Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Stockport Express: A thrill-a-minute!
Source: Stockport Express
Cheadle Town 3
FC United 3
A GOAL just nine seconds from time prevented Cheadle Town from gaining a famous victory over FC United at Edgeley Park on Saturday.
Dave Chadwick bundled the ball over the line to break Cheadle’s hearts in a thrilling North West Counties league encounter.
However, it was probably the right result in front of a noisy 3,374 crowd, the second-highest non-league attendance in England on the day which also topped the gates at seven League Two games.
After just four minutes Adie Orr sprung the Cheadle offside trap but his shot hit the post.
Cheadle responded well and drew first blood when Vinny Braine crossed from the right for Andy Lindon who rammed the ball into the net.
‘You’ll pay for scoring first’ roared the United fans in the Robinsons Stand, and when a free-kick from Steve Torpey skidded into the net and soon after Simon Carden put the Reds in front, the delirious fans shouted ‘We warned you not to score first’.
But Cheadle were not finished and in a thrill-a-minute second half they battled back with two goals in 10 minutes. Braine coolly picked his spot to level matters, and Dean Martin put the home side in front.
United then put Cheadle under severe pressure and Troy Whittle made a superb double save.
On 80 minutes United were awarded a spot-kick which Rory Patterson smashed against the crossbar, and it looked as though Cheadle might hold out for the three points.
That was until the final few seconds when United grabbed their equaliser, but both sides were afforded a rousing reception as they left the field following a really cracking match.
Edgeley Park chief steward Gordon Taylor later praised the fans from both sides. "They were all magnificent," he said.
"They didn’t cause us an ounce of trouble."
On Saturday Cheadle are away at Darwen in the League’s Divisional Cup.
First published by the Stockport Express
Posted by Toast at Wednesday, November 30, 2005