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Match Report


      

12.00pm Saturday 10th December 2011

FA Trophy

Nethermoor Park, Otley Road, Guiseley, W Yorks, LS20 8BT


Guiseley

2 - 0

FC United of Manchester

Rothery 71
Ellington 86
 

Attendance: 810

Guiseley 2

Rothery 71
Ellington 86

FC United of Manchester 0



Attendance: 810
Guiseley
1 S Drench
2 J Clark
3 D Merris
4 C Toner
5 D Ellis
6 S Ainge (capt)
7 A Holdsworth
8 D Boshell
9 L Ellington
10 D Forrest
11 G Rothery  

Subs:
12 J O'Neill (for 10, 31 mins)
15 M Burns (for 8, 35 mins)

FC United of Manchester
1 James Spencer
2 Kyle Jacobs (capt) 
3 Lee Neville
4 Nick Platt
5 Adam Jones 
6 Greg Stones
7 Carlos Roca
8 Daniel Grimshaw
9 Mike Norton
10 Dean Stott
11 Astley Mulholland

Subs.
12 Matthew Wolfenden (for 7, 61 mins)
14 Matthew Tierney (for 4, 80 mins)
16 Ben Deegan (for 8, 83 mins)



Match Report
FC United were knocked out of the FA Carlsberg Trophy 2-0 at Guiseley on Saturday afternoon despite putting in a good performance against the Conference North side.

The Reds took the game to The Lions and hit the woodwork twice but they couldn’t find a way through and were eventually picked off twice against the run of play.

Playing in the first round of the Trophy for the first time in their history, United took to the field looking to make a statement of intent taking on a team from the league above for the second consecutive round and much of the early play suggested that the Reds certainly had the tools to pull off another upset.

The best chance of opening the scores for United seemed to be from Mulholland or Roca on either flank, both of whom looked dangerous on the ball but the hard, and in places, worn pitch meant that Roca wasn’t able to pull off many of the jinks and turns that have left defences in knots this season.

The first effort of any note came from the wing but it was Mike Norton who found himself out on the right delivering a teasing ball that evaded all in the middle and when the ball came back from the left via the boot of Lee Neville it was well cleared by the Lions defence.

Adam Jones had a great opportunity about 20 minutes in as he rose well at the far post to head a Roca corner onto the crossbar, leaving the bitterly cold United faithful holding their heads knowing that United’s play so far had deserved a goal.

That header seemed to wake the home team up and the next 20 minutes was all Guisley as United seemed to sit back and allow the home team large amounts of possession and never really mounted anything of any note going forward themselves, having said that James Spencer’s goal was never really troubled during this spell.

Just before the break, United had another great opportunity to take the lead as Mulholland worked his way through a couple of defenders before looking for the bottom corner with a shot from just outside the box which just went wide of the goal leaving the scoreboard untroubled at the end of 45 minutes.

The second half began and you would have been forgiven for thinking United were the favourites and Guiseley the underdogs with how the two teams approached the game from this point. United had large chunks of possession while the Lions seemed to want to defend deep, soaking up the pressure from the Reds and looking to feed off the scraps on the counter attack.

But clear cut chances were few and far between and despite being the superior team on the ball, and in many cases the first into the tackle in the middle of the park, United just couldn’t find a way through what was looking like a resolute Guiseley defence.

On 71 minutes, United were dealt the ultimate sucker punch as The Lions counter attacked and Lee Ellington saw his effort bounce back off Spencer’s post, both Ellington and Spencer challenged for the rebound which found its way to the left of the box and the feet of Gavin Rothery who coolly put the ball away to put the home team a goal up.

United came back strong from this and when Greg Stones caused mayhem in the box from a deep free-kick Matthew Wolfenden saw his effort just knocked wide by yet more resolute defending.

Wolfenden was again involved in United’s best effort of the game as he got free in the box, squaring the ball for Nicky Platt who as it looked like he was going to stretch out and put the ball away was denied by an excellent defensive challenge.

