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FC United Will Look to Bounce Back After 2 Losses by Defeating Boston

This afternoon looks to see Boston United take on FC United of Manchester in the National League North at York Street. The match sees 11th Boston United play 21st place FC United as The Reds look for 3 crucial points that, depending on results could edge them closer to safety. Whereas The Pilgrims are hoping for a home win that could see them push towards the playoff places.

Neil Reynolds, who is back after an educational trip in relation to his day job, will be looking for a response from the red rebels after back to back defeats against local rivals Ashton United and Stockport County, with the County match showing some promise and team spirit, after giving 2nd place Stockport a run for their money and only losing to a last minute from Oldham Athletic loanee Jamie Stott.

Currently 6 points off 19th place York City, tomorrow’s match is a must win game for Reynolds team. However, Boston will be hoping for a long overdue home win that could get them into the playoffs, with only being 4 points behind 7th place Altrincham. The Pilgrims have only won one of their home matches in the past five. Reynolds will be hoping to take advantage of Boston’s poor home record as the reds have enjoyed 4 victories away from Broadhurst Park against teams in the top 10 of the National League North.

Neil Reynolds will be hoping in this match that his attacking flair players will be able to convert the chances, they have shown that they can create in recent games without having to rely on England C international and the clubs top goal scorer Kurt Willoughby – with his 11 league goals.

FC’s Gaffer will also be hoping for another solid performance from last seasons fans player of the year, Lloyd Allinson who after a shaky couple of games has showed signs of getting back to his best with some outstanding saves in recent matches.

Today’s match is set up to be an enthralling, entertaining encounter between two teams who like to attack which was evident in last seasons 4-4 draw and is a game not to be missed!

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Ramsbottom Eye Up Potential Cupset as Part of an Incredible FA Trophy Run

If ever a conversation crops up when discussing football clubs in and around the Greater Manchester area, the automatic assumption is ‘so your talking about Manchester United and City then aren’t you’.

By five o’clock tomorrow night, people could well be discussing another ‘United’. The biggest hint in deciding which club I’m talking about is this:  They’re located on The Lancashire/Greater Manchester border and play their home matches by The River Irwell.

On Saturday Evo-Stik West division side Ramsbottom United will play their biggest cup game in their history against Weymouth in The FA Trophy second round. Having never got this far in this Non-League competition, Rammy are certainly not in it to make up the numbers.

Having already played eight games which have seen them have to contend with a few replays along the way, while at the same time juggling a promotion battle in their own domestic league, it’s been a busy yet exciting time for those connected with the club.

Officials from Ramsbottom have been promoting the tie all week in preparation for the game on local Radio. Club manager Chris Willcock was in good spirits ahead of Weymouth visit to The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

‘Our League form has been going well alongside this game and we can’t wait for Saturday to come We try to emphasise on winning every game. Full credit to the players as they’ve always done the job on the second occasions we’ve played having not won at the first attempt’.

‘The players have to juggle so many things in their lives in which involves work commitments and family lives. The way Weymouth have been operating is completely different to ours over the past 10 years. But at present, we are very much on the up and we don’t want this run to end’.

Having seen season-high attendances over the Christmas period in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Radcliffe on Boxing Day, Ramsbottom fans are clearly enjoying the football that has been played since Willcock took over in October.

Gate numbers are crucial in Non-League and recent attendances can only be good financially for the club. Club secretary Tony Cunningham plays a major part in running the club alongside Chairman Harry Williams and stated that Rammy’s game against Weymouth is certainly their biggest ever cup fixture, and one of the most important at any point since the club was formed in 1966.

The attendances obviously crucial for a Non-League Club but there are not the only thing on the clubs mind at present. The fact that due the club are only a handful of games off a Wembley final in The FA Trophy says something for their efforts in the competition.

Cunningham was thrilled for the clubs current progress. ‘For a club like Rammy to be in the last 32 is tremendous, we’re one of the minnows in the competition that’s for sure. Saturday will be our ninth game in the competition which is almost a quarter of a season’. With Wembley, do Rammy have a chance of making it? ‘There is a chance but of course, but we know it’s a very hard ask’.

Ramsbottom take on a Weymouth side going great guns in their own league, currently lying second in the Evo-Stik Premier South division. But with the beauty of cup football, just anything can happen, as results in all knockout competitions show.

‘Look at some of the FA Cup games last weekend’ said Cunningham. ‘Barnet beating Sheffield United and Newport beating Leicester, they are complete one-offs. Hopefully, if we can get some good support for our lads tomorrow, then you just never know’.

Oldham Will Be Looking to Extend Their Unbeaten Streak By Giving These Two Stars a Place in The Starting 11

Playing an unchanged side is always a bonus for any manager. For Oldham’s Frankie Bunn, selecting the same players shows that we are free from injury for another week. Having an extremely small squad might be a major problem for some managers but it is part of the everyday situation at Boundary Park.

There is little or no ‘tinkering’ with selection, Bunn has been playing his best side and the results have been positive. Following Latics’ emphatic win over Bury last weekend, they face Exeter who are looking to keep themselves in the play off places. The South West club aren’t having the best run of form however and can be be overtaken by Latics if the three points go to the home side.

