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Reds sparkle as Bucks fail to fizz

A Jamie Baguley goal capped off a sparkling FC United performance at Buxton on Saturday in front of 2,090 supporters giving the Reds three vittel points to spring up the table.

It looked like honours would end up evian but with Margy’s men stopping the leaks at the back, Baguley quenched the red army’s thirst for victory with a refreshing goal midway through the second half.

It was a tight game with few clear cut chances for either side but one that United just about deserved to come away victorious from.

The hosts took up the early attacking initiative with United once again looking a little bit nervous to begin with. Paul Walker enjoyed some space to attack down the right wing.

Many of Walker’s crosses into the box were either dealt with by the always impressive David Chadwick and Rob Nugent’s worthy understudy Adam Turner.

However, there were a couple of occasions where the United back line was penetrated and if the Bucks strike force of Gavin Knight and Mark Hume had been more proficient they could easily have taken the lead.

At the other end, Kyle Wilson was looking a threat up front but the normally sharp shooter failed to add to his tally of three goals in two games and was guilty of ballooning two long range efforts over the bar - one on the half hour mark and the other 15 minutes later.

Two minutes after Wilson had missed hit his first chance, Knight probably should have broken the deadlock for the Bucks. Ashton made a hash of a clearance on the edge of the box and played the ball straight to the big number nine, leaving his goal exposed. Knight chipped an effort goalwards and although sections of the home support thought they’d taken the lead, the ball fell into the side netting.

United’s best chance of the first half came three minutes before the break when Jamie Baguley escaped down the right wing, taking on a couple of defenders before whipping in a perfect cross for his brother. Chris Baguley had made a late run into the box but his header was straight at Bucks keeper Scott Hartley.

United’s goal came with just over 25 minutes to go. Wilson broke down the left wing and with both Baguley brothers charging up to support him he laid the ball square across the edge of the box to Chris. The young midfielder dummied the ball creating a perfect diversion for his older brother Jamie who unleashed a first time shot into the roof of the net.

United then played a controlled game with Dave Neville and Danny Self coming on for Dale Whitehead and Jamie Baguley to sure things up in midfield. The Bucks rarely looked like getting an equaliser and Margy’s men did enough to get their first victory of the season.

Full report to follow.

FC United
1. S Ashton
2. L Foster
3. B Howard
4. D Whitehead
5. D Chadwick (capt)
6. A Turner
7. J Baguley
8. S Carden
9. K Wilson
10. C Baguley
11. D Williams
12. D Neville (for 4 59) (cautioned 77)
14. D Self (for 7 79)
15. N Robinson (for 9 90+1)
16. R Howarth
17. C Roca

Scorer: J Baguley 64

1. S Hartley
2. G Black
3. S Maxfield
4. T Bowker (capt) (cautioned 50)
5. G Anderson
6. M Lees
7. S Brodie
8. M Towey
9. G Knight
10. M Hume (cautioned 77)
11. P Walker
12 M Wilson (for 10 77)
14 Balfe (for 7 77)
15 P McGuire (for 6 84)
16 T Griffiths
17 J Stanley

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First Posted ~ 12:49 Sun 24 Aug 2008
News ID ~ 1781
Last Updated ~ 12:20 Mon 21 May 2018