Final third of the game proves costly in terms of discipline.
Marlow finish game with 8 but defence holds firm in that period.
In a match which saw the second period start with a single goal deficit for a Marlow side hindered by 5 players missing through suspension (for a variety of reasons), another ill (Curtis Chapple) and another unavailable (Richard Witt) you would have through things could not get much more difficult – but they did!
It didn’t start much better as the home side took the lead in the 8th minute through Nathan Frater who took a free kick from outside the Marlow “D” and somehow found the low left corner of Simon Grant
An early shock but not one that dwelt on the minds of the visitors as they enjoyed the following 20 minutes or so and came near to equalising following a 1-2 between Jordace Holder-Spooner
and Chris Ovenden
which finished with the former (playing in the unaccustomed role of striker) having his shot blocked by the legs of the home keeper.
Soon after it was the turn of Isaac Osei-Tutu
to go close, but having got onto the end of a through ball from Holder-Spooner he saw his cross-shot go agonisingly wide. However a clearance from Junaid Bell
was required off the Marlow line to prevent Dunstable increasing their lead soon followed by a Bell shot being deflected just over the angle of the home goal at the other end.
Bell was particularly prominent in exchange in this period and a cross from him in the 35th minute ended with Osei-Tutu’s header at the far post being deflected over for a corner.
This pressure eventually paid off as a free-kick woked between Allen Bossman
and Holder-Spooner end with the latter somehow squeezing a shot inside the far post after avoiding a defender and the keer to brings the scores level.
Unfortunately just as it looked as if the game was to be level at the interval the home side broke (calls for offside being ignored by the linesman) and although Grant did very well to block a shot with his chest as he came off his line he was powerless to prevent the follow-up from Frater, who came in from the left, just avoiding a defender on the Marlow line.
Frater failed to take an excellent opportunity within 2 minutes of the restart to complete his hat-trick whulst marlow almost made him pay as Osei-Tutu headed past the home keeper as he came off his line to challenge but in so doing saw the ball run just wide enough for the angle to prevent his pull-back going between the posts.
The game then took a severe turn for the worse.
Holder-Spooner committed a foul and correctly received a caution in the 66th minute with Ryan Parsons
receiving a straight red 10 minutes later for what the referee deemed a dangerous tackle with the home player certainly contributing to the outcome. Then came more bad news as following a foul on Osei-Tutu an angry response saw another yellow card waved before the unwelcomed intervention of Grant who received 2 in quick succession, before the resulting red.
And it did not finish there as the referee (seemingly not up-to-date with modern youth language – like me)misunderstood a term uttered by Holder-Spooner and produced his yellow and then red cards once more.
In this same period the home side racked up 4 yellows too – all coming from the 66th minute onwards!
The final outcome sees Dunstable take over the lead at the head of the table and Marlow looking at losing 3 players from the next game!