BTFC V Marske United FC of the Northern Premier League NW Division

Behind closed doors

FA Cup action returns to St James Park on Saturday with the 4th qualifying round tie when Marske United are the visitors in another BCD game.

Marske play in the NPL Division One North-West and are enjoying an excellent start to their season.  Currently 6th in the league and undefeated having scored 14 goals in 5 games.  They drew at home to Ossett United on Tuesday evening.

Marske-by-the-Sea is in North Yorkshire close to Redcar and the football club was founded in 1956.  Promoted to the NPL in 2018-19 The Seasiders reached the semi-final of the FA Vase in the 2017-18 season going out to Stockton Town.

Marske have reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup once before when they went out against Southport in 2013.  Last season they fell in the first qualifying round to Scarborough Athletic but this season no team has played more FA Cup football than Carl Jarrett’s side.  Beginning in the extra-preliminary round they beat North Shields before progressing against Crook Town, Trafford, Consett and in the last round scoring a 1-0 home win against NLN side Blyth Spartans to set up Saturday’s tie.  In their 5 ties to date they have yet to concede a goal.

Marske are also progressing in the FA Trophy having won 4-0 at Stocksbridge Park Steels and next face FC United of Manchester.

Saints have a long record of FA Cup success reaching the 2nd round proper twice and the 1st round on two further occasions.  Last season we beat Cinderford Town 4-0 and Warrington Town 2-0 before narrowly bowing out at Hartlepool by 0-1.

Looking ahead to the game Kevin Wilkin is wary of opponents from a lower league: “They are a good side and we will certainly not be underestimating them.  Don’t be fooled by the level they are playing at and we will give them the respect they deserve.  If we can play in the manner we did at York we know we can give most teams a game.  It is exciting to be at this stage of the cup again but the beauty of the FA Cup is that we see upsets.  It is a great opportunity for us but we will take nothing for granted.”

The club will be streaming the game live.  This will be at a cost of £2.00 to cover costs, more details to follow.  BBC Oxford and BBC Northampton will carry pre-match, half-time and full-time updates and reports on the match.