Monday, February 26, 2007


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Picture: Steve Allen. Caption: Sing when you're winning: Some of the 2,500 fans who helped lift FC United ot a key midweek victory in the North West Counties title race.

FC UNITED captain Dave Chadwick heaped praise on the Rebels' fans after nearly 2,500 turned up to watch Wednesday night's game of the season with Curzon Ashton, writes DANIEL SCHOFIELD.

The match, which FC won 3-2, had been labelled a title-decider with both teams at the top of the North West Counties League.

The game had to be played in midweek due to Curzon's FA Vase quarter final.

Chadwick admitted the timing of the game may have put some fans off, but sais the players owed their victory to their vociferous fanbase.

"It is a tremendous credit to them that we had 2,500 people on a Wednesday night," he said.

"In some ways it was a shame as if it had been on a weekend we could have easily broken the 3,000 mark.

"But the fans were fantastic. They made so much noise it seemed like 10,000 people.

"They really got behind us when we went behind and acted as our twelfth man."

Those who did make the trip to Gigg Lane saw fifht placed Curzon - who have eight games in hand on leaders Salford - taking a sixth-minute lead through Steven Moore.

Substitute Gary Sampson levelled straight after the break only for Moore to restore the advantage.

Sampson then hit his second of the game before Stuart Rudd struck the winner with 15 minutes remaining to leave the Rebels 11 points better off than their opponents having played two more games.