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Radcliffe FC, FC United and Ashton United match previews

The Football Manc Cave are looking at the Northern Premier League to see who Radcliffe, FC United of Manchester and Ashton United are facing this weekend and how we think they’ll get on.

Radcliffe

The Boro’ are away to Basford United. I saw their last game against FC United of Manchester in which they drew 1-1 and they looked more promising than before. Elliot Rokka was a stand out performer for me as he was constantly in the right places at the right time, he found a lot of space and in the second half, I decided to go and sit with the FC United fans and even they picked up on how dangerous he looked. They didn’t like how he was finding areas and going unmarked.

Basford has taken 6 points from 4 games and is currently 9th. Radcliffe, on the other hand, have pushed up to 17th after winning their first point but they have only played 2 games so far due to games being shifted around. Their chances don’t look great in this fixture but with a combination of good players like Rick Smith and Ben Wharton, hopefully, Radcliffe will be able to try and win at least a point.

FC United Of Manchester

After watching them play Radcliffe at the weekend, I was impressed mostly by their fans. They were loud, proud and in their numbers. Unfortunately, they sit 19th in the league with only one point from 4.

They face Morpeth Town who are currently 10th in the league with 6 points from 3 games. It’s going to be tough and they obviously aren’t the favourites in this clash. Hopefully fan favourite, Patrick Wharton, their goalkeeper, can keep a clean sheet or at least make some more great saves to keep them in the game.

Ashton United

They face the toughest test this week in the Northern Premier League. They face Matlock who are top of the league after winning all 4 of their games to earn an impressive 12 points.

Ashton lost their last game to Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 and they sit bottom of the league. This game doesn’t look promising at all for Ashton and they’re facing a team who are great at keeping a clean sheet.

Radcliffe, Ashton United & FC United of Manchester all look to get some points on the table this weekend

The football season is underway in all English Leagues now and the Football Manc Cave are looking at the Northern Premier Division to see how Radcliffe, Ashton United and FC United of Manchester could all go on this weekend.

Radcliffe Vs Runcorn – FA Cup

The Boro’ have two games this weekend, FA Cup tie on Saturday and a league game on bank holiday Monday. With this in mind, some second choice players like Lanre Olapade, Elliot Rokka and Riley O’Sullivan May get chances to start to keep some other players rested.

I could be completely wrong but you would think that the league games would be more important to Radcliffe, therefore, some important players should only come on as subs in this game or keep them rested.

Radcliffe and Runcorn have never met before so it should be an interesting game at the Neuven Stadium. Boro reaches the second qualifying round last season and lost 1-0 at home to National League side, Curzon Ashton. Radcliffe’s best run in the FA Cup was in the first round in 2000. They’ll be looking to take something from this game either way.

Bamber Bridge vs Ashton United

Ashton United played South Shields in their last league game and lost 3-0 unfortunately. They had to cope with a last-minute line-up change as Aaron Chalmers had to replace Kyle Harrison. Harrison was on the bench for the game so he could be back in action this week. In this game, United gave away a penalty in the first 5 minutes so will need to try and refrain from those mistakes and be careful at the back.

Ashton is currently 18th in the league with 1 point after 2 games. Bamber Bridge is 20th with 0 points so far so this clash could be close. Ashton will definitely be looking to get 3 points but it will be disappointing if they fail to take away nothing.

FC United vs Scarborough

FC United are currently bottom of the Northern Premier Division with 0 points after 2 games. Scarborough is on 1 point after the 2 games and is currently 19th in the league. However, Scarborough will be on the bounce back after they lost 5-1 to Stalybridge on Tuesday.

The FC United fans are still excited after Paddy Wharton’s double save this week. They may have lost 2-1 to Hyde at home, however, it wasn’t the score sheet that took centre stage, it was Wharton’s penalty save that saw him save the rebound as well. You can watch this yourself here. Regan Linney also scored in the game for FC United so he will be another player on Form this week feeling motivated.

Two Stand Out Players For FC United next season

Even though Neil Reynolds’ FC United side were relegated at the end of last season, they still remain hopeful. Today the Football Manc Cave picks out two players you should look out for in the upcoming season.

