Thursday, January 10, 2008

FC United are back on the glory trail

By Liam Chronnell

FC United v Chorley FC United return from their European exploits to take on Chorley as they chase a third successive title.

The Rebels took advantage of a free weekend in their UniBond League calendar to take part in an indoor five-a-side tournament in Riesa in east Germany, which also included the likes of Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus.

But Karl Marginson's side are back on these shores now - and fully focused on mounting a serious challenge for Division One North glory.

After four defeats in five games, the Gigg Lane tenants looked to have blown their chances of more silverware this season.

But back-to-back victories, including a 2-0 win at leaders Curzon Ashton, has seen FC cut the lead on the Tameside club to just six points.

"It's all about getting on a bit of a roll now," said Marginson, ahead of Saturday's home clash with the second-bottom side.

But United, whose Manchester FA Premier Cup quarter-final clash against Flixton at Radcliffe Borough's Stainton Park was a victim of the weather last night, will have to do it without Aaron Burns.

The Reds pulled off the major coup when they landed the former Manchester United reserves' top scorer in October after he was released by Cardiff City.

The striker, who scored eight goals in 14 appearances, was unable to play for a club at a higher level than the UniBond League until the transfer window opened in January.

That time has now come and Burns has departed, along with Reds' team-mate Cayne Hanley, for Blue Square Premier's Northwich Victoria.

But Marginson has boosted his squad with the signing of the versatile forward Nick Robinson from Woodley Sports.

Wednesday 9th January 2008