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The Vanarama National League South

Own goal separates Blues and Rebels

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Att: 239
0 - 1
Slough Town
Gray o.g. (40)
Simon Sweeney
An own goal from former Rebel Johnny Gray five minutes before half time was all that separated Marlow and Slough Town in a drab encounter at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground.

It was Slough who started the better of the two sides, and Steve Sinclair showed great tenacity to win the ball in the left full-back area. The winger’s ball into the box eventually fell for returning skipper Paul Edgeworth, who drilled the ball across the face of goal and wide.

A better chance arrived when Sinclair burst forward again and fed Garry Sippetts, who clipped the ball across for Edgeworth in a good position twelve yards out, but he volleyed over the bar.

A superb last-ditch tackle from Jon Case denied a certain goal late in the half, as Sippetts attempted to lay the ball off to Buchanan six yards out.

But the key moment of the match came with 40 minutes on the clock as Slough took a lead which their overall play had just about merited. Robbie Kean’s cross from the left hand side was heading towards Sinclair, but Johnny Gray got in front of the Slough winger and got the telling touch on the ball, sending it dribbling into Michael Watkins’ goal.

The goal proved vital for Slough, as neither side created any clear-cut opportunities in the second half and the Rebels were largely able to hold onto their lead comfortably, with only a few nervous moments near the end.

The closest Marlow came to a goal was a free kick from Isaac which Perks comfortably tipped over his crossbar, and from the resulting corner, Gray almost made up for his earlier indiscretion by scoring direct, but his whipped cross went all the way across the face of goal and just wide.

There seemed a distinct lack of urgency from the team in blue in the closing stages, although Steve Bateman might be concerned with the lack of chances created by his own side against an albeit well-organised team. Ricky Perks and his defence were able to deal with the aerial threat posed by Marlow in the closing stages, seeing the game through to its conclusion and recording another vital three points ahead of a tough trip to Bury on Saturday.

Marlow Line up

Watkins, Case, Gray, Willment, Avery, Elsegood, Mason, Roberts (Mealing), Harman (Isaac), Roche (Burrell), Lane. Subs not used: Croxford, K Stone.

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