Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rebels look for slice of luck

By Liam Chronnell


Ossett Albion v FC United

FC UNITED boss Karl Marginson is praying for a change of fortune.

The Rebels manager's problems continue to grow ahead of their trip to play-off rivals Ossett Albion.

Missing several key personnel to long-term injuries, Marginson has been hit by a triple blow with top-scorer Rory Patterson, Jerome Wright and Adam Turner all suspended for Saturday's clash in Yorkshire.

And the United chief admits it could not have come at a worse time.

"It's another blow," he said. "We're short on numbers at the moment but we've just got to get on with it.

"Ossett are right up there in the play-offs with ourselves and will be a tough nut to crack.

"But if we can keep it solid at the back I always fancy our chances because we are good going forwards. The game is all about scoring goals - and we can do that."

Despite have three players banned, Marginson is adamant his side have no problem with indiscipline.

He added: "I've had a bit of a word with the players but I'm not too concerned because some of the bookings have been a joke.

"Anyone who comes to watch us knows we're not a dirty team. Unfortunately, it's just one of those things that we've got to come to terms with at the moment."

The Reds' UniBond League Division North game against Chorley at Gigg Lane was the victim of a waterlogged pitch on Saturday - another setback, according to Marginson.

"We really wanted to play after ending our losing run - we wanted to keep it going," he said after FC secured a first win in four games on their last outing against Rossendale.

The United boss, meanwhile, has tipped new boy Micah Bleau for a bright future.

The former Halifax Town centre-back will make his debut for the breakaway club at Ossett at the weekend.

"He looks a good prospect," said Marginson, of the 19-year-old defender.

"He is strong, athletic and enthusiastic. He's been training with us for three weeks and he deserves his chance."