MARLOW MISS CHANCES AND LOSE LEAD
MISSED CHANCES AND SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE COSTS BLUES DEARLY
A game in which Marlow took an early lead, had chances to increase this further but ultimately went on to lose late on after yet another red card left supporters and management alike frustrated yet again.
With skipper Chris Ovenden joining long-term absentee Kelvin Bossman on the sidelines following his sending off against Ashford Town last weekend and Jordace Holder-Spooner absent following the his partner giving birth days earlier Marlow were forced into yet another reshuffle for the visit of Kempston Rovers but this did not seem to bother them early on as in the 6th minute Kamaron English cut in from the right, checked and chipped a ball goalwards which took a slight deflection off the head of a defender and flew past keeper Marin Conway into the far top corner. English went on to cause many more problems for the visiting defence in the fist perion and almost set up a second goal 12 minutes later only o see his cross form the right end up just behind Jordan Brown
and Isaac Osei-Tutu
who were supporting in the visitors' box.
The first opportunity for the visitors came in the 24th minute when a scramble in the home area ended with a hasty clearance form Calam Gallimore who received an injury in preventing a goal-scoring opportunity at the cost of a corner. Minutes later a header from Robbie Goodman was taken by Simon Grant
just under his bar following a corner.
Having survived this spell from the visitors Marlow were pushing again at the other end where Charlie Samuel
fought to gain possession and having done so saw his low shot turned round the post for a corner by Conway at full-stretch. Conway did the same again as half-time approached to deny Samuel once more as he collected a pass from English and again looked to find the corner of the goal. In between a slip by Gallimore allowed Jake Newman to get into the Marlow box and set up Ben Shepherd but this time it was the marlow keeper who managed to deflect the shot wide for a corner to let the Blues leave the pitch with a deserved lead.
The visitors looked more determined after the interval and almost grabbed an equaliser 10 minutes in when a cross from Sam Johnson bounced off the Marlow bar and away but this proved to be only a slight delay in the inevitable as 2 minutes later they had the ball in the net after a quick break from their own defence saw Newman hold the ball up at the Marlow end and then slip the ball inside to substitute Luke Heneghan who fired past Grant.
Worse was to come for the Blues as minutes later Curtis Chapple
received a second yellow card for a late tackle followed by the inevitable red and yet again Marlow were left short in numbers to play out the remaining minutes and this they were unable to do on this occasion.
As the game entered the final 110 minutes Grant left his 6 yard box to try to reach a high ball, failed to get to it and whilst trying to recover his position saw a low drive from Shepherd from outside the area hit past him to put the visitors ahead for the first (and final) time.
To their credit the Blues did not accept this without trying to get back on level terms and Gallimore was particularly unfortunate in seeing headers beat Conway in both the 86th and 88th minutes only to be foiled by defenders clearing off the line.