Match Preview: Marine AFC (H)

Tomorrow sees the Pitmen returning home as we host Marine AFC at Keys Park looking to get back to winning ways in the league on our own pitch.

It is a quick turnaround for both sides with ourselves having made the trip up to Marine last weekend – a game that saw the home side triumph 2-0. Following the same score in midweek the Mariners have moved themselves clear of any impending danger of finishing bottom but will no doubt be looking to increase that gap.

Meanwhile for ourselves we shall be looking to record our first league victory in five matches after stuttering in recent weeks – not helped by postponements due to the weather.

Manager Rob Smith was looking for a response from his side after falling against the same opponents recently:

“It was only last Saturday that we went up to Merseyside and came away with a two nil defeat.

 “We warned the players how hard the game would be, Marine have some very good players and are always a threat, but our players did not produce on the day. What concerned me more than anything in the last few games is that I think we are being outworked by the opposition, certainly on Saturday we were, and generally in football if you want it more than the opposition you will win. This is not something I will accept, the players have done very well since I came here, but we cannot afford to let the season fall by the wayside, so we know as a group we have to work much harder.

 “Marine had another clean sheet and fantastic win on Tuesday night, so we know again that tomorrow is a very difficult fixture.”

 Smith is set to be without midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick, who continues to serve a suspension. He should however be able to call on the services of Jack Rea, with the former Bradford Park Avenue and AFC Telford United midfielder having joined the club this week. There has been one departure from the club with left-back Darren Campion unable to commit the time required for this level of football. We thank ‘Camps’ for all his efforts while at Keys Park and wish him well for the future.

The game kicks off at 3pm and we look forward to welcoming you to Keys Park with Strikers Bar open to both sets of supporters before and after the game.

Admission Prices:
£12 Adult Main Stand
£11 Adult Terrace
£8 Concession Main Stand
£7 Concession Terrace
£12 Family Ticket – One Adult and One Child

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