FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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Nick Duckett
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FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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Tuesday 18th February kick-off 7.45pm
The B** V***** Northern Premier League Premier Division
FC United v Stafford Rangers
Broadhurst Park
Lightbowne Road, Moston
Manchester, M40 0FJ.

ADMISSION PRICES: PAY ON THE GATE
Adults £12
Concessions £7
5-17’s £3
Under 5’s Free


MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
Programme cost is £2 and teamsheets cost 50p (or a minimum donation). Both are available from inside the ground at the SMRE turnstiles.

ENTRY TO THE GROUND
Turnstiles open at 6.30pm.
Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, fans wishing to access the Main Stand function room bar can gain admission via Main Reception on production of your season/match ticket or by cash payment of the match admission price.
Please note that the North and West stands are not open for this fixture.

RESERVED SEATING IN THE MAIN STAND
Supporters will be able to reserve seats in one block of the Main Stand on a first come first served basis, by calling the FC United office 24 hours before kick-off on 0161 769 2005. A maximum of 4 seats can be reserved per person. Those who have reserved seating need to collect a wristband from the FC United office accessible through the main reception on the day of the match. These wristbands will only be available until the kick off time of the match.

BARS AND FOOD
There will be three bars open throughout the ground.
Alcoholic drinks are permitted to be consumed in view of the pitch and therefore served in plastic glasses.

The SMRE bar will be open from 5.30pm-10.30pm serving hot food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages..

The Function room will be open from 6.30pm-9.00pm serving hot food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Cask Ale is available at the SMRE bar and for tonight’s fixture is serving
Behind the main stand paddock, the Kazbar serves hot food and non alcoholic beverages and will open from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.
The Chippy, located in the corner of the North Stand and SMRE terrace serves hot food and non alcoholic beverages.

CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop located at front of the ground to the right of the Main Reception will be open from 6pm-7.45pm and for 15-20 minutes after the final whistle.

TRAVELLING TO BROADHURST PARK
We advise that all supporters read the travel information and make a note of where traffic marshals will ask you to refrain from parking.

For travel information please click here

BUSES - TO AND FROM THE GROUND
Unfortunately the Free Shuttle Buses will not run for this fixtures.
Supporters can also take the 181/182 First Bus service from Lever Street in Manchester city centre, alighting outside the ground on St. Mary’s Road.

CAR PARKING
We would urge supporters to use the car parks we have available for a charge of £5 at the ground, and for £3 at the nearby St Matthew’s School, only 3 minutes’ walk from the ground.

We are under a duty to ensure areas such as St Mary’s Road and the north of Nuthurst Road are not used by visitors to Broadhurst Park.

Supporters should be mindful that there is no parking on:

- St Mary’s Road and the streets off St Mary’s Road; including Teddington Road, Merridale Road, Worthington Street and Tymm Street.

- Nuthurst Road;

- the West side of Moston Lane and the streets off it.

Enjoy the game.

Paul Hinson
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Re: FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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Stafford’s only away victory was a 3-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic on October 15th.
Since losing to Basford United on October 15th FCUM have played 12 League games, winning 8 and drawing 4.
Goalkeeper Lewis King made 2 appearances for FCUM during the 2015-16 season, conceding 3 goals.
Only Scarborough Athletic, Lancaster City, Stafford Rangers and South Shields have kept a clean sheet against FCUM in the League.
Stafford have the lowest number of points (19), wins (3), away wins (1), goals scored (23) and goals scored at home (10).
Live FCUM match updates at: http://liveteamstats.com/

Ben Hughes
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Re: FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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PRE MATCH LISTEN

Here is Statto Paul's Preview for tonight's game

https://audioboom.com/posts/7508109-fc- ... -rangers-h

Ben Hughes
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Re: FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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OUT NOW:

This week's This Club is My Club

With reaction from FC United's Tuesday night win over Stafford Rangers

https://fcumradio.podbean.com/e/this-cl ... uary-2020/

Nick Duckett
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Re: FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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Goals from Luke Griffiths and Morgan Hamson-Smith gave FC United a vital 2-1 victory over Stafford Rangers in a difficult contest in testing conditions at Broadhurst Park on Tuesday evening.

It was far from a perfect football performance from the Reds, but a vital three points in a tough, competitive fixture could make all the difference as we quickly enter the final nine weeks of the season.

On paper it looked like it should go down as a home win against the team rooted to the bottom of the table, but Stafford came with just one defeat in their last six games and just a look at their team during the line up gave you an idea of their physical presence.

