Marine FC can still win the title, says manager

MARINE boss Kevin Lynch remains bullish about his side’s championship chances, saying they have the capabilities to bridge the gap to North Ferriby United at the top.

Lynch insists Marine are still targeting the league title despite being 12 points behind the leaders.

Promotion-chasing Witton Albion are the visitors to the Arriva Stadium this weekend in what will be the White’s first Evo-Stik Premier Division fixture since January 12.

With the poor weather hopefully behind them, Lynch hopes his side can start to build a run of form to put pressure on the pace-setters.

However, the Marine manager says only when sides have worked through their fixture backlogs, will the leading pack for promotion come to the fore.

“I don’t think we should be giving up on anything whilst it is still possible,” declared Lynch, whose side are third in the table.

“There are a lot of points still to be had and there is no runaway leader this season.

“The group of lads here have the capabilities to build a run of form, they just have to believe it.”

He added: “It is difficult to say right now how many teams are genuinely in contention for the play-offs.

“AFC Fylde are 11th in the league at the moment because of the amount of games they have in hand.

“But they are a team that should be there or there abouts.

“There are a lot of teams in false positions and only when teams have caught up with their games in hand will we have a true reflection of the league.”

Lynch has been impressed with the way Witton Albion have handled their first season after promotion.

But he feels there were mitigating circumstances for Marine’s loss to them earlier in the campaign.

“Witton Albion have surprised a lot of teams this season with how well they have done,” he said.

“They beat us 2-0 earlier in the season but we had one eye on the FA Cup game with Macclesfield.

“But take nothing away from Witton because they are a good side and this will be a tough game for us.

“And given where they are in the league, there is an added spice to the game on Saturday.”

After weeks of postponements, Lynch is optimistic his side will get a game played on Saturday.

“100% the game will be on, unless we have an influx of bad weather between now and Saturday,” said Lynch.

“We’ve got good drainage at the Arriva as well.”

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