This Saturday will see FC United of Manchester play partially fan owned Hereford F.C in the National League North, in what fans are describing as just one of many cup finals for the Manchester club. With them currently setting their sights on potential safety for next season as they are presently sat within the dropzone.
Although The Red’s are still positioned in relegation, their last two matches have given both the fans and manager Neil Reynolds a sense of hope about where they will be playing their football next season, an interview with FCUM Radio after the stalemate against North West rivals Southport, Reynolds stated that he believes United will not be relegated come the end of the season, which has given many Red’s the hope that they have not had throughout this season.
Reynolds will also be hoping that his key attacking players will be able to step up to the task of keeping them in the National League North, for what will be their fifth consecutive season playing their football at this level. Clubs top scorer Kurt Willoughby, with 13 league goals so far this campaign, has proven in previous matches that he is able to keep his composure in tough matches that the men in red have faced this season, by scoring crucial goals against Guiseley in United’s last home match to clinch the Red’s a well-deserved point after being 3-1 down at one point in the match.
FC’s visitors on Saturday, The Bull’s, are currently sat in 18th place in The National League North table and are 5 points clear of safety, they will also be hoping for the three points in an attempt to ensure that they will be playing their football at this level, after being promoted last season when they were crowned Champions of the Southern League Premier Division. The Bull’s weaknesses occur upfront as they have the second lowest goals total in the league, with just five more than Nuneaton who currently sit bottom of the table having scored only 28 league goals.
However, a problem that Neil Reynold’s men may occur is getting past their oppositions back line as the Herefordshire side have the 8th best defensive record in the league, with six of the teams within that eight being those challenging for the playoffs.
Reynold’s confidence over these last two matches has quite clearly given the United faithful new hope for the remainder of the season, which sets Saturday’s match to be a thrilling encounter and could potentially lead to FC getting what will be only their second home win of the season.
This match is definitely not one to be missed!