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Witton Albion
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J Edgar (12')
Tue 5 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 267

Honours even in entertaining draw

Mariners claim point at Witton Albion

The Mariners fought out a lively 1-1 draw with Witton Albion on a chilly summer’s evening in Cheshire last night. This was Marine’s first draw of the season and both sides had chances to settle the contest in the second half.

With James Edgar and captain Danny Mitchley in the starting line-up, Tommy Lawson was looking for a quick reply to Saturday’s disappointing exit.

There were a number of ex-Marine players in the Witton squad plus former Marine manager Carl Macauley in the Witton dugout and the rivalry was seen on the field with a series of full blooded challenges throughout the game at Wincham Park.

Marine had a lively start and the game kicked into life with a great cross from Edgar but Scott Bakkor pulled the effort wide. Shortly after Ben Barnes was called into action to deny Witton’s Will Jones who had been put through one-on-one.

The Mariners didn’t have to wait long to make the breakthrough. Edgar finished off a delightful move from Marine after 12 minutes – starting on the right with Bakkor as the ball was then spread across the pitch. It ended at Edgar’s feet and he planted the ball into the corner of the net sparking huge cheers from the away support.

This led to some sustained pressure from Witton and Barnes came to the rescue a number of times to deny the newly promoted Albs.

It was clear that both sides were gunning for goal and just before half time Edgar sliced a volley wide following a good ball from Vinny Bailey. Seconds later Mitchley sent Bailey through and he was brought down in the area but nothing was given.

The half ended with Billy Smart looping a Short free kick just over the bar.

Shortly after the restart Bailey found himself through and his cutback was scuffed wide by Mitchley who had got himself into a great position.

The game turned after 49 minutes when Jones levelled for the home team on the break. Witton almost made it two but Jones smashed his shot over the bar.

Just after the hour mark it Mitchley came agonisingly close to firing Marine in front. His drilled effort looked to be heading into the net but a Witton defender made a last ditch effort to clear it from the line. Mitchley was full of running and was unlucky not to bag his first goal of the season.

James Murry was introduced after 65 minutes replaced Smart to add some fresh impetus to the Marine attack. By this stage both sides were continuing to press forward hoping to claim all three points.

There was lots of action in the final five minutes as Murray had a brilliant effort ruled offside and then Barnes made an athletic save to keep the scores level.

As the final whistle blew Marine were left to reflect on a solid point gained away from home, but must feel slightly frustrated not to have taken all three.

Find out what manager Tommy Lawson made of the match

Marine: Ben Barnes, Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes, Michael Grogan, Billy Smart (sub: James Murry 65mins), Scott Bakkor, Michael Brewster, Danny Mitchley (c), Vinny Bailey, James Edgar

Subs not used: Kenny Strickland, Kisimba Kisimba, John Shaw, Germano Mendes

Referee: Alan Bennett

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Key moments

Goal James Edgar scores for Marine


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65:00 Sub On
James Murray is substituted on for Marine
65:00 Sub Off
Billy Smart is substituted off for Marine
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12:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Edgar scores for Marine
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As it happened

  • Witton Albion
  • Marine
  • 0
  • James Edgar Goal 12:00'
  • James Murray Sub On 65:00'
  • Billy Smart Sub Off 65:00'

Team selection

Barnes, Ben Barnes, Ben
Wylie, Peter Wylie, Peter
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Edgar, James Edgar, 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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League table

# Team Pl Pts
17. Lancaster City 46 55
18. Rushall Olympic 46 54
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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