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Marske United
Belper Town
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 255

Marske United 2-2 Belper Town - Match Report


A draw was a tough result to take in a game where Marske had more than enough chances to win but didn’t take them and were hit by a late Belper equaliser.


Marske: Dean, Martin, O’Sullivan, Butterworth, May (Rowbotham), Wheatley,
Backford (Owens), Gott, Fairley, Liddle, Round
Subs (not used): Hillerby, Brockbank, Watson

Belper: Malkowski, Thompson, Clark, Robson, Colbear, Assenso (Deacey), Curtis
(Crouz), Gordon (Owen), South, Milner, Nelthorpe
Sub (not used): Watson

Marske will be disappointed to not have won this game with missed chances costing
the Seasiders dear. With Matty Waters unavailable and Jamie Owens not yet fully
fit, Marske manager Carl Jarrett opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Chay Liddle,
Craig Gott and Glen Butterworth, making his 300 th appearance for the club, in the
centre of midfield with Curtis Round, Jack Blackford and James Fairley forming a
forward three. Belper were missing the suspended Alex Peterson along with first
choice keeper Leigh Overton.

The game started scrappily with both teams struggling to get to grips with a strong
breeze which was at the backs of the away side. On 5 minutes, Fairley, played
onside by a less than straight Belper backline, fired across the face of goal. Belper
keeper Sebastian Malkowski was called into action for the first time on 12 minutes
when an excellent ball forward from Blackford freed Round who raced into the box
but his shot was too close to the keeper and Malkowski saved. However, it was the
away side that took the lead on 17 minutes when a deep corner from Danny
Gordon was met by the head of the Danny South, who outmuscled Adam Wheatley
and made no mistake from inside the 6 yard box. Marske countered and Malkowski
was called into action again on 26 minutes when Round’s run and pass released
Fairley who weaved past three defenders but the Belper keeper saved well at the
near post, when a shot to the far post was perhaps the better option. However,
Marske weren’t to be denied and it was no surprise that the equaliser came from
the boot of Butterworth. Callum Martin and Blackford combined on the right to set
up Round who slid a square ball to the unmarked Butterworth, 8 yards out, who
took his time to pick his spot, giving the keeper no chance. The half ended with
Marske in the ascendancy; first, Gott set up Butterworth who fired wide and
moments later it should have been 2-1 to Marske. A quick break saw Blackford
chase down a long ball, out-fox Isaac Assenso, and pass to the unmarked Liddle
who fired against the post from 8 yards, when he should have scored.

Half time: Marske 1-1 Belper

Marske suffered a blow at the start of the 2 nd half with Andrew May unable to
continue due to a thigh injury meaning Josh Rowbotham took his place. With the
winds at their backs, Marske dominated large portions of the half. Marske had the
first chance of the half on 49 minutes when a long ball down the right freed
Fairley, who crossed to Round who pulled the ball back to Blackford who fired
over. A minute later, a cross from Liam O’Sullivan found Butterworth on the edge
of the box, but Malkowski saved with ease. Belper forced a couple of corners in
quick succession, one of which saw South spectacularly volley over the bar. Marske
should have taken the lead on 62 minutes, when Round and Blackford combined for
Round to race into the box but his shot was too close to Malkowski, who saved. A
minute later, the away side made their first change with the tricky Piteu Crouz
replacing Nathan Curtis. At the midway point of the half, Gordon fired a low shot
well wide before Marske took the lead on 68 minutes, following a rare piece of
poor goalkeeping from Malkowski. Butterworth set up Fairley, just inside the box,
and the winger turned before hitting a low shot which appeared to go under the
body of Malkowski and into the far corner. With 19 minutes left, Marske made their
second change with Owens replacing Blackford, which meant that Fairley, who had
been playing down the middle, moved to the right of the front three. Marske were
really going for the jugular as they looked to make it 3-1. First, Rowbotham
headed inches wide from a Round cross following a short corner from Martin,
though referee David Pill, who had an excellent game, adjudged that Rowbotham
had pushed his marker. Malkowski was called into action again on 78 minutes when
Martin set up Fairley, who showed great skill to get in-between two defenders but
his shot with the outside of his boot was spectacularly pushed away by the keeper.
From the resulting corner, with the wind swirling, Malkowski was forced to tip the
ball over the bar for another corner. From this one, with Marske showing plenty of
invention from corners, Martin and Round combined but Round fired high over the
bar. With 10 minutes left, Belper made a double change with Assenso, who had
been injured moments earlier, and Gordon replaced by Liam Owen and Jordan
Deacy, the change meaning that centre forward South had to move to centre back.
On 82 minutes, Round raced clear again to be one on one with Malkowski, but his
shot was dragged wide. A minute later, Owens tried his luck from distance with an
attempted chip but the keeper saved with ease. It was so nearly 3-1 on 85 minutes
when a Round corner hit Wheatley on the line; the ball went back to Round who
pulled the ball back to Fairley who fired over the bar. It was all Marske and a great
run from Round saw him reach the by-line and pull the ball back for Fairley to
shoot wide, with Owens in a better position. Marske were made to pay for the
missed chances when Belper equalised on 89 minutes. A right wing free kick, won
by South, saw the ball delivered into the box where South headed across the face
of goal for Alfie Thompson to force the ball home at the back post. Marske still
weren’t done and had further chances in injury time. First, Owens set up
Butterworth who fired wide before a cross from Martin was met by the head of
Round but his effort went straight at Malkowski as the game ended 2-2 in a repeat
of the scoreline at Belper earlier in the season.

Full time: Marske 2-2 Belper

A draw was a tough result to take in a game where Marske had more than enough
chances to win but didn’t take them and were hit by a late Belper equaliser.
Putting the result to one side, this was a much improved Marske performance from
the previous week at Tadcaster. The Supporters’ Club man of the match inevitably
went to Butterworth, celebrating his 300 th appearance for Marske with a goal and
an assist though an honourable mention must go to James Fairley, who also had an
excellent game.

Team selection

Dean, Robert Dean, Robert
Martin, Callum Martin, Callum
O'Sullivan, Liam O'Sullivan, Liam
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Wheatley (C), Adam Wheatley (C), Adam
Backford, Jack Backford, Jack
Round, Curtis Round, Curtis
Butterworth, Glen Butterworth, Glen
Gott, Craig Gott, Craig
Liddle, Chay Liddle, Chay
Fairley, James Fairley, James

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