FC United have been busy recruiting this summer, not only for their first team but their women’s team too. This suggests that the club is determined and motivated to do well as a whole. The first team have managed to put on a good display of football in their pre-season campaign.

Throughout pre-season, they’ve managed to create some good football and goals from set-pieces, showing their training pays off. We’ve picked out to stand out players that should play a big part in FC United’s season.

Charlie Ennis

Also known as, Paul Charlie Ennis. He’s played for Buxton, Stalybridge and Celtic previous to joining FC United. The 29-year-old rose from youth to senior level at Stockport County before he decided to move on. He recently signed for his new club in May from Ashton United and has already made his mark. In the pre-season friendly against Chester, he managed to bag two goals. If pre-season is anything to go by, he should impress in the league.

Jack Lenehan

Another player who joined FC United in May. The midfielder has joined the club with Brian Richardson who is now the clubs assistant manager. He’s joined the club from Prescot Cables and is excited to get started. The comfortable centre midfielder was a part of the squad that beat Chester and will be out to drive the club to wins over the course of the season.

Two players that must start for FC United today as they continue to impress

FC United has two pre-season friendlies left before a big season ahead, where they hope to regain a position in the National League North.

FC United of Manchester achieved promotion to the National League North after a triumphantly winning the Northern Premier League in 2015. In the sixth tier of English Football, FCUM remained for four years, floating around the 15th place position.

Last season was a nightmare, however. FC Utd finished second to last, winning only one home game all season and conceding 82 goals. The relegation survival race was not an intense one. Nuneaton, FC Utd and Ashton were all more than nine from remaining in the division.

However, with signs of both strengths and weaknesses during their current pre-season, an up-to-scratch FC Utd could storm right back into the National League North.

FC United recently played against Chester, a team who are comfortable and strong in the league about. FC United dominated and won 4-1. Despite being a friendly, it still holds true that this FC Utd squad have potential in the league above they currently find themselves in. The club retweeted the following tweet about the game, by in impressed fan:

“Superb recruitment this summer. I can’t wait for the season to start after watching that last night! FC UNITED are back!!!”

Two players stood out in this game and should be involved against Runcorn Linnets in order to maintain fantastic form before a big comeback season…

Charlie Ennis

Apart from bagging a double in the 4-1 win over Chester, Charlie Ennis is the driving force in this team. He is involved in almost every attack and is lethal around the edge of the box. Capable of finding a teammate or having a pop himself, as well as showing how clinical he can be in front of goal, expect a tonne of goals and assists from the number 7 in the upcoming season.

Paddy Wharton

19-year-old Goalkeeper Paddy Wharton is a recent acquisition for FC Utd. Previously of EFL League One Tranmere Rovers, he spent some time on loan in the lower tiers of English football.

Although untested for many minutes, he was successful on the occasions he was called into action, bar the one goal. This shows signs of a very alert goalkeeper. At only 19 years of age and part of a club like Tranmere, FC Utd should allow this keeper to grow during a season that shouldn’t see them concede as many goals as their last.

Round table prediction: Where FC United, Radcliffe Boro and Ashton Utd will finish

Where do we think FC United, Radcliffe and Aston United will finish in the Northern Premier League.

Today, the writers here at Football Manc Cave looked at all the teams we cover and predicted, where we thought they would finish in each of their leagues.

We cover teams that are in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1&2 and non-league teams. Which makes it harder to quickly think about this, however, we have an average result based on all of our predictions for Ashton United, FC United and Radcliffe who are all in the Northern Premier League.

Radcliffe Boro’

We had to consider that Radcliffe was promoted at the end of last season to the Northern Premier League, after finishing 2nd in division one west. On average, we have put them as finishing 9th next season. I predicted they would finish lower down but after looking at all our guesses, it seems the majority think they will have a good league campaign.

FC United

This club was relegated from the National League North last season after finishing 21st out of 22nd teams. Even though they were relegated, here at the Manc Cave, we think they’ll have a great season. I predicted they would finish 5th and it seems that we are nearly agreed because collectively, our results came out as FC United finishing 3rd.

Ashton United

Another team that ended up being relegated into the Northern Premier League last season. They managed to finish one place higher than FC United though, 20th out of the 22 teams. This was a factor that made me predict that Ashton would secure 3rd place in their new League campaign and collectively, we all have averaged out at again, placing them 3rd overall next season. So according to all of us, the Northern Premier League will have a battle of the United’s for third place.

