HARD-WORKING BLUES GAIN DESERVED POINT
TABLE-TOPPERS FAIL TO UNLOCK BLUE'S DEFENCE
Manager Mark Bartley felt well-satisfied with his set-up and performance of his side at table-toppers Rushden & Diamonds as the lads on the pitch carried out his plan with 90 minutes of applied effort and came away with a thoroughly deserved point from a side with 9 straight wins behind them.
Still without Alex Salmon, Richard Witt, Jordan Lee-Brown and top-scorer Allen Bossman those on the pitch did what was asked of them and aided by some wayward finishing they kept the home side to just a few real opportunities over the 90 minutes and went close themselves to pinching an occasional goal in the periods when they managed to get on top.
The home side threatened early on with Ryan Robbins going past Curtis Chapple on the left and pulling his low cross beyond the far left post of Simon Grant's goal. It was also the home side that had the next opportunity as Joe Curtis flicked on a low cross that somehow failed to cross the Marlow line.
Marlow though gradually were growing into the game and threatened the home goal twice before the break with the home keeper at full-stretch to fingertip a shot from Kelvin Bossman around his left-hand post and then watch a 25 yard shor from Kamaron English rise a foot or so over his crossbar.
An early opportunity presented itself to the Blues just into the second period but the resultant free kick from Jordace Holder-Spooner was hit straight onto the defensive wall and another long-range shot from English was just too high on the hour as the home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession whilst rarely posing a threat on the Marlow goal as the defence worked their socks off to keep them at bay coupled with some wayward finishing as the home side got more and more frustrated in their efforts to overcome what they found in their path.
The game finished with 3 consecutive corners in time added on but from each the visitors stood firm as in the preceding minutes and the final whistle saw the effort o the visitors acknowledged and rewarded.