Ossett Town travel to FC United of Manchester with 'score to settle'

OSSETT Town boss Simon Collins will take his troops into their New Year's Day clash at FC United of Manchester with a 'score to settle'.

Town suffered their biggest home defeat of the season when Karl Marginson's men ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Ingfield in September.

But Town can kick-start their 2009 by making amends for the defeat when they travel to Gigg Lane in front of what's sure to be a bumper crowd on Thursday (kick-off 3pm).

"Last time we played FC United they came and won 4-0 and it was well deserved so we've got a score to settle" said Collins.

"It should be a great atmosphere there and they like to play football the right way like we do so it should be a good match."

Town go into the game as one of the form teams of the UniBond Premier Division having won four of their last six league matches to fire them upto their highest league position since the end of August.

And Collins is hoping to start 2009 as Town ended 2008 - in impressive form.

"It's been a busy period for us, and all clubs, and to get through Christmas with some good results and with no new injuries is pretty much as good as we could have hoped for," he said.

"We're going in the right direction now and we need some consistency to carry our form into our next few games.

"We're on a three game winning run now and if we can make that four it'd be great, but if we could come away with a point at FC United then I think we'd be pleased with that."

Town go into the clash with FC United with no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

And although January is set to be a hectic month for Premier League and Football League clubs with the start of the transfer window, Collins insists that as things stand he won't be making any changes to his squad.

"The team hasn't changed much for a good while now and I think we're benefitting from that," he said.

"I've not been looking around for any new players to come in and won't be as things stand, the lads have been doing a great job."

Town are one of the few UniBond Premier League teams without a match on Saturday, with their next match coming at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, January 10.

For all the latest UniBond Premier League match previews and reports, see Friday's Wakefield Express Sport.