Lions Look To Extend Unbeaten Run With FC United Visit

Segregation will be in place for this fixture with FC United of Manchester fans allocated the Railway End and second seated stand of Nethermoor Park entering via turnstiles 5-8.

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FC United are the visitors to Nethermoor on Saturday with The Lions currently on a seven game unbeaten run after the first away win of the season at Alfreton last weekend, kick-off is at 3pm.

The Reds are currently bottom of the Vanarama National League North on goal difference and saw manager and former Lion Tom Greaves resign a few weeks ago.

However they have picked up three draws on the spin including a stalemate at Chester on Tuesday night and include former Lions Joel Logan and Liam Dickinson in their squad.

Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s side are looking to make it 8 games unbeaten following Saturday’s 1-0 win against 10 men Alfreton Town with Rowan Liburd netting.

Joint First Team Manager Russ O’Neill was delighted with the win at his former club “This is a really difficult place to come and we know what to expect and they didn’t disappoint us. They made it a real physical battle, we were just mindful we stood up to that and show our ability on the ball. I thought we did that well, I thought we could have been 2 or 3-0 up, the keeper made some good saves to keep us out.”

“I’m really pleased, it’s a clean sheet and three points.”

When asked about Liburd’s strike he said “It was a great finish from Rowan, I know what he is capable of doing and today he proved it, he was the match winner, it was a great goal, I am really pleased for him.”

Academy graduate Will Thornton started at centre back and O’Neill was keen to mention his performance “We were mindful of their threats and I thought Will Thornton, who is learning his trade, dealt with it really well. As the game went on he played with his head a little bit more and dealt with it comfortably.”

New signing Lewis Walters made his debut in the win and Russ explained why he was signed “Lewis did really well, you look at today we are depleted on our front line, we have two left wingers, a right winger and two centre forwards who are all missing. We brought him in, he wants to come and prove and showcase what he can do and I thought he did really well especially when you consider he hasn’t played for a while.”

Finally O’Neill was quick to thank the travelling supporters who were out in full force on Saturday “The away fans were fantastic, we heard them all the way through, to come away and keep a clean sheet and take three points from a tough place like this is great.”