Despite this form, Marine are not in great form having won just twice in their last 8 league games. But they do have some dangerous players who could be a difficult task for Trinity to match, Sol Solomon netting seven times in the league this season, the 22 year old who grew up in Jersey has an impressive record. Starting off at St. Peter FC he made the move at 18 to Jersey Bulls where he netted 60 times in 71 appearances before making the move to our Merseyside opponents at 21 years old: leaving as Jersey Bulls’ record goal scorer. And at Marine he has made 36 appearances netting 16 times. One thing we cannot deny Solomon of, is his prolific nature.
A game many of us will like to remember is last season's 1-0 triumph over Marine where Fraser Preston got us a 90th minute equaliser. The last time the Holy Blues conceded a goal against Marine was 1,724 days ago, Saturday 23rd March 2019 where we lost just 1-0. Our last away game, at the Marine Travel Arena saw a Curtis Durose double inspire Trinity to all three points, one of many highlights from last season's memorable away form!
Trinity of course will be hoping to extend this run and to do that we will have to keep Solomon quiet and that will not be an easy task. As well as defending well, we will need to find a way to get a goal against Marine. Declan Howe will be key in breaking down their defence, and we will need to break down our oppositions without Javelle Clarke in attack. Bailey Conway, our MOTM against Ilkeston, will once again be an important cog in the midfield engine room, as he will look to bring his tenacity to the game as we take the game to Marine.
Marine come into the game fresh off of a 1-0 away loss to Morpeth on Tuesday night, but at home, our hosts are a different animal, with six wins and three draws from their eleven home games, yielding 21 points. Their seven away games, earning them ten points towards their upper mid-table tally. Will the extra rest for the Blues this week, as a result of the away fixture in Whitby being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch give Russ Wilcox and his side the opportunity to rest, reorganise and regroup, in order to put this stint of bad form behind them, ahead of the busy Christmas period?
For those heading across to Marine's Marine Travel Arena Stadium, don't forget, it's one of the more unique grounds in terms of set up and is certainly a ground you want to tick off! Their main seated stand, positioned behind the goal, offers the most elevation, otherwise you find yourself having to squeeze into the covered terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, or on the opposite terrace, to the main stand. Tickets in advance are available through the Marine online ticketing portal.
As ever, there are some fascinating match ups in this weekend's round of fixtures. Marske are back in action following a temporary fixture freeze due to a glitch with their takeover. Worksop entertain FC United at Sandy Lane, but perhaps the pick of the fixtures is 1st vs 2nd, Radcliffe vs Warrington Rylands. Rylands could reduce Radcliffe's lead to three points with a win at the Neuven Stadium. There is certainly plenty to play for!
Ashton United vs Workington AFC
Atherton Collieries vs Whitby Town
Bamber Bridge vs Matlock Town
Guiseley vs Hyde United
Ilkeston Town vs Marske United
Macclesfield vs Bradford (Park Avenue)
Morpeth Town vs Basford United
Radcliffe vs Warrington Rylands
Stafford Rangers vs Lancaster City
Worksop Town vs FC United of Manchester