23/24 Match Preview: Marine – Emirates FA Cup

The Lions begin their Emirates FA Cup journey on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Marine to Nethermoor Park for a 3pm kick-off in the First Round Qualifying of the competition, writes Harry Ware.

Tickets will be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash or card. Season tickets are not valid for this fixture.

It is cash payments only inside the ground for 50/50 cash draw tickets with Saturday’s programme available to read online for free. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

Previous Meetings

Guiseley came out on top in the last meeting between the two sides, as the Lions beat Saturday’s opponents 3-1 away from home.

They had to come from behind to do it after Mark Howarth gave Marine the lead in the 45h minute of the game.

However, Kallan Murphy brought the game level for Guiseley, before a brace from Benni Smales-Braithwaite in second half stoppage time gave the Lions all three points.

In the reverse fixture at Nethermoor, the Mariners would come out on top in a comfortable 3-0 victory in West Yorkshire.


The Lions’ Form Book

With four red cards and four goals in the game, Guiseley had to come from behind twice to claim a point against Bradford (Park Avenue) on Bank Holiday Monday.

Paul Phillips’ side went behind inside ten minutes of the game after William Longbottom gave the visitors the lead.

It got worse for the Lions after Callum Chippendale received a second yellow card, seeing Guiseley go down ten.

However, the Lions equalised in the closing stages of the first half through Gabriel Johnson, before Harrison Hopper put the visitors back in front just before the halftime whistle.

The second half also had lots of drama. Kallan Murphy gave Guiseley their second equaliser of the game just after the break, in what would be the final goal of the game.

Three red cards would follow in the closing moments of the game. Lucas Odunston and Oliver Brown were both shown second yellow cards for either side, with Bradford goal scorer Hopper also being dismissed at the end of the game.

It means the Lions remain with just one win this season, something they will look to change on Saturday in the FA Cup.


A Look At Marine

A second successive 2-0 victory for Marine against Basford United on Monday means Saturday’s opponents are just one point off the playoffs in the Northern Premier.

Wins against Matlock Town and FC United of Manchester has seen Marine rise to 6th in the league on ten points, but will pause their league action on Saturday when they face Guiseley in the Emirates FA Cup.

When you speak about Marine, it is difficult not to mention their FA Cup run of 2020-21, when they would eventually go on to face Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

It ended in a 5-0 defeat to Spurs in what was an incredible cup run from the Mariners, who beat Havant and Waterlooville to reach the third round that season.

They lost out to Stocksbridge Park Steels in the Second Qualifying Round last season and Neil Young’s side will be looking to go further in the competition this season.


A Look At The Lions

Paul Phillips goes into the first round qualifying of the Emirates FA Cup with a few injury concerns.

Gabriel Johnson and Joe Stacey were both withdrawn with hamstring issues on Monday and are likely to miss the clash with Marine.

Prince Ekpolo is yet to play this season as he continues his recovery from an ankle problem and Courtney Meppen-Walters sat out the last two matches after coming on as a substitute at Gainsborough.

David Bayoh made his debut on Monday and could be in contention along with Jack Dyche and Danny Devine who both made their first appearances at Lancaster last weekend.

Club captain Liam Tongue will also miss out through injury and Reece Kendall serves his first game of a three match suspension but Ollie Brown and Callum Chippendale will both be available despite being sent off against BPA on Monday.


What Are They Saying?

Paul Phillips spoke to us after the draw against Bradford (Park Avenue):

“I’m very proud. Credit to the lads. They have stuck at it. It was a good crowd and I think they can be proud.

“They have shown what it takes to play for this club. If we keep doing what we have done today, we won’t be far off.

“Hopefully we can push on. We’ve got the FA Cup which is big for the club” – Paul Phillips

“We’ve got to regroup. It’s been a tough period.

“The rub of the green hasn’t really gone our way, but we stuck together. As a new group that shows a lot of good qualities.

“Hopefully we can push on. We’ve got the FA Cup which is big for the club and then get back to league action, then hopefully we can start getting three points on the board.

Tickets for the game with Marine can only be purchased at the turnstiles on the day. Don’t forget to read Saturday’s programme here.

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