Marine FC challenged to rediscover early season form

MARINE have been challenged to rediscover the form which saw them get off to a flying start when the 2012-13 season kicked-off.

Manager Kevin Lynch believes his side have the ability to build on their current two game winning streak and build an extended unbeaten run.

The Mariners won six out of their first league and cup games this season as they set the pace in the Evo-Stik League’s Northern Premier Division.

Although they have been unable to sustain that level of performance, Marine remain in the thick of the race for promotion and head into Saturday’s game at Rushall Olympic hoping to put pressure on the two sides above them.

Marine have played two games more than most of their play-off rivals but Lynch is unconcerned.

And he says their only concern is their own form.

“I don’t see why we can’t go on another unbeaten run,” he said.

“The players are more than capable of it.

“We have a tough run of games in February but we are at home for the majority of matches.

“If we put a run together then it puts us right in the mix.

“Everyone keeps telling me that we’ve played more games than some of the teams around us.

“I will take my hat off to these sides if they win all their games in hand.

“I would rather have the points on the board.

“A run will really instil great belief in this team.”

Although no decision has been made on the weekend’s game at Rushall, Lynch admits to not being optimistic.

“The forecast for tonight is minus three and then minus one for Friday,” he added.

“It warms up for Saturday but whether the pitch has thawed out in time, who knows?”

Lynch has been forced to be creative in his search for training venues and plans in the past couple of weeks given the cold snap.

Trips to Stockbridge Village Amateur Boxing Club have been well received by the squad.

This week, Lynch took his players for circuits and swimming as their usual all-weather training facility remains out of action.

Today, Lynch was again working on alternatives but admits his squad are itching to get the ball at their feet.

Rushall Olympic v Marine, Saturday, 3pm.

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