MARINE FC reached the FA Cup first round for the first time in 25 years after a stunning 1-0 victory away at Chester last weekend, writes Tom Clarke.
A late penalty by James Barrigan was enough to clinch an unlikely victory for the Crosby club and earn them an away trip to League 2 opposition Colchester Town in the next round.
The mouthwatering tie for the Mariners will be played on either Saturday 7, Sunday 8 or Monday 9 November and all matches in the round will be behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions.
Marine chairman Paul Leary said: “I am so proud of our players and staff after ending a 25 year wait reaching the first round proper of Emirates FA Cup. It was a great day for all Mariners.”
The results was also praised by the town’s MP, Bill Esterson, who said: “Congratulations to Marine FC on the fantastic achievement. It’s such a boost for Crosby.”
The teams had to play the fixture without the presence of fans due to current restrictions, with matters confused by the fact that part of the Deva Stadium lies in England and part in Wales.
The only goal of the game came on 80 minutes when James Barrigan bravely stepped up and to score a penalty and send the Marine players and officials into ecstasy!
For the full match report, see page 16.