MARINE (Rossett Park)

After Saturday's  double disappointment of Everton only drawing 1-1 with the Wolves and Celtic Crusaders getting beat 36-10 by St Helens, it was back to the old non-league football today and a trip to Crosby for a re-visit to The Arriva Stadium (aka Rossett Park) for the Northern Premier League clash between Marine and FC United.

It was also another chance to visit the Aladdin's Cave that is the Marine supporters club shop, again it didn't disappoint as I spent a good 25 minutes in there rummaging through the boxes of programmes and books.

Today's game was a ticketed affair and was being played on a Sunday on police advice. This is due, i'm led to believe, to the traditional Scouse v Manc rivalry overstepping the mark at a previous game when a Marine player (who was subsequently sacked) made an 'aeroplane' gesture at United fans, in reference to the Munich air disaster. Perhaps this is why there such a low away following today, with the overall crowd not reaching the 1000 mark. However, it didn't stop the nasty chants today and certain supporters from both sides were guilty as each other.

As for the game itself, well that was won at a canter by FC United who were by far the better footballing side. Two goals, one in each half, from Michael Norton (one a penalty) settled the match. It was a niggly foul-ridden game as Marine, instead of concentrating on their own game, seemed intent on kicking United off the park. This led to Marine finishing the game with 9 men as Thomas Moore and Kevin Leadbetter were shown red cards.

For those of you who have not visited Rosset Park, it is a very compact ground surrounded by housing and whilst the game was in motion I wondered, how many balls do Marine lose during the course of a season? I must have counted at least 7 going over the roofs, into hedges and in one instance, almost through somebodys bedroom window! No wonder they were trying to get matchball sponsorship in the programme!

Sunday 22nd August 2010
Northern Premier League
Marine 0-2 FC United of Manchester
Attendance: 933

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