Sunday, September 20, 2009

Needham double silences big crowd

5:35pm Sunday 20th September 2009

By Ian Whiting

FC United of Manchester 1, Guiseley 2

The Lions edged a close game in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 at Gigg Lane to move up to fourth.

FC United of Manchester are the best supported club in the division but they are only in mid-table while Guiseley are now just three points off leaders Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The visitors started well and forced several early chances.

Damien Reeves and Steve Burton both had shots saved before a third golden opportunity passed by as the ball flew over following a cross that had hearts in mouths in the home defence.

Midway through the half, a quick-fire double from Liam Needham turned the game in favour of the Lions.

Burton was instrumental in the opener as it was his break and cross that gave Needham the chance.

Having scored a left-foot shot, he showed his versatility minutes later when he netted a header.

Guiseley had forced a corner and Dave Merris’ delivery was perfect for Needham.

FC United, who just missed out on the play-offs last seaosn, ramped up their efforts and got back in the game.

A good spell for them saw Guiseley’s lead cut before the break. Keeper Jon Worsnop felt he had Jerome Wright’s shot covered but it took a slight deflection and the Guiseley stopper could not readjust in midair.

Although the home side bossed possession after the break, they failed to create many chances.

Guiseley had opportunities to increase their lead but Reeves and Merris failed to convert from two late one-on-one situations.