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4 Fixture Focus: Crunch Time For FC United

In FC United’s history of almost 14 years, they have had 4 promotions to get them into the National League North.

Although, this could all change this season after only winning 6 matches throughout the length of the season. With only one of those wins coming at home against local rivals Curzon Ashton, which saw the Reds come away with 3 points in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Five wins of United’s this season have come away from home after going against the odds by beating potential playoff contenders Bradford Park Avenue, Altrincham, Kidderminster Harriers and Blyth Spartans. However, with time running out Reynolds will be hoping to scrape out as many points as possible over the coming months in order to secure their position.

After a season that has seen United have 3 managers at the club, they have failed to stay out of the relegation places on a regular basis and the last few weeks results have conspired to find them set adrift from the safety of 19th place with teams above them also having games in hand.

This could potentially see the Reds set an unwanted milestone as they have never suffered relegation in their short history. The next four matches will prove crucial to FC United’s season-long battle. The men in red will be going into every one of their remaining matches as if it is a cup final, in order to secure themselves a place in the National League North next season and, with the reds 6 points from safety with 13 matches left of the 2018/19 season, it is all to play for!

Altrincham

This Saturday sees the red rebels play against local rivals Altrincham at Broadhurst Park. FC United’s first win of the season came at Moss Lane on August 14th, in a 2-1 win that saw United secure all three points after Kurt Willoughby scored the winner in the 80th minute with a wonderful curling effort.

The Robins currently sit in 7th place however with only 2 wins out of 5 in the calendar year, this weekend’s match is set up to be an absolute cracker with both teams fighting for the points at either end of the table.

Guiseley

The Reds face back to back home matches over the next couple of weeks as Guiseley AFC are the next team to visit Broadhurst Park after Altrincham. The reverse fixture saw The Lions take all three points at Nethermoor Park after a comfortable 3-0 win against FC United.

Guiseley sits just 6 points above United and have only one win in 2019 which came against fellow Yorkshiremen Bradford Park Avenue. With both teams being around the relegation places and both having a bad form, this match sets up to be a real six-pointer as the two teams will have to go out fighting for all three points in order to avoid the dreaded drop.

Southport

The first away match FC United face in this run of four fixtures will take place at Haig Avenue, as the reds take a trip to the seaside to play former league club Southport FC. The sandgrounders currently sit 13th in the league and will be looking to take all three points from the red rebels, after the points were shared in the reverse fixture at Broadhurst park in the less than enthralling 1-1 draw.

Liam Watson former Stalybridge Celtic manager will be hoping that former red rebel Jason Gilchrist will be able to remind his old club of his goal-scoring prowess, while the Moston Outfit will be aiming to keep him and his striking partners at bay.

Hereford

The final match the team from Broadhurst Park will play over these next four fixtures will be current Southern Premier League Champions Hereford FC. November saw the Red Rebels travel the 284-mile round trip twice in both the league and the FA Trophy. In the league fixture, it was the men in red who came out on top after a 3-1 win against The Bulls in their 4th away win of the season.

Two weeks later saw the same scoreline however for the other team as Hereford knocked United out of the FA Trophy in the Third Qualifying Round. Hereford are currently sat in 16th place, 7 points ahead of the drop zone. The Whites will be hoping to secure more points in the upcoming months in hope, of securing themselves a place for a second season in the National League North.

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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!

‘A Tough Pill to Take’ FC United’s Battling Performance Could Help Survival Hopes

This weekend saw FC United face their local rivals, Stockport County, which resulted in the reds 16th loss of the season against a strong County side battling for promotion who got their 9th consecutive win.

Stockport looked to be the team on top in the opening minutes, however, it was the reds who broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a goal from FC’s number 9 Kurt Willoughby, scoring his 11th league goal of the season. The goal seemed to set County back as the game levelled out and even saw United’s recent signing Mike Donohue miss a one on one chance against The Hatter’s keeper Ben Hinchcliffe. County levelled the score on the 45th minute after a fine reaction save from Lloyd Allinson saw the ball rebound to striker Frank Mulhern, whose cross into the box looped into the reds goal via a deflection off FC’s right back Joel Senior.

The teams who are at opposite ends of the table went into the break all square. It was County who looked to be in control for the majority of the second half without really threatening FC’s goal, however, FC still had the chances and Stockport still had to rely on their number one as Hinchcliffe made a superb reaction save to stop Chris Sharpe getting on the score sheet with a flicked header at the near post. Regardless, the Reds pushed for a winner which would’ve seen them get even closer to safety and spending another season playing in the National League North. Stockport guaranteed their ninth consecutive win and their three points on the 88th minute after Oldham loanee Jamie Stott scored the winner in what was his last game for the men in blue.

The game seemed to tell a familiar story for the Reds as they were never out of control of the game, however the lack of clinical finishing once again cost the Reds points and leaving them now with fourteen cup finals to save themselves a place in the league for next season. Their lack of finishing is going to be something that manager Neil Reynolds is going to have to look to improve on, if United are going to play their football at this level.

Breaking news on Monday has meant The Red Rebels may have an insurmountable mountain to climb, with news coming out they are under investigation from the National League for fielding an ineligible player – which has already seen them kicked out of the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup.

If FC United Can Sort Out This One Problem, They Should Avoid The Drop – Agreed?

In FC United’s short history of almost fourteen years, they have had four promotions bringing them up to the National League North. However, after a long season struggling at this level, the reds may be seeing relegation for the first time ever. Although, they may be able to avoid the drop if they sort out this one problem…their discipline.

United’s discipline record is one of the worst within the National League North seeing them pick up a shocking 50 yellow cards and 7 reds. Having played 32 games so far throughout the 2018/19 season, the card to game ratio for the reds is 1.78 cards per game which has cost them points and their place in the FA Cup as well.

