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Match Report


   

3.00pm Saturday 18th August 2007

The UniBond League - 1st Division North

Giant Axe, West Road, Lancaster, Lancs, LA1 5PE


Lancaster City

2 - 1

FC United of Manchester

Stevens 45
Love 90 (+2)
 Wright 90 (+3)

Attendance: 2,257

Lancaster City 2

Stevens 45
Love 90 (+2)

FC United of Manchester 1

Wright 90 (+3)

Attendance: 2,257
Lancaster City
1 M Thornley
2 P Rigby
3 N Marshall
4 S Greenwood
5 C Lysons
6 N Uberschar(Capt.)
7 T Entwhistle
8 A Helliwell
9 I Stevens
10 L Gierke
11 R Black

Subs.
12 J Love (for 9, 72)
14 T Shaw(for 4,64) 
15 C Walters (for 10,46)

FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Steven Spencer
3 Alex Mortimer
4 Dale Whitehead
5 David Chadwick (capt)
6 Robert Nugent
7 Joshua Howard
8 Nick Platt
9 Anthony Hargreaves
10 Jerome Wright
11 Rory Patterson 

Subs.
12 Simon Carden (for 4, 72 mins)
14 Chris Baguley (for 3, 81 mins)
15 David Swarbrick (for 9, 66 mins)



Reds edged out by Lancaster

FC United suffered a 2-1 opening day defeat to a professional performance from a well-organised Lancaster City in front of 2,257 supporters, but there were plenty of positives to take from the match against the former Blue Square side.

The Reds were arguably worth a draw but the Dolly Blues made life difficult for the UniBond Division One North new boys and successfully shut up shop after taking the lead on the stroke of half time from a contentious corner.

An Ian Stevens header broke the deadlock and United were constantly chasing the game from there on after. The Reds’ best chances came late on as captain David Chadwick hit the bar with a header, Rob Nugent glanced one just wide and substitute Simon Carden nearly got the desperately needed goal with a spectacular over-head kick that fizzed past the post.

In truth though, United had to resort to too many hopeful balls into the box as the defence was well marshalled by ’keeper Mark Thornley and once in the lead the hosts were content to nullify the threat of United rather than pressing forward themselves.

Almost inevitably, James Love scored an easy tap in with a minute to go after the Reds were caught overstretched searching for the equaliser. The only consolation was Jerome Wright sneaking through the Blues’ defence seconds later to latch onto a ball before delicately slipping it past the onrushing Thornley.

Reds edged out by Lancaster

FC United suffered a 2-1 opening day defeat to a professional performance from a well-organised Lancaster City in front of 2,257 supporters, but there were plenty of positives to take from the match against the former Blue Square side.

The Reds were arguably worth a draw but the Dolly Blues made life difficult for the UniBond Division One North new boys and successfully shut up shop after taking the lead on the stroke of half time from a contentious corner.

An Ian Stevens header broke the deadlock and United were constantly chasing the game from there on after. The Reds’ best chances came late on as captain David Chadwick hit the bar with a header, Rob Nugent glanced one just wide and substitute Simon Carden nearly got the desperately needed goal with a spectacular over-head kick that fizzed past the post.

In truth though, United had to resort to too many hopeful balls into the box as the defence was well marshalled by ’keeper Mark Thornley and once in the lead the hosts were content to nullify the threat of United rather than pressing forward themselves.

Almost inevitably, James Love scored an easy tap in with a minute to go after the Reds were caught overstretched searching for the equaliser. The only consolation was Jerome Wright sneaking through the Blues’ defence seconds later to latch onto a ball before delicately slipping it past the onrushing Thornley.