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FC on song to beat Robins

FC United sealed an impressive 2-0 victory over Altrincham FC at a sunny and warm Moss Lane with headed goals from Lee Neville and ex Robins player Carlos Roca.
The Reds started brightly and with only 3 mins on the clock, a great cross from Neville was headed back by Mike Norton to Matthew Wolfenden who saw his spectacular overhead kick go wide.
A few minutes later the home side had a good chance when Damian Reeves lobbed the ball goalwards, but it drifted wide.
On 20 minutes, the home keeper Stuart Coburn performed miracles in the Altrincham goal with a superb double save. The ball was played through to Wolfenden who saw his shot saved, the ball dropping to Norton who in turn saw his shot tipped wide. From the corner, Neville leapt like a gazelle and headed the ball into the net to give FC the lead.
At the other end, Jon Worsnop was called into action saving from James Lawrie.
The second half started brighter for the home side, buoyed by a couple of half time changes, Gianluca Havern heading over and Ryan Brooke putting the FC defence under pressure but shooting over.
On 75 mins an innocuous ball was played into the home defence but it seemed to catch Coburn unawares as it bounced over his head, though he did recover to claim the ball.
Two minutes later, sub Kris Amadi had a great chance to double the lead as he latched onto a weak header from a home defender and rounded Coburn. Sadly he couldn’t keep his shot down and the ball flew over the goal.
A minute later, the lead was doubled as a good move found Stephen Johnson on the left, he crossed into the box, where fellow sub Roca was poised and he headed the ball emphatically into the net.
Straight from the restart, Sam Grimshaw ran at the FC defence and his low shot flew just wide of the goal.
It was a well deserved victory for FC who at time played some outstanding football, with a special mention to the midfield trio of Jake Cottrell, Dave Birch and Nicky Platt who never gave the home players a minute’s peace.

Report by Steven Wood

9th August 2012
Played at Moss Rose, Altrincham
Won: 0-2
Half Time: 0-1
Attendance: 542

FC United

1. Jon Worsnop
2. Kyle Jacobs (capt)
3. Lee Neville
4. Dave Birch
5. Adam Jones
6. Dean Stott
7. Matty Wolfenden
8. Jake Cottrell
9. Mike Norton
10. Jerome Wright
11. Nicky Platt

12. Stephen Johnson (for 3 74)
13. Ryan Howley
14. Carlos Roca (for 7 68)
15. Daniel Grimshaw (for 8 68)
16. Scott Cheetham (for 4 86)
17. Charlie Anderson (for 2 68)
18. Kris Amadi (for 9 74)
19. Cedric Krou (for 11 86)

Scorers: Neville 20, Roca 79


1. Stuart Coburn
2. Shaun Densmore (capt)
3. Nicky Clee
4. Carl Rodgers
5. Gianluca Havern
6. Danny Hall
7. Simon Richman
8. Scott Phelan
9. James Lawrie
10. Damian Reeves
11. Patrick Lacey

12. Scott Leather (for 3 46)
14. Matt Doughty (for 8 46)
15. Ryan Brooke (for 4 46)
16. Danny Mitchley (for 10 65)
17. Sam Grimshaw (for 7 76)
18. Adam Reid

First Posted ~ 11:42 Sat 11 Aug 2012
News ID ~ 4355
Last Updated ~ 02:52 Tue 16 Feb 2021