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Match Report

      

3.00pm Saturday 17th August 2013

EvoStik League Premier Division

Sandy Lane, Babbage Way, Sandy Lane, Worksop, S80 1UJ


Worksop Town

2 - 0

FC United of Manchester

Denton 70
Muldoon 75
 

Attendance: 837

Worksop Town 2

Denton 70
Muldoon 75

FC United of Manchester 0



Attendance: 837
Worksop Town
1 Ben Hallam
2 Alex Pursehouse
3 Phil Roe  
4 Josh Davies
5 Chris Salt
6 Laurence Gaughan
7 Jack Muldoon
8 Shane Clarke  
9 Tom Denton  
10 Leon Mettam (capt)
11 Connor Higginson

Subs:
12 Ellis Wall (for 11, 78 mins)
14 Jack Barnett (for 10, 90+1 mins)
16 Shaq McKenzie (for 7, 83 mins)

FC United of Manchester
1 Jon Worsnop
2 Liam Brownhill
3 Lee Neville
4 Dean Stott
5 Tom Davies
6 Charlie Raglan
7 Matthew Wolfenden
8 Oliver Banks 
9 Greg Daniels
10 Jerome Wright
11 Christopher Worsley

Subs.
12 Mike Norton (for 9, 75 mins)
14 Tom Greaves (for 7, 83 mins)
16 Matthew Walwyn (for 10, 76 mins)



Match Report

C United started the season with a 2-0 away defeat as Worksop Town were gifted two second half goals without reply.

Despite chances, there were few clear cut scoring opportunities for the Reds and the disappointing day was summed up in the final minutes when new captain Dean Stott had a penalty saved.

In the build-up to the game there would surely have been speculation surrounding United’s starting XI, following several combinations throughout pre-season.

One of the key questions may have been who would claim the first start between the FC goalposts, Jon Worsnop and James Spencer having been alternated during the friendlies. It was in fact the former who pulled on the No. 1 shirt for the opening encounter of this new campaign.

Stott led out the side in his first competitive game as club captain and played a part early on as the Reds were quick off the mark.

United’s best chance of the initial stages came through Matthew Wolfenden who shot on target from outside the area following a good build up.

FC won a corner as a result from which the home side broke, despite a penalty claim for a push on Lee Neville, as Worksop started to come into the game.

Greg Daniels, Ollie Banks and Stott all had efforts on goal around the quarter of an hour mark and United were building well. Chris Worsley on his league debut was also contributing well to the Reds’ attacking prospects.

Whilst FC United were looking to get forward through passing play, Worksop’s best chances were coming from set pieces and United had to defend corners and free kicks well. Possibly the best chance of the half came minutes before the whistle as Neville on one of many ventures down the left played the ball in and Stott struck well from a tight angle only to be denied by a fine save from Ben Hallam.

Worksop’s captain Leon Mettam almost profited soon after the break as the forward came close to connecting with Conor Higginson’s cross from the left to the back post, however Worsnop managed to claim.

The referee’s first booking was for Josh Davies who brought Banks to ground just outside the area. Although the advantage was played, United were awarded the free kick and it was Banks who stepped up, hitting the ball low along the ground and into the feet of the Worksop wall.

Tense moments ensued for the Reds’ defence as the ball pinballed in and around the United six yard box and although Worsnop eventually managed to clear, it was just minutes later that FC gift wrapped Worksop their opener.

The home side were getting forward, however instead of leaving the back line to deal with the threat, the United keeper made the decision to stray well out of his area and as the Reds lost the ball, Tom Denton took full advantage of the empty net on 70 minutes as the travelling support looked on in disbelief.

It wasn’t long before Worsnop’s nightmare continued as the keeper missed the chance to claim the ball and Worksop hit the post before Jack Muldoon profited on the rebound past the flailing goalkeeper.

Daniels and Jerome Wright were soon after replaced by Mike Norton and Matthew Walwyn, shortly before Worksop almost made it three. Although United were getting the ball forward, they were having no joy in front of goal, however a penalty in the late stages gave the Reds hope.

Greaves was tripped just inside the area and Stott came forward to take the spot kick. United’s captain sent the ball left, and Worksop’s afternoon was made all the better as Hallam dived in the right direction to pull off a good save, summing up the Reds’ opening day.

FC United could offer nothing in the five minutes of added time and although played well for large portions of the match were let down by defensive errors and seemed to lack an outlet through which to provide an end product.

Report by Victoria Fullen.

Website Man of the Match: Chris Worsley – a strong competitive debut in which Worsley was effective across the middle of the park.

Match Report

C United started the season with a 2-0 away defeat as Worksop Town were gifted two second half goals without reply.

Despite chances, there were few clear cut scoring opportunities for the Reds and the disappointing day was summed up in the final minutes when new captain Dean Stott had a penalty saved.

In the build-up to the game there would surely have been speculation surrounding United’s starting XI, following several combinations throughout pre-season.

One of the key questions may have been who would claim the first start between the FC goalposts, Jon Worsnop and James Spencer having been alternated during the friendlies. It was in fact the former who pulled on the No. 1 shirt for the opening encounter of this new campaign.

Stott led out the side in his first competitive game as club captain and played a part early on as the Reds were quick off the mark.

United’s best chance of the initial stages came through Matthew Wolfenden who shot on target from outside the area following a good build up.

FC won a corner as a result from which the home side broke, despite a penalty claim for a push on Lee Neville, as Worksop started to come into the game.

Greg Daniels, Ollie Banks and Stott all had efforts on goal around the quarter of an hour mark and United were building well. Chris Worsley on his league debut was also contributing well to the Reds’ attacking prospects.

Whilst FC United were looking to get forward through passing play, Worksop’s best chances were coming from set pieces and United had to defend corners and free kicks well. Possibly the best chance of the half came minutes before the whistle as Neville on one of many ventures down the left played the ball in and Stott struck well from a tight angle only to be denied by a fine save from Ben Hallam.

Worksop’s captain Leon Mettam almost profited soon after the break as the forward came close to connecting with Conor Higginson’s cross from the left to the back post, however Worsnop managed to claim.

The referee’s first booking was for Josh Davies who brought Banks to ground just outside the area. Although the advantage was played, United were awarded the free kick and it was Banks who stepped up, hitting the ball low along the ground and into the feet of the Worksop wall.

Tense moments ensued for the Reds’ defence as the ball pinballed in and around the United six yard box and although Worsnop eventually managed to clear, it was just minutes later that FC gift wrapped Worksop their opener.

The home side were getting forward, however instead of leaving the back line to deal with the threat, the United keeper made the decision to stray well out of his area and as the Reds lost the ball, Tom Denton took full advantage of the empty net on 70 minutes as the travelling support looked on in disbelief.

It wasn’t long before Worsnop’s nightmare continued as the keeper missed the chance to claim the ball and Worksop hit the post before Jack Muldoon profited on the rebound past the flailing goalkeeper.

Daniels and Jerome Wright were soon after replaced by Mike Norton and Matthew Walwyn, shortly before Worksop almost made it three. Although United were getting the ball forward, they were having no joy in front of goal, however a penalty in the late stages gave the Reds hope.

Greaves was tripped just inside the area and Stott came forward to take the spot kick. United’s captain sent the ball left, and Worksop’s afternoon was made all the better as Hallam dived in the right direction to pull off a good save, summing up the Reds’ opening day.

FC United could offer nothing in the five minutes of added time and although played well for large portions of the match were let down by defensive errors and seemed to lack an outlet through which to provide an end product.

Report by Victoria Fullen.

Website Man of the Match: Chris Worsley – a strong competitive debut in which Worsley was effective across the middle of the park.