The Evostik Northern Premier League saw some quality on Sunday as FC United of Manchester held leaders North Ferriby to a 1-1 draw in front of over 2,000 fans. More remarkabl,e because the game was played at Stalybridge Celtic's ground not Bury's Gigg Lane as normal.
FCUM, stay ten points behind North Ferriby but with four games in hand. United were on a run of nine consecutive league victories but boss Karl Marginson was right in his pre-match view that the Humberside rivals would provide the sternest test possible having won seven of their last eight away matches in the league.
Marginson, said before the game:"Our supporters are rightly looking forward to the game given that we are playing the league leaders, and so they should be given the brilliant run we've been on. We've had a full week to prepare and some good training sessions behind us so we should get to the game in the best shape possible."
Meanwhile, earlier in the week the fans were bouyed by news about the proposed new community stadium.
The club;'s official website confirmed that the Court of Appeal had, this week refused permission for people opposed to the proposed community development in Moston to be granted another appeal hearing.
The judge in a High Court Judicial Review in December ruled the original planning permission granted by Manchester City Council should stand and now this decision has been backed by the Court of Appeal after the opponents submitted papers seeking to appeal.
The announcement went on:'This decision is another positive step towards being able to begin the build and bring the anticipated social and economic benefit to the area. As has been the case throughout this process, FC United of Manchester wishes to work with all local residents in making this development a reality and we will happily discuss concerns and explore ways in which they can be addressed.'
With crowds that League Clubs would be proud of the move to a new home can't come soon enough for most United fans. Ironcally, Bury's crowd at home to Crawley yesterday was 2,491 was only just above the 2,465 that saw United today and there are four divisions between them.