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Nov 30, 2019, 8:49 PM

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Hellenic League Division 1 East
Marlow United 2 Milton United 4 (at Marlow)

Admission: 5, Programme: 1
Attendance: 50 h/c

Both teams went on the attack from the start and the match quickly became end-to-end. Milton just about edged the opening exchanges and should have found themselves in front in the 14th minute: a Louis Bloomfield shot was blocked by a defender and ricocheted to Louis Joyce, who turned and crossed to James Organ - who proceeded to head his effort wide - rather than trying to score himself. Marlow United then came close nine minutes later when a through ball set their number 9 through, only for him to scuff his shot and drag it wide rather than tapping in. From the goal kick that followed, Milton went up the other end and almost took advantage of some defensive uncertainty: the Marlow United defence struggled to clear the ball in their own box and it ended up falling for Joyce, whose shot earned his side a corner.

Though Milton had arguably made the better start and produced the better chances, it was the home side who took the lead in the 28th minute: from a corner, their number 5 scored from a header after his first attempt was blocked. This lead was short-lived, though, as the away side responded immediately by equalising from a free kick: Bloomfield crossed from the edge of the box and Joyce rose highest to head home (he then found himself in the sin bin after a break in play after the kick-off). Chances continued to come after this, but both sides struggled to threaten the opposing keeper. However, this looked likely to change going into the second half as Marlow United found themselves down to ten men, with their number 2 receiving two bookings in as many minutes.

Despite having a numerical disadvantage, the home side started the second half on the front foot and almost regained the lead in the 48th minute: a shot from their number 11 was blocked and number 9 pounced on the rebound, only for his shot to be blocked by a Milton defender. At some point after this, Marlow United had a player sin-binned and the away side ruthlessly took advantage: in the 60th minute, Joyce broke the offside trap and crossed for Jake Steele to tap in; then, in the 63rd minute, the home keeper dropped the ball from a corner and Kieran Strange poked it in. However, Marlow United were given a glimmer of hope from the kick off as they earned a penalty after a handball: their number 9 stepped up and scored.

The combination of this and the return of their sin-binned player really revitalised the home side and they began to attack with confidence despite their numerical disadvantage. However, Milton almost regained their two-goal lead in style in the 67th minute when one of their players attempted an overhead kick from the edge of the box, forcing the Marlow United keeper to tip over for a corner. Marlow United almost equalised in the 72nd minute after their number 11 played a free kick into the box, only for the attacker to head over from close range. Milton then had two counter-attacking chances in quick succession, with Taylor Janes curling a free kick from the edge of the box narrowly wide before Organ wasted a golden chance: he was one-on-one with the keeper after a defender ducked out of a clearance, but he chose to control and shoot rather than hitting it first time, giving the keeper time to make the save.

Going into the final ten minutes, Marlow United made some attacking substitutions as they tried to find an equaliser. This seemed incredibly risky at the time, but a few minutes later it seemed much less so as Milton also found themselves down to ten men, with Strange receiving a second yellow for a late tackle. After this, the home side threw everything they could at the Milton goal, but they seemed unable to find the finish they needed.

This was fortunate for the away side, as they had the space to break on the counter and find a fourth in the 87th minute: Janes received the ball after some neat play on the wing, turned past his defender and shot low from just inside the box to score. Though this was a massive sucker punch for the home side, they didn't give up, but all Milton had to do was remain calm and soak up the pressure. Despite this, they almost scored again with the last kick of the game: substitute Jack Powell shook off a pursuing defender and charged into the box before hitting the post with his low shot.

Overall, this was one of the most entertaining matches I've watched this season, with two sides playing some excellent, high intensity attacking football throughout. Milton United deserved the win for taking their chances when they needed to and for making their numerical advantage count early in the second half, but Marlow United can certainly feel unlucky to not have earned a point; they had the chances for it and never stopped attacking despite having a numerical disadvantage for much of the second half, but they just couldn't get the ball into the net when they needed to.

Also, the referee deserves credit for an excellent performance in the middle: he kept control throughout by laying down the law, using the sin bins and tolerating no nonsense from either side, while still allowing the match to flow as much as possible (and, from his position, he did well to spot the handball for the penalty).

Marlow's ground is a thing of beauty, with the amazing old stand dominating everything. There's also additional areas of cover on the far side and behind the far goal, as well as uncovered terracing everywhere else. The food on offer was excellent as well, despite presumably not being the usual full range of options which would be available at a Marlow match.

Other than the bitter cold, this was a thoroughly enjoyable day out for my 100th groundhop. I also once again bumped into The Don from this forum, and he was kind enough to give me a lift back to the station so that I could make it onto the hourly train back.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
0-0s: 1

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