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.