Well hello one and all. After the great display on Saturday in the 4-2 victory over Boldmere St Michaels FC. Tonight we travel along the M69 to take on Loughborough Uni Fc for our second MFLP fixture.
United manager Terry Anderson will be buoyed by his team’s weekend performance and will be hoping that they can carry that form into tonight's game. Terry will hopefully have a near full squad to choose from after picking up a couple of injuries that will hopefully not be too serious.
The referee gets the game under way and LUFC start the game very brightly and carve out the first chance of the game in the 5th minute when their No10 Max Bardsley-Rowe gives Jeff Woodard the slip wide on the left and races into the area before seeing his shot well saved by the United keeper Richard Morris.
United hit back with some great slick passing and start to move the ball forward with great vigour. They break with Chris Cox and Craig Reid linking up well before Craig Reid played a neat through ball for Lewis Rankin to latch onto and slide the ball past the LUFC keeper James Stallan for the opening goal in the 10th minute.
LUFC 0 UNITED 1
That’s another great early start for United and should help to settle themselves down a little. United’s Chris Cox soon after heads just over the bar from a Lewis Rankin corner in the 12th minute, but in the 14th minute United thought they should have had a penalty when it looked like Mitchell Piggon had had his legs taken away from him inside the area but the referee saw it differently.
It’s all United at the minute but LUFC break forward themselves in the 20th minute and the LUFC No7 Joe Boachie sees his effort clip off the outside of the post. That LUFC pressure is short lived as United soon start to pile on more pressure themselves. Chris Cox sees another header from a Lewis Rankin corner go just over the bar again in the 23rd minute. Then after more good pressing United win another corner taken by Lewis Rankin. His initial cross in knocked back out to him and the second cross goes right across the box to the lurking Mitchell Piggon who makes no mistake as he coolly side foots the ball into the back of the net from close range in the 26th minute.
LUFC 0 UNITED 2
Well United are looking good for their two goal lead and continue to boss the game and go looking for more goals. United are knocking the ball around lovely and in the 36th minute they break forward again in the shape of the impressive Mitchell Piggon. Mitchell races into the area and instead of shooting himself he unselfishly squares the ball across for his team mate Craig Reid who make no mistake as he coolly steers the ball into the back of the net.
LUCFC 0 UNITED 3
United are looking comfortable now with a three goal lead but a few minutes later after a weak attempt at a back pass by United’s Jeff Woodard, keeper Richard Morris comes out to try and clear the ball but the LUFC No10 Max Bardsley-Rowe intercepts and shows good composure before guiding the ball into the empty net in the 39th minute.
LUFC 1 UNITED 3
Now that’s a warning to United as they need to remain focussed even when they are so in control of the game. As the first half comes to an end United’s Lewis Rankin sees his shot go wide of the target from a good through ball from Craig Reid in the 42nd minute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
LUFC 1 UNITED 3
The second half gets under way and united have been forced into a change with the keeper Richard Morris having to go off injured and being replaced with Ash Malhotra.
United waste no time in getting at LUFC and soon increase their lead in the 46th minute when they break with pace. Craig Reid races into the area before laying the ball off to Mitchell Piggon who in turn coolly slots the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.
LUFC 1 UNITED 4
That’s another well worked team goal and United are on fire tonight. The next minute sees United’s Craig Reid try an audacious chip over the LUFC keeper but his effort goes over the bar. Three minutes later Mitchell Piggon claim his first United hat trick when they power forward yet again in the 50th minute. The ball is whipped into the box and after a bit of a goalmouth scramble and Mitchell is there to stab the ball home for his third of the game.
LUFC 1 UNITED 5
Now that should see United take home the points barring a massive United collapse. Just as you absorb that thought LUFC are awarded a penalty after United’s Jeff Woodward is adjudged to have hand balled inside the area. To add to United’s woes, Jeff Woodward is then shown a straight red card for the offence much to the annoyance of the travelling Red and Green army. LUFC’s No3 Alex Dinsmore steps up to take it but United keeper Ash Malhotra makes a great save to deny him in the 52nd minute.
The first yellow card of the game goes to LUFC’s influential No6 Luke Moran for his tackle on Lewis Rankin in the 57th minute.
The 58th minute though sees the goal of the game when United’s power play pays off again. A Lewis Rankin pass to Craig Reid still leaves Craig with a lot to do as he proceeds to jink his way past two defenders before sublimely steering his shot past the keeper for a majestic second goal for himself and his team’s sixth.
LUFC 1 UNITED 6
United are in total control and you cannot tell that they are down to ten men. LUFC decide to make a double change when they take off No9 Cameron Gordon and No8 James Daley and send on No14 Tomasz Siemienzcuk and No12 Alex Johnson in the 59th minute.
Soon after LUFC earn themselves a rare corner and from a deep cross the No7 Joe Boachie is at the back post to direct his header into the back of the net in the 63rd minute.
LUFC 2 UNITED 6
United soon shake that blip off and race up the other end when Lewis Rankin does well before shooting and bring a great save from the LUFC keeper James Stallan in the 64th minute. A few minutes later Lewis Rankin is replaced with Dominik Alleyle in the 66th minute after Lewis suffering with a little cramp. The next 14 minutes sees United create two great chances that see’s LUFC’s keeper James Stallan make a couple of great saves from firstly Mitchell Piggon and then Chris Cox.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United are still looking hungry for more goals. Their persistence soon pays off in the 81st minute when some great build up play sees Lewis Hudson venture forward before laying the ball to Craig Reid who once again coolly slides the ball into the back of the net to claim a hat trick of his own.
LUFC 2 UNITED 7
That’s an impressive score line and with the game drawing to a close United make their final change when taking off Craig Reid and sending on Robert Prinzel in the 86th minute. With united now happy to just keep hold of the ball and run the clock down, soon after the referee blows up for full time and another 3pts away from home go on the board.
LUFC 2 UNITED 7
In summing up this game I would say that United virtually controlled this game from start to finish. They passed the ball around at will at times and LUFC struggled to get possession of the ball for any length of time.
United went into half time 3-1 up and soon after the restart increased that lead. They continued to press on regardless despite having Jeff Woodward sent off for hand ball in the 52nd minute. The fact that they still managed to score a further two goals and also created many more chances just shows how strong United were tonight.
LUFC still created a few chances of their own and never gave up right till the end and with their influential and player of the night for them No6 Luke Moran trying all night to direct operations for his team he looked a very neat and tidy player.
For United I have to say they were all magnificent tonight and played some fantastic attacking football with everybody contributing in some way. Lewis Hudson had another very steady game to follow up his weekend performance, Gift Mussa got in everyone’s faces throughout the night, Lewis Rankin made some great attacking runs and took his goal well too. Chris Cox also had another very good game and as usual covered every blade of grass. The forwards definitely played their part too tonight with Craig Reid helping himself to a hat trick that included a fantastic solo effort and for me Mitchell Piggon with his hat trick and two assists was absolutely fantastic tonight. Yes he’s scored a hat trick but for me it’s the other things he brings to the team that impresses me. His aerial prowess is a powerful tool in our armoury that was missing last season so I’m looking forward to seeing how this partnership blossoms. Mitchell Piggon, that was a fine display from you tonight and deserve my man of the match award for tonight, well played. (Oh and I’ve spelt your name right tonight!!!!)
Another great effort by the travelling Red and Green army again and we are certainly getting a bigger band of brothers!!!!! PUCU
Match Stats (United) (LUFC)
On target (12) (4)
Off target (7) (2)
Corners (7) (4)
Free kicks (7) (11)
Yellow cards (0) (1)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (4) (3)