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Woeful FC United lose to doomed Durham

Submitted by on March 14, 2010 – 9:15 am2 Comments

(c) Andy Barker

Courtesy of possibly the worst performance in their five year history, FC United lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane yesterday to a Durham City side that hadn’t won a single game all season.

Carlos Roca had put United in front inside ten minutes before Durham scored a freak equaliser when Andrew Stephenson looped a ball goal-ward from near the half way line. Sam Ashton looked like he had it covered but the ball found its way over him and the teams were level.

Durham then went 2-1 up when Elliot Cutts scored a penalty two minutes into the second half. Even then, with a full half to play, no one in the 2,164 crowd expected the visitors to hold on. They did but only because United seemed unable to put away their numerous second half chances.

Durham, who were forced to sell virtually their entire squad earlier in the season after a sponsor withdrew their support as a result of the club’s inability to gain promotion to the Conference because of their plastic pitch, were understandably ecstatic at the final whistle. Their players and staff were applauded off by United fans recognising the trouble that the club are in and the effort they showed against their team.

The defeat completes a hat-trick of poor performances for FC, who only managed to get three points because of a Ben Deegan injury time winner versus Ossett. Prior to that game Margy’s team had put together an 8 game unbeaten run.

Reds will be hoping that their team make amends when they travel to Matlock Town on Tuesday night. Details about that game and a full match report from yesterday’s defeat are available here: www.fc-utd.co.uk

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