Poor performance sees losing run continue
Early lead allowed to fizzle out
Marlow's recent woes continued at a ground that has not been one that has rarely seen a good performance or result for the Blues. Still suffering the effects of recent disciplinary issues manager Mark Bartley was again forced into shuffling his squad with some players in unusual positions for them to overcome forced absences and unavailabilities, combined with using a system to accommodate these changes. On the plus side was the inclusion of Marcus Mealing
for the first time this season and his entry into the game heralded a late improvement for the Blues but not enough to affect the outcome.
The first effort at goal came from the home side and required a fingertip save by Simon Grant
from a mishit effort in the 9th minute which was followed a couple om minutes later by a mishit shot from Davis Haule with the Blues gradually working their way into the game. This threat began to increase and continued into he 19thminute when a delightful ball from Jordan Brown
inside the home full-back allow Kamaron English to get in on the left and flash a low cross that was met by Allen Bossman
coming in from the other flank to open the scoring.
Unfortunately this lead lasted just a matter of minutes as the scores were level within 4 minutes when the Marlow defence allowed Shayne Almond to swivel and volley past Grant and with no further goals to follow that is how the teams went in at the break despite a scramble at the home end that saw 3 efforts blocked in quick succession jut past the half-hour.
The home side soon took control of the second period by scoring a contentious second goal within 2 minutes as Calam Galimore was held back and thus unable to prevent \ty \deacon putting the ball past Grant - something the referee acknowledged later that he had not seen (what about the assistant referee you may well ask?).
What followed was certainly not the best that the Blues have served up this season and another fingertip save in the 64th from Grant was required to keep the deficit to just the one goal - unfortunately poor defending continued and a third goal followed in the 74th minute with Grant making a block only for Deacon to touch the rebound In with 6 Marlow players in the box but ineffective.
A couple of late substitutions by Marlow added some life and zest to the later stages of the game but not enough to change the outcome or indicate that any such thing was likely.