Two goals from Sol Solomon and a superb header by debutant Joe Hardy sealed an emphatic win for the Mariners against FC United as they march on to the playoffs.
The Mariners made a bright start and just six minutes into the first half, top scorer Solomon scored an impressive solo goal.
He executed a great flick around the left-back Alex Wollerton, dribbled it past a second defender and took a shot from a tight angle which found the far corner of the net
FC United responded and began to put pressure on Marine.
In the 38th minute FC United striker Max Cane had a great chance in front of goal but dragged it just wide of the post.
United were beginning to control the game, making chances but the hosts defended robustly.
Towards the end of the first half it was stop and start type of game with goal scorer Solomon requiring treatment when he collided with the keeper as both went for the same ball.
There was some questionable goalkeeping from FC United keeper Dimeji Willian who found himself chasing the ball to the corner flag from an overhit cross by Hardy.
Ben Hodkinson put pressure on the goalkeeper and managed to win a throw-in, but the Mariners could’t take advantage as the shot went over the bar for a goal kick.
After an exciting first half, Marine took a one goal advantage into the break.
In the second half, Marine were on the offensive again.
Tempers flared and a member of the Marine coaching staff was shown a red card for dissent.
Marine were then rewarded with well-worked goal, scored by Hardy with a great header at the front post.
Charley Doyle managed to win the ball high up the pitch who then passed to Hodkinson who was looking for someone in the box.
The winger’s first attempt was blocked but the second attempt found the head of Hardy.
Shortly after scoring on his debut, he was replaced by Sean Smith.
After the second goal Marine controlled the game and just before Neil Young’s side grabbed a third goal, Solomon getting his brace.
He was played in behind with a lovely weighted pass and the number 10 took it around the keeper and slotted it home to secured the Crosby side for a massive three points.
Maine sit seventh just three points behind the playoff places with a game in hand.
A win away to Gainsborough next weekend could see them move into the playoff places and Mariners fans can dare to dream of back to back promotions.
(Featured picture taken by Ben Mulholland)