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For lovers of “the beautiful game” this was not the place to be tonight. Nuneaton Borough awaited the winners of this postponed FA Trophy tie from last Saturday.
A crowd of 230 turned out to witness the last live football for a month & the match started brightly with both sides playing some nice football. However it deteriorated as several of the visitors’ attacks were thwarted by bad fouls.
Marlow created chance after chance but were denied by Berkhamsted’s Spanish keeper Xavi Comas Leon. For all their skilful passing and chances created, Marlow resorted to a series of nasty and petulant challenges. The game was stopped as the referee called on home officials to stop a group of youths behind the goal from either abusing or throwing things at the Berkhamsted keeper (I couldn’t see which it was from where I was).
Following a goal-less first-half the visitors immediately took the lead as a cross from the right was spectacularly fired past his own keeper by Curtis Chapple. Frustrated after going behind Marlow resorted to some awful challenges and captain Chris Ovenden received a red card while five Marlow players were also booked.
The ten men equalised as Jordan Brown curled a free-kick exquisitely over the wall into the top corner of the net. With the match heading for penalties a free-kick was launched to the far post and Louis Rogers headed Marlow into the next round.
As the players left the field a fight appeared to break out in front of the dressing rooms. It was a very sad night for football. Marlow should have had three players sent off not one. The shame is that they were the better team & deserved to win and played some good football at times. But their tendency to resort to bar-room brawling was a bad advert for football. If the end justified the means then football was the loser.
** If anyone else witnessed this game and would like to add further comment please post it on here.