Spartans Speared

FC United went above Blyth Spartans as they dominated our Northumbrian visitors 3-0 at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.

It could have been even more as Greg Daniels and Callum Byrne were unfortunate to both strike the woodwork, and FC United Captain even managed to find time to miss a stoppage time penalty as well.  But everyone at FC will be delighted at just how dominant their side was in this one.

Manager Karl Marginson was delighted with the result and the way his team played as they extend their unbeaten run in November to six games.


Following Tuesday night’s 4-1 demolition of Droylsden, Marginson named an unchanged starting eleven against Blyth, with new boy Nelson Mota making the substitutes bench.

FC early on had a long range effort from Dean Stott fly just wide of the visitors’ goal, as the game progressed, FC United were looking more and more comfortable, as they started to take the game to Blyth.

Chances for Greaves and Mullholland, were followed by Greg Daniels striking the inside of the post and crossing the goal to go wide. There was a sense that a goal was in the air, and on 34 minutes, FC defender Tom Davies beat the Blyth goalie and headed it, following a Liam Brownhill corner.

Five minutes before half-time though, Blyth had a chance, but  Joe Kendrick shot-come-sticking-leg-out-at-colleagues-shot was ruled out for offside.

FC eventually went 2-0 up though, on 63 minutes, Astley Mulholland in a persistent manner dispossessed the opposition  and played a ball through to our man of the match Greg Daniels,  who slotted home in a very cool manner.

Tom Greaves put the result beyond doubt on 85 minutes when he went one on one with the Blyth keeper following a wonderful through ball from Dave Birch, with Greaves lofting the resulting pass.

If the truth be known, Blyth were well beaten in this one, and it could have easily been a bigger scoreline. This was a great team performance with all the outfield players working hard both on and off the ball. Things are starting to look up for a good run in and perhaps a crack at the Play-offs.

FCUM Radio Man of The Match: Greg Daniels

Match Report: Steve Mills

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