Match report by Dave McMillan
Marine maintained their unbeaten start to the season last Saturday, as they returned from the Turnbull Ground after a 1-1 draw with Whitby Town.
Given the respective League positions of the teams some observers might have had this as an away banker, and even more so when Marcus Carver put the Crosby side in front after just nine minutes.
The Seasiders though had other ideas and squared the match on 34 minutes, with Ryan McMahon’s dismissal for handling outside of his area five minutes later leaving Marine with a tough match on their hands.
Even with ten though Marine still carried plenty of forward threat, but were made to work hard with a draw a fair result in the end.
Andy Fowler had the first sight of goal for the Mariners, cutting in from the left to fire a rising drive over the top, Graeme Armstrong replying for the Blues when latching on to Alex White’s ball with McMahon quickly off his line to block.
Carver saw a shot blocked from Nick Rogan’s clever lay off, Danny Grannon then bulleting a header from Michael Ordish’s corner narrowly over the bar.
It was Rogan who provided the pass for the opening goal, sending Carver racing in to the box before rapping an angled drive across the advancing Nick Liversedge and in to the bottom corner of the net.
Matty Brown had to be alert to tidy up after Armstrong had nipped the ball past McMahon, but Rogan had another great chance when Fowler combined with Carver to put him in, the former Southport man lifting a lob over the bar from the edge of the box.
The miss proved costly as Whitby were soon level, a corner being nodded back in to the danger area for Armstrong to head against the bar from point blank range, the ball bouncing down over the line.
Marine were caught with a ball over the top, Nathan Mulligan winning the race with McMahon with the keeper adjudged to have handled and prevent a goalscoring opportunity, resulting in the issue of a red card.
Callum Williams took over in goal with Ordish the man withdrawn, the young keeper doing well to catch a number of testing crosses as the second half wore on.
Whitby’s best chance of the second half came through Armstrong, his powerful drive swerving in the strong wind with Williams pulling off a fantastic stop to keep the scores level.
Town had handball appeals against Danny Grannon waved away with Carver having Marine’s best chance, bursting in to the box and shooting, Liversedge doing well to claim the ball low down to his right.
Thomas Moore sent a header wide from Paul Brown’s corner but it was honours even after a hard fought game.
Whitby Town: Nick Liversedge, Craig James, Mark Robinson (Cap), Kevin Burgess, Alex White, Tom Portas, David McTiernan, Darren Williams, Graeme Armstrong (Steven Snaith 82), Nathan Mulligan (Jamie Clarke 81), Ibrahim Hassan (Shane Henry 74).
Unused subs: Michael Tait, David Campbell (G/K). Cautions: James.
Marine: Ryan McMahon, Shaun Dowling, John Shaw, Matty Brown (Cap), Danny Grannon, Robbie Lawton, Andy Fowler (Matty Devine 63), Thomas Moore, Marcus Carver, Nick Rogan (Paul Brown 45), Michael Ordish (Callum Williams 39).
Unused subs: Liam Dawson, Paul Lundon. Cautions: Dowling. Sent off: McMahon.
Referee: Mr. Paul Curry (Morpeth); Assistants Mr. Steve Cavanaugh, Mr. Martin Carr.