FOOTBALL: IT has been a mixed start to the season for Leigh Genesis but manager Garry Flitcroft has been encouraged by his side’s performances.

Two wins and two defeats have meant a stuttering start to their UniBond League Division One North campaign but Flitcroft is confident his side will be challenging for promotion at the first attempt.

He said: “We have had a couple of setbacks but have played well in the games yet given away a couple of silly goals. It has been encouraging but we can do better.

“We have built a new-look side which will take time to gel. We have options for positions as we have good strength in depth.”

Leigh’s miserable night on Tuesday, when they lost 2-0 at Lancaster City, was rounded off in stoppage time when centre back Karl Munroe was given his marching orders for a mistimed challenge and they now have to pick themsleves up for tonight’s trip to Cantilever Park to face Warrington Town in the FA Cup.

“I have had a look at them and they are a good side who have a a couple of wins and will give us another test,” Flitcroft added.

FC United entertain Burscough at Gigg Lane tomorrow on the back of their first victory in the UniBond Premier League on Wednesday night. They beat visitors Marine 3-0, their goals coming from Robert Nugent in the seventh minute, Ben Deegan, two minutes after the restart and Jamie Mack.