Neil Marshall column: Saturday was our toughest game so far

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On Saturday we had what turned out to be the toughest game of the season so far.

It was a long trip to the North East to play Spennymoor.

They have a very big wage bill compared to ourselves and with a larger than normal crowd it was always going to be odds against us.

But yet again we showed the qualities that have seen us go unbeaten this season.

Right from the start they threw a lot of men forward at every chance and that was obviously the plan they had.

We knew that with the attacking talent we have that we will always get chances at the other end.

In the 13th minute we gained a corner which Glenn Steel headed in from Razza’s cross.

After this it was pretty much the story of the game where we soaked up a lot of pressure without them really getting any clear cut chances.

The second half was very much similar apart from our keeper Mike Hale having to make a couple of decent saves from half chances.

As the game went into the later stages they threw everything at us but the lads showed great character and determination to see the game through.

The next round sees us paired with Curzon Ashton (away) who have won all their league games this season and top our league, but you can’t expect any easy games at this stage of the competition.

But I am confident that on our day we can beat anyone so it’s definitely a game we can go on to win.

This week it’s back to league action and a game against Radcliffe Borough at home, and while they haven’t started too well, we can’t take it lightly and have to do everything possible to get the three points and keep our momentum going.