IT'S TOUCH AND GO; Weather Puts Giant-Killers' Tie under Threat NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLEVELAND FINANCIAL SERVICES

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), February 6, 2009 | Go to article overview

IT'S TOUCH AND GO; Weather Puts Giant-Killers' Tie under Threat NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLEVELAND FINANCIAL SERVICES


Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

SERIAL giant killers Marske United face an anxious weather watch in the build up to their FA Vase trip to St Ives.

The fifth round clash is "touch and go" after a thick blanket of snow covered the home of their Cambridgeshire-based United Counties Premier League opponents.

"We are in close contact with them and, if we're honest, it could be a struggle to get it on," said manager Paul Burton, who was due to set off with his squad this evening.

"They are very keen to play it. There is a big buzz about the game and they expect a 1,000 plus crowd so will do everything possible to get it on.

"The pitch has been covered all week but there has been quite heavy snow in the last few days so it could be touch and go.

"I know they are working really hard to get it on but we are staying overnight and we have 150 fans due to travel too, so they will have to make a decision one way or the other as early as possible."

Marske assistant boss Mark Riley watched St Ives overcome Stanway in a fourth round replay and Burton says they face another tough test.

"They are well organised, strong and very direct - similar to VCD who we played in the last round," he said.

"They have only lost one in eight and so are confident and I know a lot of people at their end are already talking about a route to Wembley but we are hoping to upset them.

"But we have only lost one in 26 and we are confident too. We are here on merit and we have deservedly beaten some strong teams."

Second division promotion chasers Marske have caused a string of shocks so far. Among the scalps have been Northern League table-toppers Consett who they beat 1-0 away, Pickering who were hammered 7-0 at Mount Pleasant and then VCD Athletic who they saw off 3-2 in Kent.

"We have gone into every game as underdogs and that suits us," said Burton. "Maybe teams underestimate us a bit but we have a strong side. …

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