Looking Back At November
November was the most eventful months in the club’s short history, and probably as eventful as any four-week period that a club has experienced!
The month started with a 3-2 home defeat to Kendal Town thanks to a goal of the season contender in the 90th minute from Emil Jasskelainen; which turned out to be the final game in charge for Andy Welsh and Paul Quinn as they stood down the following day.
Whilst this season has not turned out as they would have hoped the due left Ingfield on good terms with the supporters, players and club officials with an impressive record of winning 51% of all league points available over 48 games.
In total Welsh took charge of 66 games recording 28 victories and scoring 109 goals. Matching last seasons play-off place finish and County Cup win was always going to be difficult to match following the upheaval in the summer. The club wish Andy Welsh and Paul Quinn all the best going forward.
Back to the action, James Knowles and Tom Greaves took interim charge slipping to an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at Trafford before a hattrick from Greaves helped United to a 3-3 draw with Droylsden.
The club was thrust into the national eye ahead of the game with City of Liverpool after news of the court case broke with Sky Sports news, as well as local news broadcasters at the game. The visitors completing the double over United with a 3-2 win, new manager Wayne Benn was looking on.
Despite the defeat Benn saw a lot of positives and four days later saw his first game in charge end with three points in the bag. Greaves with a brace and Marko Basic, brought back to the club by Knowles and Greaves, score a stunning strike from distance as the Blues ran out 3-2 winners at home to Prescot Cables.
There was a reality check in Benn’s first away game at Clitheroe as the home side took advantage of an early red card to take the lead. United’s ten men battled well and were on top for much of the game but after the lead was doubled with 20 minutes to go tired legs began to show. Clitheroe taking full advantage in the closing stages to record a 6-1 victory.
The month ended with another away game, and another goal for Greaves who’s strike made it eight goals in seven games set United on the way to a 2-0 win at Pontefract Collieries in the Integro League Cup.