January 13, 2011
FC United had keeper Sam Ashton to thank for finally burying their Bradford Park Avenue hoodoo as his heroics helped the Rebels beat their bogey team 2-0 at Gigg Lane, writes Tony Glennon.
Ashton was in inspired form as FC recorded their first-ever victory over their West Yorkshire visitors.
Late goals from substitute Carlos Roca on 83 minutes and Jerome Wright in the dying seconds saw them end their jinx.
United’s stalwart shot-stopper twice denied Bradford’s Aiden Savory in one-on-ones as the home side’s determination to press for a winner saw them occasionally leave big gaps at the back.
FC’s boldness was eventually rewarded when visiting keeper Mike Hale could only divert a Wright cross into the path of Roca, who finished with ease from close range.
And Wright then put the result beyond doubt with a 25-yard screamer, wrapping up United’s second Evo-Stik Premier win in less than a week.
It takes Karl Marginson’s men up three places to 15th. The Rebels now sit just one spot below neighbours Ashton United, who followed up their defeat to FC five days earlier by crashing 4-1 at Burscough.