Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hodgson Back in Marske Hot-Seat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hodgson Back in Marske Hot-Seat

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Byline: Northern League Football, Barry King Evening Gazette

Struggling Marske go into tomorrow's Teesside top flight derby clash with old hand Mick Hodgson back in the dug-out.

Peter Bell has stepped down as team boss and the former manager has returned to the hot-seat.

Hodgson started the season in charge but left after four games leaving his assistant Bell in charge. Bell will continue as the number two.

The Seasiders are second bottom, 12 points from safety and still smarting from a 5-0 hammering at the hands of neighbours and fellow strugglers Guisborough last time out.

That result prompted the seasonal shake-up and the return of Hodgson.

"We had a long chat with Peter and we all decided it was for the best," said Marske chairman John Hodgson.

"Peter has the club's best interests at heart which is why he has agreed to stay and work under Mick.

"It got to a stage where we have had to make a change before we get cast adrift. The club needs a lift and Mick knows the club inside out so we felt he was the man for the job.

"We have the players here to get out of trouble but we need to start winning games."

Synners, unbeaten in 11 matches, will provide tough opposition following their morale-boosting 1-0 Boxing Day derby victory over neighbours Town.

Boss Stuart Coleby will be hoping to have almost a full strength squad to pick from.

Other than striker Lee Flanagan, who once again misses out with a groin injury, Coleby should have the pick of his best players.

A couple of the Synners squad missed midweek training through illness but the Synners' supremo is expecting them to be fit to face Marske.

"We are on a good run at the moment and have only lost twice in something like our last 18 matches, but it is important we keep that going," said Coleby.

"The league table is a bit like the Premiership in that it is very tight and so it is important that we keep winning matches to keep climbing.

"It will be a tough game for us as Marske are desperate for the three points.

"I wish them all the best but I just hope they start picking up wins after Saturday."

Billingham Town will be looking to bounce back from their derby misery and get straight back to winning ways against Jarrow Roofing. …

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