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FC United sign midfielder ahead of vital Colwyn Bay match

Manager Karl Marginson has demanded all three points from Wednesday night’s game against second placed Colwyn Bay as the Reds unveil new signing Oliver Devenney.

The young midfielder has joined from Clitheroe, who are chasing promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and Margy is impressed with what he’s seen. He said: “He looks to have two good feet and likes to get forward, so I’m sure we’ll see him involved in the coming weeks.”

United have played The Seagulls twice already this season and so far honours are even with The Reds winning 2-1 in the FA Trophy at Gigg Lane before going down 3-1 at Llanelian Road on a Tuesday night two weeks later.

The Welsh side were only promoted via the play-offs last season but they have taken to life in the Northern Premier Division with ease, racking up some impressive wins including victories over leaders Halifax and promotion rivals Kendal.

Margy said: “We were maybe a bit lucky to come out on top in the Trophy game and in the league they deserved their win. After the break we went out and just switched off, allowing them to score three goals.

“They’re a big, strong side but they can play, and we’ll have to be alert at set pieces this time as they’ve got a long throw specialist who could cause us problems.”

Margy knows though that United can provide a match for any team in this division on our day. He said: “After suffering defeat at Kendal we need to hit back as we can’t afford to lose many more matches this season. It’s a big, important game for us, we’ve got to play the football we know we’re capable of.”

With the recent change to a 4-5-1 formation, partly due to the absence of Ben Deegan through injury, United have had to adapt and they have done. Margy said: “I think the change in formation’s helped, although in the first couple of games we weren’t getting the support up to (Mike) Norton quick enough. Now we’re getting used to things it’s definitely looking better and I think it allows us to be a lot more flexible.

“It’s good to see that we’re getting goals from different areas. Jerome (Wright) is one of the players who has taken advantage of the change and has been getting amongst the goals, as has Wolfenden on the other flank.”

With no fresh injury concerns, the Reds will just be waiting to see how Jimmy Holden and Martin Parker are recovering from ankle injuries whilst Ben Deegan hopes to have shaken off his hamstring strain.

FC United of Manchester versus Colwyn Bay is this Wednesday at Gigg Lane with kick-off at 7.45pm. It’s pay on the gate with the usual prices of £8 adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under-18s. Where else would you rather be? Get yourself to that football ground.

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First Posted ~ 11:02 Wed 2 Feb 2011
News ID ~ 3390
Last Updated ~ 11:02 Wed 2 Feb 2011