Marlow 4-1 Hanwell Town
By Chris Moore
Hanwell down to 9 men
MARLOW (2) 4 v HANWELL TOWN (0) 1
TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2018
THE BOSTIK ISTHMIAN LEAGUE SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION
This was a game that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons such was the toxic atmosphere on the pitch that lasted the entire ninety minutes and listening to some of the Marlow supporters around me, they were as disappointed as I was at what we had to sit and endure over the ninety minutes.
On a windy evening, the opening ten minutes of the game saw the ball sail from end to end with the Marlow keeper Simon Grant and his fellow defenders launching long balls forward for Marlow's front two Michael Mealing and Chris Ovenden to pursue. It was from one of these long clearances that the first of a string of yellow cards was shown as Andy O'Brien was adjudged to have pushed Ovenden as he tried to run onto one of these long ball clearances.
Marlow took the lead in the eighteenth minute when we failed to deal with a corner kick taken by Tristan Campbell and Calam Gallimore poked the ball home from close range. This goal was almost identical to the two that we had conceded against Tooting & Mitcham seventy two hours previously. Other than the long balls launched forward from defence, Marlow had another weapon in their armoury with the long throw ins of Adam Richards and we were fortunate that Ovenden with the goal at his mercy shot straight at Aaron Bufton from one of these throws.
The game took a dreadful turn for the worse in the thirty second minute when a wild challenge from behind by a Marlow player on Harvey Killeen went unpunished by the referee. This could not have happened at a worse place on the pitch as it was immediately in front of the Marlow dug out and as a melee broke out, it seemed as if the entire Marlow substitute bench joined in. Play was then halted for many minutes as the referee with his two assistants consulted as to what action should be taken. Eventually, one of the Marlow substitutes now back in the dugout was summoned onto the pitch and shown a red card. Andy O'Brien was then shown a yellow card and then the red card. How, the referee managed to pick him out when players from both sides were equally as guilty is impossible to say. The supporter next to me remarked that the referee was 'just trying to even things up'. I reminded him that as the Marlow substitute had not been on the field at the time of the incident that Marlow would continue to play with eleven men. The Marlow substitute had to be physically restrained from returning to the field after his sending off and such was his obvious anger that the referee suggested to O'Brien that for his own safety that he should take a seat in the stands rather than returning to the dressing rooms.
The game resumed and a good through ball set Tom Collins through on goal. As Grant raced out, Tom rounded him but was forced wide and from his resultant cross, Calum headed wide.
Marlow went two ahead when Kameron English launched a great strike from distance which flew into the corner of our net, the one moment of class in the ninety minutes. On the stroke of half time, Marlow were awarded a penalty when Ollie was adjudged to have either handled the ball or pushed Mealing, nobody seemed to know other then the match referee but justice was done when Aaron diving to his left saved Ovenden's spot kick.
We played some of our best football with ten men in the opening stages of the half but were reduced to nine men when Calum decided to put his foot in as Ollie and Mealing tangled on the ground in our area. We were now back on the defensive as Marlow maintained possession and introduced all three substitutes to put more pressure on our tiring legs. Gareth Chendlik replaced Tom Collins and then shortly after new signing, Anis Nair came on to replace Harvey who had been subjected to rough treatment on more than one occasion. Anis combined well with Gareth as the minutes ticked away but Grant blocked Gareth's shot at his near post.
With five minutes remaining we made our third and final substitution with Tre Mitford coming on to replace Keiron Cathline. With Keiron's departure , a hugh gap appeared down the right side of our defence and Marlow immediately capitalised on that with one of the Marlow substitutes, Chid Onokwai, racing clear. Aaron parried his fierce shot but the ball ran into the path of English who put Marlow three up. To our great credit we reduced the deficit thanks to a fine individual goal by Williams Danquar who evaded two or three attempts to stop him as he raced into the Marlow penalty area, to steer the ball past Grant into the far corner of the net. This was only the fifth league goal that Marlow had conceded to date this season. Marlow regained their three goal advantage in the final minute when Isaac Osei-Tutu again from the left raced through to steer the ball past Aaron into the far corner. There remained time for Allan Bossman to again find the net for Marlow but it was deemed to be offside. The referee's final whistle brought some relief to us all.
Team: Aaron Bufton, Keiron Cathline, Williams Danquar, Oliver Duffy, Andy O'Brien, Rhys Paul, Louis Bircham, Calum Duffy, Harry Rush, Thomas Collins and Harvey Killeen. Substitutes used: Gareth Chendlik for Tom Collins (65), Anis Nair for Harvey Killeen (74) and Tre Mitford for Keiron Cathline (85). Unused substitutes, Ahmed Elsabih and Rourke Pickford.