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The joy of six kickstarts Reds' season

With Manchester United and FC United going five games without a win between them, Reds haven’t had a lot to cheer about recently, but it was a case of ’The Joy of Six’ as FC United blitzed Bridlington Town 6-0 on Saturday.

Rory Patterson scored four with Anthony Hargreaves and a Matty Taylor penalty completing the rout in front of a crowd of 2,253.

The Gigg Lane PA blasted out ’24 Hour Party People’ before the match and the raucous home support witnessed an impressive United performance.

The Reds flew at Bridlington like a boxer at the sound of the opening bell and dominated the early stages without translating their possession into goals.

That changed on 15 minutes. Jerome Wright played a well-designed pass through to Rory Patterson. He chested it down and turned before lashing the ball into the back of the net.

He made it two seven minutes later with a composed finish from a lofted through ball from Rob Nugent. Almost midway through the second half, Patterson made sure the match ball was his after he converted Stuart Rudd’s fizzing cross.

Shortly afterwards, he made it four. The industrious and classy Jerome Wright sent in a cross from the left which Patterson bundled across the line.

Outside of Patterson, Wright was United’s outstanding performer. Playing on the left-wing, he linked up well with full-back Shaun Roscoe. The majority of United’s attacks emanated from this side of the pitch and he was
a constant threat throughout.

The fifth goal was the pick of the bunch - incisive, fluid, counter-attacking football culminating in a well-taken goal for substitute Anthony Hargreaves - his first for the club.

The move was as quick as it was deadly and a welcome
riposte to anybody who doubted these players could make the step up to the UniBond.

In the 87th minute, Matty Taylor - who combined a solid defensive performance with some threatening forays down the right wing - scored a penalty.

Bridlington were hit for six and the scoreline reflected United’s dominance. Comfortably the better team, they effortlessly repelled any Bridlington attacks and always looked in control.

Manager Karl Marginson claimed in the week that someone would be on the end of a hiding very soon and how right he was. He can be pleased with six goals, three points and a clean sheet while the 24-Hour Party People look forward to Monday’s Bank Holiday game against Rossendale. The boys are back in town. And how.

Martin Hall

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First Posted ~ 20:56 Sat 25 Aug 2007
News ID ~ 1132
Last Updated ~ 12:34 Mon 21 May 2018