That physical presence led to the opening goal for FC, after a not so subtle challenge by the visiting defence on the edge of their own box. With a tall four man wall that made it difficult to go up and over, Griffiths put his effort around the side of the wall, wrong footing the visiting ‘keeper and putting the Reds a goal to the good on 11 minutes.

However, it wasn’t all FC from that point with the visitors carving out a few opportunities and some nervy looking defending from FC, it was clear that the second goal was going to be vital to how the rest of the game played out.

Just 10 minutes into the second half the visitors equalised, a scrappy goal where FC failed to clear the ball out of the box and Jon Moran poked the ball home.

In the aftermath of the goal there was a silly exchange between Cameron Belford and Stafford’s Danny Burns; who in the heat of the moment threw the ball towards Belford’s face. Burns missed with his petulant throw but the referee quite rightly booked both players for the coming together. Unfortunately for Burns, he had been booked for a cynical challenge in the first half and the second yellow card saw him dismissed.

With the extra man advantage you fancied FC to push on and get the victory, but the truth is that advantage was never really apparent in the final half hour and the visitors became organised and difficult to break down.

The break through; and winning goal, came with just over 10 minutes to go as substitute Hamson-Smith took a great ball from the left down in the box, cut back in on his left and curled the ball into the far post. A beautiful way to seal the three points on what was a scrappy evening on the field.

FC United now travel to Bamber Bridge on Saturday (weather permitting), knowing they are now within two points of second and third placed Basford and Lancaster (with games in hand), and just six points off leaders South Shields, having played a game less and with a visit to the North East just over two weeks away.

Website man of the match: Adam Dodd. Had a good game in testing conditions, looked comfortable when called on defensively and always looked confident coming forward at every opportunity.

Nick Duckett
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Re: FC UNITED v STAFFORD RANGERS Tuesday 18th Feb

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IT WAS another case of what might have been for Stafford Rangers as they lost at in-form promotion chasers FC United last night.

After trailing at half time, Rangers deservedly got back on level terms ten minutes after the resumption only for Dan Burns to be sent off for clashing with the United keeper as his team mates celebrated.

Rangers were without Joe Cuff who was unavailable while Josh Green was still suffering from the effects of a car accident last week. In came Matt Hill and Josh Burns as Rangers reverted to a back four while Lewis King replaced Jono Brown in goal. Jake Charles replaced Brad Grayson in the no 9 shirt while Jack Sherratt had to settle for a place on the bench.

Rangers created the first real chance of the evening but Josh Burns had his shot blocked. The home side immediately broke away and Tunde Owolabi shot over from just 15 yards inside the Rangers half after intercepting a poor clearance from King.

United took the lead on 11 minutes when Luke Griffiths fired in a free kick from around 30 yards out that deceived King.

Rangers had a good chance to get back level a couple of minutes later but the trio of Berti Diau, Jaiden White and Josh Burns were unable to convert.


Rangers kept pushing and Jake Charles saw his header saved by Cameron Belford’s feet after he had climbed high to reach a centre from Hill.

The two sides traded chances as Chris Doyle headed wide for United when well placed while Stafford’s Sam Coulson shot wide from around 30 yards out.

Just after the half hour, Dan Burns picked up his first yellow card for an off the ball body check on Finlay Sinclair-Smith but Rangers were still in contention at the end of the half.

United’s Adam Dodd almost created a second goal for the home side soon after the resumption with a centre that went across the face of goal but lacked the necessary touch.

Rangers’ lack of killer touch was again evident when Diau intercepted a poor pass from Matthew Elsdon but Charles had his shot blocked and Diau lingered too long allowing Dodd to clear the immediate danger.

But, on 55 minutes, they finally found the mark. Tom Thorley’s inswinging free kick from the left was knocked back across by Charles and Jon Moran hammered home from close range.

But the celebrations were soon dampened when the referee showed Dan Burns a second yellow card for throwing the ball at Belford.

Ten man Rangers defended their lines well with United restricted to shots from distance for around 20 minutes but, gradually, they pushed Rangers back deeper and deeper.

Aaron Morris saw his header skim the top of the cross bar but United regained their lead on 79 minutes when Dodd’s deep ball found Morgan Homson-Smith and the substitute cut back inside Hill before firing past King.

Although Rangers kept looking for a second equaliser, it was United who came closest to adding to the scoring with Josh Burns clearing off the line with Homson-Smith ready to pounce while Owolabi somehow shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

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