Neil Marshall column: It’s just good to be back playing

Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall.

First and foremost on Tuesday night it was just good to get a game in after four straight postponements.

There was a bit of rain during the day and we were just hoping it would hold off for the LFA quarter-final against Ashton Athletic.

It did but with the wind and the pitch conditions were really difficult.

It was the same for both sides and they started better but we grew into the game and were in control without scoring at half-time.

We got the goals in the second half, Danny’s (Carlton) free-kick in particular was a really good finish, and it was nice to keep a clean sheet as well.

We’ve got Colne, Padiham or Chorley in the next round.

It’s a neutral semi-final at Leyland and we’ll be hoping for a nice draw but in a one-off game you never know.

It’s something we can all really look forward to, especially with the prize of a final at Bolton.

I’ve played in it for a good few years now and it would be great to reach a final and who knows, maybe even lift the trophy.

Before all that though attention turns back to league action at Spennymoor on Saturday.

Every time we’ve played them over the last couple of seasons they seem to put a few past us.

We’ve always said they’re the best we’ve come up against in this league but their results against other teams don’t necessarily demonstrate that.

It’ll be a tough game but our squad is looking as strong as it has for some time and after Tuesday night we head there with plenty of confidence.

Craig Carney has come in and he’s improved a lot as a player since the first time he was here.

He’s an all-round midfielder who has added more goals to his game this season as well.

He looks a really good addition at a key time of the season.