Attention turns to the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon as we host Colne FC in the Second Qualifying round.
Today’s game against Colne provides a welcome distraction and seen as a perfect opportunity to really kick-start our season under current caretaker boss David Chadwick.
Our best outing in the FA Cup, as many of you will remember, was in 2010/11 when we reached the second round and just lost out to Brighton and Hove Albion. During that run, we managed to defy the odds in beating League One side Rochdale in a game which finished three goals to two.
As for Colne, they currently ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Western League and they have made a great start to the season having picked up an impressive 13 points from their opening six games and will no doubt be looking to upset the odds-on today.
Colne come into this game having won their last three games in all competitions. This season in the Emirates FA Cup, Colne made it to the second qualifying round having beaten Pickering Town and Hyde United along the way.
Player to watch
Colne’s impressive start to the season has boosted by the performances of Brad Lynch out wide who has contributed with five goals in nine appearances this season.
Head to head
The sides have met twice before in the NWCL Challenge Cup, each winning once. Colne’s 2-1 win in November 2005 was FCUM’s first ever cup defeat.
Colne Left back Luke Higham made 13 appearances for FCUM during the 2017-18 season.
Centre back Chris Lynch scored 3 goals in 41 games for FCUM between 2014 and 2015.
Manager Steve Cunningham, who scored for Colne against FCUM in a 1-5 defeat in April 2007, led his side to the North West Counties Premier Division title in 2015-16.
6 Years ago today Nicky Platt was scoring an FA Cup hat trick for FCUM in a 3-2 win at Salford City.