Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rebels up for the task

Source: Manchester Evening News

Sam Williams

January 21, 2010
ON a normal Saturday afternoon, FC United are battling it out for three points in the Unibond Premier League.

However, after their game against Bradford Park Avenue was postponed, the Rebels spent last Saturday at the ‘Challenge 4 Change’ training centre at Trafford Park.

The centre teaches effective team-building through various tasks and exercises, including tackling an assault course, and FC boss Karl Marginson said the trip was a big success.

“It was a fantastic day - good fun and also really important because it helped the new lads fit in,” said Marginson.

“For the past five weeks all we’ve been doing is running and indoor 5-a-sides which gets monotonous, and the two lads who ran it for us were first class - it was scary and hilarious!

“It’s a really good place and we’ll definitely go back,” he added.

The Rebels are due to resume their league campaign on Saturday at Stocksbridge Park Steels, and after six weeks without a game, Marginson’s side are raring to go.

“Everybody’s chomping at the bit, and I think it’ll be like playing the first game of the season again,” said the manager.

“The players will be rusty because this time off has been like having another pre-season, but they’ll be full of aggression and endeavour.”

Marginson sees the trip to the Look Local Stadium as a perfect opportunity for his team to set the tone for the remainder of their campaign.

“We’ve always been strong in the second half of the season, and a win could be the catalyst for our season," he said.

FC, who have re-signed central midfielder Jimmy Holden this week, will have captain David Chadwick available after injury