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Late FA Trophy winner ensures Marlow end on a high before lockdown

Late FA Trophy winner ensures Marlow end on a high before lockdown

Marlow ended their last game before the second national lockdown in typically dramatic fashion with a late winner over Berkhamsted in the FA Trophy.

The Blues bounced back from being both a goal and a man down in their third qualifying round tie on Tuesday.

Jordan Brown was the man of the moment, sumptuously curling home a free kick before the hour mark to bring the sides level.

His deep free-kick in the 89th minute then found the head of Louis Rogers who crashed the ball home to trigger jubilant scenes at Oak Tree Road.

The win puts Mark Bartley’s side into the first round proper with a home tie against Nuneaton Borough to look forward to when football returns from its enforced break.

Bartley said: “In the second half you couldn’t have asked for a worse opening ten minutes, they put a cross and we scored an own goal and then our skipper got sent off.

“All of a sudden you go from having a really good first-half to being down to 10 men and thinking how are we going to get back into it?”

Curtis Chapple was the unfortunate man to turn a cross into his own net in the 47th minute while captain Chris Ovenden was given his marching orders for a strong challenge three minutes later.

But after a quick re-jig of the pack, Marlow rallied and were soon rewarded for their efforts.

Bartley added: “To give the boys credit they were fantastic, we changed the shape as you have to do when you go down to 10 men and tried to give ourselves the opportunity to still hurt them going forward.

“We were deserved winners and even with 10 men we were the better side last night.

“They’re a very good side but I’m really pleased with my players to go out and deliver that level of performance against a team like Berkhamsted.”

Marlow will now have to wait four weeks for a return to action due to the Government’s ban on non-elite football.

But Bartley said while his side did not want a break, it still offers him the chance to get five key players back to fitness including Kameron English and Ashleigh Artwell.

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