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FC United of Manchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019 | National League North | Home


Tamside Stadium




James Bell



At a lovely day at the Tameside stadium saw the local rivalry come together again when old friends FC Utd visited. On 5 minutes FC created the first opening when Dominic McHale skipped past Cameron McJannet on the goal-line to play it back to Jack Banister but his chipped effort went wide of the post.

But on 11 minutes FC took the lead after an defensive mistake inside the Curzon box which lead to the ball being deflected to the penalty spot where Kurt Willoughby was on hand to turn it home past Cameron Mason.


On 18 minutes Curzon had their first chance of the game even though it was only half a chance, Oliver Crankshaw crossed from the left to Lewis Reilly who was positioned at the penalty spot but his header wasn’t strong enough and keeper Andrew Fisher easily collected.

Mason denied FC their 2nd goal of the game on 21 minute by diving to his right to push away an effort from Banister as FC were in full control of the opening quarter of the game.


On 26 minutes Curzon finally got into FC half and after some good short passing with the ball finally finding Sean Miller who hit an effort from 22 yards, however again it caused no problem for Fisher.

Two efforts within a minute, firstly on 29 minutes FC were awarded a free kick 22 yards from goal after McJannet brought down McHale but the free kick from Willoughby was wide off the mark, then on 30 minutes at the other end, Curzon saw Luke Wall find space just outside the FC box but his effort just like FC’s went wide of the target.


After 35 minutes Curzon finally started to get their game together and produced some better football and again Miller had an effort from outside the box which again Fisher saved with ease but the signs for Curzon were encouraging.


4 minutes later Curzon made their pressure pay after Miller drew Curzon level, Curzon after winning a corner floated the ball into Jonathon Hunt who’s goal-bound header was flicked into the net by Miller.

FC tried to bounce straight back with Banister when he made space for himself on the edge of the box but his effort went wide of Mason’s far post.


A minute before half-time Crankshaw did well to get into FC’s box but a last ditch tackle from Daniel Morton denied him a goal-scoring opportunity.


HT 1-1

In the second half Curzon started on the front foot and it only took 4 minutes for them to take the lead after winning a corner on the right it was floated into the back post where Captain Hunt rose to head home in the bottom corner.

FC did try to get back in straight away after Harry Winter won a header inside Curzon’s box but Mason produced a great save to keep Curzon in front.


FC made a double substitution on with one enforced and they tried to look for a way to get back into the game, while still pushed to grab a third to give themselves some breathing space with Reilly coming close on 57 minutes with a header which just went over the crossbar.

On 59 minutes a long ball forward by Oliver Thornley turned the FC defence and Reilly was onto the ball and inside the box, with Fisher slightly off his line Reilly went for the chip but Fisher produced a one-handed save to deny Curzon a third.


On 69 minutes the game turned nasty and FC’s captain Harry Winter for some reason punched Curzon’s Ryan Brooke in the face giving the referee Mr. James Bell no choice but to show him a red card.

But despite FC going down to 10 men they still pushed forward looking for an equaliser but on 80 minutes Miller grabbed his second of the game to all but seal victory. 


After a ball was played forward to Miller, he held it well then pushed it forward and then had to run 20 yards with a defender hot on his heels, rounding the on-coming keeper to slot home into an empty net.


In the last 10 minutes of the game the game Curzon stifled the game and frustrated FC in their bid to get back into the game, the referee then indicated 5 minutes of added time due to the sending off and substitutions but Curzon didn’t look in any trouble of losing all three points.

In added time the only effort came from substitute Dale Whitman who tried an effort from 25 yards but it sailed high over Curzon’s crossbar.

Match Report by David Jones


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