Thursday, March 22, 2007

Reds on goal charge


By Liam Chronnell

ONE thing is guaranteed when FC United, Division One's top scorers, meet Stone Dominoes, the division's worst defence, tomorrow: Goals.

The prolific breakaway club have smashed 135 goals in all competitions this season, while bottom club Stone have shipped 113 in the League alone.

When the two sides met in November, FC, who have a five-point lead at the top of the table, ran out 7-0 winners.

And Reds boss Karl Marginson will be looking for a similar outcome at the Lyme Valley Stadium this weekend as his side chase a League and Cup double.

"We're in a fantastic position and just need to see it home now," said Marginson, who insisted United would not be taking anything for granted against the basement club.

In-form Atherton Collieries will be looking to continue their rich vein of form with a fourth straight victory when they entertain Colne.

Phil Brown's team have been in excellent form, with Monday night's superb 4-1 victory against FA Vase holders Nantwich Town being the highlight of a three-game winning streak.

Barry Massey was on target in that victory - and the Colls striker will be looking to hit the back of the net for a fourth match in a row at Alder House tomorrow.

Atherton LR will be hoping to bounce back from their home defeat against Congleton Town on Tuesday night when they travel to midtable Glossop North End. Rovers boss Roy Sweeney has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip.

In Division Two, Daisy Hill could move out of the bottom two for the first time this year if they defeat Castleton Gabriels at home.

Victory would take Tommy Moore's side level on points with the visitors, but the New Sirs outfit's superior goal difference would see them leapfrog Castleton in the table and provide a welcome boost for the campaign run-in.