Monday, September 24, 2007

FC United 1 Woodley Sports 1

24/ 9/2007

RORY Patterson's seventh goal of the season salvaged a point for stuttering FC United as Woodley Sports left Gigg Lane with a deserved draw.

Patterson, the UniBond first division north's top scorer, seized on Woodley skipper Nick Boothby's misdirected back-pass to lash in a 44th minute equaliser after the Steelmen's Nick Robinson had struck on the half-hour to stun the home fans in a crowd of 2,283.

Stuart Rudd, fresh back from suspension, wasted two second-half chances for the misfiring Rebels, leaving goalkeeper Sam Ashton to save them from a shock defeat when he foiled Russ Headley with a smart stop late on.

FC boss Karl Marginson, who faces having to strengthen his squad if the Rebels are to achieve a third successive promotion, said: "We might have nicked it, but all credit to Woodley for making it very difficult for us."