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V Bailey (2'), J Murray (38')
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 639

Marine grab all three points against Stourbridge

Second successive away win ensures Marine return to top half of table

Stourbridge 0 - 2 Marine

Marine produced a stunning first half display in the West Midlands to claim all three league points.

Riding the wave from their midweek win, The Mariners picked up from where they left off and dominated Stourbridge, who are one of the favourites to win the league. It was indicative of how well they played against Stalybridge that Tommy Lawson decided to name a completely unchanged starting eleven at the War Memorial Ground.

From the start Marine went hunting for goals with Vinny Bailey bundling home after the keeper spilt Danny Mitchley’s shot after just 2 minutes.

Last season Stourbridge had beaten Marine in this contest, but there seemed no chance of a repeat this time around. Across the field the Mariners impressed with Mitchley, Bailey, Scott Bakkor and James Murray sailing forward at every opportunity as the defence soaked up some Stourbridge pressure.

Murray had a great chance to extend Marine’s lead after 20 minutes as the ball came in from the right but he blasted his effort over.

Stourbridge looked disjointed and at one stage their attack broke down as two of their players crashed into each other going for the ball.

Ben Barnes was called into action from a Stourbridge diving header but very little was getting past Michael Grogan and Adam Hughes at the back.

Mitchley was dictating things from the front and he had put two strong efforts over in the first half.

Then came a moment of magic from Murray after 38 minutes. Mitchley’s shot rebounded off a Stourbridge player and Murray rifled in a thunderous volley to deservedly put Marine 2-0 up.

The second half began with a scrappy period of play with a couple of chances for both teams to score. Murray looked to add to his goal but was adjudged to be offside after being put through one on one with the keeper. Just after the hour mark Bailey put Mitchley through but his effort was saved.

For the last 20 minutes Stourbridge piled men forward but Marine defended bravely and held firm to claim a much deserved second away victory of the week. Grogan in particular excelled at centre half and alongside Hughes disrupted everything Stourbridge could throw at them. Barnes was rarely tested, testament to Marine’s well-disciplined defence.

As the final whistle blew on a sunny and successful afternoon for the Mariners, thoughts turned to Monday’s clash with local rivals Warrington.

By Dave Mackin

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Marine: Barnes, Wylie, Short, Hughes, Grogan, Smart, Bakkor, Brewster, Mitchley (C), Bailey, Murray

Subs not used: Strickland, Shaw, Kisimba, Hamilton, Mendes

Attendance: 639

Referee: Darren Wilding

Key moments

Goal Vinny Bailey scores for Marine
Goal James Murray scores for Marine


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Ben Barnes keeps a clean sheet for Marine
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Vinny Bailey scores for Marine
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As it happened

  • Stourbridge
  • Marine
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  • Vinny Bailey Goal 2:00'
  • James Murray Goal 38:00'

Team selection

Barnes, Ben Barnes, Ben
Wylie, Peter Wylie, Peter
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Murray, James Murray, James
Hughes, Adam Hughes, Adam
Short, James Short, James
Brewster, Michael Brewster, Michael
Bailey, Vinny Bailey, Vinny
Mitchley, Daniel Mitchley, Daniel
Bakkor, Scott Bakkor, Scott
Smart, Billy Smart, Billy

League round up

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Nantwich Town
Stalybridge Celtic
Warrington Town
Stafford Rangers

League table

# Team Pl Pts
17. Hednesford Town 46 57
18. Lancaster City 46 55
19. Marine 46 53
20. Coalville Town 46 52
21. Whitby Town 46 50
22. Stalybridge Celtic 46 48
23. Halesowen Town 46 45

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