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Marske United
Carlton Town
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 210

Marske United 4-0 Carlton Town


Marske ended the season as they started it, with a comprehensive 4-0 home win against Carlton Town, who were also celebrating at full time as Gresley’s 3-0 defeat at Pontefract Collieries, along with AFC Mansfield’s enforced relegation, saw the Moat


Marske: Dean, Brockbank (Martin), O’Sullivan, Liddle, May, Wheatley, Blackford, Gott
(Carling), Waters (Hillerby), Owens, Round
Subs (not used): Wood, Watson

Carlton: Steggles, Moore, Ebanks, Ikwa (Frost), Clarke, Walker, Bertram, Clark, Blake,
Hutchinson (Stovell), Andrews (Opoku)
Sub (not used): Rollinson

Marske lined up for their final league game of the season, with North Riding Senior Cup
places up for grabs, with Matty Waters and Jamie Owens paired together. With Glen
Butterworth suspended, Chay Liddle and Craig Gott were in the middle of midfield with
Jack Blackford and Curtis Round providing the width. James Fairley wasn’t in the match
day squad.

Marske were on the front foot immediately, with Round trying his luck in the 2 nd minute
but his curling effort went wide. Three minutes later, a marauding run forward from
Liam O’Sullivan saw the left back set up Owens, but his weak shot was saved by keeper
at the second attempt. It was all Marske in the opening exchanges, on 14 minutes a Gott
free kick was only cleared as far as Owens and the striker twisted and turned to create a
goal scoring opportunity but his shot from the edge of the box was turned behind for a
corner. Seconds later a 30 yard effort from Blackford was tipped over by Jack Steggles.
On 15 minutes, a curling shot from Gott drew another good saves from Steggles and from
the resulting corner, Marske opted for a short corner routine which ended with the ball
being played to Adam Wheatley, but Steggles saved well again; the loose ball dropped to
Owens but his shot hit the prostrate Wheatley and the ball was cleared. At the midway
point of the half Carlton had a rare attack on 24 minutes when Oliver Clark crossed for
Ryan Andrews to head towards goal but his effort was deflected away for a corner. On 28
minutes, a quick Marske break saw Round run from the halfway line into the box but his
shot was wayward and went over the bar. Marske weren’t to be denied though and the
opening goal arrived on 34 minutes. Owens played the ball wide to Round who passed
across the face of the 6 yard box where Waters was on hand to cleverly flick the ball
over Steggles and into the net. It was soon 2-0 and Owens was involved again, playing a
great pass to Blackford who raced into the box and coolly slotted the ball through the
legs of Steggles. The Millers were forced into a change on 41 minutes when Andrews,
who had been injured earlier, was unable to continue and was replaced by the imposing
Aaron Opoku. Two minutes later, Blackford and Waters combined with Waters curling an
effort goalwards but just the wrong side of the post. In the second minute of injury
time, Marske had the ball in the net again, through Owens, from a Blackford cross, but
the assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.

Half Time: Marske 2-0 Carlton

The away side made another change at half time with James Frost replacing Elie Ikwa
and the change nearly reaped immediate reward with Marske unable to clear the ball,
Frost’s effort from 15 yards hit the outside of the post. On 48 minutes, a corner from ex-
Middlesbrough player Ben Hutchinson was met by the head of Clark but Robert Dean did
superbly to tip the ball over the bar. At the other end Blackford combined with Owens
who saw his shot from a tight angle hit the bar, with the rebound grabbed by Steggles.
With just under the hour gone, Lee Brockbank was shown the first yellow card of the
game by referee Martin Conroy, for a foul on Opoku. This was Brockbank’s last action of
the game, on the 100 th appearance for the club, as he was replaced by Callum Martin,
who was returning from injury. Just past the hour mark, Dean was called upon to make
another superb save, this time from Toby Moore. Back came Marske, and it should have
been 3-0 on 66 minutes when Round raced towards goal but got his shot all wrong and
the ball went out for a throw in. Moments later, Carlton made their final change with
Kyle Stovell replacing Hutchinson, which was closely followed by Marske’s second change
with David Hillerby replacing Waters, with Marske switching to a 4-3-3 formation. On 73
minutes, Wheatley was penalised for a foul on Opoku, though contact appeared to be
minimal. The ensuing free kick was disappointing and straight into the wall. Just 4
minutes later, Wheatley was penalised again, and was shown a yellow card, though the
resulting free kick also hit the wall, this time being deflected for a corner, which came
to nothing. Riece Bertram became the first Carlton player booked, for handball, before
a Blackford cross was retrieved by Owens who tried to score at the near post but
Steggles saved well. At the other end, Opoku outmuscled O’Sullivan and raced towards
goal but Dean was equal to his effort, saving well. With the clock showing 84 minutes,
Marske made it 3-0 with a 99 th goal for the club from Owens who curled a lovely shot
from the edge of the box over the reach of Steggles. Marske immediately made their 3 rd
and final change with Gott replaced by Leon Carling who went up front alongside Owens.
It was 4-0 on 86 minutes when a great run from Blackford saw the winger pull the ball
back for Owens who fired past Steggles for his 100 th goal for the club, achieved in 168
appearances. Carlton had one final chance to grab a consolation when Kieran Walker
headed a free kick wide but the final whistle arrived with Carlton able to celebrate with
their small but noisy band of fans having escaped relegation.

Full Time: Marske United 4-0 Carlton Town

Marske’s first foray into Step 4 football ended with a 10 th place finish with plenty of
encouraging signs but enough knowledge to know what improvements need to be made
for next season. The Supporters’ Club man of the match went to Jack Blackford, who
had a great game, with other honourable mentions for Chay Liddle, Robert Dean and 2
goal Jamie Owens. Next up is the North Riding Senior Cup final on Thursday versus
Scarborough Athletic, kick off 7.30pm at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Tickets
can still be purchased on the night.

Team selection

Dean, Robert Dean, Robert
Brockbank, Lee Brockbank, Lee
O'Sullivan, Liam O'Sullivan, Liam
Fairley, James Fairley, James
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Wheatley (C), Adam Wheatley (C), Adam
Liddle, Chay Liddle, Chay
Gott, Craig Gott, Craig
Owens, Jamie Owens, Jamie
Backford, Jack Backford, Jack
Waters, Matty Waters, Matty

League round up

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