FC UNITED of Manchester will hope to put last week’s difficult loss to Worcester City behind them when they take on Buxton in the FA Cup tomorrow at Broadhurst Park (KO 15:00).
Manager Karl Marginson will be hoping that the club will be able to reach the fourth qualifying round and be within one round of reaching the first round proper for the first time since 2010, and to use it as a catalyst to improve their league form.
Last year’s Evo-Stik Premier Division champions have made a polarising start to this league campaign, and whilst they have been able to beat teams around them in the league, have struggled to make an impact against promotion chasing clubs.
Much of FC United’s problems in the league come from a lack of goals. Star striker Tommy Greaves has struggled to adapt to the National League North so far this season, having scored just three goals in 13 appearances.
Fellow forwards Matthew Wolfenden and Sam Madeley have also struggled, scoring just six league goals between themselves so far this season. Therefore the chance to reunite themselves against Evo-Stik opposition may be welcomed by Broadhurst Park’s front three.
FC United will also be keen to put an end to their recent defensive struggles that have seen them concede seven goals in three games.
Meanwhile Evo-Stik Premier side Buxton will be hoping to invoke the spirit of the FA Cup as they try to reach the final qualifying round.
The Derbyshire outfit will head to Manchester after completing a demolition job on Grantham Town last week, and the promotion chasing Bucks will hope to take their positive league form into the cup.
Martin McIntosh’s men slipped down to fifth in the table following Saturday’s results but are just four points behind leaders Blyth Spartans having won eight of their 13 league games so far this season.
Much of Buxton’s recent turnaround from mid-table mediocrity to genuine promotion contenders has come from Aaron Jameson.
The goalkeeper, who is entering his second season at the club, is in a superb streak of form; which has been vital for The Bucks in recent weeks as they continue to press ahead.
The 25-year old has only conceded one goal in five games, and will look to keep out the Rebels’ attack which caused havoc in their division last season.
The Bucks will also wish to end a run of three games without a win against FC United, which includes last year’s FA Trophy second qualifying round, that saw Buxton perform so valiantly until two Wolfenden braces took the game away from them.
FC United of Manchester: King, Thurston, Fallon, Stott, Bayunu, Ashworth, Madeley, Cooke, Greaves, Wright, Lindfield, Brownhill, Wolfenden, Madeley, Daniels, Brown, Birch.
Buxton: Barnes, Belezika, Bembo-Leta, Young, Bailey, Doran, Ravenhill, Burrell, Burbeary, Taylor, Wiles, Hardy, Barraclough, Gascoigne, Jameson.