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FRIENDLY: United 2 - 1 Queen of the South

5 September 2016

Result from the Queen of the South friendly

United scored twice to secure a hard-fought victory in the their Monday afternoon bounce game against Queen of the South with second year Cameron Salkeld and a trialist getting on the scoresheet.

The Cumbrians took the lead on 13 minutes when Jason Kennedy nodded an Atkinson cross onto the bar. Youngster Cameron Salkeld followed it up and he was able to bundle it over the line from clos range.

The scores were levelled just two minutes later when Callum Tapping pounced on a back pass from Brisley to Crocombe. A sliding challenge was enough to cause confusion and the loose ball was prodded into the waiting net.

Much of the play was in midfield as the teams cancelled each other out but United regained the upper hand early in the second half when a trialist raced on to a neat through ball. He kept his cool and chipped it into the far corner with keeper Jim Atkinson unable to do anything about it.

Half chances were exchanged and Crocombe made one notable save when he had to react to an excellent downward header at his near post late in the day.

"We want a winning mentality at the club but the important thing from today was that players who needed 90 minutes got it," assistant manager Lee Dykes said. "It was a good team performance and the lads will have got a lot out of it.

"We played three or four different formations to get everyone used to that and we wanted to see as much passing and moving as possible. We come away feeling pleased with what we've seen."

United: Crocombe, Atkinson, Brisley (Salkeld 87), Ellis, Brough, Salkeld (Taylor 65), Penn, Kennedy, McKee, Brown (Trialst 46), Trialist. Subs: Bacon.

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