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Nine goal thriller as FC United beat North Ferriby - full

FC United continued their 100% start to the season with a thrilling 6-3 win over North Ferriby United at Bower Fold on Wednesday night in front of 1,532 supporters.

United had to come from behind but were aided by two own goals by The Villagers defence plus strikes from Matthew Wolfenden, Ben Deegan and Carlos Roca which were the capped by a wonderful effort from substitute Steve Torpey giving United the win and ensuring they now have six points from a possible six.

The Reds began the game where they left off in Stafford on Saturday controlling the game from midfield with good possession play and looking dangerous from the off, with the best of the early chances being a Nicky Platt strike from outside of the box which was just turned wide by the Villagers goalkeeper, 17-year-old Ben White.

But it was the visitors who took the lead after a well taken goal from outside of the area saw The Villagers Gary Bradshaw lob the ball over United ‘keeper James Spencer to put the away team a goal up.

But United didn’t let that get them down and should have been back in the game within minutes as Carlos Roca saw an effort from just outside the box turned around the post for a corner by White. From that corner though Nicky Platt rose well headed towards goal where Matthew Wolfenden flicked the ball into the net to level the scores.

The Reds came on strong towards the end of the half and once more Ben Deegan, Carlos Roca and Matthew Wolfenden proved to be a menacing front line trinity and Roca came close as he curled the ball around White but saw his effort headed off the line.

Despite controlling much of the first half United went in at half time level and when play resumed for the second half they carried on in much of the same vain even attempting a Rory Patterson like chip straight from the kick off.

Within two minutes United had the lead from an unlikely source, as Villagers defender Nathan Peat seemed to be in between two minds when heading clear a Richard Battersby free kick from deep and somehow managed to nod the ball over White’s head and into the net to give United a 2-1 lead.

Having overturned the one goal deficit United pushed on looking for a third that would give them a two goal cushion and surely kill off any potential fight back from The Villagers. But just minutes later The Villagers levelled the scores after a cross from the left was neatly headed home by Christopher Bolder.

Conceding a goal for United seems to only spur them on at the minute and within three minutes Ben Deegan had restored the lead after a low Lee Neville ball from the left was spilled by White, the ever popular Deegan rushed in to knock the ball home from two yards out.

The next twenty minutes was all United with large chunks of possession and efforts from Deegan and Wolfenden forcing great saves from White. The game was United’s to win, but in another twist of the tale the visitors countered well and showed how clinical they were in front of goal when Wayne Brooksby neatly headed past Spencer to level the scores with fifteen minutes remaining.

The Villagers showed they were not only clinical in front of the United goal but in front of their own net too as they scored their second own goal of the evening to gift United the lead in the last ten minutes. Carlos Roca released Richard Battersby on the right who put a great ball across the six yard box which was turned into the net by Mark Greaves to put United 4-3 up.

Having the lead for the third time on the night United weren’t going to allow it to slip this time and when Jake Cottrell turned the visiting defence inside out in their area he was brought down by a clumsy tackle which resulted in a penalty for United. Roca stepped up firing the ball into the bottom left hand corner to put the icing on the cake.

If Roca’s penalty was the icing then the sixth goal from Steve Torpey was the cherry and quite possibly the hundreds and thousands on top. Finding the ball in space at the edge of the area Torpey elected for a deft little chip over White which found the top right hand corner for what must be an early favourite for goal of the season.

United ran out 6-3 winners in a game that they controlled for the large part and in doing so made it two wins from two games and got a result which will surely make the rest of the teams looking for promotion sit up and take notice of the threat the Reds bring with them this year.

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First Posted ~ 13:42 Sun 28 Aug 2011
News ID ~ 3708
Last Updated ~ 13:42 Sun 28 Aug 2011