BUILDBASE FA TROPHY ENDS IN FIRST 0-0 OF THE SEASON
STALEMATE AT 90 MINUTES MEANS REPLAY ON MONDAY
A first goalless game of the season means the Blues have to travel to Essex on Monday evening in their quest to advance in this season's Buildbase FA Trophy following this encounter at Oak Tree Road - even though they looked the side most likely to break the deadlock throughout. The majority of opportunities fell to the home side but Aveley had keeper Rhys Madden to thank for a series of important saves that kept the Marlow strikers at bay and achieve what looked to be their aim of a strong defensive-based performance.
The first real chance of the game came when Isaac Osei-Tutu
for Marlow saw a shot blocked in the 13th minute and Kelvin Bossman
picked up the rebound but rather than shoot first-time he chose to sidestep a defender and then let fly only for Madden to make his first save of the afternoon.
A few minutes later Kamaron English saw a fierce drive go just wide as the Blues continued to apply the pressure with Aveley offering little at the other end at this stage but just past the half-hour they almost opened the scoring only to see Simon Grant
at full-stretch to push a shot away from his top corner. From this he managed to get his fist to the ball but was nowhere near the return which struck the bar before being cleared.
A few minutes into the second period a curling free kick from Jordan Brown
who was just outside the box somehow avoided a crowded 6 yard box and was inches wide of the Aveley post, followed soon after by a clearance from a Marlow defender on his own line as the game started to be played more in the midfield part of the pitch up to the final 10 minutes or so. In the 84th minutes a cross from substitute Jordace Holder-Spooner
was headed over by Kelvin Bossman
followed 2 minutes later by another of those saves from Madden this time keeping t an excellent volley on the turn by English.
Holder Spooner did then succeed in controlling a dropping ball and finally getting it past the Aveley keeper with an excellent lob but the "goal" was ruled out by a linesman's flag to leave the scoreline unaltered.