FC UNITED launched their Evo-Stik Premier campaign with a 2-0 win at Stafford Rangers – with manager Karl Marginson taking charge from his hospital bed!
Despite being laid low by a kidney infection, Marginson kept up with the Rebels’ progress online and gave instructions to his assistant Roy Soule by mobile phone.
FC’s general manager Andy Walsh said: “Karl issued orders from his sick-bed and was also actively involved with team selection. He followed the match on our radio station via the internet. He couldn’t stay out of it, that’s for sure!”
Matty Wolfenden gave United a dream start when he headed home Nicky Platt’s corner inside the first minute.
Defender Dean Stott made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time.
Ashton United got off to a flyer with Aaron Burns (pen), sub Chris Amadi and Ian Bennett on target in their 3-0 win over Matlock.
Northwich and Chorley also made winning starts, Vics 3-2 at Buxton while the Magpies sank North Ferriby 2-1 with Chris Denham hitting their opener.
There were goals galore in Evo-Stik North, with Adam Carden scoring twice in Warrington’s 5-1 romp at Salford City, Woodley thrashing Prescot 4-0 with the help of a Nathan Neequaye hat-trick and Kamahl Wright and Joe Shaw bagging two apiece in Trafford’s thrilling 4-3 win at Durham.
David Young’s 36th-minute strike was enough to give Curzon Ashton victory over Radcliffe, but Mossley tumbled 2-1 at Ossett Town.
New Mills had to settle for a 2-2 draw from their Evo-Stik South debut at Quorn, while Ramsbottom and Glossop each made it two wins from their opening three matches.