Blues share spoils following late penalty from City.
Three scorching goals fail to gain full reward against high-flying City
A 90th minute penalty robbed Marlow of a couple of what would have been hard-earned points against a side that had twice taken the lead in an entertaining game at Oak Tree Road.
Cambridge City arrived in second position in the division but it was the Blues who carved out the first chance of the game with Isaac Osei-Tutu
getting along the left to send in a cross in the 8th minute that was met by the head of Kelvin Bossman
but ended just over the away goal.The reaction from the visitors was swift with a quick free kick chipped across the Marlow goal where Ryan Sharman took advantage of a considerable height advantage over Junaid Bell
to head in from close range.
Within minutes an excellent opportunity arose to make it 2-0 but this time Ton Knowles shot way off target from free space inside the Marlow box.
Next it was the turn for Marlow to miss a great chance with Allen Bosman chipping weakly into the hands of Niall Conroy as he came out to challenge him whereas any height on the ball would surely have ended in an unguarded net.
For the remainder of the half it was the home side that looked the most likely to score the next goal with Kelvin Bossman
getting on the end of a free kick and blasting against Conroy from close-range and Allen Bossman
seeing his floated cross rebound off the far post then strike a defender before going behind for a corner which led to a scramble inside the City box before being scrambled away. However the ball was soon back into the same area and this time fell in the direction of Jahson Downes
who firstly had an effort blocked before smashing into the net for a fully deserved equaliser.
Unfortunately for the Blues they could not keep the scores level the break as with 4 minutes of the half left a low cross from the left was turned in by Sharman to put the visitors back into the lead by diverting the ball past Simon Grant
Into the second period and the first real chance fell to the visitors on the hour with Salim Relizani setting up Knowles on a very quick break but as in the first period the finish left much to be desired.
It took some 10 minutes for the failure to convert to hit home with Allen Bossman
taking advantage of a blocked effort coming back in his direction and sending a well-hit shot into the far corner of the City goal to once again draw the sides level. Just 3 minutes later another chance fell to the same player but a mishit volley saw the that go begging.
Having already seen 2 excellent strikes from their team the Marlow supporters were the treated to another with Jordan Brown
beating Conroy from distance to put the Blues deservedly ahead in the 82nd minute - a position they did not really look like ceding - at least until the last minute of normal time when a penalty was awarded following a challenge by Grant in the box as the game was nearing its end. Sharman put the ball down the middle of the goal with Grant moving to the side and his ha-trick goal one again levelled the scores and brought the game to an end with both sides probably satisfied with their efforts being rewarded.