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F Da Silva (26'), J Murray (28'), A Hughes (44'), D Mitchley (60' Pen)
Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 137

Marine serve up early Christmas feast

Mariners score four in brilliant away win at Barwell

Christmas came early for the Mariners yesterday (Saturday 23 December) as they beat Barwell with a scintillating performance that extends their run to 11 wins in 14 games in all competitions.

There were two changes to the team from last weekends’ strong display at Chorley, with Liam Tongue replacing the suspended Billy Smart and Peter Wylie replacing Kenny Strickland at right back.

Barwell had managed to grind out a 1-0 win at the MTA earlier in the season but Marine have transformed as a team since then.

It was a very scrappy opening 20 minutes with neither team finding their rhythm and the ball being largely hoofed high into the Leicestershire sky.

The first real action came after 25 minutes when Danny Mitchley had a goal ruled out for offside following a great through ball from James Murray.

Marine didn’t have to wait long for another chance. Mitchley ran with the ball on the left-hand side of the box then cut it back for Florian Da Silva who unleashed a beautifully struck rocket from 20 yards to make it 1-0.

Da Silva’s goal quite literally brought the game to life.

Just a few minutes later James Murray doubled Marine’s lead with a well taken goal of his own when he buried the ball into the bottom corner to continue his rich vein of form.

Barwell’s afternoon then got even more challenging after Nigel Julien was sent off for a nasty challenge on Michael Brewster, who was baring the brunt of the Canaries’ bite.

Just before the half-time whistle Adam Hughes, who is on fine form, poked the ball into the net after a goal mouth scramble to extend Marine’s lead to 3-0.

Michael Grogan replaced Hughes as the second half kicked off with Barwell looking a different team on the attack.

But it was Marine who scored. Florian Da Silva, on one of his many fruitful runs, was felled in the area and Mitchley made no mistake from the spot to make it 4-0 and effectively end the contest.

Barwell had a number of half chances but never really looked like scoring.

Dominic Reid and Max Hazeldine were introduced later in the half and Reid missed a glorious chance in what could have been the move of the match. Brewster sprayed the ball out to Murray on the right wing who put in a teasing cross but Reid scuffed his final effort.

There was some late drama as Barwell had another man sent off for a bad tackle, then Brewster was red carded for his reaction to the original foul.

Watch Tommy Lawson’s post-match interview

Next up for Marine is their home league game against Altrincham on Boxing Day.

Marine: Martin Fearon, Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes (Michael Grogan 46), Phil Baker, Liam Tongue, James Murray (Max Hazeldine 73), Michael Brewster, Danny Mitchley (Dominic Reid 61), Vinny Bailey, Florian Da Silva

Subs not used: George Lomax, Kenny Strickland

Barwell: Liam Castle, Declan Towers, Eliott Percival, Craig Stanley, Luke Foster, Nigel Julien, Jake Heath, Lee Hildreth, Callum Ball, Brady Hickey, Matt Stenson

Subs: Owen Story, Jake Whitmore, Ryan Baldwin, Tom Bates, Guy Hadland

Referee: Bradley Hall
Assistants: Adam Clenaghan, Darren Laska

Attendance: 137

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Key moments

Goal Florian Da Silva scores for Marine
Goal James Murray scores for Marine
Goal Adam Hughes scores for Marine
Scored Penalty Daniel Mitchley scores a penalty for Marine


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Martin Fearon keeps a clean sheet for Marine
73:00 Sub Off
James Murray is substituted off for Marine
73:00 Sub On
Max Hazeldine is substituted on for Marine
61:00 Sub On
Dominic Reid is substituted on for Marine
61:00 Sub Off
Daniel Mitchley is substituted off for Marine
60:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 4
Daniel Mitchley scores a penalty for Marine
45:00 Sub On
Michael Grogan is substituted on for Marine
45:00 Sub Off
Adam Hughes is substituted off for Marine
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 0 - 3
Adam Hughes scores for Marine
28:00 Goal 0 - 2
James Murray scores for Marine
26:00 Goal 0 - 1
Florian Da Silva scores for Marine
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As it happened

  • Barwell
  • Marine
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  • Florian Da Silva Goal 26:00'
  • James Murray Goal 28:00'
  • Adam Hughes Goal 44:00'
  • Michael Grogan Sub On 45:00'
  • Adam Hughes Sub Off 45:00'
  • Daniel Mitchley Scored Penalty 60:00'
  • Dominic Reid Sub On 61:00'
  • Daniel Mitchley Sub Off 61:00'
  • Max Hazeldine Sub On 73:00'
  • James Murray Sub Off 73:00'

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Team selection

Fearon, Martin Fearon, Martin
Wylie, Peter Wylie, Peter
Short, James Short, James
Tongue, Liam Tongue, Liam
Hughes, Adam Hughes, Adam
Baker, Phil Baker, Phil
Murray, James Murray, James
Brewster, Michael Brewster, Michael
Bailey, Vinny Bailey, Vinny
Mitchley, Daniel Mitchley, Daniel
Da Silva, Florian Da Silva, Florian

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

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Hednesford Town
Mickleover Sports
Stalybridge Celtic
Rushall Olympic
Whitby Town
Warrington Town
Nantwich Town

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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