FORMER Bala Town defender Anthony Miley was among a host of former JD Cymru Premier players to star for Marine in their 5-0 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.

The Liverpool-based side play in the Northern Premier League’s North West Division One - the eighth tier on the English football pyramid.

The hosts clash with Premier League side Spurs in the third round of the prestigious FA Cup was a David v Goliath tie and a glamorous one which brought much media attention for the club.

But it was Jose Mourinho’s side, who were without star man Harry Kane, that cruised to a 5-0 win in the end thanks to a hat-trick from Carlos Vinicius and strikes from Lucas Moura and youngster Alfie Devine.

It just wasn't to be on the night for Marine, who had beat Colchester (5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw) and Havant and Waterlooville 1-0 in previous rounds of the FA Cup.

Nevertheless, it was a great cup run for Neil Young’s Marine side whose home ground showcased all that is great about the FA Cup, with locals watching the match over the fence of their back gardens.

The home side's squad featured a number of players who previously played in Wales’ top-flight.

Former Bala Town centre back Anthony Miley, who also represented Bangor City during his time in Wales, played the full 90 for the home team against Spurs and had also scored v Colchester in the FA Cup first round.

Another one to have played the full match was James Joyce, who was a big part of the Llandudno squad who impressed in the Welsh Premier in 2015/16, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.

Fellow starter and midfielder Josh Hmami was previously with The New Saints and Ryan Wignall and Danny Shaw, who both came on from the bench against Spurs, were once with Connah’s Quay and Llandudno.

Even Marine’s management team on Sunday evening had strong links to North Wales football.

Manager Neil Young was once assistant to John Hulse at Rhyl FC and went on to be the man who guided Colwyn Bay to the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division via the Division One (the league Marine are in now) play-offs in 2009/10.

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His assistant for the game against Spurs was Alan Morgan (above), who led Llandudno into the Welsh Premier League for the first time in the club’s history back in 2015.

He also previously managed Colwyn Bay and Aberystwyth Town, and was also assistant to Neville Powell at Bangor City, in a time which they won two Welsh Cups.

Former Barry Town United forward Momodou Touray, now with Salford City, had also been in fine form for Marine, netting six goals this season before his loan spell came to an end earlier this month.