were back to a full strength squad, with selection headaches
for the boss - all the Manics had to do was win against Birch
Wanderers to secure definite promotion for what can only be described
so far as an excellent season for the club...
Fenton, Comper, Blackman, Phillips
It wasn't long before Manics took the lead against Birch, and after 8 minutes of play, Mark Robertson scored to make it 1-0 Manics after an excellent through-ball from Joel Curran. Manics dominated the next 20 minutes of the game, but found themselves under pressure when Birch equalised from a corner.
In the second half, Manics took the lead when Glenn Evans converted a 'beautiful' free kick to make it 2-1. Both teams made subs due to injury, but all this did was give the Manics on the bench some fuel to feed their hunger. David Fenton was first to come on, back from injury he would replace Tony Hemley.
Then soon after
Manics made their second, David Comper would replace Graham
McDonald in a straight swap. Then towards the end, Barry O'Connell
came on for Aaron Goddard, who switched with Mark Robertson.
O'Connell had a superb chance to make it 3-1 after doing all
the hard work, but was unlucky to slot it past the keeper. For
the remainder of the game Manics showed they could tough it out
for the 3 points, tactically holding the ball up in the corner
to further frustrate the Birch.