Valiant fightbacks from Blues are just not quite enough
Marlow exit Buildbase FA Trophy after extra time in replay
Marlow found themselves without Chris Ovenden, and Richard Witt owing to work commitments, suffered a couple of injuries during the game but fought to the end in trying to overcome their Essex opponents. Having also suffered the trials of the M25 with advised delays of more than an hour clockwise the coach took the anti-clockwise route to Aveley followed by a slightly delayed kick-off meaning a rushed preparation for this Buildbase FA Trophy replay –h ardly the best of starts – and worse was to follow. In just the second minute the home side had the ball in the net when a cross from Paul Preston on the right was headed past Simon Grant
to score a goal – something that neither side managed in the first encounter at Oak Tree Road on Saturday.
A goal-line block on 16 minutes prevented Aveley increasing their lead whilst an immediate advance to the other end saw home keeper Rhys Madden keep out a shot on the turn from Jay Welch
. A further save was required soon after to push a piledriver from Allen Bossman
away before Marlow pressure eventually paid off with Jordace Holder Spooner shooting hard and lo past Madden to bring the scores level.
Both sides were cancelling each other out at this stage although Jordan Brown
was denied by Madden just before the half-hour and that is how the sides went in at the interval.
Having conceded early in the first period Marlow then proceeded to do the same in the second when poor defending allowed a ball from the left to reach the unmarked Jordan Peart inside their area and he smashed the ball home to restore the lead. Again the Blues worked their way back into the game and Holder-Spooner was unlucky to see his drive from 25 yards go behind off the outside of a post on the hour. Marlow had already lost Ryan Paros to injury in the first half and now saw Grant forced off with a hamstring problem suffered some minutes eariler with Oneal Garnes replacing him in the goal. For Aveley Maja also struck the woodwork as the game entered stoppage time with victory looking imminent for the home side –but it was not to be. In the 4th minute Marlow won a free kick just outside the home box and although Marcus Mealing’s free kick rebounded back off the defensive wall he then coolly despatched the ball back into the net to send the game into extra time – but only after Madden had kept out a close-range header from Mealing as the visitors almost grabbed a very late winner.
Yet again the Marlow defence allowed the home side too much space and were made to pay when Nathan Koranteng restored their lead but a rebound onto the shin of Jordan Lee-Brown almost restored parity very quickly only to be scrambled away. Amazing a repeat within a minute or so this time saw the same happen but this time the ball beat Madden and the scores were level yet again.
Madden went on to deny Mealing yet again before Garnes was out of his area to clear at the other end only to see the ball blocked, run into the path of Paul Preston and returned into the unguarded net as he tried to recover his position.
Yet again the Blues found themselves behind and this time they were unable to recover with Michael Osei using his strength to outmuscle Junaid Bell and put the game to bed in the 119th minute.