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FC United aiming to close the gap at Nantwich

A fifth consecutive win for FC United on Tuesday night at Nantwich Town would put the Reds within one point of the play-off places as they play one of their games in hand over promotion rivals Marine, Colwyn Bay and North Ferriby United, who are not in action.

The Reds will almost definitely be without Jerome Wright who was carried from the pitch with a gashed leg against Stocksbridge on Saturday with assistant manager Roy Soule expecting the winger to be out for a week.

They will also be without Scott McManus and Matthew Tierney who are both serving the final matches of their suspensions. Richard Battersby will be available before he serves a one match ban for being sent off against Chasetown two weeks ago.

David Chadwick and Karl Munroe look set to continue at the back and manager Karl Marginson will decide whether to go for two up front by bringing in Ben Deegan for Wright, as he did on Saturday when Wright was injured, or whether to reinforce the midfield.

Both Nicky Platt and Jake Cottrell, who missed the weekend’s trip to South Yorkshire due to family commitments, should be available to start if Margy opts for a 4-5-1 formation which has served the Reds well in recent weeks.

United, undefeated in the last six, will go into the match full of confidence whilst 14th placed Nantwich will be hoping to stop a rot of three straight defeats which included a 6-0 home drubbing at the hands of runaway leaders Halifax Town last Tuesday.

The Reds have a good record against their Cheshire hosts, especially in league encounters with four wins, two draws and just one defeat. United did the double over the Dabbers last season with an aggregate score of 10-1 but no doubt they would take a 1-0 victory tonight to match this season’s previous scoreline from back in August at Gigg Lane. Three points in the pursuit of the play-off places is obviously the priority.

Nantwich Town versus FC United of Manchester is this Tuesday at the Weaver Stadium. It’s pay on the gate with adults charged £9, concessions £6 and under-16s £2. Get yourself to that football ground.

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First Posted ~ 21:52 Tue 1 Mar 2011
News ID ~ 3452
Last Updated ~ 21:52 Tue 1 Mar 2011