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FC United aiming for play-off spot come 5pm on Saturday

FC United go into Saturday’s game with Worksop knowing that a win could put them into the play-off places for the first time since September.

With Buxton at home to champions-elect Halifax Town and Marine not in action, the Reds have a very realistic chance of leapfrogging their two nearest rivals into fifth position.

Jerome Wright is expected to return from injury and Richard Battersby from suspension to boost Karl Marginson’s side, which is the in-form team in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with an unbeaten eight game run that has yielded six victories and 18 goals.

However, despite being back in 10th place and six points adrift of FC United and Buxton, Worksop are still very much in the mix for promotion. Not least because the Tigers have five games in hand and are also enjoying an impressive unbeaten run which stretches back eight games to 15th January, including two draws with Halifax.

Margy said: “As far as the league is concerned our season really starts now. Like two and three years ago we have what almost amounts to a run of consecutive cup finals and we have to be looking to continue as we have been doing and win the majority of those games. Do that and we’ll be in contention come the end of April.

“We have a run of games now against other teams looking to seal one of those play-off places and there are going to be a lot of points dropped between now and the end of the season amongst all of us going for those four spots.

“I believe our players can go and get results against the likes of Worksop, Buxton, Matlock and North Ferriby and if we do that we’ll be affecting their position in the table as much as giving a boost to our own play-off push.”

And Margy was keen to make sure FC United supporters had reasons to cheer on the pitch after the recent setback off it. He said: “With regards to last week’s news about Ten Acres Lane, I think everything happens for a reason.

“In the long term it could be a blessing in disguise and lead to us getting a better facility. As long as the club gets a site in Manchester on which we can build our own ground then that’s a success and something we all would have been delighted with before the initial announcement last March.

“Ideally, everyone would want to play in Newton Heath but if that can’t be done and we can get somewhere as near as dammit then we’ll do alright.”

FC United versus Worksop Town is this Saturday at Gigg Lane with kick-off at 3pm. It’s pay on the gate with prices at £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for people under the age of 18-years-old. Get yourself to that football ground.

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First Posted ~ 16:40 Sat 12 Mar 2011
News ID ~ 3472
Last Updated ~ 16:40 Sat 12 Mar 2011