Marske United 2 Washington 0 - Saturday 27th August 2016
Marske United 2
(Northern League Division One)
Marske United assistant manager Nicky Ward made two changes to the side disappointingly beaten by North Shields with Lee Brockbank replacing Wilf Dinsdale at right back and Corey Nicholson coming into midfield in place of Nathan Mulligan. New signing Nathan Evans was on the bench as Marske opted for a 4-4-2 formation rather than the diamond formation that had been used so far this season.
Marske had the first effort on goal in the opening minutes when a curling shot from the edge of the box from Jamie Owens led to a routine save from Washington keeper Dale Connor. Slack marking from a throw in presented the away side with their first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Matthew Waters, the former Whitby Town player, picked up the ball but Robert Dean was equal to his shot saving well at the near post. The ensuing corner from Joseph Walton saw skipper Darryl Hall head wide. Following a dull section of play with neither team able to impose themselves on the game, the recalled Brockbank saved Marske, and Glen Butterworth in particular, when his pass went to Waters but the Marske right back did superbly to get back and make the tackle just as the Washington player was about to shoot. Dean had to be on top form on 27 minutes when a shot from centre back Adam McGuiness took a huge deflection but the Marske stopper made an excellent save. On the half hour mark, great skill from Owens bamboozled Marc Costello and the striker let fly with a thunderous shot from 25 yards but keeper Connor was equal to it and pushed the ball to safety. Five minutes later a shot from Anthony Callaghan deflected off Brockbank but again Dean was equal to it and saved well. With half time approaching, Butterworth won the ball on the edge of the box and set up Reece Kelly but the winger’s curling shot went just wide. However, Kelly wasn’t to be denied and the opened goal arrived on 43 minutes. Danny Earl saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved by Connor but the keeper only succeeded in pushing the ball out to Andrew Ramsbottom who crossed to Kelly who saw his shot take a slight deflection and go in off the far post.
Half Time: Marske United 1 Washington 0
The early pressure in the second half came from Washington with the home defence making a number of timely blocks. However, it was Marske who came closest to grabbing the next goal when Owens outjumped Connor but saw his header go over the bar. With the hour mark approaching Washington made their first change with Waters surprisingly replaced by Gary Shaw. On 61 minutes it should have been 2-0 to Marske when Earl outbattled Ibby Hassan leaving him one-on-one with Connor; the striker dinked the ball over the already committed keeper but his shot went agonisingly wide. Minutes later referee Clark played an excellent advantage following a foul on Owens by McGuiness but the resulting shot from Owens went across the face of goal. Marske were dominant and had another great chance to double their lead on 65 minutes. Great play by Nicholson saw him beat three men and play the ball to Kelly who should have shot first time but elected to control the ball and saw his shot turned around the post by Connor. With just over 20 minute remaining Washington made their second change with John Butler replaced by Ross Simpson. The away side maintained their 3-5-2 formation with Simpson going to right wing back with Wlaton pushed further forward. However, Washington were left to regret the change when fellow striker Mark Davison was injured in a challenge with Adam Wheatley minutes later and was unable to continue. Paul Wardle took his place which meant Hall had to move up front. Butterworth was then booked for not retreating after Dale Mulligan fouled Walton though it was difficult to see how the Marske player could have got out of the way of the quick free kick. Simpson soon followed him into the book for kicking the ball away after a decision went against him. With 11 minutes left, Marske made the game safe when excellent link up play on the left between Kelly, Matthew Bell and Owens ended with Owens playing a square pass to Earl on the edge of the box and his low shot saw Connor get a hand to the ball but he was unable to keep it from going into the net. Earl was then somewhat harshly booked for a foul on Costello after the referee initially played another excellent advantage. On 82 minutes, Marske made their first change with Earl replaced by debutant Evans who was straight into the action drawing a foul from Lewis Galpin who was lucky not to be booked. From the ensuing free kick Owens saw his curling effort hit the crossbar with Connor beaten all ends up and the ball dropped to Butterworth but it hit the midfielder and bounced into the hands of the grateful keeper. With the game in injury time Andrew Ramsbottom did well to deflect a shot from McGuiness for a corner from which Hall headed wide as Marske held on for a hard fought but deserved win against a vocal and physical Washington side.
Full Time: Marske United 2 Washington 0
Marske: Dean, Brockbank, Bell, Butterworth, D. Mulligan, Wheatley, Nicholson, Andrew Ramsbottom, Earl (Evans), Owens, Kelly
Subs (not used): N. Mulligan, Seaton, Dinsdale, Aaron Ramsbottom
Washington: Connor, Walton, Callaghan, Hall, Hassan, McGuiness, Waters (Shaw), Galpin, Davison (Wardle), Butler (Simpson), Costello
Subs (not used): Brassell, Hogg
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