Friday, March 14, 2008

FC title push hit by fixture pile-up

James Robson

14/ 3/2008

FC UNITED'S hopes of a third successive title are threatened by a massive fixture pile-up.
Karl Marginson's side will see their championship credentials pushed to the limit when they play seven games in just 15 days between March and April.

The cancellation of Wednesday's trip to Ossett Albion because of a waterlogged pitch has heaped more pressure on an already hectic schedule between now and the end of the season for the Rebels.

The Ossett clash has now been put back to April 3, in between fixtures with Lancaster City, Skelmersdale United, Wakefield, Bradford Park Avenue, Harrogate Railway and Lancaster City again between March 29 and April 12.

Should United win their games in hand on Unibond First Division North leaders Skelmersdale they would move to the top of the table.
But Marginson knows the fixture pile-up could be the biggest test for his side.

He said: "The teams above us will be looking over their shoulders and I'm sure points will be dropped and gained in the next six weeks."

Marginson is at least grateful he has a virtually fully fit squad ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Newcastle Blue Star.

FC United will be supporting KitAid during tomorrow's match, when they will be asking fans to donate unwanted football kits at collection points around Gigg Lane.

Andy Walsh, General Manager at FC United said: "We are delighted to be supporting KitAid once again."