Wednesday, August 16, 2006

MEN: Rebels are on a revenge mission

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FC UNITED will be out for revenge when they make their long-awaited home debut in the North West Counties League first division tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Visitors Nelson were one of only four teams to beat the Rebel Reds at Gigg Lane last season as the pair scorched to promotion.

United completed a league double over the Lancastrians, but Nelson responded by knocking Karl Marginson’s men out of the Division Two Trophy in front of their own fans.

Both sides made positive starts to the new season at the weekend, United winning 2-0 at St Helens while Nelson held fancied Newcastle Town to a goalless draw.

Meanwhile, a defensive mix-up cost Altrincham a precious Conference National point as they fell to an 81st minute goal at Stafford Rangers last night.

The Robins were within sight of a deserved draw when Val Owen and ‘keeper Stuart Coburn got in a tangle, leaving Stafford dangerman Guy Madjo with the easy task of rolling the ball into an empty net.

It was tough on Alty, who’d been the more fluent, although Rangers had posed the greater threat throughout, with Madjo a constant menace to Graham Heathcote’s men.

There was disappointment, too, for Northwich, who crashed 2-0 to Sammy McIlroy’s Morecambe at the Victoria Stadium.

One-time Manchester United starlet Michael Twiss proved to be Vics’ two-goal destroyer, striking first in the 29th minute before finally killing off Steve Burr’s side with his second moments before the final whistle.

Stalybridge opened their victory account in Conference North with makeshift striker Mark Hume’s second goal in two games – an 82nd minute effort from Scott Maxfield’s corner –proving enough to sink Lancaster at Giant Axe.

The win leaves Bridge tucked in behind the early leaders with four points from their two starts.

Leigh RMI remain pointless after crashing 3-1 to visiting Farsley Celtic.