Haysey's Column VII: The Promised Update
November 7 2010
Our resident FC United columnist Haysey gives us an update from Gigg Lane as we head into October. The Red Rebels are aiming to reach the Conference North after narrowly missing out on a Northern Premier League play-off place last season.
What a strange start to the season it has been. From the sublime to the very ridiculous would not do it justice.
After a good pre-season, FC truly hit the ground running with 3 wins on the trot at the start of the season. Looking the position of Marine, Nantwich and Retford in the league you would have to say that looking back the formline was not great in horseracing parlance.
There then followed a 1-0 reverse against a very dour, well organised Ashton United side. We also lost away at our seemingly eternal foes Bradford Park Avenue where we had taken the lead.
What really perturbed the FC family however were the 2 home reversals against Matlock and Stocksbridge. Both ‘home’ games were played at Stalybridge as our regular hosts Bury were at home.
Against Matlock, FC had overcome losing an early goal and the sending off of Jerome Wright to draw level. In equalising, the Matlock keeper suffered a serious injury that stopped the match for 30 minutes. Before the stoppage, FC had the momentum. After it, our defence parted like the Red Seaand we lost 5-1. It really is hard to explain what happened.
Against Stockbridge, defensive frailties were again to the fore though missing early chances and missing 2 penalties assisted in a 4-1 reverse. So after 3 wins in the league, 4 defeats followed.
Margy made changes to the team for our next league match away at Burscough. The aim undoubtedly was to stiffen up the middle of the team and make use more resilient. A 2-0 away win albeit in unspectacular fashion suggests that the man with plan knows his stuff (or should that be onions given his previous job?).
The FA Cup has been a different proposition. A win against Radcliffe saw FC face Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity managed by one Brian Little esq. A brace from recent signing Glynn Hurst saw us recover from a goal down to win 2-1. We await the draw with hope of a plum away tie.
As I always say at this point, FC’s results on the pitch are almost incidental to our need for our own ground. This week saw the launch of FC’s Community Share scheme- a scheme that it is hoped will raise £1.5m towards the cost of Ten Acres Lane. Details are below for anyone who would like to invest.
Check it out: http://www.fc-utd.co.uk/communityshares