Grimsby Town's Marcus Marshall motivated by the lure of a Wembley FA Trophy final
MARCUS Marshall has already sampled Wembley's famous atmosphere – now he wants to taste glory at the famous stadium.
The on-loan winger fired home Grimsby Town's winner at Welling United on Saturday.
And that 20-yarder was enough to see the Mariners into the last-eight of the FA Trophy ahead of this lunchtime's quarter-final draw.
Having played for Rotherham United at the home of English football in the 2010 League Two play-off final, the 23-yard-old is desperate to return there with Town.
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"We lost 3-2 to Dagenham & Redbridge and I only came on for about 15 minutes," he told the Telegraph.
"But there were 40,000 fans there and it was a great experience. You've got to be so grateful to play at Wembley if you ever get the chance.
"You dream of it as a kid and it's the biggest prize for any footballer to play there. Everything is perfect, the pitch is just awesome and that's the level we all want to play at.
"We're well in with a chance. It doesn't matter who we get in the quarter-finals – if we work hard and play as we can we'll go close.
"We'd obviously prefer a home draw but if we have to go away and do what we did on Saturday then so be it. There's no easy way to win a trophy."
The weekend's Third Round clash was on a knife edge, at 1-1, when Marshall drilled a low drive into the corner of the net in the 52nd minute.
And, despite one or two scares, the Mariners held on to knock out their Conference South hosts.
"It was a decent win," Marshall added. "It wasn't easy and we knew it wasn't getting to be. They had won about ten on the bounce and the gaffers told us we would need to work hard for it.
"When we missed the penalty we thought it might go the other way but we did well to battle back.
"The gaffers stressed that we weren't going there to play an average non-league team because they're a decent side with plenty of ex-pros and they do like to play football."
Following his belter at Ebbsfleet United last month, Marshall is hoping his strike at Welling will encourage him to 'have a pop' on a more regular basis.
He explained: "I just saw Shaun (Pearson) with the ball on the edge and said 'set it' and he did! I put my foot through it and 'bang'. I knew straightaway it was going in – it was like an arrow.
"I need to work on having more shots, though. Even after my goal on Saturday I had a chance to shoot but tried to play Ross (Hannah) in instead, and then thought 'why didn't I shoot?'
"But it's coming and I'm confident I'll get more goals. Ross is a predator and would definitely have had a shot – I need to learn from him.
"I'm a winger so I need to weigh in with the assists first of all, but if the chance is there to have a pop, I shouldn't be turning it down."