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Drama worthy of Shakespeare as Romeo grabs draw for Marlow FC with injury-time overhead kick

Devontae Romeo


There was drama worthy of Shakespeare on Tuesday night as Devontae Romeo secured a point for Marlow against Staines with an overhead kick in the third minute of injury time, writes Will Taylor.

Romeo’s moment of magic ensured Mark Bartley’s men left Wheatsheaf Park with a point after a Che Krabbendam brace had put the home side into the lead.

“I think I am happy with a point,” Bartley said.

“It is always hard, Tuesday night. I think we were the only away team to pick up a point.” He was also satisfied with the draw because Staines have ‘similar aspirations to us’ and the game ‘was well matched’.

Marlow started brightly, with Romeo beating his marker on the left and crossing to Ashleigh Artwell to fire home with just seven minutes on the clock.

The Blues then hit the bar and were left ruing their missed chance to go 2-0 up when Staines’ Che Krabbendam equalised following a slick move 16 minutes in.

Staines keeper Denzel Gerrar made a good save to keep the home side level and the home team went 2-1 up after pouncing when Marlow attempted to play a square pass on the edge of the box, with Krabbendam, clean through, applying the finish.

“The two goals we conceded are two goals that we would like to think we would not concede on a regular basis,” Bartley said.

It was Marlow who had the final say, though, with Romeo’s impressive finish coming after a scramble ensued from a corner.

Bartley was full of praise for Romeo, who he described as ‘Marlow’s Eden Hazard’.

“He is operating at a high level,” he said.

New boy Anton Rodgers was also singled out for praise. The midfielder is a ‘calming influence’ who ‘looks to play forward, he always looks to hurt the opposition’, according to Bartley.

Marlow next take on Cinderford Town at home in the FA Cup on Saturday and then play Chalfont St Peter in the league on Monday at Oak Tree Road.

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