FC UNITED manager Karl Marginson has taken advantage of the recent run of postponed games to work on his players’ fitness.
The reds have not played since they lost 4-2 at Eastwood Town two weeks ago due to bad weather but Margy says that the squad will be fighting fit for the visit of Marine on Saturday, December 20, kick-off 3pm.
He said: "With having no games recently we have worked the players very hard in training. Usually we train on a Tuesday if we play on a Wednesday so we can’t work them too much but there’s been nothing to stop us putting them through their paces this week.
"There is a really good buzz about the place at the moment and the lads seemed to enjoy the hard work. They have all reacted well.
"They had their Christmas do last weekend and the team spirit is very high. Marine will provide a tough challenge, as they are third in the league, but we beat the top team in Hednesford the last time we played at Gigg Lane so we’re confident of taking something from Saturday."
Full backs Simon Garner and Danny Warrender are available for the Gigg Lane clash. Garner has shaken off the flu and Warrender has recovered from the injury that he suffered during a night out.
Margy revealed that long-term absentee Jamie Baguley has started running again following a knee injury and should be available for selection within two weeks. And Danny Williams, who broke his leg at Whitby in October, has had his cast removed and is expected to be back in training at the start of the New Year.
The admission price for the Marine game is £7.50 for adults while under-18s can get in for free.