OSSETT Town will be looking to spoil the FC United of Manchester party tonight when the Reds visit Stade France in the Evo-Stik Premier Division (kick-off 7.45pm), writes Nick Rigg.
Karl Marginson’s men celebrated reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup on Saturday as a crowd of over 3,000 saw United beat Barrow 1-0 at their Gigg Lane base.
United have been pitted against Lancashire rivals Rochdale in the first round of the prestigious competition, a match that will be screened live on ESPN next month.
It means the Reds will travel to Ingfield in confident mood but Ossett boss Phil Sharpe will be hoping it’s a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ for the visitors as Town look for three vital league points.
Sharpe’s troops have suffered three defeats on the spin in all competitions, a 2-0 loss at Matlock Town on Saturday being their latest setback, and suffered a 5-0 loss against Ashton United last time out on home soil.
A 4-1 defeat at United earlier this month also means Town will be out for revenge as well as much-needed points tonight.
The Stade France club sit a point above United in the league table but have played four more matches thanks to the Reds’ success in cup competitions so far this season.
Town are expecting their biggest crowd of the season at Stade France with United set to bring their usual large following across the Pennines.
Tickets for tonight’s match are proced £8 for adults and £4 for over-60s and under-18s.
See www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk and Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for full match report.