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United hope for fireworks at Bridlington

After a frightfully successful end to October, FC United look to begin the month of November with fireworks and first up is a trip to the East Yorkshire coast to face Bridlington Town on Saturday. Craig Phillips provides this preview…

When the two clubs met at Gigg Lane in August, the Reds racked up their first victory of the season winning 6-0 with four goals from Rory Patterson, one from Anthony Hargreaves before Matty Taylor rounded it off with a penalty to score his first goal for the club.

United are also on a good run of late, winning their last five outings; three in the league as well as convincing victories against highly rated opposition in the Manchester Cup and the UniBond President’s Cup whilst moving up to second place in the league.

The Reds seemed to have put their sticky patch behind them and the last Saturday’s league match against Ossett Albion saw them play some of their best and most fluent football this season.

Saturday’s opponents currently sit in 14th place in the league with 13 points from 14 games. They hold the worst defensive record in the league; conceding 33 goals so far and they were on the wrong end of the biggest home defeat of the season when they were beaten 5-0 by Bradford Park Avenue in September.

The Reds should not expect Town to roll over as they did in the summer though. They have been on a good run recently with only one defeat in seven games, including creditable score draws against title contenders Curzon Ashton and Ossett Albion. Striker Neil Towler has found his shooting boots too and is hot on the heels of Patterson with nine goals, making him the third top scorer in the division.

Originally formed in 1918 as Bridlington Central United, the club changed its name to Bridlington Town in 1959. After winning five consecutive championships in the East Riding Amateur League, the club were invited to join the Yorkshire League in 1959. In only their second season they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup, losing to a strong Bishop Auckland team.

In the early 1980s the club became part of the Northern Counties East League and enjoyed a renewed rivalry with fellow local team Bridlington Trinity for many years. Town enjoyed good runs in the FA Vase, losing to Yeading in a replay in 1990, before eventually winning the trophy in 1993 with a 1-0 win over Tiverton Town at Wembley in front of a crowd of 9,061.

They also won the UniBond First Division that season, but due to financial situations the club folded after a very successful season on the pitch. The club resurrected themselves and renamed themselves as Bridlington Town AFC and had several steady seasons in the East Riding County League Division One.

In 2003, they won promotion to the UniBond League and despite only finishing 11th, they were promoted to the UniBond Premier after the formation of the Conference North.

The club were relegated from the UniBond Premier the same season and last season finished bottom of Division One. Despite this they were announced as part of the new Division One North for the 2007-2008 season.

Before the match at Gigg Lane in August the club said they were looking forward to hosting FC United and looked forward to a good day. It should be another cracking day out by the seaside, hopefully with another win for the Reds as we close in on Curzon Ashton at the top of the league.

The game is the usual 3pm kick off this Saturday, with admission pay on the gate priced at £6 adults and £3 concessions. Get yourself to that football ground.


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UniBond League - 1st Div North
1 Curzon Ashton 12 17 28
2 FC United 12 17 25
3 Ossett Albion 14 0 23
4 Newcastle Blue Star 13 6 20
5 Bamber Bridge 10 6 20
6 Lancaster City 13 -4 20
7 Bradford PA 11 14 19
8 Skelmersdale United 11 8 19
9 Garforth Town 13 2 19
10 Mossley 13 -1 18
11 Harrogate RA 12 -1 15
12 Rossendale United 13 -10 15
13 Woodley Sports 11 -4 13
14 Bridlington Town 15 -20 13
15 Wakefield FC 12 -3 12
16 Clitheroe 9 -5 7
17 Chorley 11 -10 7
18 Radcliffe Borough 9 -12 2