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> 29.11.2008

  FC United of Manchester (1) 3   Hednesford Town (0) 0    

FC United of Manchester Wilson 13, 70, Wright 85

> Attendance   1,946 Current Form  LDDWL
 > MotM Decio Gomes

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The Pitmen slumped to their heaviest defeat of the UniBond Premier League season this afternoon, as mid-table FC United produced an excellent performance to upset the form book. Manager Dean Edwards was forced into one change, with Tom Marshall missing out due to suspension. He also gave a debut to new signing Anthony Robinson, leaving Elliott Durrell on the bench after the youngster had been recovering from a poor challenge in the win over Hyde United on Tuesday night

Thick, low lying fog had hampered the journey up to Greater Manchester, with the game kicking off under a thick blanket of mist. From the main stand at Gigg Lane, it was difficult to see the far touchline for much of the game

The Pitmen started well, looking to settle into a rhythm amidst all of the noise created by the sizeable FCUM support behind the goal

It was United who were first to register a real shot of intent, with Simon Carden picking the ball up before firing in a shot from long range, but the ball was easily seen wide by Stuart Brock

FCUM's debutant Tommy Turner was next to test Brock with a run and a cheeky lob over the keeper, but he failed to get the ball anywhere near the net and Decio Gomes was on hand to clear the ball for the Pitmen

If these had acted as warning shots for the away side, they had not been paying attention, as United took a thirteenth minute lead. Nice link-up play between Carden and Wright saw them play in the league's top scorer Kyle Wilson, who neatly diverted the ball past Brock and into the far corner of the net

Back came the Pitmen, who almost grabbed an instant equaliser through Dyer, but a despairing lunge by Danny Warrender kept the Pitmen at bay as he cleared off the line to deny the youngster

there was plenty of huff and puff from the away side, but very little in the way of application. Their normal, fluent passing game was deserting them, with balls being misplaced and passes not finding the blue shirts. Captain Ross Draper was trying desperately to change things, but his all-action game was not paying off

Stamps was forced to come off mid-way through the half, having picked up an early injury. This forced the Pitmen into a reshuffle, as they had no recognised defender on the bench. mark Briggs came on for Stamps as the Pitmen reverted to a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation

The home side continued to press, as the fog got a little worse just before half time. Wilson wasted a great opportunity for the home side, firing well over after a mistake by Draper had allowed the ball to be worked to the UniBond Premier's top scorer. Turner had another shot saved by Brock as FCUM turned up the heat

With harsh words ringing in their ears no doubt, the Pitmen started brightly at the start of the second half, as they looked to get back into the game. There was a loud shout for a penalty just moments into the second half after Barnett went down in the area, but the referee was unimpressed and waved play on

Brock was called into action again on fifty five minutes, getting something behind an effort from Turner. Gomes was once again on hand to mop up at the back as Wilson was closing in on the rebound

The Pitmen came agonisingly close to grabbing an equaliser on the hour mark; Briggs crossed for fellow substitute Durrell, on for the disappointing Robinson, to head towards goal, but Sam Ashton in the FCUM goal made a great save low down to deny him  and concede the corner

This was to cost the Pitmen dearly, as the hosts doubled their advantage with twenty minute remaining. Turner's incisive through ball played the dangerous Wilson in, who took the ball round the despairing dive of Brock before tapping into the empty net

That goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Pitmen, as they struggled to get a stranglehold back on the game. Gomes was having a fine game at the back for Hednesford, with he and Brock the pick of a poor display

FCUM continued to press, sensing the Pitmen's problems. With five minutes remaining, United scored the pick of their goals; Carlos Roca, a late sub for FCUM, played the ball to Wilson, whose cross deceived the incoming Baguley. The ball fell to Jerome Wright, who hammered a first time shot past Brock at his near post

It had most certainly not been Hednesford's day, as they had been outplayed and out-thought by a useful looking FCUM side, who may well be in the shake-up at the end of the season. For Deano's army, they must forget this result quickly, and concentrate on the big one next week, when second-placed Guiseley ride into Keys Park in a real UniBond six-pointer  cds

Guiseley (H)

6.12.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Barnett (13)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. .. .
.2 Sam Hall 90

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UniBond Premier League 29.11.2008
.3 Adam Burley 90

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. Top Half
.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 90

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. 1st HEDNESFORD 20 40
.6 Scott Stamps 22

Briggs

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2nd Guiseley 19 38
.7 Chad Sheppard 57

Platt

. 3rd Marine 20 36
.8 Anthony Robinson 57

Durrell

. 4th Ashton United 21 34
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90

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5th Eastwood Town 16 32
.10 Ross Dyer 90 .

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6th North Ferriby 20 32
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th Kendal Town 17 32
Substitutes

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8th Ilkeston Town 17 31
.12 Anthony Maguire

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. . 9th Bradford P A 19 29
.14 Mark Briggs 68

Stamps

. 10th Nantwich Town 17 28

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Sean Platt 33

Platt

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Elliott Durrell 33

Robinson

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