Monday, March 10, 2008

FC to meet Radcliffe in cup final

By Liam Chronnell

FC UNITED took advantage of their President's Cup reprise to set up a final showdown with neighbours Radcliffe Borough.

The breakaway club thought they had blown their chances in the competition when they were hammered 5-1 by Nantwich Town in the quarter-finals.

But the Rebels were reinstated after it was discovered the Cheshire club had played an ineligible player - and they grabbed their second chance with both hands with a 3-1 victory at Goole.

A Chris Baguley double, including a spectacular 40-yard lob, and Rory Patterson's 32nd goal of the season was enough to put the Reds through.

FC, meanwhile, escaped with a fine after being found guilty of failing to fulfil a fixture against Woodley Sports on February 6 at a UniBond League hearing on Thursday night.

United, who feared they were facing a points deduction, were fined £500 plus £65 costs of the hearing.

Craig Dawson's 26th-minute strike booked Borough's place in the final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ossett Albion.

Michael Oates spurned a couple of fine chances to make the game safe, but Peter Coyne's side managed to hold on.