Thursday, January 25, 2007

Rebel Reds itching for action


By Liam Chronnell

FC UNITED'S have revenge on their mind when they take on Colne in the third round of the League Challenge Cup.

The Gigg Lane tenants were dumped out of the competition by the same opponents last season after the Lancashire club grabbed an injury-time winner.

The Reds return to action at the Holt House Stadium on Saturday after a three-week break, and assistant boss Phil Power admits his side are itching to get going.
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FC's clash with title rivals Curzon Ashton was a victim of the weather two weeks ago, and they were without a game last weekend after being knocked out of the FA Vase.

That meant an enforced spell on the sidelines for NWCL Division One high-flyers - and Power predicts Colne will feel the full wrath of his players inactivity.

"The lads can't wait to get back playing again," said Power. "After the disappointment of the FA Vase, we want a good cup run because it will help us take our minds off the league.

"We also want revenge after Colne knocked us out last season, but the most important thing is just to get back playing again."

FC played two friendlies in three days to stay active - a fringe squad going down 2-0 against Radcliffe Borough on Saturday before a full-strength side defeated Trafford 3-0 on Monday night - but their title hopes received an unexpected boost over the weekend.

Salford City had a chance to stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points but slipped to a shock 1-0 home defeat against Glossop North End - leaving United just three points behind with six games in hand.