Sunday, September 02, 2007

FC United start with a bang

Source: This is Lancashire

By Nick Jackson

FC United enjoyed a pulsating start to their debut FA Cup campaign with a 5-2 win over Trafford at Altrincham.

Rob Nugent put the rebels in front before Josh Howard doubled the lead before Trafford pulled one back. Trafford then equalised, but before the break Nicky Platt restored FC's advantage from the penalty spot. Simon Carden extended the lead before Anthony Hargreaves made the win even more emphatic.

Manager Karl Marginson said: "I am delighted with the way the side played. The lads were really up for it and they got their reward."

Atherton Collieries cruised through their FA Cup preliminary tie with a fine 3-1 home win over Bacup Borough. Colls' goal came courtesy of Barry Massay (2) and Vita Bina.

Meanwhile, neighbours Atherton LR threw away a two goal advantage in their NW Counties Division One clash at Abbey Hey. They took the lead through Ashley Elliott on the half hour before Ian Berry added a second in the 71st minute. But Worthington pulled one back for the hosts four minutes later, before a disastrous own goal two minutes from time gifted Abbey a share of the spoils. The misery goes on for Daisy Hill who were well beaten 3-1 at New Sirs by Division Two rivals Kirkham and Wesham. Bland got Daisy's consolation goal.