Two Things Brian Richardson Can Bring to FC United Next Season

This last season has been a rollercoaster of a season for FC United of Manchester, through having three managers and 57 players, it has been a season of constant change for the team in red.

In not having a stable squad throughout last season managed to contribute to the Red’s first relegation in their 14-year history. However, Neil Reynold will be hoping to put last season behind him and is already set up for the 2019/2020 season in the Evo-Stik North Premier, as the club announced on Friday that they have brought in a new Assistant Manager, ex-Prescot Cables manager Brian Richardson.

Richardson managed Prescot Cables for two and a half years, in that time he has brought great success to the club as Cables were just avoiding relegation before he took over. Since then, he got the Merseyside team into the playoffs where they just missed out after a late goal by Reynold’s former club, Bamber Bridge. Also under Richardson’s reign, he took them to three consecutive Liverpool Senior Cup Finals, in which they won the first two back to back but lost out to the last one to a penalty shootout. He managed Prescot for 137 matches, of those he won 68, which gives an incredible win percentage of 49.64!

Brian Richardson will be a great addition to Neil Reynold’s management team as he has much experience at this level, as he also worked at Skelmersdale United for ten years and was Assistant Manager. In FC United’s statement, Reynold’s stated “His knowledge at this level is exceptional and has a proven track record of recruiting and developing players” which is bound to get many FC United fans excited for the upcoming season after having such an unsettled squad for the majority of last season. The United faithful will be looking forward to seeing new faces enter Broadhurst Park, as well as seeing some familiar ones hopefully returning for another season at the club.

Since Richardson’s arrival, many FC fans are now looking forward to the season ahead. With having an experienced management team at this level will be a great asset for the club to have in trying to jump straight back up into the National League North, as well as attracting many players to potentially come and play for the team in red!

We Look Back at FC United’s First Relegation Season But What Have They Learnt To Bounce Straight Back.

This season has been a rollercoaster for FC United of Manchester, having three different managers and making unwanted history by getting relegated for the first time ever in their 14 year history.

The start of their season seemed to suggest how their fourth season in the National League North might go after losing 5-1 to local rivals Stockport County in their opening fixture. They also threw away a 3-1 lead to a newly promoted Ashton United, who went on to beat the Moston outfit 4-3. This campaign has seen FC win just one home league match, which was against Curzon Ashton.

If the Red’s had any chance of staying up, they would be relying on their away record which saw them win nine games on the road, to strong teams such as Altrincham, Blyth, Bradford Park Avenue and Telford to name a few. With such a poor home record, United had spent the majority of the season in the bottom three, which lead fan’s to believe throughout the season that relegation was on the cards.

The 2018/19 season also saw United have three managers. Player/Manager Tom Greaves took charge for what was set-up to be his first whole season managing the club, however, just a month into the season saw Greaves step down from his position to make way for the caretaker manager and ex-FC player, Dave Chadwick. Chaddy managed the Red’s for just over a month with ex-Bamber Bridge manager, Neil Reynolds, coming to the club in October to manage United.

In a season that has seen a lot of changes for the Mancunian side with the management, their has also been a lot of changes on the field. With United playing 57 different players throughout the season, which has impacted the performances on the field with their not being a stable set of 11 players to play week in, week out.

Overall, this campaign has been a big learning curve for FC and Neil Reynolds will be looking back at areas he will want to change and improve on for next season in the Northern Premier League. The main one I would suggest would to be having a set squad and line up, to build up a strong squad and by not bringing in new players every week it won’t disturb the flow. Neil Reynold’s will be able to build his own squad this season, which will benefit him as he won’t be inheriting any players that he may not want in his team.

FC United Travel to Alfreton, Reynolds WIll Be Looking to Go Out With a Bang

At the start of their football packed Easter weekend, FC United travel to North Street to face Alfreton Town in their penultimate away game of the 2018/19 season in the National League North. United currently sit 21st, 7 points from safety, meaning if Guiseley match FC’s result this weekend it will confirm the relegation that has been on the cards for several weeks, if not months. This will create unwanted history for FC as they will face their first ever relegation in their 14-year history.

