Blues gain first win on the road
By Terry Staines
Many changes - clean sheet - 3 points on the road.
Two second half goals secured the points for a much-changed line-up to make it a productive week-end for the Blues.
With Simon Grant missing for the first time this season following his late injury in Saturday's win over Northwood Marlow were forced into introducing a new custodian at Petersfield. Also missing were Chris Ovenden and Devontae Romeo through illness along with Isaac Osei-Tutu and Simeon Howell and Phil John so manager Mark Bartley was involved in much running around to get a competitive side onto the field - and they did him proud.
A very difficult surface that was not conducive to passing football and with a pronounced slope awaited them and it must be said that the first period had very little to commend it even though Marcus Mealing
set up a chance for Allen Bossman
in just the 4th minute.
In the 14th and 15th minutes a couple of chances came the way of Benjamin Neal for the home side but firstly his dipping shot was just too high and Omari Edwards-Holmes easily collected his attempted lob soon after.
A cross-shot from Stuart Green that was just too high briefly threatened on the half-hour for the Rams with a hard cross from Bossman just too far ahead of both Anaclet Odhiambo and Marcus Mealing
as the half-time whistle neared.
Five minutes into the second period Mealing and Odhiambo combined to set up the former but his well-hit effort from 20 yards was pushed behind by Thomas Boyle in the home goal as the visitors looked more dangerous. Reward was to follow 9 minutes later when a Bossman corner was met by the head of Lewis Gabbidon and his downward header reared up off the hard and uneven surface to find the back of the net.
There was little threat of an equaliser being offered by the home side and the game was put to bed in similar fashion in the 79th minute when a curling free kick from Jake Simpson was headed home in decisive fashion by Odhiambo in space and 6 yards out. In fact Marlow almost added a third in stoppage time when substitute Usman Lalustani smashed against a post after some useful approach work.