A Classic Match v Worksop

A vocal crowd at Gigg Lane saw a very impressive game of football, if only for a pulsating second half. By the end, you could have even managed to throw in the old adage of the crowd being the twelfth man! And no one would stare at you oddly and go for their FCUM Radio Cliché Bingo Cards either.

FC had a lot of possession in the first half without being able to capitalise on it. Worksop however took the lead on 14 minutes, a Conor Higginson corner floated in at the far post found Tom Denton unmarked to dispatch the headed ball into FC’s net, it has to be said, that this was sloppy defending by the reds to have left such a giant on his own from a set ­piece.

The only clear-cut chance FC had in the entire first half came on 26 minutes, which saw Tom Greaves on his own on the left hand side of the 18 yard box, attempting to lob the approaching keeper, but unfortunately he just put the ball over the bar.

On 41 Minutes, the inevitable happened as Worksop Town doubled their lead, with Jack Muldoon skipping a last gasped challenge from Liam Brownhill, to leave himself one on one with Worsnop, and converting easily.

This first half for FC was arguably a poor one for FC, and the scoreline certainly left FC with a mountain to climb for the second half.

Well enter the FC Mountaineers!

The start of second half saw FC quickly out of their blocks, putting Worksop under immediate pressure. With Callum Byrne picking the ball up on the left hand­side and finding Greg Daniels with a beautiful threaded pass, Daniels slotted home to get FC back in contention.

Straight from the re­start FC were back at it and levelled. A quickly taken throw­in found Dave Birch who knocked a long ball up to Tom Greaves, taking it on his chest to play in Callum Byrne. Byrne found Astley Mulholland on the left ­hand side of the box who fired the ball across the box finding Tom Greaves at the back stick to easily poke the ball home.

All square and the crowd are now really up for it and the momentum was clearly going the way of FC, but then, Worksop got themselves a penalty after Lee Neville needlessly brought down Tom Denton. The penalty was converted by Leon Mettam to take him to 20 goals this season.

But the goal scoring didn’t stop there! Oh No! A long ball played forward by Liam Brownhill found Mike Norton who took it on his chest, the ball fell to Tom Greaves who under pressure held off the Worksop defender brilliantly, stayed on his feet, and then slotted the ball home on 65 minutes. Once again FC are level.

And then, we thought it was the winner! Tom Greaves puts a high ball over his shoulder towards Matty Wolfenden, who in turn lets the ball bounce and remarkably, as the ball comes over Wolfie’s shoulder, he leans back slightly and volleys into the top right hand corner leaving the Worksop keeper floundering – must be goal of the season – but more importantly, this wonder strike gave FC a well deserved lead.

That goal from Wolfenden was good enough to win any game but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. On 85 minutes Leon Mettam turned on a ball just inside the penalty area – and as if in slow motion, the ball nestled into the bottom corner of the net. This play coming after a rather dubious challenge on Lee Neville just moment’s earlier.

FC again applied the pressure and were very unfortunate not to get all three points as Mike Norton missed with a great headed attempt just going wide of the upright, following superb work from Nelson Mota.

This result paves the way for another crucial clash this weekend, as FC visit third placed AFC Fylde on Saturday. FC United are now on a run of eight games unbeaten. And if they play as well as they did in the second half here, they will certainly close the gap on the leaders.

Get yourself to that football ground!

Man of The Match – Dave Birch

Match Report – Steve Mills

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