Marine manager Neil Young has praised his side’s display during their 4-1 win over Warrington Rylands.
The promotion-chasing side are now six points off of league leaders Workington with two games in hand ahead of their clash with Colne on Tuesday night.
Alex Doyle, Neil Kengni, Niall Cummins and Kyle Hayde, on his debut, helped the Mariners beat the FA Vase holders.
Marine were dealt a further blow as they had to replace Owen Watkinson at half-time through injury after already missing a number of players through injuries and suspension.
The win keeps them within shouting distance of the leading pack, but Young heaped credit on the performance.
“To win 4-1 away from home against Rylands, who are a good side coming in on the back of the Vase, had a good start to the season, made some real good signings.
“To go there with a lot of our I wouldn’t say team because we haven’t fielded the same team twice, don’t think we’ve put out the same back four twice.
“It’s great credit to the players who found a way again going to Rylands and winning 4-1 fantastic.
“We had a game plan, we had to change formation three or four times, as you can see we’ve got no centre-halves apart from Danny Shaw, who cut his head open [during the game] so we had to protect that a little bit.
“We said before the game to players the difference makers are the front three and they were the difference makers for us against Warrington Town and in terms of Rylands they were the same.
“Neil doesn’t give you a minute, neither does Owen and Niall gets goals so in general very pleasing.
“It gives me great belief as a manager you’re going into every game as I’ve said before we do a lot of preparations before games in terms of the opposition and how we set up, it gives me great belief we can put different players in, play players out of position but if you look at the Rylands and the Warrington game, you wouldn’t have known it.
“You would’ve thought those lads in the main have been playing their all their careers. Personally, for me, I’m looking for certain things and we have to improve on two or three things irrespective of who’s playing but to score seven goals in two games against two very, very good sides is great credit to the boys who play.”
Rylands were given an avenue into the game following an uncharacteristic mistake from goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant after Tom Freeman’s shot squirmed under the goalkeeper.
Young played down any criticism of the goalkeeper and praised him for his continued growth between the sticks at the Marine Travel Arena.
“They do make mistakes [goalkeepers]. He hasn’t made that many for ones he had made have not cost us. He knows, the thing Bayleigh is working on at the minute is concentration.
“You’ve got to remember although he is a big lad, he is still young, a young lad who came to us lacking confidence probably 18 months ago now looks a proper goalkeeper.
“They all make mistakes but if you focus on his general game, people focusing on his mistake that’s gone under him, but his general game, his catching, decision making is very good.
“We made a mistake and goalkeepers at this level do make mistakes but he’s ever-improving. I always look at the plus points and he’s done a lot do great things in that game.
“From our perspective, Colne’s up next they beat us last year and we know we’ve got to put in a performance against them.”