Exeter have no doubt studied recent Oldham games and they will be well aware of the threat posed by two particular players who, when fit and available are automatic choices by Bunn. Midfield has seen a particularly pleasing improvement and the one player who has stood out as the most improved is:

Gevaro Nepomuceno

Born in Willemstad, Curaçao (it’s in the South Caribbean) and raised in the Netherlands, Nepomuceno started playing football when he was 12 years old. After a couple of years with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard and
Romanian side Petrolul Ploiești, Gevaro signed for Latics in September 2017 on a one year contract with the option of a further year.

There is little doubt that he has played a key role in the upturn in Latics fortunes with several assists and match winning performances. If there’s a list of players who Exeter have targeted to beware of, Gevaro will certainly be on it. It is the Latics forward line which made the news last weekend though with a hat-trick from Chris O’Grady and a clever looping header from:

Sam Surridge

Sam has only figured in 15 games this season and it is to be hoped that he has left his bad luck with injury behind him. Without doubt, Surridge is a class player with good balance and an eye for goal. It may have been O’Grady who made the headlines last weekend but not taking the threat of Surridge seriously is a mistake not many teams want to make. Needless to say, both players will be an automatic choice for Frankie Bunn hoping to take Latics into the play off places.

Fifa 19 Challenge: Oldham to The Champions League in 6 Years – Part 2

I’m halfway through season one in my six season quest to get into the Champions League. If you missed part one, you can read it here.

I’m going to give half seasons updates so this will end up in a 12-part mini-series.

So, after assessing the 27 players I had at my disposal, I opted for a 4-1-2-1-2 formation or 442 diamond for simplicity. We didn’t have any natural right wingers, which is something I will look to address in January. For now, Gardner and Bryne are assigned that position.

The start of the season started well and we hit the joint top spot with Cambridge within the first three games. We did get knocked out of the EFL cup on penalties to Swindon, but my aim is promotion so I wasn’t to bothered. We were scoring, winning and conceding only twice in the first seven games.

Then September hit and a draw against our toughest opponents to date would see Latics draw the next seven matches, conceding and scoring only two goals in that time. 

We were creating chances, but none of the strikers could find the back of the net enough

We’d dropped to fourth, and with morale dipping, I saw the Checkatrade Trophy round two match as a chance to shake things up!

I made 11 changes, some tactical tinkering and a formation shuffle to 4-1-3-2. I gave the fringe and youth players that game they needed to prove themselves – again we drew but won the penalty shootout out 3-1. 

It stopped the draws, although we did lose the next match. I had found a new midfield pairing of Maouche and Missilou over Baxter and Fane. Maouche would go on to bag three goals in his next six games, with three man of the match performances to boot.

After that loss, we went nine games unbeaten and qualified for the Area final of the Checkatrade with a 2-0 win over Crewe.

We remain in fourth, two points behind third-placed Grimsby and 11 points off top spot at the start of the winter window. 

Iversen has been indispensable, I’ll definitely be looking at trying to extend his loan or try and tie him up for longer come to the end of the season. We have lost our leading goalscorer Lang back to Wigan but Duffus has returned back to the club.

Our youth academy is growing and looking like we have a few gems there already ready for the first team.

It’s the first of January and I’ll be assessing the squad in full, I definitely need firepower bringing in as we’re the lowest scorers in the league, and if we are to go up this season, goals are what is going to be the difference as our defence is solid.

When Saturday Comes – #NonLeagueDay Special

Good morning lads and lasses, get yourselves a nice brew, sit yourselves down and relax.

No seriously relax! I bet you are all still full of adrenaline from that fire fuelled Three Lions performance last night.

No me neither.

The international weekend is upon us yet again! Normal procedure for you Premier league team supporters whilst less affected are most League One and Two sides.

But for the Non-League guys out there, life goes on as normal, and this week is no exception. After careful study of the form, both home and away, I have narrowed my bets this week down to three local teams from three of the lesser known leagues.

Salford host Braintree in what seems to be a home banker, in the Vanarama National League.

Curzon Ashton take a trip to Leamington in the National League North. A tricky encounter lies ahead.

Finally, Stalybridge Celtic make the trip all the way to Basford United. Which is near Nottingham, obviously! I definitely didn’t google that at all.

Five of the six teams mentioned here, average over 3 goals a game in their last five matches. Braintree the only party poopers, as they average 2.9 goals a game.

THE BET

Well, this weeks bet is simple:

All three games to have over 2.5 goals.

Over 4/1 with most bookies.

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As always if you are having a go please bet sensibly and please please please be lucky!

The Gents Wager

@thegentswager

FMC’s Gr. Manchester League

CLIMBERS:

Man City, Bury, Altrincham

SLIDERS:

Stockport, Curzon Ashton, Bolton, Wigan

Teams Played GD Points
1 Salford City 11 7 21
2 Oldham Ath 8 6 14
3 *Manchester City 5 11 13
4 Bury 8 4 13
5 Stockport County 10 2 12
6 Altrincham 10 0 12
7 Curzon Ashton 10 -3 12
8 Bolton Wanderers 7 -1 11
9 Rochdale 8 -3 11
10 Wigan Ath 7 1 10
11 Ashton Utd 10 -9 10
12 *Manchester United 5 0 9
13 FC United of Manchester 10 -14 6

* Teams playing a 38 game season