Marine boss Kevin Lynch delighted with Danny Mitchley

KEVIN LYNCH praised the contribution of debutant Danny Mitchley after Marine maintained their promotion push with a 2-1 win at Eastwood Town on Saturday.

The on-loan Altrincham striker netted an 85th-minute winner at Coronation Park to move the Mariners up to third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table. Lynch's men are now just three points off leaders North Ferriby United as they prepare for what promises to be a crucial festive period.

“It was a great performance,” said Lynch. “After being 1-0 down early on I thought we came back strongly, especially in the second half. We showed great character.

“Danny's goal was worthy of winning any game, it was a tremendous strike and capped a very promising debut.

“He had a few chances early on, which he didn't take. He is still not fully fit, which was obvious, but you could see his quality. His movement and his link play was good, and he showed great toughness to carry on after being clattered by the goalkeeper.

“It is always difficult coming to a club on loan, especially when that club has just won 5-1 in their last game, but he's a quality player.

“He's come to score goals, and you can see the desire he has to do that, but he's also intelligent and clever in his passing. I hope his arrival will not only help him, but also give the rest of the squad a lift.”

Lynch also paid tribute to Liam Dawson, who continued his recent hot streak by scoring his third goal in two games.

“I've said for a while that Liam has all the talent in the world,” he said. “He has a left foot to die for, but I have questioned in the past whether he wants it enough.

“But he seems to have got the bit between his teeth now, and he's scoring goals for us from wide.”

He added: “It's easy to get carried away with our league position. I've been here before, and I know how quickly things can change.

“We'd have taken this position at the start of the season, but there's a lot of football to be played. We have some big games coming up, against sides around us, we just have to keep going.”

Marine take on Frickley Athletic at the Arriva Stadium this weekend, and will have Jon Goulding available after suspension. Ryan McMahon (ankle) and Paul Lundon (thigh) are expected to be absent until the New Year, however.

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