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CH­ESTER leg­end Neil Young is back in man­age­ment with North­ern Premier League side Marine. The 43-year-old won three suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions with the Blues, tak­ing them into NonLeague’s top flight af­ter win­ning the NPL play-offs with Col­wyn Bay. Now the for­mer Stock­port County and Altrincham man­ager is tasked with bring­ing the good times back to Marine af­ter five years of bot­tom half fin­ishes. He said: “There is great po­ten­tial here and re­cent re­sults, in par­tic­u­lar Tues­day night’s win in the FA Cup at Scar­bor­ough show the play­ers are de­ter­mined to im­prove re­sults and move up the ta­ble. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge ahead.” EM­BAR­RASSED Steve Akrigg slammed his Widnes play­ers af­ter FOUR of them were sent off in their mid­week de­feat to Kids­grove Ath­letic.

Jay Roberts was the first to head back to the dress­ing room early in the sec­ond half of their North­ern Premier League West fix­ture be­fore Danny Ven­tre was then dis­missed in the 74th minute.

Pete Wil­liams net­ted Kids­grove’s late win­ner and in the nine min­utes of in­jury-time that fol­lowed, Michael Gro­gan and cap­tain Kev Pol­lard both also saw red.

“From my point-ofview, it’s a frus­trat­ing loss but get­ting four lads sent off is an ab­so­lute em­bar­rass­ment,” Akrigg told the club’s web­site.

“It’s like a game of FIFA. It’s ridicu­lous and it shouldn’t hap­pen at any level.

“It doesn’t hap­pen at Sun­day League so it cer­tainly shouldn’t hap­pen here. The lads need to take a good look at them­selves.

“It’s a to­tal lack of dis­ci­pline and you can’t tol­er­ate that in foot­ball.”

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