MAGIC MARSKE MARCH­ING ON!

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE QUARTER FINALS - By David Groves

MAG­NIF­I­CENT Marske United en­sured that the re­cent north­ern dom­i­nance con­tin­ued in the FA Vase as they ad­vanced into the semi-fi­nals.

The North­ern League club tri­umphed over their high­fly­ing Hel­lenic League hosts in front of a bumper crowd.

How­ever, the three-goal win­ning mar­gin did not re­flect the close­ness of the game for large parts, es­pe­cially in the con­gested mid­field area.

The vis­i­tors struck at cru­cial times, net­ting the opener in the fi­nal minute of the first half be­fore adding the sec­ond with 20 min­utes left at a stage of the match where the next goal was vi­tal.

A third goal late on, with the hosts push­ing for a way back into the con­test, put the gloss on vic­tory and proved that they were right to be la­belled as favourites to win the com­pe­ti­tion, just one round short now of a po­ten­tial Wem­b­ley fi­nal clash.

De­spite their un­fa­mil­iar­ity with the Robins’ 3G pitch, the north York­shire side started brightly, forc­ing an early save from goal­keeper Chris Grace, tip­ping over in only the sec­ond minute.

At the other end, it was not TJ Bo­hane’s day with the oth­er­wise pro­lific Bracknell striker fir­ing wide right af­ter a hang­ing cross landed at his feet. He then had a free header from a free-kick but could only pick out goal­keeper Robert Dean.

Bo­hane was duly pun­ished in first-half stop­page time when Glen But­ter­worth fired the vis­i­tors in front – find­ing him­self with the ball af­ter Jamie McClurg had con­ceded pos­ses­sion and his 20-yard ef­fort flew into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Buoyed by this, Marske were the bet­ter side af­ter the break but the hosts con­tin­ued to bat­tle away and an­other great chance went beg­ging when Joe Gater climbed high­est to meet a free-kick but he headed over with a whole lot of the goal to aim at.

Cur­tis Round hooked wide right be­fore his strike part­ner Daniel Earl raced clear oneon-one but was de­nied by a tremen­dous save by Grace’s legs.

Even­tu­ally, though, the sec­ond goal came on 70 min­utes – Chay Lid­dle’s quick free-kick catch­ing the hosts off guard and al­lowed the un­marked Round to run in and fin­ish well.

Earl dum­mied af­ter Gater had slipped and Gott struck the pos, but Marske added a killer third goal two min­utes from time when Earl got be­hind the de­fence to fin­ish coolly and cap a fine and de­served vic­tory, al­beit with a rather flat­ter­ing score­line.

PIC­TURE: Neil Gra­ham

GLORY FOR GLEN: Glen But­ter­worth put Marske on their way with a first-half goal

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