Mitch­ley and Mur­ray at the dou­ble as Mariners sail through cup-tie

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Marine 5 MARINE put in a five-star per­for­mance in Manch­ester on Satur­day as they brushed aside Atherton Collieries with a 5-1 win to progress to the FA Tro­phy third qual­i­fy­ing round.

Cap­tain Danny Mitch­ley bagged two goals – both com­posed fin­ishes, James Mur­ray capped an elec­tric sec­ond half per­for­mance with two well-taken goals and ex-Colls man Vinny Bai­ley ex­celled through­out the game to score one and as­sist three.

It was an ex­cel­lent all-round per­for­mance from the Mariners on a bright but chilly day at the Ken­site Sta­dium.

It was an even con­test in the first half with some full­blooded tack­les go­ing in but Michael Brew­ster in par­tic­u­lar stood firm in the mid­dle of the park and Bai­ley cov­ered lots of ground across the pitch.

The Mariners drew first blood with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish from Mitch­ley with just eight min­utes on the clock. Af­ter some great work by Bai­ley down the right Mitch­ley took his chance well and drilled the ball home.

Marine con­tin­ued to press with a Mitch­ley chip sail­ing just over and a lovely cross from Mur­ray fired across goal.

But it was Atherton who then ap­plied some pres­sure with a se­ries of cor­ners that re­sulted in Chris Lynch bundling the ball home.

Mur­ray pro­vided an ex­plo­sive start to the sec­ond half with a beau­ti­fully taken header to put Marine 2-1 ahead af­ter 48 min­utes. Flo­rian Da Silva ter­rorised the Atherton right-back Kris Holt through­out the sec­ond half and shortly af­ter had a great chance from a pin­point as­sist from Brew­ster.

On the hour mark the flood­gates opened. Mitch­ley got his sec­ond of the game with an­other cool and com­posed fin­ish from a Bai­ley through-ball.

With 25 min­utes to go James Edgar came on for James Short in what was a straight swap at left-back.

Marine looked firmly in con­trol and Bai­ley capped a brilliant per­for­mance with a well taken goal to put Marine ahead by 4-1.

Then the ic­ing on the cake. As the Marine fans formed a conga line, Mur­ray con­trolled the ball with his left boot be­fore vol­ley­ing home to set­tle the con­test at 5-1. It was no more than the Mariners de­served as they showed the gulf in class be­tween the teams in the sec­ond half.

Marine went into yes­ter­day’s draw for the FA Tro­phy third qual­i­fy­ing round with the fix­ture sched­uled to take place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25.

The Mariners re­turn to league ac­tion on Satur­day in an im­por­tant clash at Hale­sowen Town. The match kicks-off at 3pm.

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