Marine hold no fear in push to climb from drop zone

DESPITE not kicking a ball in competition since Boxing Day, Witton Albion boss Gary Finley believes his side are in good form and full of confidence for Saturday’s trip to play-off chasing Marine.

Albion have won two of their last three UniBond Premier encounters and were looking forward to taking on fellow strugglers Matlock Town until Saturday’s match was called off due to a frozen Wincham Park pitch.

Witton faced bitter rivals Northwich Vics last night in a hastily arranged friendly to give both teams some much- needed match practice.

Finley said: “We were all disappointed not to play Matlock as being at home and in a decent bit of form we were confident of getting a result which would have seen us get above Matlock and out of the bottom four.

“But we have just got to keep going and playing Vics will give us some match fitness and hopefully we won’t pick up any injuries. I am sure their manager Steve King won’t want any either.”

There have been no arrivals at Witton since Ashley Dunn returned for a second month on loan from Fleetwood Town just before the new year.

And Finley, who has been unable to agree personal terms with a couple of players on his wanted list, says that his hands are often tied when it comes to finances.

“It is frustrating sometimes but even when you have a lot of money, you can’t always get the players you want.

“Given the finances available to me for players at the club, I think we have done extremely well to get in the quality players that we have here.”

Witton play fifth-placed Marine at Rossett Park on Saturday (3pm) and despite being bottom of the league, Finley believes his side can shock the Mariners.

“Teams will not take us lightly any more. Marine are having a decent season but they know that we are a new team with a new manager and will see us in a different light.”