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Just thirty minutes prior to kick off all seemed serene and peaceful in the sleepy Teeside village of Marske-by-the Sea. Only seconds later panic set in as it was realised that both teams were intending to play in yellow as the visitors had arrived with the wrong kit. Fortunately the hosts had their away strip of red and white hoops freshly laundered and minutes later the Lancaster players were 'proudly' wearing them.
Despite Lancaster playing in a higher league the casual visitor would be hard noticed to tell the difference between the two sides. Both defenses were on top for most of the game. Marske's left back was outstanding all game and it was befitting that he should pop up at the back post to score what they thought was the winner . Sadly a few minutes later they lost control of the ball on the halfway line and seconds later soft defending gifted the Dolly Blues a late equaliser.
Moments after the final whistle in the car park the Marske Manager 'Mr Mourinho' was busy checking how many of his squad could make Tuesday's replay in Lancashire. But the biggest problem is for the person who has to wash the two sets of kits as a result of the earlier kit kerfuffle !
They seem a hard working and loyal bunch at Marske and their dedication is to be admired. The friendly welcome given by the Marske Officials was as warm as the August sunshine and only added to what was, another enjoyable day out in the North East. #Sea ...Sea...Seasiders !