IT’S top of the league vs third in the league on Saturday when Warrington Rylands 1906 visit Marine in the NPL West.
Starting the season as one of the favourites for promotion, last season’s FA Cup heroes Marine hit the top of the table in early November and are a point ahead of second placed Workington, who in turn are four points in front of Rylands.
Marine have had a couple of wobbles recently losing two of their last six games, another defeat on Saturday against a Rylands team which has won its last two games would open up the title race with Runcorn Linnets and Leek Town also hot on their tails.
Having lost 3-0 at home against Bootle in their festive fixture, Marine snatched a 1-0 win on New Year’s Day at Prescot Cables with a late goal from Neil Kengni.
While Rylands were beating Mossley 2-1 last Saturday the Mariners had their feet up with their scheduled game against 1874 Northwich having been postponed.
The two team’s respective league records going into Saturday’s game are:
P W D L GF GA GD PTS POS
Marine 21 17 0 4 43 21 22 51 1
Rylands 22 14 4 4 54 29 25 46 3
The two teams met at Gorsey Lane on 25th September when Marine beat Rylands 4-1 in front of a crowd of 236.
Marine’s league home record at the Marine Travel Arena this season is:
P W D L
10 9 0 1
While Ryland’s away record this season is:
P W D L
10 5 3 2
Marine are the best supported team at home in the NPL West Division with their 16 home games , including cup ties, attracting an average crowd of 1,096.
They have attracted 9 four figure crowds this season including at each of their last three homes games, the latest of which was a 2,150 all ticket sell out against neighbours Bootle on 27th December.
Kick off at the Marine Travel Arena, College Road, Liverpool, L23 3AS is 3pm and tickets can be obtained in advance from: marinefc.ktckts.com