12:33PM, Friday 15 April 2022
Simon Grant says Marlow’s win over Sutton Common Rovers has given the side a ‘vital shot in the arm’ ahead of their final three matches in the Isthmian League South Central Division.
Having gone two matches without a victory, the Blues were triumphant on Saturday, beating the Rovers 4-1 thanks to goals from Marcus Mealing, Louis Rogers, Kameron English, and Junaid Bell.
They had been three goals to the good when the visitors scored, which was something of a disappointment for goalkeeper Grant, but he acknowledged the main concern was that his team took all three points.
“I didn’t think Rovers expected us to start so well given our form lately,” he said. “We blew them away in the first half an hour and I didn’t really have much to do. I was just a bit of a bystander, making sure we maintained our focus and were constantly talking. I got a bit of a tan really, it was nice not be worked.
“For the majority of the match, we were comfortable. We were leading 3-0 when they got their goal which is, to be honest, disappointing. In fairness, it was a good finish, and the lad took it well. We just work on being defensively solid and we don’t usually give those sort of chances away.
“There were plenty of good performances from our boys outfield which is encouraging ahead of the final three games. I think the win has given us confidence and a vital shot in the arm.
“Everyone is happy right now so roll on the next game, we are all itching to play.”
The result leaves Marlow in seventh, three points off the play-off places with eighth-placed Binfield to play next (Friday, April 15).
Manager Mark Bartley has previously said his men will need favours from the other clubs of the division if they’re to reach a spot in the top five, and Grant echoed his thoughts this week.
“We’re only three points off with three games to go and we are relying on others to do us a favour,” he said.
“It’s not a position we wanted to be in at the start of the season, if I’m honest, but it’s where we find ourselves.
“Play-offs are still achievable for sure. We’ve just got to make sure we get our nine points and see what the rest do. I’m sure they will be all thinking the same. Six teams still think they can get a chance at promotion. It will be interesting to see who does and who doesn’t.”
Grant added: “One thing that is great about Mark is that he’s a really level-headed guy. Throughout the season, he has never been too hard on people when we haven’t won or lost too many. Equally, he was never too high when we were 10 games unbeaten without any goals conceded – he knew the storm was coming, he just didn’t know when.
“We’ve just got to make sure we win these last three matches and things elsewhere could go our way.
“There’s nothing worse than not doing your job and other things go in your favour.
“That leaves you with so much regret. It’s all about leaving everything on the pitch.”
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