October 6th saw The Red Rebel’s play Witton Albion, from the Evo-Stik, in the FA Cup. On paper, this was a game that should’ve seen the United qualify into the Fourth Qualifying Round. However, like many times this season, their disciplinary record let them down after having 3 red cards. Kurt Willoughby, Harry Winter and Elliot Simoes were all sent off in the match that saw the underdogs Witton beat United 2-1. A week later Darlington were visitors to Broadhurst Park which once again saw further two red cards for the men in red, which cost them 3 points in the league with another 2-1 defeat.

The Christmas period saw FC continue their poor disciplinary record which cost them more points, that could potentially see them avoid their first ever relegation. Michael Pott’s put the reds ahead of a Spennymoor Town side, currently in the playoff places, however, a two-footed challenge saw a straight red for striker Tom Peers after 25 minutes which put FC out of control of the match. This was a similar story on New Years Day away at top of the table Chorley. The first half looked to set up for an exciting match as the reds were equal to their opposition. Five minutes after the second half kicked off saw Michael Donohue given his marching orders after picking up a red for his second bookable offence.

FC United’s disciplinary record is evidently a recurring problem throughout their fourth season playing in the National League North, and Neil Reynolds will be hoping that they are able to improve this over the next few crucial months – which will decide which league the reds will be playing their football in next season.

Red Rebels Aim To Rock Robins in Huge 6-Pointer

The Red Rebels look to edge closer to safety in this weekend’s local derby against The Robins. This Saturday sees two of the National League North relegation favourites, FC United and Ashton United hoping to edge closer to safety in the weekend’s massive six-pointer derby.

The two clubs sit close to the foot of the table as FC United are currently sitting in 20th and Ashton United are positioned 21st, 4 points behind their Manchester rivals. FC United are making the short trip to their neighbours Ashton United in a huge match for both clubs at Hurst Cross this Saturday.

The Reds have recently halted a run of four consecutive defeats after such a bright start under the clubs third manager Neil Reynolds, who replaced Club Legend and record goalscorer with 103 goals for the Moston outfit, Tom Greaves, in August 2018,. However, after last weeks shock result of the weekend When FC United managed to score three past title contenders Bradford (Park Avenue) at the Horsfall Stadium, the reds are hoping their impressive away record, which has previously seen them comfortably beat Kidderminster, Altrincham, Blyth and Hereford, will give them the upper hand against Ashton with them struggling to hit top form at home.

The last time these two clubs met was a night for the underdog on August 7th. FC United looked to be on their way to picking up their first 3 points of the season as they were comfortably 3-1 ahead at the break, however, the reds defence seemed to have disappeared minutes after the second half commenced. In no time, the newly promoted opposition were back in the game with the scoreline at 3-2, and by the end of the game had completed the come back with a 4-3 victory.

This Saturday’s fixture will be FC’s chance to start building confidence with back to back victories and, kicking on after Christmas as is their tradition over the last few years. Neil Reynolds will be keen to see the good performances of recent weeks which have not delivered the results they possibly deserved, repeated but this time the result included with goals added to the performances This promises to be a game not to be missed and a large crowd is anticipated due to the short distance between the 2 teams and FC’s renowned travel support.

Mark Bradshaw’s First Game In Charge, These Two Players Should Help Him Blow Away FC United.

All eyes (well at least mine) will be on Broadhurst Park this weekend, to see how Mark Bradshaw gets on against FC United.

FC United of Manchester had a shocking start to the season, winning only twice in their first 13 games, but things are going slightly better for them now since the new man in charge – Neil Reynolds has taken over.

On paper, it is a kind fixture to the Nash, but Broadhurst park with its always enormous home support and a team desperate to preserve their record of never having gone down could prove a tough first fixture indeed.

The whole team will need to be behind their two managers clearly. However, here are two players that should hopefully give Curzon the edge in this contest and boost the Nash up the National League North.

Rachid Balde

Rachid Balde is an 18-year-old who is on loan from Stoke and previously was initially based at Benfica. While a bit of a diamond in the rough he has had some really top-level coaching, and I imagine his career will be at a far higher level than this when he is older. I think his raw talent could be a huge asset in a game of this level and could outpace and outskill a lot of the FC United team.

Naill Cummins

Naill Cummins has been at the club since 2012 and is one of the oldest players on the side. He has a wealth of experience at that level, including playing against FC United, and will be familiar with the side he is playing against and the ground itself, which is one of the best attended in the league, and can be an intimidating place to go.

Hopefully, the mix of experience and raw talent can see a strong start for Bradshaw’s men!

FC United’s Upturn In League Form Is Down To This One Reason – Agreed?

FC United of Manchester in no uncertain terms had a horrendous start to the 2018/19 season. Propping up the rest of the National League North was not comfortable viewing for the FCUM faithful. 

Having only won once in their first twelve league games, it was understandable that FC United had to make a managerial change early on in the season to not let the rot carry on further.

Incoming manager Neil Reynolds has quickly turned things around at Broadhurst Park, claiming FC United’s second, third and fourth wins of the season in an unbeaten five games in charge, however a defeat to Telford at weekend as temporarily put the brakes on the climb up the National League North.

Obviously, with a new manager with no previous connections to FC United coming in, With FC United only having one man in charge since the start, previous to last season. That means the players have had to prove themselves to Reynolds, and fight for their place in the team.

Creating that little competition and extinguishing complacency has certainly aided his start alongside Reynolds free-flowing football philosophy. Most people call it the new manager bounce, but FC United will be looking at getting right back on track against Hereford in the FA Trophy and proving that the upturn is in for the long haul.