At the end of a week which saw two valuable points dropped against Bamber Bridge, the sad passing of club stalwart, Joan Crellen, and the departure of well-respected assistant manager, Terry Mitchell, the trip to face league leaders, Radcliffe, probably comes as light relief in what has been a challenging start to 2024.
And whilst there is no place for self-pity in this fast-moving game, there will be empathy from all NPL clubs towards all concerned with Marske United Football Club. It hasn’t been the best of starts to a new year for them, which puts everyone else’s problems into perspective.
Radcliffe cantered to a 4-1 victory at Borough Park back in August and will be odds-on favourites to complete a league double at The Neuven Stadium. They have occupied top spot for most of the season as Reds attempt to emulate what Whitby Town and Warrington Rylands have done, by becoming only the third team to win there this term.
We would like to say that Workington’s watertight defence will be hard pressed to keep top scorers Radcliffe at bay and, if we make reference to the twenty-three different combinations we have used in defence, they may not notice our goals against column.
Reds started playing the then Radcliffe Borough on a regular basis in the late eighties and Saturday’s game will be the thirtieth league contest between the sides. Radcliffe have won twelve of those meetings, Reds have recorded seven victories in the series with ten matches drawn.
In cup competitions, Radcliffe have also beaten us in both FA Trophy and FA Cup with Reds obtaining an FAC win over them during our days in the Conference.
They are certainly enjoying life at the moment and are playing in front of record crowds at Stainton Park. Their average attendance this term is an impressive 1,113, a far cry from our first league visit back in 1988 when 103 hardy souls passed through the turnstiles.
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