Woe for Blues as bright start fizzles out on the south coast.
Marlow unbeaten run comes to an end in Portsmouth.
Marlow had far from the ideal preparation for this fixture with delays in leaving at one end and with some late player arrivals at the other necessitating very late changes in the starting line-up. Having said that they had a pretty good start with Isaac Osei-Tutu
turning in a cross from Kameron English
in just the second minute. However joy was very short-lived with Ryan Pennery producing the equaliser 2 minutes later after receiving the ball into his feet with his back to goal and then turning and firing past Simon Grant
Grant was in action to deny the same player soon after but failed to prevent him putting the home side ahead on 15 minutes when his persistence paid off after blocking an attempted clearance and then firing past him.
Marlow had a chance to equalise themselves some 6 minutes after when the Bossman brothers combined with Allen turning the ball inside to Kelvin but big-brother fired over with the home keeper out of his goal. A further opportunity came in first-half stoppage time with Osei-Tutu sending his effort just over.
The home lead was extended just minutes into the second period when a long cross carried beyond the far post with Daniel Wooden firing into the ground and seeing the ball go past Grant and inside the opposite far post for what proved to be the final goal of the game as the teams played out what proved to be a sterile last 40 minutes with little threat of a goal at either end and in truth little to enthuse about.