Saturday saw FC United of Manchester host Hereford at Broadhurst Park. The match resulted in a thrilling 2-2 draw that saw the Red’s edge closer to safety, after 19th placed Guiseley dropped points to Southport losing 1-0. Which allowed United to ever-so-slightly close the gap to six points and, hope with only 9 games left of the current campaign, they would be able to escape relegation.
It was the men in red who took the lead against The Bull’s with an early goal from Chris Sharp, however, after the early pressure from the hosts they seemed to sit back after having the advantage which allowed the visitors to get on top. United’s keeper, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, Andy Fisher made a sublime save to keep FC in the lead, however this didn’t last long, as just 5 minutes after going ahead, the scoreline was now level as Mike Symons took advantage of the Red Rebel’s poor defending. The goal coming from 2 simple passes direct from the right back position
United started the second half looking like the team more likely to secure all three points with a very clear match plan to attack. However, it was the Herefordshire side who took the lead 10 minutes after the restart with a world class strike from outside the box from Eliot Richards. Regardless of the set back this didn’t affect United’s team effort as they still kept pushing for a long awaited win. Reynold’s made his game plan evident with his attacking substitutes Jack Bannister and Mike Donohue.
As the game was coming up to the 90th minute it was looking as if it would be another one of those days for the Red’s, which was a feeling many of the United faithful have been far too familiar with this season. In the first of five minutes of stoppage time FC won a free kick just outside of the penalty area, where the club’s top scorer Kurt Willoughby stepped up to score his 14th league goal of the season via a deflection from the Bull’s defensive wall to earn the Red Rebels a hard fought point.
Although United have had to settle for just a point for the last three fixtures, their recent positive team performances, battling up until the final whistle and Guiseley recent slump in form have all set up for an exciting end to the 2018/19 season. Many of United’s fans have now got new hope in being able to spend another season in the National League North. This Saturday’s away match to 7th placed AFC Telford seems to have a put a buzz around the place, as the men in red are now hoping for a long awaited 3 points!, and with their away record being better than their home, they will believe a win is possible.
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