Marlow FC maintain their clean sheet record in league and cup

Simon Grant

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Marlow FC extended their unbeaten run in the Isthmian League South Central Division to four matches after they picked up a 1-0 win against Northwood at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground on Tuesday evening.

Marcus Mealing netted the game's only goal with a fine strike on the stroke of half-time, and the Blues maintained their 100 per cent record thanks to another resilient defensive display and the safe hands of goalkeeper Simon Grant. The Blues stopper had very little to do against The Woods but was alert when required to ensure they took maximum points. The result lifted Marlow to third in the division.

“It was an important win,” said Grant. “We don’t have a league game for a while now but when we get back in action, it's against Bracknell who are sitting top of the tree, so it was good to get those three points.

“We are unbeaten without conceding a goal too which is really impressive. It shows that we’re really tight at the back and encouraging us to fight at the top end of the pitch. I think we’re a really hard side to beat – it will take some side to overcome us.”

On his defensive displays, Grant added: “I’m over the moon but I can’t take all the credit for it. It’s a team performance and the guys in front of me are working really hard.

“They’re doing their job correctly which is allowing me to do my job. Last night (Tuesday) I only had one or two shots to save so I wasn’t overstretched.”

Marlow, and Grant, were overlooked for the league's Golden Gloves award this month, much to the keeper's frustration and dismay. Instead, Uxbridge – who have also made an impressive start to the season but have conceded more goals – took the prize.

“The team that won it conceded two, and we didn’t concede a single goal,” said Grant. “They kept one clean sheet and we kept more clean sheets than them.

“As a matter of fact, our chairman, Terry, has written to the division to ask why we didn’t win the award.

“But, you can never guess what will happen with these guys – it’s like they give rewards to whoever they want to, maybe to some teams that don’t deserve it.

“We’re just going to keep our heads down and focus on winning as many games as possible and pick up as many clean sheets as possible. That’s our focus right now, and the reward for that will come at the end of the season.”

The Blues take a break from the league this weekend when they visit Combined Counties Premier Division North outfit Abbey Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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