Thursday, September 13, 2007

United's Highbury visit

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThursday, 13 September 2007.

Fleetwood Town v FC United of Manchester
The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
First Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 15 September 2007

Winning clubs receive £1,000
Click here for fixtures

FC United of Manchester are making a habit of visiting famous names in The FA Cup - after beating Trafford in the First Preliminary Round they travel to Highbury Stadium on Saturday to face Fleetwood Town.

And the team are buoyant about their prospects, despite facing opponents from the Unibond League Premier Division, one step up the pyramid from their Northern Premier League.

After two early league defeats, FC United have turned their season around, winning four of their last five games, including the 5-2 win at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground that put paid to Trafford's Cup dreams two weeks ago.

Manager Karl Marginson is hopeful that an upset could be on the cards: "Obviously it's going to be a very tough game as Fleetwood are near the top of the league above us," he said.

"They're a very well organised side but we've been doing our homework so we know what we're coming up against.

"We're in good form as well, and after our four wins we're feeling pretty buoyant."

Marginson believes that the promise of another sell-out crowd - by Monday afternoon 2,500 tickets had been sold at the 3,300 capacity Highbury Stadium - will inspire his team.

"We always get a good following that's for sure," says Marginson. "I'm not sure whether it inspires the opposition but Fleetwood are known for having a good support as well, so this weekend it's going to be a real battle of the fans!

With FC United going into the game as underdogs, Marginson has told his side they should relax and enjoy the occasion on the club's debut season in the world's oldest football competition:

"It's a tall order but we're the underdogs so there's no pressure on us at all," he said. "We're going to enjoy it but don't worry - we're going to Fleetwood to win."

For the full list of fixtures for this weekend's games, click here...