Match report by Dave McMillan
Marine continued their 100% start to the League season with an impressive 3-0 win at Worksop Town on Saturday, with two own goals and a John Shaw header taking the points.
Worksop were well fancied by some observers to do well this season but on this showing Marine look to have a strong squad, manager Kevin Lynch
having the luxury of leaving striker Neil Harvey
on the bench.
This was an excellent team display from the Mariners, who tellingly had five or six candidates for the man of the match award and could have won by more in the end, having weathered an early Tigers spell.
Livewire striker Jamie Jackson caused problems early on with some good runs leading to a flurry of corners which came to naught before having a good shot which flew narrowly wide of an upright.
had a decent effort with a run and shot but the Whites took the lead with their first dangerous attack, Andy Fowler
whipping in a great cross which was met by James Cotterill, under pressure from Aaron Rey
, to head in to his own net on 11 minutes.
Worksop came back strongly with Jackson setting up Sam Duncum, the Town man looking like scoring but being foiled by a great save from Ryan McMahon
in the Marine goal.
The save proved to be crucial as the visitors went straight up the other end to score again, Fowler once again putting a good cross over with Callum
Williams attempting to guide the ball out for a corner, but only succeeding in diverting it in to the goal for a bit of a howler with 13 minutes gone.
Marine now enjoyed a good spell of passing culminating in Dave Roberts
driving the ball wide, although Worksop rallied with danger man Jackson having a decent effort deflected wide and then Adam Muller blasting over the top when well placed.
was inches away from extending the lead with a rasping drive from 25 yards which came back off the post, but it was soon 3-0 as Shaw – unmarked inside the six yard box – headed home a corner, the ball going in off a defender on the line after 35 minutes.
Marc Roberts had the ball in the net for the home side from a corner, but the ball had swung out of play from the kick.
The second half saw a clearly deflated Worksop struggle to make any real headway against a strong Marine defence, a Luke Shiels header across goal and a Sam Barnes
clearance off the line from Steve Gardner’s effort being their only noteworthy forays.
Marine impressed coming forward, Rey playing in Roberts to be denied by a last ditch tackle before two excellent stops from Jon Worsnop kept out strong shots from Louis Barnes
and Andy Fowler
Substitute Thomas Moore had several opportunities to extend Marine’s lead, from crosses supplied by Johnson and Louis Barnes
but 3-0 it remained as the Mariners recorded another three points on the road after a fine win.
Jon Worsnop, Steve Gardner, Callum
Williams, Luke Shiels, James Cotterill (Cap), Marc Roberts, Adam Muller (Marc Thompson 60), Luke Sharry, Jamie Jackson (Terry Barwick 59), Mark Hudson, Sam Duncum (Luke Beckett 51).
Unused subs: Chris Wood, Lawrence Matthewson. Cautions: None.
Marine: Ryan McMahon
(Cap), Sam Barnes
, John Shaw, Matty Brown
, Dave Roberts
, Joe Fowler
, Andy Fowler
80), Paul Henry
75), Aaron Rey
(Thomas Moore 86), Stephen Johnson
, Louis Barnes
Unused subs: Neil Harvey
, Paul Lundon. Cautions: None.
Referee: Mr. Ken Haycock; Assistants Mr. Mick Brownsett, Mr. Craig Hainsworth.