MATCH PREVIEW: All roads lead to Crosby (Merseyside that is)

Danny Grainger will finally get to the Marine Travel Arena as Workington boss on Tuesday after his two previous attempts were thwarted during the two seasons interrupted by Covid.

But it has been a regular venue for Reds since their first visit in 1979. They have played sixteen NPL fixtures there in the past, winning on five occasions, drawing three times and losing eight times.

But this week’s visit will be Workington’s first on the 3G surface at College Road and their fourth on ‘plastic’ this season.

After another great FA Cup run, Marine are now playing catch-up on their league fixtures and, if they can convert games in hand into points, they will jump back into play-off contention.

Neil Young’s side are currently 10th with 26 points but have played fewer games in the Premier Division than any other team. Their home record is, as ever, very solid with five wins recorded so far although Whitby Town (3-1) and Macclesfield (2-1) have left the Marine Travel Arena with maximum points.

After Saturday’s draw at Whitby, Reds occupy 14th spot, three points behind Marine having played three games more.

Workington’s most recent win at the ‘three-sided’ venue was in early 2019 when second half goals from Brad Carroll and Sam Joel secured a 2-0 success. More recently, we lost twice there during the ’21-22 campaign in the FA Cup and League respectively, both 1-2.

Overall, we have met forty-one times and the last encounter was the play-off semi final eighteen months ago when Marine won 3-2 at Borough Park.

Joe Bunney and Lewis Reilly will return to College Road as former Marine players.

Adult – £12
Concession – £8
Programme – £2.50
Venue: The Marine Travel Arena, College Road, Crosby L23 3AS

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