Carl Jarrett is fully aware his Marske United side will have to show stamina as well as skill if a dream double is to be achieved.
By Ken Gaunt
They return to Northern League business on Tuesday with a match against neighbours Guisborough after clinching a place in the FA Vase semi-final following a 3-0 victory at Bracknell Town.
It is the start of hectic schedule which will see them play 10 matches by the end of March. Marske are 24 points adrift of leaders Morpeth but could overtake them as they have a massive 11 games in hand.
The downside is that the high-fliers from the Cleveland coast finish their campaign with a run of 12 away games as work on their new pitch starts in April.
Marske manager Jarrett said: “It is a frightening prospect, a big ask, but I believe in this group of players. They need a bit of help, though, and that’s why I have added another two to three lads to beef up the squad.
“It has been a good season so far and it could get even better. If we win the title, I would say we have really earned it, given the run-in.
“If we were up for promotion I think the club would go for it.”
Marske have a formidable record in the Vase, scoring 22 goals and conceding only five in their eight games to go through to the last four for the first time. But Jarrett dismissed talk of his side being favourites ahead of the
draw. “It does not mean anything, “ he said. “It is just a betting thing.”
“One bad game and you are out. I was a bit worried in the first 20 minutes at Bracknell, who are a
good side. But we picked up in the second half and could have scored more goals.”