Wakey follow Wednesday’s rude awakening

After being unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Trophy on Wednesday night by a classy looking Bradford Park Avenue side, FC United must now turn their attentions to kick-starting their UniBond Division One North campaign and that starts with the visit of Wakefield FC this Saturday.

If nothing else, hopefully Wednesday’s thrashing will serve as a wake up call to everyone at the club. The North West Counties double winners were made to look distinctly average by a team just four places above them in the league table and it wouldn’t be a surprise if manager Karl Marginson had a restless night’s sleep after watching another toothless performance.

Margy’s defence didn’t seem to have much trouble in getting 40 winks, although unfortunately that appeared to come on the pitch at Radcliffe Borough’s Inn2gether Stadium as Park Avenue caught them napping on several occasions.

The Reds simply cannot afford a similar lethargic performance on Saturday as the team from Wakefield will no doubt be dreaming of a victory to add to United’s current ‘nightmare’ of no wins in the last three.

United’s injury list is starting to look like an episode of Casualty; Stuart Rudd and Adam Carden have joined Josh Howard and Dale Whitehead on the list of players who are out for the foreseeable future whilst Matty Taylor is still recovering from a swollen leg sustained at Skelmersdale.

But United have promising new youngsters Theo Coleman and Aaron Burns who may both be given full debuts and if past results of this club are anything to go by, Margy’s men will be resting up ready to go out all guns a blazing on Saturday to prove a few people wrong.

After topping the table early on, Wakefield have fallen away in recent weeks with rather erratic form which has seen them beat Bradford Park Avenue 3-1 but lose to Bridlington Town.

Last month, the West Yorkshire outfit welcomed back the highly successful Ronnie Glavin as manager. Chairman Alan Blackman feels the change will focus the club’s aspirations. He said: “It’s great to have Ronnie back and we are looking for a top half finish, maybe even push into the top eight. We are looking to improve the club and the team every season.“

Blackman spoke highly of FC United but was adamant that any kind sentiments towards them would be not be displayed on the pitch at Gigg Lane. He added: “We have great admiration for what they have achieved but we look to win every match.”

FC United of Manchester look to get back to winning ways this Saturday against Wakefield FC at Gigg Lane. Kick off is 3pm and entrance is the usual pay on the gate with tickets priced £7.50 adults, £5 OAPs and £2 under-18s. Come and support the lads.


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UniBond League - 1st Div North
1 Curzon Ashton 10 12 24
2 Ossett Albion 10 4 21
3 Bamber Bridge 9 8 20
4 Bradford PA 10 12 16
5 Lancaster City 10 -2 16
6 Garforth Town 9 1 14
7 Mossley 11 -2 14
8 FC United 8 8 13
9 Skelmersdale United 8 3 13
10 Newcastle Blue Star 10 2 13
11 Woodley Sports 7 5 12
12 Wakefield FC 9 1 11
13 Rossendale United 10 -10 11
14 Harrogate RA 9 -3 10
15 Bridlington Town 11 -18 8
16 Chorley 9 -4 7
17 Clitheroe 7 -6 4
18 Radcliffe Borough 7 -11 1