Monday, March 03, 2008

FC United of Manchester 2 - 2 Bamber Bridge

Brig were robbed of a crucial win by a stoppage time equaliser on Saturday.

In front of FC United's biggest crowd of the season, the top of the table clash ended all square thanks to a Chris Baguley strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Bamber Bridge's captain Alex Porter looked to have won the game when he latched on to a Tom Ince through ball to score in the 89th minute.

But it wasn't to be and the Irongate outfit left Gigg Lane feeling harshly treated by the officials.

An entertaining first half lived up to the atmosphere made by 3,348 fans, but it was the Brig followers who had the most to shout about as a strong penalty appeal was turned down in the 20th minute.

Ryan Bowen, playing in a midfield role, was put through by Danny Mahoney, and was floored inside the box as he went round United's 'keeper Aaron Grundy.

Amazingly Brig's appeals were waved away and Bowen was booked.

However, five minutes after half time Brig went in front.

Dave Eaton broke down the left and crossed for Porter to put Brig 1-0 up.

Two minutes later FC United were level when a long diagonal ball found Jerome Wright and his inch perfect cross from the left flank was converted by Simon Carden.

Chances came at both ends, but it was Brig who looked the more likley as FC began to tire towards the end.

Porter's second looked to have bagged all three points, but then came the inordinate amount of stoppage time and Baguley's 25-yard equaliser.