Monday, December 24, 2007

Bumper crowd expected for big derby

Source: The Bolton News

Bumper crowd expected for big derby
By Marc Higginson

RADCLIFFE Borough will be hoping to capitalise on FC United's lack of match practice when they host their high-flying neighbours this afternoon.

The Rebel Reds have not played throughout December because of the poor weather, while Radcliffe are in confident mood after snatching a draw at the death against promotion favourites Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

Boro expect to break their Stainton Park attendance record, with as many as 2,500 fans expected at the game, and Coyne is banking on the occasion bringing the best out in his players.

"Any win is crucial for us at the moment, but to do it against FC United would be amazing," said Coyne. "Everyone wants to beat FC United.

"They know all about us, and I doubt that they will be taking us lightly. They know that we are not playing like a bottom of the league team.

"They might not have played for a while, but they will be ready for it. They have a big enough squad."

The visitors will have top-scorer Rory Patterson, Jerome Wright and Adam Turner missing through suspension while Lee Connell is a doubt for Boro.