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FC United fall at final hurdle

Football News 24/7
FC United face a fifth season in Evo-Stik Premier after suffering play-off final heartbreak for the second year running. The Manchester side have been the best supported team in the league over that period and whilst Chester had similar support this season they spent just one year in the division.

The Rebels' dreams of rubbing shoulders with neighbours Altrincham, Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic in Blue Square Bet North next term were dashed as they fell to a goal two minutes from the end of extra-time in a nailbiting promotion decider at Bradford Park Avenue.

The game was put back a day to allow Bradford (A Football League side back in the day) to bring their ground up to scratch in anticipation of a bumper crowd and almost 2,000 watched the game the largest seen at the Horsfall Stadium.
  
A predictably tight encounter appeared to be heading for a penalty shoot-out when Bradford sub Tom Greaves poked in a Matty James cross from point-blank range to wreck FC's bid for a fourth promotion in seven seasons - one which would have left them just two hops away from a place in League Two.
  
It was very much a case of deja vu for Karl Marginson's men, who lost by the same score in last season's play-off final at Colwyn Bay,
  
But Marginson offered no excuses for either the result or FC's below-par performance, saying: "It wasn't a great game, as is so often the case on occasions such as this, but fair play to Bradford, I thought they deserved to beat us on the day.

The Club are still committed to developing their new purpose built ground in North Manchester and the set-back on the pitch is unlikley to impact on this.

JB

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