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United kick-off home campaign tonight

After a 2-0 win at Marine on Sunday, FC United will be hoping to start their home campaign in a similar style with another three points against Nantwich Town at Gigg Lane on Wednesday night.

Striker Mike Norton scored both the goals at the weekend in his first competitive match for the Reds and he will be keen to mark his home debut with a goal too. The weekend brace took the former Curzon Ashton forward’s tally up to 12 goals in 10 appearances for FC United and he is keen to keep it going.

Norton said: €It’s been a good start for me. The trip to St Pauli was a great way for me to meet up with the team and the lads have bonded further on the Belfast trip this pre-season. Everyone is buzzing about our chances as things seem to have gelled really well.€

United have also been boosted by the news that summer trialist Karl Munroe has signed for the club. The 30-year-old defender comes with a wealth of experience having made more than 100 appearances for Macclesfield between 2000 and 2004 as well as spending two years at Altrincham.

FC United assistant manager Roy Soule said: €I’ve known Karl for a long time. He’s been out of the game for a while, so we’ll have to see if he can get his sharpness back but he’s a very capable lad.€

Wednesday night will be a familiar match up as Nantwich have been the opponents to FC United 10 times in the last five years, more than any other club. Of those 10 matches, United just have the upper-hand with four victories, three draws and three defeats.

The corresponding fixture last year was actually played at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields and it saw FC United put in one of their best performances of the season with a 4-0 demolition of the Dabbers.

Nantwich have beaten the Reds at Gigg Lane before with the 4-3 FA Cup thriller in September 2008 but manager Karl Marginson will expect much better two years on. The Cheshire side have started this season in a disappointing fashion on Saturday by losing 2-1 at home to Worksop, who finished third from bottom last season.

FC United of Manchester versus Nantwich Town is this Wednesday at Gigg Lane with kick-off at 7.45pm. It’s pay on the gate with entry £8 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under-18s. The match-day programme contains a full interview with new striker Mike Norton. Get yourself to that football ground.

News ID ~ 3048 First Posted ~ 12:22 Wed 25 Aug 2010 Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013

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