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Marlow FC salvage a point at Chalfont St Peter after early exit from FA Cup

A gruelling bank holiday schedule saw Marlow exit the FA Cup before salvaging a point in the Isthmian League South Central Division two days later.

The Blues crashed out of club football’s oldest competition on Saturday after shipping four first-half goals at Oak Tree Road against opponents Cinderford Town.

An own-goal and a second-half strike from Kelvin Bossman restored some pride for the hosts but boss Mark Bartley conceded the damage was already done.

He said: “Cinderford were a good side, they’ve similar aspirations to us and were strong from set-pieces.

“We were a bit naïve defensively and when you concede a goal the last thing you want to do is concede again very quickly and that’s something we’ll need to be mindful of going forward.”

Marlow could not allow their cup disappointment to fester, with Chalfont St Peter providing another stern test less than 48 hours after Saturday’s energy-sapping fixture.

Luke Illsey put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute but Charlie Samuel levelled things up shortly after following good work from Ashleigh Artwell.

With the weather more like a day in Marbella than Marlow, the players were pushed to their limits with dangerman Samuel forced off due to sickness.

Bartley added: “It was bad for both sides but we picked up a few injuries and couldn’t make as many changes as we’d hoped.

“For me, there’s always the risk that if you don’t have a big squad you start to run the risk of players getting injured.”

Tempers frayed in the final moments with Marlow’s Adam Richards and Chalfont’s Kahlil Francis both sent off following a melee.

Bartley added: “We were trying to win the game and won a free-kick and their striker has tried to delay the restart and had Adam in a headlock.

“I don’t really know what a referee would expect you to do if you get put in a headlock.

“Adam didn’t really do anything, he just tried to wrestle him off.”

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