MATCH PREVIEW: Down to the wire

When the television cameras turn up at training there must be an important game at the weekend.

And I suppose Saturday’s NPL West fixture at Marine falls into that category.

Local ITV highlighted the importance of Reds’ last three fixtures when we were featured on Thursday evening’s sports preview slot.

So everyone knows the importance of the game at the Marine Travel Arena and the last eight days of the season.

Three wins from two away games and one at Borough Park will guarantee a first NPL title for the Reds, but anything less and the play-offs will have to be contemplated.

That scenario must include Warrington Rylands of course who currently lead the table by one point and a very impressive, unassailable goal difference.  It is difficult to imagine Rylands dropping points in their final two games (away v. 1874 Northwich and home v. Bootle) but unexpected results do occur at this stage of the season.

Reds game in hand over the leaders is, effectively, their game at Crosby.

It will be the fourth meeting versus Marine this term and everyone of a Workington persuasion will be hoping there isn’t a fifth.

Marine knocked Reds out of the FA Cup back in August but Reds won the first league meeting a few days later thanks to a Brad Carroll goal at Borough Park.  

Marine, like Rylands and Reds, have lead the table at various stages this term but can only attain 83 points if they manage to win their final three games.

They are currently 4th on 74 points and will face Bootle (away) and Leek Town (home) on Monday and next Saturday respectively.

Two hundred Workington supporters will be in the ground in what is expected to be a 2,000 + attendance.

As ever, we expect them to show respect to Marine FC and their players and fans.

Supporters are also reminded that the game is all ticket and there will be no opportunity to purchase on the day.

For supporters unable to travel, live commentary of the game will be provided by BBC Radio Cumbria. 

Kick-off: 3pm

Postcode: L23 3AS

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