Thursday, April 20, 2006

Chadderton 2-3 FC United

Source: The Morning Star

by MARK METCALF at Boundary Park, Oldham

NORTH-WEST COUNTIES LEAGUE 2: FC United, the champions of the North West Counties League Division 2, twice came from behind to beat Chadderton 3-2 in a pulsating match at Boundary Park last night.

A 25-yard free-kick from Glynn Billington put Chadderton in front with ten minutes on the clock, before Michael O'Neil equalised for the champions with three minutes of the half remaining.

Within two minutes of the restart Paul Ashton restored the home side's lead, driving his shot under the body of Barrie George in the FC United goal. But, the record Chadderton crowd of 2,352 saw the game change on the hour mark, when FC United midfielder Adie Orr was hauled down in the area. The referee reduced Chadderton to 10 men and Darren Lyon struck home a confident spot-kick to equaliser for the visitors.

And, on 70 minutes, former Crewe striker Phil Power carved open the Chadderton defence with a pinpoint pass to pick out Orr, who ran through to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the game.