Marske United have hit top form in the league during recent weeks and have also made it through to their first cup final in 11 seasons. A Karl Charlton hat trick inspired the Seasiders to a comfortable 7-1 midweek home win against bottom club Morpeth Town, who took a shock lead after only three minutes. But Marske soon hit back with two goals from Charlton to give them a narrow half time lead, and after the break the match as a contest was soon over as Derek Bradley added a third. Charlton completed his hat trick on 56 minutes, and shortly afterwards Danny Brunskill and Benn Thompson both got their names on the score sheet before Jon Burton rounded off proceedings close to the end with Marske’s seventh of the night. Three days later Marske again went nap as they fi red fi ve goals past mid-table Thornaby. Charlton was again in rampant form and had United two goals in front after just 20 minutes. Bradley missed an opportunity to make it 3-0 shortly before half time when he had a penalty saved, but a minute later Thompson made amends then he headed home Charlton’s corner kick.
Marske took their foot off the gas during the second half and had to wait until the 82nd minute for Thompson to score the fourth goal, before substitute Chris McGill added a fifth goal close to the end with a fine finish. Away from the league, Marske reached the final of the North Riding Senior Cup with an excellent 3-2 win at Pickering Town. Adam Gell grabbed his fi rst goal for the club to give Marske an early lead, but the Pikes got back on level terms when Tom Adams equalised following a free kick.. Thompson put Marske back into the lead just before half time with a terrifi c shot from 45 yards, and after the break Marske dominated play and went 3-1 up courtesy of a Bradley penalty. They were made to face an anxious last fi ve minutes though, as Lee Donachie was given a straight red card for a foul in the penalty area, and Nathan Cook pulled a goal back from the spot. Marske managed to hang on however, and will now face local rivals Guisborough Town in the fi nal at Stokesley FC on Wednesday 30th March, kick-off 7.30pm. Before the epic Cup Final, Marske host league leaders Newton Aycliffe in the quarter fi nal of the Ernst Armstrong Trophy on Tuesday 22nd March, 7.30pm, and this Saturday (26th March) second placed North Shields are the visitors to Mount Pleasant, 3pm kick-off.