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Opposition Report Marine, Marine v Salford City, Marine vs Salford City, Salford City, Rory Gaffney, The Ammies, FA Cup, Emirates FA Cup, The Marine Travel ArenaSalford City begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign away at Marine in the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday.

It is only the second time we have appeared in the Fourth Qualifying Round, the last time being the 2015-16 run to the second round, but due to a higher league status we now enter the competition just 90 minutes away from the First Round proper.

Northern Premier League opponents Marine have had a longer journey to the Fourth Qualifying Round, starting in the second week of September in the First Qualifying Round and not under new manager Neil Young. It took the Mariners a replay to get past Scarborough Athletic in the First Qualifying Round before wins against Frickley Athletic and Brackley Town in the following rounds to bring Marine into the Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time since 2012-13.

Young was appointed on September 13th after Tommy Lawson resigned at the start of September, and the 43-year-old brings with him a wealth of experience having won promotions with Cammell Laird, Colwyn Bay and three consecutive promotions with Chester.

Season Summary

Young’s appointment has brought with it a turn around in Marine’s results and having won one of their opening five games, Young now has four wins and two draws from eight.

If anything this FA Cup run has papered over what has been a steady start to the league season with The Mariners finding themselves 18th and the joint-lowest scorers. However it could also be very important in helping the club with their proposed development plans at the Marine Travel Arena which were announced earlier this month.

Recent Form

Marine transitioned from September into October with an unbeaten run which reached five before defeat away at Matlock Town, on the back of the win at Brackley, but that was quickly pacified with a draw against Whitby Town.

Since Young took charge, The Mariners have found the back of the net with a bit more consistency and have only failed to score twice. However they will be keen to avoid going a third game without victory for what would be the third time this season.

One to Watch – Finlay Sinclair-Smith

The winger on loan from Blackpool was the hero at St. James’ Park in the last round as he bagged a brace; his first and second goals for the club. The 18-year-old signed his first professional contract with Blackpool in May, and has caught the eye with his pace and trickery in his first loan spell away from The Seasiders.

Familiar Faces

Martin Fearon
The goalkeeper spent time with Salford in 2015 towards the end of the 2014-15 promotion winning season, although never made an appearance. He has since played at Skelmersdale United and signed for Marine in October 2017 form Ramsbottom United.

Previous Meetings

Marine 0-2 Salford City (February 2016)
Salford City, Marine v Salford City, Marine vs Salford City, Emirates FA CupOur last game at Marine came on a Tuesday evening in February 2016 in the wake of back-to-back defeats against Darlington and Ilkeston, but goals from Chris Lynch and Luke Clark saw The Ammies return to winning ways with a 2-0 win. The skipper scored the opening goal with a well-taken half volley before Clark scored from outside the area to seal the points.

Salford City 0-0 Marine (August 2015)
Our opening game in the Northern Premier League ended in a 0-0 draw with The Mariners at Moor Lane, but it set the foundation for a five-game unbeaten run that settled us in quickly to the NPL.

Salford City 2-1 Marine (September 2009)
A crowd of 159 crammed into Moor Lane as Paul Gedman scored twice in the second half to send The Ammies through to the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. There we would beat Hyde United after a replay before a 2-1 defeat away at Blyth Spartans in the Third Qualifying Round, after extra time.

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