Substitutes Ben Deegan and Matthew Tierney were thrown on to give the team a bit more muscle for the long balls up from the back but couldn’t really get anything going and against the run of play the home team doubled their lead with just minutes remaining as Ellington got the better of Stones’ off-side trap and put the ball past Spencer to get the goal the woodwork had denied him earlier.

To add insult to injury, captain Kyle Jacobs was sent off after the final whistle for dissent.

All-in-all, it wasn’t the early Christmas present United were looking for but their performance deserved something more than simply the pride which the Reds took back over the Pennines with them.

Website man of the match: Adam Jones – A great display from the back from Jones and should of opened the scoring, only denied by the woodwork.

Report by Craig Phillips
Match Report

FC United were knocked out of the FA Carlsberg Trophy 2-0 at Guiseley on Saturday afternoon despite putting in a good performance against the Conference North side.

The Reds took the game to The Lions and hit the woodwork twice but they couldn’t find a way through and were eventually picked off twice against the run of play.

Playing in the first round of the Trophy for the first time in their history, United took to the field looking to make a statement of intent taking on a team from the league above for the second consecutive round and much of the early play suggested that the Reds certainly had the tools to pull off another upset.

The best chance of opening the scores for United seemed to be from Mulholland or Roca on either flank, both of whom looked dangerous on the ball but the hard, and in places, worn pitch meant that Roca wasn’t able to pull off many of the jinks and turns that have left defences in knots this season.

The first effort of any note came from the wing but it was Mike Norton who found himself out on the right delivering a teasing ball that evaded all in the middle and when the ball came back from the left via the boot of Lee Neville it was well cleared by the Lions defence.

Adam Jones had a great opportunity about 20 minutes in as he rose well at the far post to head a Roca corner onto the crossbar, leaving the bitterly cold United faithful holding their heads knowing that United’s play so far had deserved a goal.

That header seemed to wake the home team up and the next 20 minutes was all Guisley as United seemed to sit back and allow the home team large amounts of possession and never really mounted anything of any note going forward themselves, having said that James Spencer’s goal was never really troubled during this spell.

Just before the break, United had another great opportunity to take the lead as Mulholland worked his way through a couple of defenders before looking for the bottom corner with a shot from just outside the box which just went wide of the goal leaving the scoreboard untroubled at the end of 45 minutes.

The second half began and you would have been forgiven for thinking United were the favourites and Guiseley the underdogs with how the two teams approached the game from this point. United had large chunks of possession while the Lions seemed to want to defend deep, soaking up the pressure from the Reds and looking to feed off the scraps on the counter attack.

But clear cut chances were few and far between and despite being the superior team on the ball, and in many cases the first into the tackle in the middle of the park, United just couldn’t find a way through what was looking like a resolute Guiseley defence.

On 71 minutes, United were dealt the ultimate sucker punch as The Lions counter attacked and Lee Ellington saw his effort bounce back off Spencer’s post, both Ellington and Spencer challenged for the rebound which found its way to the left of the box and the feet of Gavin Rothery who coolly put the ball away to put the home team a goal up.

United came back strong from this and when Greg Stones caused mayhem in the box from a deep free-kick Matthew Wolfenden saw his effort just knocked wide by yet more resolute defending.

Wolfenden was again involved in United’s best effort of the game as he got free in the box, squaring the ball for Nicky Platt who as it looked like he was going to stretch out and put the ball away was denied by an excellent defensive challenge.

Substitutes Ben Deegan and Matthew Tierney were thrown on to give the team a bit more muscle for the long balls up from the back but couldn’t really get anything going and against the run of play the home team doubled their lead with just minutes remaining as Ellington got the better of Stones’ off-side trap and put the ball past Spencer to get the goal the woodwork had denied him earlier.

To add insult to injury, captain Kyle Jacobs was sent off after the final whistle for dissent.

All-in-all, it wasn’t the early Christmas present United were looking for but their performance deserved something more than simply the pride which the Reds took back over the Pennines with them.

Website man of the match: Adam Jones – A great display from the back from Jones and should of opened the scoring, only denied by the woodwork.

Report by Craig Phillips