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Match Report

    

7.30pm Tuesday 3rd October 2006

North West Counties Football League Division 1

The Willows, Willows Road, Salford, M5 5FQ


Salford City

2 - 1

FC United of Manchester

Begley 90
Robinson N 90 (+2)
 Howard 80

Attendance: 4,058

Salford City 2

Begley 90
Robinson N 90 (+2)

FC United of Manchester 1

Howard 80

Attendance: 4,058
Salford City
1. Andy Moores
2. Shaun Whitehead
3. Richard Watson
4. Andy Pendlebury
5. Andy Watson
6. Mattie Burke
7. Lee McNally
8. Dale Whitehead 
9. Jon Robinson 
10. Nick Robinson
11. Matt Eckersley

Subs:
12. Wes Bancroft (for 2, 84 mins)
14. Tunji Moses  (for 3, 65)
15. Jamie Begley (for 7, 65)

FC United of Manchester
1 Sam Ashton
2 Mathew Taylor
3 Alex Mortimer 
4 Steven Spencer
5 David Chadwick (capt) 
6 Robert Nugent
7 Joshua Howard
8 William Ahern
9 Stuart Rudd
10 Adie Orr
11 Rory Patterson

Subs.
12 Rhodri Giggs (for 10, 78 mins)
14 Simon Carden (for 11, 62 mins)
15 Steven Smith (for 6, 39 mins)



Match Report

FC United’s 100% record was blown apart as Salford City snatched a last gasp 2-1 victory with two late, late goals in an explosive encounter in front of 4,058 at The Willows.

It turned out to be unlucky 13 for United as Salford put an end to the Reds’ 12 game unbeaten run and stopped them achieving the best ever start to a North West Counties Division One season.

A wet night at The Willows saw both sides struggle to find their footing on a skiddy surface early on. David Chadwick and Robert Nugent were kept busy at the back and the home side were unlucky not to take the lead when Dale Whitehead’s 30 yard screamer hit the bar with Sam Ashton beaten.

United’s first real opportunity came after 25 minutes, Chadwick found himself unmarked from a Josh Howard corner, but the captain’s header sailed slowly wide. With half time approaching, Rory Patterson beat three men with extraordinary ease down the right wing before moving infield and into the box. He seemed sure to score before a vital goal line clearance from McNally saved Salford’s blushes.

Both sides fought hard in the second half and even moronic banner waving pitch invaders couldn’t divert attention away from what was becoming a gripping battle. After nearly 80 minutes of a tough tackling stalemate, Howard looked to have grabbed all three points for the Reds when he latched on to Ashton’s free kick over the top before finishing calmly to make it 1-0.

But Salford had other ideas. With seconds left on the clock, City won a free kick roughly 25 yards out and substitute Nick Bagguley stepped up to curl it magnificently round the wall and into the right hand corner of Ashton’s goal.

A draw could well have been the fair result as both teams had fought well and had an equal amount of chances, but Salford threw men forwards for a late winner and there was a crushing inevitability that it would be the home side that would snatched it at the end.

Deep into injury time, a tired looking United switched off allowing Nick Robinson to wrestle his way on to a cross field ball three minutes into time added on before slipping it past Ashton to send Salford away happy.

Despite the uncharacteristic defeat, a bigger concern of the night could well be injuries to Nugent and Patterson, who both had to be substituted, ahead of the FA Vase First Round trip to Padiham. News on this will be released when it is available.

Mark Swanwick


Match Information:

Salford City
1. A Moores
2. S Whitehead
3. R Watson
4. A Pendlebury
5. A Watson
6. M Burke
7. L McNally
8. D Whitehead
9. J Robinson
10. N Robinson
11. M Eckersley
Subs
12. W Bancroft (10, 85)
14. S Moses (3, 65)
15. J Bagguley (7, 65)

Goals: Bagguley 89, N Robinson 90

FC United
1. S Ashton
2. M Taylor
3. A Mortimer
4. S Spencer
5. D Chadwick (C)
6. R Nugent
7. J Howard
8. W Ahern
9. S Rudd
10. A Orr
11. R Patterson

Subs
12. R Giggs (10, 79)
14. S Carden (11, 62)
15. S Smith (6, 40)

Goal: Howard 80

Match Report

FC United’s 100% record was blown apart as Salford City snatched a last gasp 2-1 victory with two late, late goals in an explosive encounter in front of 4,058 at The Willows.

It turned out to be unlucky 13 for United as Salford put an end to the Reds’ 12 game unbeaten run and stopped them achieving the best ever start to a North West Counties Division One season.

A wet night at The Willows saw both sides struggle to find their footing on a skiddy surface early on. David Chadwick and Robert Nugent were kept busy at the back and the home side were unlucky not to take the lead when Dale Whitehead’s 30 yard screamer hit the bar with Sam Ashton beaten.

United’s first real opportunity came after 25 minutes, Chadwick found himself unmarked from a Josh Howard corner, but the captain’s header sailed slowly wide. With half time approaching, Rory Patterson beat three men with extraordinary ease down the right wing before moving infield and into the box. He seemed sure to score before a vital goal line clearance from McNally saved Salford’s blushes.

Both sides fought hard in the second half and even moronic banner waving pitch invaders couldn’t divert attention away from what was becoming a gripping battle. After nearly 80 minutes of a tough tackling stalemate, Howard looked to have grabbed all three points for the Reds when he latched on to Ashton’s free kick over the top before finishing calmly to make it 1-0.

But Salford had other ideas. With seconds left on the clock, City won a free kick roughly 25 yards out and substitute Nick Bagguley stepped up to curl it magnificently round the wall and into the right hand corner of Ashton’s goal.

A draw could well have been the fair result as both teams had fought well and had an equal amount of chances, but Salford threw men forwards for a late winner and there was a crushing inevitability that it would be the home side that would snatched it at the end.

Deep into injury time, a tired looking United switched off allowing Nick Robinson to wrestle his way on to a cross field ball three minutes into time added on before slipping it past Ashton to send Salford away happy.

Despite the uncharacteristic defeat, a bigger concern of the night could well be injuries to Nugent and Patterson, who both had to be substituted, ahead of the FA Vase First Round trip to Padiham. News on this will be released when it is available.

Mark Swanwick


Match Information:

Salford City
1. A Moores
2. S Whitehead
3. R Watson
4. A Pendlebury
5. A Watson
6. M Burke
7. L McNally
8. D Whitehead
9. J Robinson
10. N Robinson
11. M Eckersley
Subs
12. W Bancroft (10, 85)
14. S Moses (3, 65)
15. J Bagguley (7, 65)

Goals: Bagguley 89, N Robinson 90

FC United
1. S Ashton
2. M Taylor
3. A Mortimer
4. S Spencer
5. D Chadwick (C)
6. R Nugent
7. J Howard
8. W Ahern
9. S Rudd
10. A Orr
11. R Patterson

Subs
12. R Giggs (10, 79)
14. S Carden (11, 62)
15. S Smith (6, 40)

Goal: Howard 80