‘Need our fans behind us’ – Neil Young demands FA Trophy advantage as Marine eye Scarborough Athletic upset

Marine players celebrate vs Liversedge

Marine boss Neil Young has highlighted the impact that fans can have when they host National League North playoff contenders Scarborough Athletic.

The Mariners were handed a home tie in the FA Trophy and going into the clash, both sides are in good form with the visitors sitting third in the form guide after their 1-0 win over Buxton.

James Barrigan scored twice from the spot as Marine hit Liversedge for five, thanks to all of their goals coming in the second-half.

“They’re a good side, went to watch them, good footballing side, very well coached,” Young told Off The Park.

“They play some good stuff, lively at the top of the pitch, good in midfield and a good structure defensively.

“It’s a tough game for us but that’s why you’re in these FA cup competitions, in my time being here, between 10 and 12 games against higher opposition we’ve knocked [them] out in cup competitions, we’ll be giving it our best.

“I would say Scarborough are the in-form team in the whole of that league, looking at their recent results they can’t be far off and watching them on Tuesday, you could see they were brimming with confidence in and out of possession, it’s a test. That’s what we want these games for.

“Scarborough is the next game in front of us, we look at games on an individual basis, we’re obviously disappointed to go out of any cup competition particularly against lower opposition but they [Stocksbridge Park Steels] deserved their win.

“We put it to bed and move on but we’ve progressed since then. We progressed to get another cup tie against Scarborough, we’re going to need our fans right behind us to achieve the result we need.”

Sol Solomon added to his goal tally whilst Jonny Spittle and Connor Evans opened their accounts for the squad.

Young added: “It’s a total different proposition [to Liversedge], tactically it’s totally different, we lose a couple of players and get one or two back.

“We’ll go into training and work on, what we believe, maybe the strengths and weaknesses of Scarborough, working on our own strengths and weaknesses and see what Saturday brings. What we have to do is get the crowd right behind us and give ourselves the best opportunity to win a big cup tie.”

With FC United’s points deduction for fielding too many loan players and Marine’s comprehensive win, they move up to third.

They’re within three points of the league leaders, Hyde United, but Young was pleased to see their lessons from the defeat to Gainsborough Trinity in their win at the weekend.

He said: “Pleasing considering it was 0-0 at half-time, I think we learned that we didn’t do against Gainsborough, we got a little bit impatient and when they scored we tried to rush everything.

“We took our time, we spoke about it at half-time about being patient, it’s like most games, whoever gets the first goal is quite important in most games, we managed to do that and once we did, the afternoon got a little bit easier.”

He added: “Any time you win by five goals, particularly at home, it’s good, good for confidence, it’s certainly not a negative. Particularly on the back of winning 2-0 away at Morpeth, we talked about it last week and how much of a better performance it was, as we’ve said all along we’ll evolve as a team, as we went we would get better, we still have key players out with injury. Hopefully we’ll keep improving, I’m sure we will.

Crewe Alexandra loanee Evans crowned his extension at the Marine Travel Area with a goal as he rubber-stamped the resounding triumph.

“Very important, anyone who has watched us can see how hard he’s worked in the game,” Young said detailing the goals importance for the 19-year-old.

“His workrate is phenomenal but we must take into consideration before we taken him and the reason he’s been allowed out on loan is because he had a bad injury and is coming back.

“It’s going to take him a little bit of time to get up to speed but it’s great to see him score a goal and to see him get on the end of a very good move. “

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