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Match Report


   

7.45pm Wednesday 23rd April 2008

The UniBond League - 1st Division North

Gigg Lane, Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR


FC United of Manchester

1 - 1

Woodley Sports

Wright 90  Kay 69

Attendance: 1,558

FC United of Manchester 1

Wright 90

Woodley Sports 1

Kay 69

Attendance: 1,558
FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Liam Foster
3 Shaun Roscoe
4 Nick Platt
5 David Chadwick (capt)
6 Bradley Howard 
7 Adam Carden
8 Chris Baguley
9 Stuart Rudd
10 Jerome Wright
11 Rory Patterson

Subs.
12 Nic Robinson (for 5, 46 mins)
14 Jamie Baguley (for 4, 68 mins)
15 Kyle Harrop (for 2, 76 mins)


Woodley Sports
1P Horridge
2 L Hogan
3 J Kay
4 T Blackler
5 N Boothby (Capt.)
6 D Jarrett
7 P McGuire
8 S Walker
9 L Hudson
10 A Farrell
11 M Haley

Subs.
12 L Berry (for 9, 73 mins)
14 N Challinor (for 4, 76 mins)
15 M Haslam (for 8, 68 mins)


Bradford crowned champions as United held

A late, late show wasn’t enough to keep FC United’s title ambition’s alive but the 1-1 draw against Woodley Sports on Wednesday moved the Reds into second place as Bradford Park Avenue were crowned champions of UniBond Division One North.

It took an injury time goal from Jerome Wright to save a point for United but it could have been more as Nick Robinson went close deep into stoppage time. However, given the fact Woodley had missed several clear cut chances earlier in the match a draw may have been a fair result.

The positive of the night was that Curzon Ashton went down 2-1 at Newcastle Blue Star meaning the Reds go into the final game of the season in second place which, if maintained, would mean home advantage in the play-offs next week.

Like a few of the previous midweek matches in recent weeks, Margy’s men were a little slow to start against Woodley although there were half chances for Wright, Stuart Rudd and Rory Patterson, but no clear cut opportunities to take the lead.

The most noticeable aspect of United’s first half performance was the edgy feeling around a make shift defence that was without Rob Nugent, but captain David Chadwick kept the defence tight stopping Woodley’s best chance of the opening 45 with his face.

The Reds had a great chance to take the lead into half time when Paterson’s through ball split the Woodley defence in two, leaving Rudd with a one-on-one chance against Woodley ’keeper Paul Horridge, but Horridge managed to do enough to make the striker just put the ball wide.

As United came out for the second half, Robinson had to come on for Chadwick, which patched up the make shift defence even further. But the crowd and team were encouraged by the announcement that promotion rivals Curzon Ashton were 2-0 down at Newcastle Blue Star and Nicky Platt fired a shot in from a poorly cleared corner which was fumbled by Horrdige but hacked away by the resilient defence.

Another chance came not long after when Wright energetically broke on the left and his shot-cum-cross was just too far in front of Rudd who was a foot away from the ball at most.

It seemed United would push on and break their opponents down but it was the visitors who took the lead in the strangest possible way. Full back Jamie Kay got the ball on the left flank and his miss-hit cross drifted over Sam Ashton’s head and into the net. It was one of those strikes that Kay will tell anyone he meant when quite probably he really didn’t.

Psychologically, United were deflated and it took them several minutes to get back on track in which time there were great chances for Woodley to steal the points when both Luke Hudson and Pat McGuire went close.

With five minutes left, Patterson beat the offside trap but seemed to hesitate a little, expecting the flag but it never came. His shot deflected of Horridge’s legs and it looked like being one of those games where the goal would never come.

However, it did come in the 90th minute when Wright beat the Liam Hogan to the ball and fired forcefully into the Woodley net. With three minutes of stoppage time United pushed on for a goal that would see the hopes of a third successive title reignited and when Patterson put a ball across the goal from the right Robinson was inches away from getting a touch from two yards out but he just couldn’t get there.

The draw sees Bradford Park Avenue crowned champions and United move into second place. A win at Garforth on Saturday would seal home advantage for the Reds in the play-offs semi finals and possibly final next week.

Congratulations to Bradford Park Avenue.

Report by Craig Phillips.

Bradford crowned champions as United held

A late, late show wasn’t enough to keep FC United’s title ambition’s alive but the 1-1 draw against Woodley Sports on Wednesday moved the Reds into second place as Bradford Park Avenue were crowned champions of UniBond Division One North.

It took an injury time goal from Jerome Wright to save a point for United but it could have been more as Nick Robinson went close deep into stoppage time. However, given the fact Woodley had missed several clear cut chances earlier in the match a draw may have been a fair result.

The positive of the night was that Curzon Ashton went down 2-1 at Newcastle Blue Star meaning the Reds go into the final game of the season in second place which, if maintained, would mean home advantage in the play-offs next week.

Like a few of the previous midweek matches in recent weeks, Margy’s men were a little slow to start against Woodley although there were half chances for Wright, Stuart Rudd and Rory Patterson, but no clear cut opportunities to take the lead.

The most noticeable aspect of United’s first half performance was the edgy feeling around a make shift defence that was without Rob Nugent, but captain David Chadwick kept the defence tight stopping Woodley’s best chance of the opening 45 with his face.

The Reds had a great chance to take the lead into half time when Paterson’s through ball split the Woodley defence in two, leaving Rudd with a one-on-one chance against Woodley ’keeper Paul Horridge, but Horridge managed to do enough to make the striker just put the ball wide.

As United came out for the second half, Robinson had to come on for Chadwick, which patched up the make shift defence even further. But the crowd and team were encouraged by the announcement that promotion rivals Curzon Ashton were 2-0 down at Newcastle Blue Star and Nicky Platt fired a shot in from a poorly cleared corner which was fumbled by Horrdige but hacked away by the resilient defence.

Another chance came not long after when Wright energetically broke on the left and his shot-cum-cross was just too far in front of Rudd who was a foot away from the ball at most.

It seemed United would push on and break their opponents down but it was the visitors who took the lead in the strangest possible way. Full back Jamie Kay got the ball on the left flank and his miss-hit cross drifted over Sam Ashton’s head and into the net. It was one of those strikes that Kay will tell anyone he meant when quite probably he really didn’t.

Psychologically, United were deflated and it took them several minutes to get back on track in which time there were great chances for Woodley to steal the points when both Luke Hudson and Pat McGuire went close.

With five minutes left, Patterson beat the offside trap but seemed to hesitate a little, expecting the flag but it never came. His shot deflected of Horridge’s legs and it looked like being one of those games where the goal would never come.

However, it did come in the 90th minute when Wright beat the Liam Hogan to the ball and fired forcefully into the Woodley net. With three minutes of stoppage time United pushed on for a goal that would see the hopes of a third successive title reignited and when Patterson put a ball across the goal from the right Robinson was inches away from getting a touch from two yards out but he just couldn’t get there.

The draw sees Bradford Park Avenue crowned champions and United move into second place. A win at Garforth on Saturday would seal home advantage for the Reds in the play-offs semi finals and possibly final next week.

Congratulations to Bradford Park Avenue.

Report by Craig Phillips.