Greaves strike sends FC through to the last 16.
FC United made the last 16 of the FA trophy after a hard fought victory over Chorley at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium, thanks to a superb second half strike, from that man Tom Greaves.
With the original tie ending all square after a 6 goal thriller on Saturday, just under 1400 fans were able to witness another piece of FC United’s history in the short time since their reform 10 years ago.
Chorley came unchanged from Saturday’s game, while Karl Marginson made 3 changes bringing back Lewis Lacy, Dean Stott and Greg Daniels.
It was a fairly even 1st half with both sides having a number of half chances, the only moment of real note was when Dale Whitham forced FC United keeper Dave Carnell into a superb save, when his seemingly deflected effort almost wrong footed the keeper, yet Carnell got something on it to deflect his effort for a corner.
FCUM Keeper Carnell was a big
difference between the two sides.
As the sides cancelled each other out in the first half, they went into the break level and a big second 45 minutes ahead with all to play for lay ahead.
It was FC United that came out all guns blazing, and it didn’t take long to break the deadlock, when who else but that man Tom Greaves scored what turned out to be the decisive goal on 52 minutes.
He received the ball just inside the Chorley penalty area, and with a smart turn he beat his man, took a touch to set himself and unleashed a ferocious left footed shot past Sam Ashton.
Chorley fought back well and lay siege to Dave Carnell’s goal, with two efforts coming back off the woodwork and the keeper making a number of fine saves.
You just knew it wasn’t going to be Chorley’s night when they had two half-hearted penalty appeals turned down, coupled with the Carnell saves and efforts coming back off the woodwork, it all but summed up the Magpies night.
Carnell keeps out Roscoe’s header
right at the death.
Thanks to Tom Greaves goal, Dave Carnell’s heroics between the sticks and the width of a post, the FC United fans celebrated as the referee blew the whistle following 5 minutes of time added on.
Now only 3 games from Wembley, with either AFC Fylde or Telford to play in the 3rd Round, would it be beyond the realms of possibility, FC United could celebrate 10 years of existence with a date at the famous arch in London…..?
Many thanks to Josh Vosper for the use of images.