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United ease to victory

A second half brace from Tommy Turner followed Simon Carden’s opener to ease FC United to a 3-0 victory over Worksop Town at Watnall Road for the second time in just over two months.

The Reds arrived at the Nottinghamshire side’s temporary home in Hucknall in confident mood after completing a comfortable three goal win in the FA Trophy back on 1st November and the score line was just the same this time around.

The first half was quite evenly matched but Carden set United on their way six minutes before the break with a well-taken goal after being set up by Kyle Wilson. Wilson hit the woodwork not long after the restart and on 68 minutes he turned provider again for Turner to double United’s lead.

With Worksop still reeling, Turner beat the off-side trap to add his second and the Reds’ third eight minutes later, rounding off an impressive away win for Karl Marginson’s side.

The day started off with a pitch inspection on a bitterly cold morning and despite a number of games being called off around the country, FC United’s match didn’t fall victim to the weather.

Despite the conditions, the Reds were straight out of the blocks and Wilson nearly broke the deadlock less than five minutes into the match. The UniBond top scorer hit a screamer from just outside the box and Worksop’s deputy keeper Dan Whatsize did well to parry.

Down at the other end, Sam Ashton twice made a comfortable saves from Ben Tomlinson. First from a header after Chris Adam’s cross and then moments later the forward hit his shot straight at him after being played through by Mick Galloway.

The Tigers then had appeals for a penalty waved away on 15 minutes when striker Adam was floored by a strong challenge by captain David Chadwick.

After surviving the almost inevitable early scares unscathed, United clicked into gear and began to take the game to the hosts. Tommy Turner found Jerome Wright and the winger had Whatsize beaten but unfortunately his powerful low drive flashed just wide of the far post.

Next it was the turn of Tommy Turner to go close. Adam Carden whipped in a cross on the half hour mark and Whatsize had to be at his best to prevent the former Bacup striker’s header flying into the top corner.

The sustained pressure finally paid off and United broke the deadlock after 39 minutes. Tommy Turner was dispossessed on the edge of the box but Simon Garner raced infield to latch onto the clearance and lofted a beautifully weighted ball out to the left for Wilson. With the defence pulled out of position, the striker unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked Simon Carden who tapped the ball over the line.

Worksop did have one good chance to get back into the game shortly after half-time. Matt Glass had a fierce shot blocked and Kevin Sanasy really should have done better with the rebound but the former Bradford City forward smashed his shot over the crossbar.

United then stepped it up another level. Wilson was unfortunate to see his curling strike come crashing back off the upright and Simon Carden would have got his second of the match had it not been for a Andrew Boyce making a fantastic goal line clearance.

But Worksop couldn’t hold out much longer. Wilson pushed the ball to Turner, who had his back to goal on the edge of the box. Turner shaped right but then moved left, creating space for himself to slot the ball across Whatsize and into the far corner.

Eight minutes later it was 3-0. Turner sprung the off-side trap on the right and again shot across the Worksop keeper but this time into the bottom left corner.

All that was left was for Whatsize and Wilson to play out an intriguing battle. Wilson had looked as sharp as ever but try as he might he couldn’t get on the score sheet. Whatsize made a brilliant one-handed save from close range in the dying minutes to keep Wilson out - not something that many goalkeepers have achieved so far this season.

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First Posted ~ 14:39 Sun 4 Jan 2009
News ID ~ 2008
Last Updated ~ 12:25 Mon 21 May 2018