Neil Marshall column: Fantastic start to what could be an exciting season

Captain Neil Marshall sees his team off to a winning start at Giant Axe against Cammell Laird.
Captain Neil Marshall sees his team off to a winning start at Giant Axe against Cammell Laird.

What a fantastic first week we’ve had. First up on Saturday we came up against a decent Cammell Laird side who finished second last season.

It was always going to be a tough opener but apart from the horrible weather, we managed to record a very good 1-0 win.

I think we had something like 22 shots to their two, so maybe we should have won by a bigger margin but everything considered it was a good start.

It was a good start for me on a personal note too as I managed to get my head on a good delivery from a free-kick for the only goal.

I thought we looked very solid all over the pitch and it was also very pleasing to get the clean sheet.

We then moved on to a trip away to Warrington on Tuesday who are one of the favourites to win the league due to their summer spending.

And what a game it turned out to be.

We started the game very brightly and got a deserved early goal when Aaron Taylor and Mark Jackson played a neat one-two with Tayls slotting home nicely.

They equalised from a direct free-kick 10 minutes later and going in at half-time we knew we could do better but were still well in the game.

In contrast to the first half we started the second half a bit slowly and they punished us with about half an hour to play.

That seemed to kick us in to gear but when Ryan Winder put a good chance just wide minutes after coming on I thought it wasn’t going to be our day.

But the lads showed great character.

Simon Wearing smashed the ball home with his first touch and the game opened up in the last 10 minutes.

And then in injury time Gav Clark put a great ball in for Simon who headed against the post only for Killer (Tom Kilifin) to tap into an empty net.

A great ending to a good game and if we can show that kind of character all season, I can see it being an exciting one.