This weekend saw FC United finally break the curse of the New Buck’s Head, as the Red’s left Telford United with all 3 points in what was their 6th away win of the season. After being unbeaten in 4 games, it looks as if Neil Reynolds side are hitting top form at the most crucial time of the season.
The men from Broadhurst Park have travelled down to the New Buck’s Head four times in their 14 year history, and have lost every time and never even taken the lead in these previous encounters. However, after drawing their last 3 matches by playing some fantastic football, many red’s were feeling hopeful going into last weekend’s match.
On Saturday morning FC United announced their new signing, Dominic McHale, who would become their 54th player of their season when he was selected in the starting 11. The midfielder who was at Manchester City’s Academy has previously played for many clubs local to FC United, including Salford, Trafford, Hyde and Ramsbottom. The experienced player opened the scoring on the 33rd minute, after winger Jack Bannister made a run into the box where he passed to McHale who slotted it home from the penalty spot.
Just eight minutes into the second half, Kurt Willoughby doubled FC’s advantage after Jack Bannister once again assisted for the goal, as he broke away at pace and passed to his striking partner inside the box who’s shot hit the back of the net. It took just seven minutes for FC to once again extend their lead, after Jack Bannister got his third assist of the afternoon as he passed it to Tom Peers. Who had been on the pitch for just four minutes after replacing McHale, slotted home to allow the men in red to go 3-0 up as his shot from inside the box flew past the Telford keeper.
The away side looked to be comfortable with a 3-0 advantage however, in the 91st minute the Buck’s narrowed the lead to just two goals after Ellis Deeney, brother of Watford’s striker and Captain Troy Deeney, stepped up to score a consolation penalty.
Neil Reynold’s team have massively improved their play over the past few matches, which has been evident in the fact they are now four games unbeaten. On Monday, Reynolds was also announced as the National League North’s manager of the weekend, with Kurt Willoughby and Jack Bannister also being included in the team of the week.
This weekend the Red’s host an inform York City side at Broadhurst Park, and with both teams hitting top form at a crucial time of the season, this match looks like one that should not be missed.
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