Saturday, 28 August 2010

Worksop Town 1 v Marine 2 - Evo-Stik Premier

Marine Stretch and tweak those muscles pre kick off

Saturday August 28th 2010 _ Evo-Stik Premier
at Cannon Park, Retford

Worksop Town (0) 1 (Bettney 51)
Marine (2) 2 (Hussey pen 8, Rainford 40)

Admission season ticket, Programme £2, Attendance 235
Luke and Lewis, the next generation

It's early days yet as the crowd figures creep back up given the logistical benefits of Worksop Town playing their 'home' games in Bassetlaw over the trek down the M1 to Ilkeston.
But what is soaring back up after a few unstable years is the expectation level of a large number of fans.
The realists are just glad that the club has managed to struggle on through some very lean times and is still a going concern, but others are already lusting after a belated return to the Blue Square North with a self righteous fervour.
The latter body of supporters would do well to remember that as recently as four months ago there was still talk of the club having to drop down two divisions in order to survive at all ... and through this period of readjustment people should adopt a slightly more humble overview to current events at WTFC covered in a liberal coat of counting their blessings.
All caged Tigers get a bit frisky and dizzy when they're let loose on the world again and if that applies to a large number of Worksop Tigers, well, you can't really blame them after all the trials and tribulations of the last few years.
And in spite of saying that, I'll be quite disappointed too if this team weren't pushing for at least a play off place by the end of the season.

Getting the formalities out of the way

There are a good number of very proficient teams in this league who stand between Worksop Town and any attempt to reach an higher level of football again.
And one of those clubs is Marine ... a tightly knit, well organised and hard to break down team, who work hard for each other all over the park and don't give the opposition a moment to settle on the ball.
With all due respect, they're not the most entertaining of sides to watch, but they're a team of grafters.
Marine visited Cannon Park with a game plan, stuck to it and took home all three points.
Marine's keeper Ryan McMahon had this one covered

On 8 minutes Luke Shiels mistimed a tackle on Steve Johnson and conceded a penalty.
Steve Hussey fired the visitors home from the spot kick.
Peter Knox nearly equalised but Ryan McMahon made a good save and then Marine had another goal ruled out for offside.
Five minutes before the break Jamie Rainford ran through after the ball had been knocked into his path by Jon Goulding, beat Michael Simpkins in a race for possession and fired home off the upright to give the Merseyside team a 2-0 half time lead.
Six minutes into the second half Jamie Jackson embarked on a lengthy, mazy run towards goal but was unceremoniously flattened on the edge of the box by Jon Goulding.
Chris Bettney smacked home the resultant free kick into the bottom corner of the Marine goal and it looked as if it was game on again.
But the second half was a fairly grim affair from then on in, with the strong wind making play difficult for both teams.
Deep into injury time Peter Knox beat Ryan McMahon all ends up and his goal bound effort had seemingly salvaged a point for the home side, but 'as if by magic' Marine's right back Shaun Callacher managed to get back and head the ball to safety ... and there was no coming back from that for the Tigers.
Callacher's last ditch saving header won his side the points just as much as either of their goals.

Match report from the Marine FC website: