Shock and awe as minnows have cup night to rememberSports | AGENCIES 12 Jan 2021
Marine manager Neil Young thanked Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho for naming a strong side despite a 5-0 demolition of the eighth-tier side in the English FA Cup third round as Carlos Vinicius grabbed a first-half hat-trick.
The 168 league places between the sides is the biggest gap between opponents in 150 years of the FA Cup and the gulf in class showed as Spurs' fringe players took their chance to shine.
It was left to Crawley Town to deliver the round's biggest shock as the League Two outfit swept to a 3-0 win over Premier League side Leeds.
No fans were allowed into the matches due to coronavirus restrictions, but plenty watched on from gardens in the houses backing onto Marine's 3,185-capacity Rossett Park. And Marine did not miss out on their big pay day as 30,000 fans bought virtual tickets to support a side whose season has been curtailed due to the pandemic.
"They showed us a lot of respect," said Young of Spurs. "The football community and in particular the Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been incredible. Many non-league clubs are struggling so this for us is nice."
Spurs had to get changed in a function room due to social-distancing guidelines.
The home side missed out on facing Harry Kane as he did not travel, but Gareth Bale came on as a substitute for a Spurs side featuring Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura. "The boys were professionals and didn't stop until the game was over," said Mourinho. "The attitude was positive."
Due to Covid protocols, players were not allowed to swap shirts after the game. But the Marine squad had been provided with an unworn set of Spurs shirts.
At Crawley, Nick Tsaroulla, Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe scored against Leeds. Crawley handed a debut to former reality television star Mark Wright.
?Tottenham's Premier League match at Aston Villa on Thursday (HK time) has been postponed due to a number of Covid-19 cases at the Midlands club, with Spurs to play Fulham instead.