Neil Marshall column: We need to start taking chances in the league

Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall.

That’s 12 goals in two games in the North East.

The first half was pretty scrappy at West Allotment Celtic on Saturday and there were a few challenges flying in but we got the goal right on half-time.

It was a really good time to get a goal and settled us down.

After the break we played really well, took the sting out of the game and took our chances. It could have been more to be honest.

I was maybe expecting a bit more from them because they were the league above Washington (City’s opening FA Cup opponents) but there wasn’t much between them.

The FA Cup games have been great but our bread and butter is the league and that hasn’t been good enough so far.

We’ve played well in spells and could have scored three or four goals to put games to bed but we’ve missed chances and been made to pay.

We’re not a million miles away though and hopefully we can get another run going with two league games at New Mills on Saturday and at home to Padiham the Tuesday after at Giant Axe.

New Mills weren’t a bad side last season but like us have been up and down so far this season.

It’s another long journey but we seem to like those at the moment.

As for Padiham they were towards the bottom last season but do really well for a club that get the kind of attendances they do.

And we always know there’s no easy games in this league.

The following Saturday has thrown up a great draw in the next round of the FA Cup at FC United of Manchester.

It’s not brilliant for me though. I’m away on holiday with my family and knew I’d miss one game but I’m gutted that it’s this one.

The lads should be confident though because we’ve done the business there before and there’s no reason we can’t do it again.