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AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Marlow
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Full time Attendance 453

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.

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Highlights

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83:00 Sub On
Charlie Barton is substituted on for Marlow
83:00 Sub Off
Jordace Holder-Spooner is substituted off for Marlow
72:00 Yellow Card
Simon Grant is yellow carded for Marlow
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Fabian Etienne is yellow carded for Marlow
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Rushden & Diamonds
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Fabian Etienne Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Simon Grant Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Jordace Holder-Spooner Sub Off 83:00'
  • Charlie Barton Sub On 83:00'

Team selection

Grant, Simon Grant, Simon
Chapple, Curtis Chapple, Curtis
Gallimore, Calum Gallimore, Calum
Kerrigan, Jack Kerrigan, Jack
Ovenden, Chris Ovenden, Chris
Etienne, Fabian Etienne, Fabian
Welch, Jay Welch, Jay
Holder-Spooner, Jordace Holder-Spooner, Jordace
English, Kameron English, Kameron
Bossman, Kelvin Bossman, Kelvin
Bell, Junaid Bell, Junaid

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Aylesbury United 39 49
14. Uxbridge 39 45
15. Marlow 38 44
16. Egham Town 37 44
17. Northwood 39 35
18. Fleet Town 40 34
19. Hanwell Town 37 33

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