03:00PM, Friday 12 April 2019
Marlow FC produced a stunning comeback, scoring twice in injury time to snatch a 4-3 win against Molesey on Tuesday night.
The Blues came into the game off the back of their own late heartbreak on Saturday, when Waltham Abbey equalised late in the day to snatch a 3-3 draw, but substitute Marcus Mealing was the hero this time around, converting a 90th minute penalty before grabbing the winner minutes later.
“It was a total contrast to Saturday,” said Blues boss Mark Bartley.
“We conceded a late goal at the weekend and this time we scored two late ones. So I’m really pleased.”
After a tight first half brought no goals for either side, Bartley’s men were forced to come from behind three times against the league's second bottom side.
First captain Chris Ovenden cancelled out Joe Yates’ 52nd minute strike before James Clark equalised after Dre Grobler had restored Molesey's lead.
Marlow’s third equaliser of the night was the most dramatic of the lot, as Mealing kept his cool to convert a 90th minute penalty before turning the game on its head with the winner, deep into injury-time.
“I thought we were the better side but we found ourselves a goal behind late on and I had to change tactics a bit,” added Bartley.
“I threw on three big forwards and pumped balls into the box looking to get something and thankfully we did.”
The turnaround was made even more vital after Bracknell Town slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat to bottom of the table Egham Town.
Bartley is now fully focused on Saturday's trip to FC Romania, where a win would all but clinch a play-off spot.
“It will be another tough game,” said Bartley.
“FC Romania pick up good results at home and they pitch share with Cheshunt so it’s a nice pitch.
“It’s an opportunity for us to all but guarantee a playoff place.
“We are nine points ahead of those outside it and if we can win one more game then we will, at minimum, still be nine points clear.”
Victory on Saturday could see the Blues leapfrog Bracknell into second if Bracknell were to lose at Northwood.
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