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Ashford Town (Middx)
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C Barton (8'), K Bossman (83')
Tue 2 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 143


Early lead disappears n face of Ashford onslaught.

Having been ahead in the game since the 8th minute the Blues failed to build on that lead and collapsed shortly into the second half in conceding 4 times and succumbed to another defeat on the road.
Firstly though it must be said that the Ashford pitch was in astonishingly good condition following a home game there a matter of days before and the terrible weather of late - yes there were a few slips and slides and very muddy kit but overall an excellent outcome and congratulations to the groundsman.

Recently returned Kamaron English sat out this encounter by agreement with his previous club and the Blues took the early lead with returnee Charlie Barton curling in a corner from the left on the stiff breeze in the 8th minute and seeing home keeper Tyler Tobin getting both hands onto the ball but only after it had been judged to have crossed the line.
Very little of note was then seen in the remainder of the half from either side until a curling shot from James Cottee was just wide of the Marlow goal as half-time approached and so the side went in with the visitors holding the lead.

A similar circumstance almost saw a repeat for the Blues 8 minutes after the restart from open play but this time the assistant at the other end rules that the Marlow effort had not crossed the line and this proved to have a major effect on the outcome as 2 minutes later a hotly-disputed decision led to a penalty being awarded in the Marlow box which Alex Fisher converted to level the scores and change the momentum.
Just a minute later the home side took the lead with Dan Fleming following-up a shot that was beaten down by Simon Grant to slam the ball back past the Marlow keeper and put Ashford ahead for thr first time in the game. Five minutes later and the lead was increased through Cottee who collected a back-heel on the edge of the area and fired in to make it 3-1 and a further 5 minutes on Scott Weight dragged the ball from behind him without challenge into the net to increase the advantage yet again.
A hint of hope came to the Blues in the 83rd minute with the award of a free kick just outside the Ashford box which Kelvin Bossman took and which somehow ended in the home net following a deflection that left Tobin completed wrong-footed but nothing further in the game ever really looked likely to alter the outcome.

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Key moments

Goal Charlie Barton scores for Marlow
Goal Kelvin Bossman scores for Marlow


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83:00 Goal 0 - 2
Kelvin Bossman scores for Marlow
77:00 Yellow Card
Chris Ovenden is yellow carded for Marlow
71:00 Yellow Card
Jack Kerrigan is yellow carded for Marlow
57:00 Yellow Card
Kelvin Bossman is yellow carded for Marlow
45:00 Yellow Card
Fabian Etienne is yellow carded for Marlow
End of period 1
8:00 Goal 0 - 1
Charlie Barton scores for Marlow
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ashford Town (Middx)
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Charlie Barton Goal 8:00'
  • Fabian Etienne Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Jack Kerrigan Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Chris Ovenden Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Goal 83:00'

Team selection

Grant, Simon Grant, Simon
Chapple, Curtis Chapple, Curtis
Bailey, Daniel Bailey, Daniel
Kerrigan, Jack Kerrigan, Jack
Gallimore, Calum Gallimore, Calum
Etienne, Fabian Etienne, Fabian
Welch, Jay Welch, Jay
Barton, Charlie Barton, Charlie
Osei-Tutu, Isaac Osei-Tutu, Isaac
Bossman, Kelvin Bossman, Kelvin
Ovenden, Chris Ovenden, Chris


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
12. Ashford Town (Middx) 42 56
13. Aylesbury United 42 52
14. Marlow 42 49
15. Uxbridge 42 49
16. Egham Town 42 48
17. Northwood 42 41
18. Hanwell Town 42 34

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