Thursday, August 24, 2006

FC United off to flying start


By Bury Times Sports Reporter

MANAGER Karl Marginson is refusing to get carried away after FC United's dream start to the new season.

The North West Counties Division One newcomers have enjoyed a 100 per cent start - firing 14 goals in their four victories and conceding only once.

The Gigg Lane outfit have already established a five-point lead at the top of the table, and visit mid-table Atherton LR at Chorley's Victoria Park on Saturday. But Marginson is adamant the Reds have not achieved anything yet.

"It just about taking each game as it comes," said the Reds boss, whose side entertain rivals l From Back Page Flixton at Gigg Lane the following Wednesday. "All the players are levelled headed lads - they showed that last season - but it's my job just to keep an eye on any complacency which may creep in.

"Apart from conceding a goal against Glossop, I couldn't have wished for a better start.

"I knew the players were capable of it. We set our standards against Halifax in pre-season and it's just about keeping those standards up now."

Glossop North End were the latest side to be engulfed by the red wave on Monday night, as United struck four times in 18 second-half minutes at Hyde United's Ewen Fields ground, though Glossop at least had the solace of being the first team to score against the table-toppers.

But it was the breakaway club's display against title contenders Nantwich Town two days' earlier which pleased Marginson most, with Rory Patterson and Simon Carden on target in a 2-0 win.

He added: "Nantwich won the FA Vase last season and that just shows what a strong side they are. It was a great result."