FC UNITED mopped up 3-0 at Bridlington to give themselves a chance of hitting top spot in the UniBond Division One North this weekend.
The ease of the reds’ victory was such that the only object to bleach the FC defence and find its way into Sam Ashton’s net was a mysteriously placed mop.
Goals from Aaron Burns, Jerome Wright and Rory Patterson kept United in second place and if they win at Clitheroe on Saturday, November 10, they could end up top of the league on goal difference ahead of Curzon Ashton.
FC played some cutting, incisive football as they wiped the floor with the home side to make it six successive victories.
The in-form Wright dazzled with his direct runs, much to the delight of the 1,000 travelling reds who had taken Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice to ‘go and watch that mop United FC’.
Burns got the scoring underway with his fifth goal in as many games to give United a 1-0 half-time lead.
Shortly after the break, FC’s bright spark Wright got the goal that his performance warranted to make it two.
But, unable to allow anyone else to claim the limelight, the league’s top scorer Patterson netted the goal of the game with a great lob to round things off nicely.
At the other end, Ashton kept a clean sweep and he was so determined to maintain his defence’s impenetrability that he was truly alarmed to see the mop enter his net in place of his trusty towel.
He need not have worried as, far from being a bleach of the peace, it transpired that a local janitor had merely misplaced one of his tools of the trade.
Manager Karl Marginson is now looking forward to the possibility of claiming top spot from rivals Curzon.
He said: “We haven’t played them yet but they have done really well so far and are still unbeaten in the league.
“I saw them play Bamber Bridge recently and I honestly think they were lucky to get a result. We have already been through our form blip and it will be interesting to see how they cope with theirs when it comes.
“They also have three of our former players in Rhodri Giggs, Alex Mortimer and Joz Mitten, which adds spice to the rivalry.”
United travel to Clitheroe on Saturday, November 10, kick-off 3pm. On the gate admission costs £6 for adults and £2 for juniors.