Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Margy serious about Cup mission

James Robson
18/ 3/2008

KARL Marginson insists he is serious about the Manchester Premier Cup, even though he is expected to ring the changes for tonight's semi-final at Radcliffe Borough.

The Rebels face a fixture pile-up in the closing weeks of the season, with Marginson looking to keep his squad fresh for the challenges ahead. They face a home league game with Radcliffe on Saturday.

But he says he is still determined to reach the final, even if it means another fixture being added to an already gruelling season.

"It would be going against my own beliefs if I put out teams I didn't think could win games. It will give me a chance to see what strength in depth we have and with all the games coming up there are some players we need to save.

"We showed at Goole that we can bring players out of the reserves who can win matches."

United kept their title hopes on track with a 3-2 win against Newcastle Blue Star on Saturday, leaving them nine points off leaders Skelmersdale with five games in hand.

And while promotion remains a priority for Marginson, he is still dreaming of making the Premier Cup final.

"It's important to the fans," he said.

"Everyone loves a cup final, especially United fans who have such a great history in cups."