Date: Saturday 19 December 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: Broadhurst Park, Manchester\r\n\r\nGloucester City will look to claim their first double of the season when they travel to FC United of Manchester this weekend.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers came out on top 1-0 on the opening day of the season, with Obi Anoruo scoring the only goal in that match with Billy Jones also missing a penalty.\r\n\r\nCity haven’t won in their last seven games in all competitions and will go into the match having not played for two weeks, with manager Tim Harris believing the break came at a good time for his side.\r\n\r\nHarris said: “It’s given us a chance to have a little breather in a hectic schedule but we’re very much looking forward to Saturday.\r\n\r\n”I’m expecting another good battle. They were on a really bad run but beat top of the league, which shows how tight the league is.\r\n\r\n”You look at ourselves, we got three points against Nuneaton and took a point at Solihull so everyone is capable of beating everyone and it’s so tight that one win can make a big difference.”\r\n\r\nThe opponenets:\r\n\r\nFC United of Manchester were founded in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of the Red Devils.\r\n\r\nThe club entered the North West Counties Football League Division Two in 2005, winning the league in their inaugural season.\r\n\r\nIn their second season, they were champions of the North West Counties Football League Division One and were promoted to the Northern Premier League.\r\n\r\nIn the 2007–08 season, they finished second in the Northern Premier League Division One North and gained promotion through the end of season play-offs.\r\n\r\nThe club was promoted to the National League North in 2015 after winning the Northern Premier League Premier Division title.\r\n\r\nFC United reached the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup in the 2010–11 season and the Fourth Round of the FA Trophy in the 2014–15 season.\r\n\r\nThe club shared Gigg Lane with Bury until 2014 and in the 2014–15 season Bower Fold and the Tameside Stadium with Stalybridge Celtic and Curzon Ashton respectively.\r\n\r\nThe club’s own ground, Broadhurst Park in North Manchester, opened in May 2015 ready for the 2015–16 season.\r\n\r\nThe team has been managed by former professional footballer Karl Marginson since its formation.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nJack Harris has left Gloucester City and we wish him all the best for the future. ‘Vern’, as he was affectionately known, made over 200 appearances for the Tigers and was part of City’s play-off winning squad.\r\n\r\nWe are looking at signing Oxford United centre half Robbie Cundy on a month’s loan. Cundy is a six foot four towering defender with Football League experience.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker will return from his loan spell at Cinderford Town after scoring nine times in 11 games.\r\n\r\nEd Williams has re-signed terms with the Tigers and will be in the squad. Femi Orenuga is back in contention for a starting place after recovering from a tight hamstring.\r\n\r\nMike Green has recovered from an ankle injury that has seen him out for a few weeks and will be back in the team.\r\n\r\nTom Webb is suspended for one game, with Calvin Dinsley and Matt Williams serving three game bans.\r\n\r\nHarry Williams’ loan deal has expired however we are exploring the possibility of renewing it.
- No more matches scheduled.
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