The dream lives on
Marlow's dream of reaching the final of the Berks and Bucks Trophy continues after a hard fought but well deserved win over hosts Buckingham Athletic
The defining moment of this quarter final arrived in just the 4th minute as a three man move involving Namyslak, Bushay and Nicol resulted in the ball arriving at the feet of Captain Qwam Thomas six yards from goal and he planted said ball past keeper Benion into the back of the net.
The game was unsurprisingly a scrappy affair played as it was on a heavy uneven but playable pitch, and it was the visitors who scrapped and battled their way into the semi final.
Buckingham enjoyed a fair share of the play during the first 45 minutes but keeper Cal Akerman was barely troubled as his defence contained the hosts forwards with some comfort whilst at the other end United continually troubled their opponents .
After taking the early lead Marlow created a number of decent opportunities with Thomas, Homes, Nicol and Bushay all creating goal chances which they were unable to convert.
Buckingham rarely threatened but when they did it was usually from a set piece which were dealt with capably by the defence.
Half time arrived with United one goal to the good but had they been two or three ahead it would have been a fairer reflection of the game.
If the first half was comfortable for Marlow the second was if anything easier as they contained the hosts who with the exception of King rarely looked capable of unlocking the United defence.
Namyslak, who covered every blade of grass ably supported by Captain Thomas and Homes were winning the midfield battle with the back four of Jarra, Mckie, Hardie and Braim cancelling out any threats from a toothless Buckingham forward line.
The only area of concern to Marlow on the day was their inability to convert their chances into goals, had they done so the tie would have been over long before the end.
With the heavy pitch taking its toll manager Letts introduced Clarke, Trumpett and Catalin for Homes, Nicol and Bushay as they looked to see out the game.
As it was only an inexplicable 6 minutes of added on time caused any anxiety to the visitors bench, fortunately that anxiety did not transmit itself to the players who calmly played out the final few minutes to progress to the semi final were they will host Newport Pagnell Reserves on3rd of March at Derehams Lane.
Akerman, Jarra, Braim, Hardie, Mckie, Namyslak, Homes, Thomas (c) Nicol, Bushay, Sutherland
C Clarke for G Homes 74
J Trumpett for A Nicol 82
S Catalin for L Bushay 82
Qwam Thomas 4
C Akerman 7
J Jarra 7
J Braim 7
A Mckie 8
J Hardie 8
G Homes 7
Q Thomas 8
J Namyslak 8
A Nicol 7
L Bushay 7
W Sutherland 8
C Clarke 7
J Trumpett 7
C Catalin 7