With relegation on everyone’s mind at Broadhurst Park, Reynold’s will be hoping to go out with a bang and claim all three points. When the two teams met in late October at Broadhurst Park in what would be Neil Reynold’s second match as manager of the Moston outfit, FC looked to be in control of the match after leading one goal to nil for the majority of the match, only to be cancelled out by a late equaliser by James Clifton in the 88th minute meaning the two teams would share the points.

This will be the fourth time the Manchester team has traveled to Alfreton, winning only once and losing the other two. Last season this fixture was United’s final away match, which finished 1-0 to Alfreton after a goal by Tom Platt on the 24th minute.

With both teams looking to end their season on a high regardless of their poor form, it looks as if Reynold’s men will be aiming for nothing but a win in an attempt to kick off their great escape and survive another season playing at this level. However, many fans will also be keeping an eye on Guiseley and Ashton United’s results as these remaining matches are all to play for in the hope of staying up for another season.


FC United Hope Ashton Can Help Them Close the Gap to Guiseley

This Saturday FC United of Manchester welcome playoff contenders, Kidderminster Harriers, to Broadhurst Park in the Red’s second to last home match of the season. United have lost their form as of late with only one win in five. Kiddy have also dropped the form they will be looking for, if they are looking to finish the season in the playoffs as they have only won two games in their last five but still currently sit in 9th place, 4 points from the playoffs.

United will be looking to see if they can end this poor season on a high and claim all three points in both remaining home fixtures. This campaign has seen only win at home in the league once against local rivals Curzon Ashton in early December, giving them the second poorest home record in the league, first being Nuneaton Borough who have now been officially relegated.

The Red’s away record has seen them win six games on the road, one of which was against Harriers at the Aggborough in what was club legend, Dave Chadwick’s last match as the caretaker manager before Neil Reynolds came to the club. United come from 1-0 down in the reverse fixture, to win 2-1 after Jack Bannister made a statement with two goals to give United all three points.

Tomorrow also sees a huge fixture in the relegation battle as Ashton United travel to Nethermoor Park to face AFC Guiseley. The outcome of this match could impact where FC United will be playing their football next season, as a win for Guiseley would put them nine points clear of FC and with only three matches left to play of the season, this would almost certainly confirm relegation. However, Ashton United now also sit above FC in the table meaning a win for Ashton would put them five points ahead.

It is certainly a big day of football for the Reds tomorrow as it may determine which league United will be in next season. Neil Reynold’s will be looking to make amend on last week’s 2-0 defeat against Darlington, however, many United fans will also have their eye on the Guiseley match in able to prepare for the remaining few fixtures.

FC United Will Look For a Vital 3 Points Against Bottom of The League Nuneaton

FC United welcome Nuneaton Borough to Broadhurst Park this Saturday in the National League North. This will be the Red’s second home fixture within a week as they faced York City on Tuesday night which resulted in a 3-3.

Nuneaton currently sit rock bottom of the table with just 16 points from their 35 matches this season and are currently 20 points from safety. This season has been one that the Boro will want to forget, as there has been many problems the club has faced off the football pitch. The Warwickshire side racked themselves a debt of £32,000 that many believed was too much to pay back and, after their chairman quit in mid February the club was very much in danger of going bust.

The last time these two clubs met was Saturday 29th September which looked to be resulting in a 0-0 draw, however, five minutes from time Enoch Andoh scored a scrappy goal which gave the Boro all three points and put United rock bottom of the table. Therefore, six months on, FC will be hoping to be the ones taking all three points this time around as they are now currently five points adrift of safety.

The Red’s ended up throwing away a 3-1 lead on Tuesday night which resulted in a 3-3 draw against a 10 man York City. To make matters worse, Guiseley also beat Curzon Ashton on that night which extended their lead above FC in the table.

This weekend’s match is a must win for Nuneaton as anything other than a victory will delay the almost inevitable relegation. However, the three points are also crucial for the men in red, as they could potentially give them hope that they will continue to play their football at this level for another season.

United go into this game with the better form with Nuneaton losing their last 6 matches. However, with both teams fighting for the points Saturday’s match is set up to be a thrilling encounter and, definitely not one to be missed. With only six matches left in the Red Rebel’s current campaign, it is all to play for!

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