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FA Cup heroes Marine lie in wait for return PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Saturday, 07 November 2020

marine celebrate.pngFA Cup heroes Marine will be Workington’s next opponents if the NPL season can resumeon December 5.

Reds are due to visit Rossett Park (or to give the ground it’s modern title, the Marine Travel Arena) when lockdown measures are hoped to be lifted to allow football at our level to resume.

Marine,this evening, are celebrating as they were allowed to play in the first round proper in the FA Cup and won at Colchester.

Their best performance in the FA Cup was reaching the third round in 1992/93 when they lost 3-1 to Crewe. They have reached the first round eleven times and can now look forward to a third appearance in the second round.

Colchester can now be added to Barnsley and Halifax – two League Clubs previously beaten by the Merseysiders in the competition.

Today it finished 1-1 after extra-time but it was Marine who triumphed 5-3 on penalties to make the second round, which is due to be played on November 28 – a week before Reds trip to Crosby on Merseyside.

Because they are in the FA Cup, but unable to play League matches, they are allowed to train together which should maintain high fitness levels ahead of the resumption of the NPL NW Division season.

December is going to be a particularly difficult month for the Reds. After a month with no match-day income because of the Covid-19 lockdown, Reds do not have a home fixture.

They go to Brighouse on December 19 and then the big one at Dunstan on Boxing Day. December 12 is blank but that is likely to be used for the FA Trophy tie at Nantwich.

Reds players have been given a special fitness programme to work on themselves while unable to train together.



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