Sunday, July 09, 2006

TNLP: Yobs spoil FC's away day

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By Matt Prangley

POLICE escorted three troublemakers from the ground as FC United's travelling fans attracted som unwanted attention.

The referee took the players off early at the end of the first half to allow things to cool down and there was no further trouble.

FC United went on to prepare for their assault on next season's Nort West Counties Division One title with a slim victory over the Cymru Alliance Silkmen.

They handed their second side the chance to push for a first team place and reserve team manager Tony Cullen was not disappointed.

He said: "We used 23 players today to gen an idea of who would be in the final squad and everyone impressed me.

"To use that many players, not concede and score at the other end is outstanding.

"Ben Mortimer and Michael Sachs were outstanding in the first half as were Ricardo Brando and Gary Edwards in the second."

Flint joint manager Paul Davies said: "We lacked a bit of sharpnes but we aquitted ourselves well.

"Their squad was full of young players who gave us a good test and I'm sure this performance can help us push on."

In a first half that saw little goalmouth action but plenty of midfield scrapping, the home side came slosest to breaking the deadlock after 30 minutes.

A Dean Hughes header left keeper Phil Leaff stranded but Mortimer raced back to clear off the line.

Stubstitutions from both managers paved the way for a lively second period. Ten minutes into the restart Brando got laid the ball into the path of strike partner Gary Edwards whose crisp shot beat Steve Muir.