Thursday, September 27, 2007

Reds are primed

By Liam Chronnell

KARL Marginson is expecting a positive response after watching FC United's worst-ever performance.

The manager was far from impressed with his side's 1-1 draw against Woodley Sports.

And the Rebels boss expects Chorley to feel the backlash as the Gigg Lane tenants look to climb the UniBond Division One North table.

"It was rubbish and probably our worst performance since we were formed." admitted Marginson. "A lot of players had off days but we've had a chat about it and it won't happen again."

Two goals from defensive lapses epitomised a lacklustre derby clash at Gigg Lane on Saturday. Nick Robinson took advantage of some statuesque defending to head home on 32 minutes, but 10th-placed FC hit back when Rory Patterson dispossessed Woodley captain Nick Boothby, unaware of the striker coming back from an offside position, before slotting home his seventh goal of the season.

Marginson's men now face two away matches, with Saturday's trip to Victory Park followed by a visit to Skelmersdale United four days later.

"People think we've had a terrible start but we haven't," added the Reds chief. "If we win our two games in hand we can go second."

Captain Dave Chadwick will be available after recovering from an eye injury.

4:10pm Wednesday 26th September 2007