Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: So That's How They Turned It around; Non-League Notes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: So That's How They Turned It around; Non-League Notes

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THE staggering transformation of New Marske from Wearside League whipping boys to pole position pace-setters has been the shock of the season so far.

New Marske bumped along in the basement all last term, got through two management set-ups, never rose higher than third from bottom and finished a torrid campaign on a Mackem-style 19 points.

But this season has started with a sizzling run of seven straight victories that yielded 24 goals and put them well clear at the top leaving pyramid punters wondering if this could be the same team.

Well it isn't.

The team streaking clear are the artists formerly known as Carlin How.

Yes, the tiny outfit from the East Cleveland village have taken over lock, stock and barrel at Gurney Street.

Three-times Teesside League champions Carlin How have brought with them their entire squad, dug-out team, management committee, kitman, fans and tea lady. Only the name remains the same.

"It was a move we had to make now or never," explained committeeman Steve Davies.

"We had won the Teesside League three times in a row, done a treble and won all the cups - we'd gone as far as we could in the Teesside League.

"There was a danger that the team would break up or go backwards, either because the lads lost their motivation or because teams from higher leagues started sniffing round the players.

"So when we got the chance to take over New Marske out of the blue it was a case of right place, right time."

Carlin How, who were a Cleveland League pub team eight years ago, were certainly in the right place.

They finished last term playing at New Marske's Gurney Street after a vandal attack on their own ground.

And it was the right time too.

After a season long nightmare of heavy defeats, points deductions and a constant struggle to keep managers and players the old New Marske committee wanted out and were close to folding the club. …

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