Marsden slipped to their first defeat of the season at Whiteleas last week and face a formidable task to get back on track when they travel to new table toppers Peterlee, for whom professional Aaron Shellie is in fine form.
Reflecting on last weekend’s defeat chairman Paul Snaith was very clear on the main difference between the two sides.
Snaith said: “The Whiteleas professional bowled a really effective spell of pace bowling that was probably as quick as anything I have seen in the league for 2-3 years and on the day we just couldn’t cope.
“We also probably let them get away from us with the bat and should really have polished off their tail and been chasing a score of around 100.”
The chairman wasn’t too despondent however adding, “This was our first defeat in four matches and as a team we are fully focussed on adding to our win tally at Peterlee.”
Marsden keep faith with the team that suffered that first defeat, with Callum Amess keeping his place in the team having shown real determination when batting.
Neil Cairns’ second team also tasted defeat in the reverse fixture and are struggling to post a competitive total.
A number of batsmen are making starts, but wickets when they fall are coming in clusters.
Like the first team, Cairns will ask the same eleven to show some resilience and bounce back.
The third team are in local derby action themselves tonight when they entertain South Shields Academy at Jack Clark Park, 6pm start.