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FC United Of Manchester: Player Spotlight

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 23 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

A mixed week for FC Halifax Town fans has seen their side on the end of both a defeat and a victory at the MBi Shay Stadium, sending them out of and then back into the Vanarama National League North play-off spots.

Now, there is little time to rest as a third game on Saturday will round off what has been a busy week for the Shaymen.  

The away trip to FC United of Manchester could be yet another tough game for Billy Heath’s men, with the home side boasting many influential players in their ranks. Although, there will be one main threat to Town should he start on Saturday.

George Thomson will be known to many Town fans as FC United’s goal scorer in the reverse fixture at the Shay. In the end, it proved only to be a consolation as a brace from Tom Denton and Jordan Sinnott’s strike secured a 3-1 victory as a reward for Town’s excellent display.

For Thomson, this was one of his sixteen goals of the campaign, leading the line of FC United’s top scorers. In his second season with the Manchester outfit, Thomson has bettered his tally from last year by five goals as he continues to impress the United faithful.

Thomson started his career with Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest before moving into non-league. He made appearances at Hinckley, Histon and Kings Lynn, where he scored 22 goals and even played against his current side.

He moved back up the footballing pyramid in 2015 as National League side Chester FC acquired the midfielder’s services from Kings Lynn. Following a year with the Blues, helping them to safety in the process, Thomson moved to FC United in 2016’s January window.

In his first year at the club, who he initially joined on loan in December 2015, Thomson played out a very impressive few months. He racked up 26 appearances and notched eleven goals, showing glimpses of what the FC United fans could expect from him throughout his time at the club.

Come the start of the 2016/17 season and Thomson started to make his mark. Thomson has cemented himself as a mainstay in Karl Marginson’s starting eleven, and the midfielder has certainly proved his worth.   

Thomson’s most recent goal came in FC United’s last fixture, a 2-1 away defeat to Alfreton Town. Thomson put the visitors level early in the second half following Sam Smith’s opener, although Wes Atkinson diminished any hopes of a United comeback late on.

As his previous form suggests, Thomson is likely to start again on Saturday as FC United look to return to winning ways following three straight wins in their last four games. If he does, Thomson will certainly be a threat to the Town back four.

If you cannot make it to Broadhurst Park then there will be live updates along with live commentary available on the Shaymen Wall and Shaymen Player HD respectively.  

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