Lancaster City are back in league action on Saturday with a trip to Broadhurst Park, against FC United of Manchester. City will be aiming to keep the pressure on table-toppers South Shields, whilst the home side will be eyeing up the play-off places.
City will be looking to respond instantly to last week’s FA Trophy defeat against Stourbridge FC at the Giant Axe. The Dolly Blues are sitting nicely in 2nd place and are on a fantastic run in the Northern Premier League. A win against The Reds could see them go 10 games unbeaten. You’d have to go all the way back to the end of September to record a last league defeat for the Dollies.
Sitting second in the form table after collecting 13 points from a possible 15, City boast a remarkable away record. Unbeaten in their last six away on the road, the Dolly Blues currently have the joint best away form in the league and will be looking to maintain this when they visit Broadhurst Park on Saturday.
City’s last three results:
City 1-2 Stourbridge FC- 23/11/19 (FA Trophy second qualifying round replay)
City 2-1 Colne- 19/11/19 (Integro League Cup)
Scarborough 0-1 City- 16/11/19- (Northern Premier League)
FC United of Manchester
The home side are coming into this week’s game with a good run of form. Unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, they eased past Runcorn Linnets in the FA Trophy third qualifying round with a 3-0 victory. Neil Reynolds’ men currently sit 10th in the Northern Premier League, five points off Stalybridge Celtic who occupy the final play-off place. A win for the Red Rebels would see them propel to just two points off the top six if results were to go their way.
FC United of Manchester’s last three results:
Runcorn Linnets 0-3 FCUM- 23/11/19 (FA Trophy third qualifying round)
Witton 3-3 FCUM- 16/11/19 (Northern Premier League)
FCUM 3-1 Basford- 9/11/19 (FA Trophy second qualifying round)
Ones to watch
City are not one point off the top of the NPL for no reason. The Dollies have quality in abundance and will be looking to showcase this on Saturday. Here are a few players to keep a close eye on.
Niall Cowperthwaite – The defensive midfielder who operates just in front of the City backline oozes class. Being very calm and composed on the ball, Cowperthwaite has a fantastic passing range with him rarely giving the ball away. He gives the City midfield a sense of security for when they go on attacks as he’s such a reassuring figure who consistently performs well.
Lewis Fensome – The centre-back has looked very solid this season and is ever present in City’s starting 11. He’s never shy of a challenge and isn’t afraid of playing out from the back with him having a very calming influence on the Dollies defence. The 19-year old, who was formerly at Preston North End, has a bright future ahead of him.
Nialle Rodney – With the forward being cup tied last weekend, he will be looking to notch his first goal for City against his former side on Saturday. The 28-year old adds pace and strength to the Dollies forward line. The former Nottingham Forest man brings others into the game with his good hold up play but also is a threat in behind any defence.
One player who’s on top form for the home side is forward,Tunde Owolabi. The Reds’ talisman has notched 11 goals this season in the NPL, meaning he’s the league’s joint top goal scorer with City’s David Norris. After scoring two goals against Runcorn Linnets at the weekend, Owolabi will be looking to add to his tally against the Dollies.
FC United of Manchester V City will kick off on Saturday 30th November at 3pm. Make sure to make the trip to Broadhurst Park to support the boys. A win for the Dollies could see them go top of the division if results go their way.
Match Preview from Ben Rooth.