Neil Marshall column: Pleasing week could have been even better

Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall.

After a difficult time last week I think we can be reasonably happy with how we’ve bounced back.

On Saturday we entertained Darlington who like ourselves are fighting up near the top of the table.

They have a good number travelling fans so it was all set up to be a good game.

Unfortunately the game didn’t live up to expectations and ended 0-0.

From our own point of view though, it was a much-improved performance.

We had the better chances and they didn’t have one shot on target.

We then travelled to Prescot Cables on Tuesday which is always a tough place to go and we knew what to expect - a physical game on a tough pitch.

We started the game very well and got a deserved goal through the returning Dave Swarbrick.

Swabba is a good mate of mine so I was pleased to see him come back.

We all know what an exciting player he can be and he’s going to add goals to the team.

But having gone 1-0 up we yet again contributed to our own downfall.

We lost the ball cheaply in midfield and conceded a corner which wasn’t cleared properly allowing them to fire the ball back in for a tap-in equaliser.

Credit to the lads in the second half however as we created a lot of good chances and Killer (Tom Kilifin) thankfully finished off what turned out to be the winner.

Ryan Elderton missed a penalty, the first one he’s not scored so he says, so it was a nervy final 10 minutes with them throwing men forward.

But thankfully we held on for a good and much-needed three points.

This Saturday, we host New Mills whom we beat 6-0 in the FA Trophy but as we all know, no two games are ever the same, so we can’t take it lightly but it’s still a great chance for another three points.