MARLOW MAKE IT THROUGH IN FA CUP - AT LAST!
2 late goals give the Blues victory at Beaconsfield to see them into the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
The FA Cup is a competition that Marlow have been associated with since its inception in 1871-2 season and one in which they enjoyed much success in the 1990's but since then victories have been few and far between. Last season saw elimination at the first stage by Beaconsfield after a draw at their ground and a defeat after extra time and penalties at Oak Tree Road (plus 2 draws in the league matches) so it was with some trepidation that we travelled once again to our neighbours for this tie that followed our 3-2 victory away at Highworth Town in the previous round this just days after the famous trophy had visited Oak Tree Road in an FA promotion tour.
Following that visit to Wiltshire the Blues were missing both Kelvin Bossman and Kameron English whilst they had welcomed back Jordan Brown in the most recent victory over Hartley Wintney on Monday and likewise Richard Witt.
Early play saw neither keeper really bothered although a Charlie Samuel free kick in the second minute was not too far away from the target and a Beccky shot 5 minutes later was way off target when it should have had a better outcome. The home side came near to opening their account though some 5 minutes later when Stefan Powell struck a shot into the ground with Marlow's Calam Gallimore clearing off his goal-line to keep matters at 0-0.
Isaac Osei-Tutu was causing problems for the home defence with his pace but it was his head that produced the next effort from the visitors just before the half-hour with a deflection winning a corner. Isaac was responsible for the next chance too when stretching to meet a cross from Witt on the right he was unable to get a firm enough contact to really bother Jamie Norris in the home goal.
The next chance fell to Spence Bellotti in the 54th minute when he lifted the ball over Simon Grant in the Marlow goal but also wide of the far post and Grant was again in action some 8 minutes later to save at the foot of his post from Charlie Losasso as he cut in from the left.
The deadline was finally broken as it was beginning to look as if we might be looking at a repeat of the marathon of last season in the 78th minute when a throw to the feet of Brown in the Beccky area saw the tricky forward beat his marker, move on and hit home through the legs of Norris much to the delight of the visiting fans.
Five minutes later and the outcome was confirmed as Osei-Tutu headed forward to the feet of Samuel whose smart turn created some space for a powerful shot the flew across Norris and into the far side-netting.
Brown received a second yellow card in the 85th minute which left the Blues shorthanded foe the last 5 minutes of normal time plus another 5 added on but the home side never really looked like closing the gap which meant the Blues were now in territory that they have not been in for quite a number of years.