Friday, March 06, 2009

Wilson dilemma for Rebels

by Stuart Brennan

March 06, 2009

FC UNITED are in limbo over the future of injured top scorer Kyle Wilson.

The former Crewe striker, who has scored 24 goals in 32 games in his first season for the Rebels, has not played for five weeks after damaging knee cartilage in the home win over Guiseley.

FC have only won once in four games without him, slipping out of the play-off positions, and need a win at Matlock Town tomorrow to re-ignite their promotion hopes

Wilson is awaiting a scan on the knee, but has been pushed down the NHS pecking order as his case is non-urgent.

The Rebels are hoping the players union, the PFA, may be able to help, but there is a chance Wilson will not play again this season.

“The PFA judge every case on its merits, so it’s up to them,” says manager Karl Marginson. “It’s just the situation that a non-league club can’t afford to pay for scans.”

FC will also be without broken leg victim Dave Neville, and the team is weakened further by suspensions to midfielder Simon Carden and right back Danny Warrender, both for totting up five yellow cards.

“Adam Carden can fill in at right back, and we have Jamie Baguley, Papis Dieyte and Neil Chappell all vying for that midfield place,” says Marginson, whose team drew 3-3 with Matlock at Gigg Lane earlier in the season.

FC have dropped points against all of the bottom nine clubs, and Marginson feels that is an indicator of the strength of the Unibond League’s premier division.

“The difference between the bottom half and the top half isn’t that big,” he says. “I can’t believe a team like Boston, who were a good side that was strong, worked hard and were well-disciplined, is down in a relegation place.

“We have always had teams raising their game against us, and this division is no different.”