A 13 match unbeaten run in the league for Marske United has seen them reignite their hopes of gaining promotion to division one of the STL Northern League. Unbeaten in the league since mid-January, nine wins and four draws have propelled Paul Burton’s men up to fourth in the table, as the battle for promotion looks like going right down to the wire. But their recent cup exploits have been far more disappointing. Having made it through to the North Riding Senior Cup Final, Marske failed to put in a performance and went down 1-0 to local rivals Guisborough Town. An incredibly poor game played in front of a near 600 crowd at Stokesley FC’s ground, was settled by a header from former Seaside frontman David Onions shortly after halftime. Less than a week later, Marske missed out on the chance to book their place in a second cup final of the season when they crashed out of the Ernst Armstrong Memorial Cup, 5-1 at the hands of Team Northumbria. In between cup matches though, Marske gained swift revenge over Guisborough by completing a league double over them at the KGV ground. Having made four changes to the starting eleven, Marske controlled the game throughout, and the Priorymen were unable to cope with the sheer pace and work-rate of recent signing Chris McGill who opened the scoring with a fine finish on 14 minutes. Marske doubled their advantage with a header from Anthony Ormerod shortly after the break, and despite Guisborough pulling a goal back from the penalty spot, Marske hung on to claim all three points.
United followed up that win with a 2-1 victory at struggling Brandon United as Karl Charlton scored a last minute winner, then less than 48 hours later they hosted Cumbrian visitors Whitehaven at Mount Pleasant. In a highly entertaining match, the first three goals of the game all came from the penalty spot as Whitehaven twice went into the lead, but on the stroke of half-time Charlton slid in to snatch an equaliser. Marske dominated in the second half and went close on several occasions before Steve Cochrane put them into the lead with a glancing header. Then with ten minutes left, Andy Raw scored his first goal for the club in over two years to make certain of victory. Promotion is now back in Marske’s hands, and six straight wins will guarantee promotion at the end of the season. Meanwhile, off the pitch, the club has finished second in the League Matchday Programme Awards for the second successive season, again being pipped to the title by Newton Aycliffe. The results of this seasons National Programme Award’s have yet to be announced, a competition that Marske United finished first in from a field of almost 1000 entries last year. On Tuesday (19th April), Marske play their final home game of the season when they entertain Seaham Red Star at the GER Stadium. Kick-off 7.30pm. Marske end the season with three away trips in five days as the travel to Northallerton Town, Gillford Park and North Shields.