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Giggs double downs Flixton

FC United extended their 100% record to an impressive six matches to consolidate their position at the top of the North West Counties Division One table with a scrappy but effective 4-0 victory over Manchester rivals Flixton.

Last season, the Valley Roaders, who are also Division One new boys, were one of three teams to prevent FC United from registering a win against them, but this time around Karl Marginson’s men weren’t to be denied.

Making his competitive debut in the FC United starting line-up at right back was Mike Lomax with recent signing Jamie Phoenix on the bench. Flixton’s line-up included former FC United favourites Joz Mitten at centre-forward and Ryan Gilligan in central midfield.

Saturday’s game against Atherton LR had seen a couple of goals in the opening two minutes, the FC support had to wait a little longer against Flixton on Wednesday night, but it was nevertheless it wasn’t that long in coming.

A Josh Howard corner kick fell invitingly to Rob Nugent in the 10th minute and the big number six hammered the ball home from 14 yards to give Andy Robertson no chance in the Flixton goal.

Shortly afterwards, Flixton assistant Mark Molyneux looked to have said something out of turn to the referee’s assistant and was sent packing to the stand by referee Paul Graham.

On 19 minutes, the visitors might have equalised when Matt Landregan set up Chris Brookes and it took a smart save from FC United goalkeeper Sam Ashton to deny the Flixton number two.

The game was in danger of bubbling over at this stage. First Ryan Gilligan was cautioned for taking exception to a late challenge by Rhodri Giggs, and then new boy Mike Lomax was yellow-carded for twice holding back Landregan.

On 34 minutes, FC United went 2-0 up. Rhodri Giggs latched on to a long clearance from Sam Ashton and looked to be taking the ball down the right wing. But he then checked inside and ran unchallenged toward goal before expertly slipping the ball under the onrushing Robertson.

Giggs marked his first goal in the red jersey by leaping into the Manchester Road End to celebrate with the ecstatic faithful, although he ended up flat on his backside and received a yellow card for his troubles.

FC continued the second half in a similar fashion to the first, with a curling effort from Josh Howard on 51 minutes perhaps the best of the opening skirmishes, before Simon Carden was cautioned on 59 minutes for a late challenge on Joz Mitten.

On the hour-mark, manager Karl Marginson decided to re-jig the FC United forward-line, and sent on new signing Jamie Phoenix in place of Rory Patterson, and the number 12 was soon in action with a pacey run down the left wing.

On 64 minutes, FC United made it 3-0, when a scuffed clearance was blocked by Stuart Rudd and landed at the feet of Josh Howard, some 40 yards out. Howard took one look up, saw the Flixton ‘keeper out of position, and expertly steered the ball into the unguarded goal.

And on 66 minutes, it was 4-0, when some trickery out wide on the left by Jamie Phoenix allowed the ex-Stafford Rangers winger to evade his marker and fire in a cross for the unmarked Giggs to head the ball into the corner of the net for his second of the night.

Five minutes from time, former FC United favourite Joz Mitten was led off after sustaining a head injury. Despite looking to be in a bad way, Jozza still had enough energy left to applaud the FC United faithful who sang his name as way of thanking him for his contribution to our never-to-be-forgotten inaugural season.

Final score: FC United 4 @ 0 Flixton

Peter Moulds

Match information:

FC United
1. S Ashton
2. M Lomax
3. A Mortimer
4. S Spencer
5. D Chadwick (C)
6. R Nugent
7. R Giggs
8. S Carden
9. S Rudd
10. J Howard
11. R Patterson
Subs
12. J Phoenix (for 11, 61)
14. A Orr (for 9, 77)
15. S Smith (for 8, 75)

Scorers: Nugent 10; Giggs 34, 66; Howard 64

Flixton
1. A Robertson (C)
2. C Brookes
3. P Baylis
4. F Vaughan
5. J Bates
6. J Rispin
7. R Gilligan
8. L Grandison
9. J Mitten
10. M Landregan
11. G Vaughan
Subs
12. A Lundy (for 9, 85)
14. G Tench (for 2, 69)
15. B Barnes (for 7, 69)

Website man-of-the match: Rhodri Giggs.

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First Posted ~ 09:50 Thu 31 Aug 2006
News ID ~ 471
Last Updated ~ 17:51 Fri 11 Oct 2013