Losing run comes to and end.
Returning forwards make the difference.
Marlow came into this game on the back of 4 straight defeats that had coincided with a spate of suspensions over the same period but at last manager Mark Bartley was faced with just the 1 for this game (Curtis Chapple) and although skipper Chris Ovenden was unavailable had the majority of his squad to choose from.
was reinstated to his customary target- man position after 6 games out and made an immediate impact by opening the scoring just before half-time with Marcus Mealing
who had made a cameo appearance at Aylesbury on Tuesday evening, grabbing what proved to be the winning goal, very quickly after entering the game as a late substitute.
The first period saw few chances of producing a goal at either end with the first coming for the visitors in the 16th minute following and Isaac Osei-Tutu
run along the left followed by a low ball in which Jordan Brown
turned back for Kelvin Bossman
to see the Wood’s keeper push his diving header away.
The home side had just the 1 chance before the interval with Tayo Davies-Coker heading over following a dead ball cross in the 37th minute whilst the Blues took the lead 4 minutes before the break thanks to the Bossman brothers – Allen driving in a corner from the right and Kelvin’s perfect header beating the keeper in his top left angle.
Marlow started the second half by far the brighter and a spell of inter-passing between Junaid Bell and Kelvin Bossman
just 5 minutes after the restart saw Bossman’s shot end in the side netting before the home side started to come more into the game which eventually saw them grab an equaliser with58 minutes on the clock. Simon Grant
got his hand to a cross which dropped into the path of Tayshan Hayden-Smith who was able to take advantage of a dearth of Marlow defenders and volley back past Grant without any form of challenge.
In the following 10 minutes it was Grant who kept the Blues in the game as he made a double save from close-range to keep out efforts from Harry Newman followed soon after by a header from Mesach Williams.
Marlow gradually worked their way back into control and the introduction of Marcus Mealing
and Kamaron English provided added impetus. With his first touch Mealing spread play wide to Allen Bossman
who went on to beat his marker and draw a low save from Brendan Hazlett before then combining with Jordan Brown
to set-up another chance for Bossman who this time fired wide from an excellent position. This eventful period though finally bore fruit with Mealing deflecting a mishit shot from Channing Campbell-Young
into the home net in the 84th minute. Marcus then earned himself a yellow card within 60 seconds more, before then seeing a goalbound effort blocked almost immediately after.
Fellow substitute English was also proving an annoyance with his pace and almost added another soon after with Hazlett parrying a fierce shot behind as the Blues finished strongly.