturday.
Report by Craig Phillips