Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rebels go goal-happy


GOAL-happy FC United gave Bamber Bridge the Hallowe'en horrors as they ended their cup hoodoo with a 5-0 victory at Radcliffe last night.

Young midfielders Chris Baguley and Jerome Wright led the rout, giving Bamber a torrid time in a scintillating first-half of the UniBond League's President's Cup clash.

They were both hauled off by manager Karl Marginson, in an almost sympathetic substitution early in the second-half after helping the Rebels open up a five-goal lead.

FC went into the game on the back of four straight wins and hoped to put down a marker for the league clash with fellow promotion contenders Bridge in just over a fortnight.

Bamber lie two points behind FC in the league with a game in hand and have the best defensive record in the division but that statistic was made to look sickly as Marginson's side ripped into them from the off.

Chief tormentor was Wright, who made his intentions known in the second minute when he scored with an emphatic drive.


Eight minutes later, Wright was at it again as he fed off raking passes from Chris Baguley, himself in imperious form, alongside brother Jamie, making his first start for the club.

This time Wright left Telford for dead and weighed up the options before squaring it for Chris Baguley to stroke in the second.

The younger of the two Baguley brothers curled in a trademark free-kick on 20 minutes to virtually wrap the tie up.

It was four by half-time as Jamie Baguley got in on the act, slipping a smart pass through for another midfielder, Nicky Platt, to steal through and smash his shot past hapless keeper Graham Bennett.

Strikers Peter Thomson and Aaron Burns played a full part in the first-half rout without scoring, but former United reserve Burns made it four goals in four appearances with a thumping far post header from a corner.