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FC United aim for promotion to Conference North

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On Saturday, FC United of Manchester travel to Hednesford Town in the final of the Northern Premier League play-offs.

Victory will see the Reds promoted to the Conference North, just two further promotions from the Football League.

On Tuesday night, United beat Witton Albion in a thrilling semi-final at Gigg Lane in front of a raucous crowd of 2,492.

Manager Karl Marginson says Saturday presents the best chance yet for the Reds to win promotion.

He said: “Hednesford are one of the teams I predicted in my programme notes at the start of the season would be up there challenging for the title.

“It proved correct as they only just missed out on goal difference. They will be hurting from that and desperate to make sure their efforts this season weren’t in vein.

“That said, we feel the same too. We finished third and, apart from a bad run in March, we could have been challenging for automatic promotion too, so we are keen to prove how good we are.

“It will be a great occasion and it is good that as many of our fans as possible will get to see it this year, after issues in the past couple of seasons with allocations. We are ready for it and with our supporters roaring us on once again, we have our best chance yet to get out of this league.”

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Speaking about Tuesday’s epic clash, Margy said: “It was a very real English cup tie and both sides showed a lot of ability and it made for a cracking game.

“Witton didn’t do what many teams do when they come to Gigg Lane and sit back and soak up pressure, they came to play. They were on the front foot and caused us problems.

“It took a special strike from Mattie Wolfenden to break the deadlock, and then after that to a man our team put in an all-action display.

“Wolfy was on fire from the off and that was one of our very deliberate tactics to get him running at their back line. We have kept him fresh the past couple of games to save him for that match.”

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A headache now waits for the manager, as he toils over who to select for Saturday. “I keep banging on about our strength in depth, but it was shown in the quality of the bench on Tuesday,” he said.

“To be able to select from such a quality set of players was a big advantage for us and one that will stand us in good stead in the final on Saturday. It will be hard once again to chose a team, but it is a great situation to be in, having so many players to chose from and so many options.”

Finally, Karl wanted to thank the supporters for their backing on Tuesday night: “The fans were absolutely unbelievable. The noise put hairs on the back of my neck at times, it was tremendous and it made a lot of difference.

“It effected Witton in the first half and allowed us to go at them with that amazing roar every time we went forward. I run out of things to say about our fans, but Tuesday was special.

“It is a real advantage for us, especially away from home when we can outnumber the hosts. The noise not only helps our team, it unsettles the opposition.

“I think in our last two semi-finals at Chorley and Bradford, our fans had a huge impact on the results. They created an amazing atmosphere that drove our team on. Let’s hope that is the case again on Saturday. Do your best to get there and roar us on.”

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