Friday, October 30, 2009

Marginson has Wembley in mind

Source: Manchester Evening News

Sam Williams

October 30, 2009
FC United can get their season back on track with a win at Lancaster in the FA Trophy second qualifying round, according to manager Karl Marginson.

The Rebels travel to the Giant Axe on Saturday following successive defeats to Northwich and North Ferriby, but Marginson believes his side can progress despite their recent blip.

“We conceded a poor goal early on at North Ferriby but then controlled the game,” said Marginson.

“That defeat is a kick up the backside for the players and I’m confident that we can go through,” he added.

FC go into the tie against the Unibond First Division North outfit as favourites, and Marginson thinks that will benefit his players.

“It suits us because we’ve learned to live with that tag in most of our games over the last four years,” he said.

Despite the divisional difference between the sides, Marginson expects Lancaster to provide a tough test for the Rebels as they have lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions.

“They’re a very good team who are averaging about three goals a game at the moment, so we’ll need to work very hard and try to put them under pressure early,” said the FC boss.

Marginson, won the Trophy as a player with Macclesfield and admits he would relish the chance to lead out his FC side at Wembley next May.

“Anyone would love to go all the way,” he said, “it’s probably bigger than the FA Cup for non-league clubs because we have a realistic chance of getting to Wembley,” he said.

FC will welcome Danny Warrender back to their squad for the game after the defender came through training on Wednesday.

"Having Danny back is a big boost for us," said Marginson.