August 17, 2009
FC UNITED boss Karl Marginson is contemplating changes for tonight's trip to old foes Bradford Park Avenue after seeing the Rebels make a losing start to their second UniBond premier campaign.
FC finally got their act together after trailing visiting Boston 2-0 inside an hour, but the Pilgrims held on for their third Gigg Lane victory in less than a year despite Adam Tong pulling a goal back with 10 minutes left.
"It's not the start we wanted and one or two players might need a kick up the backside if I'm to get the response I'll be looking for at Bradford," said a determined Marginson.
There was delight for FC's top-tier rivals Ashton United as they kicked-off with a 1-0 victory at newly-promoted Durham with Ben Smith (46 mins) scoring.
Trafford's new manager Garry Vaughan got off to the best possible start by opening their first division north season with a 5-1 rout of neighbours Salford City.
Curzon Ashton, Mossley and Leigh Genesis also all started with wins, while Radcliffe and Woodley each made their point with draws at AFC Fylde and Skemersdale.