FC UNITED boss Karl Marginson is praying he can keep hold of his 20-goal top scorer Kyle Wilson as the Rebels prepare for tonight’s Gigg Lane showdown with big spenders Eastwood Town (7.45).
The striker scored again in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Guiseley, and it seems only a matter of time before the 23-year-old former Crewe man is snapped up by a team higher up the divisions.
“I hope it doesn’t happen from a selfish point of view, but if we can help Kyle get back in the league, we would be more than happy,” says Marginson.
“When Rory Patterson was leaving in the summer we thought it would leave a hole too big to fill, but Kyle (pictured) has done it. He is playing with a smile on his face as well, and enjoying playing in front of a big crowd.”
Marginson, whose side has lost just once in 11, is tonight set to keep the same team as that which was denied victory at second-placed Guiseley by a last-minute screamer.
“The football we played at times was magnificent,” he said. “The only slight doubt is Papis Dieyte, who was a bit tired. Once he is fully fit he will be a hell of a player for us. He is strong and intelligent, works hard, tackles well, can pass a ball and has a hell of a dig.”
Eastwood are the form team of the UniBond premier division, with just one defeat in 14, and have seen off Blue Square Premier outfit Wrexham in the FA Cup to set up a second round tie with Wycombe.