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Marlow FC rise to fifth after victories over Hanwell Town and Bedfont Sports

Drama continues to follow Marlow wherever they go as the Blues beat Hanwell Town 4-1 in a game that saw three players sent off on Tuesday, writes David Lee. 

Calam Gallimore gave the hosts an 18th minute lead at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground after he brought the ball down from a corner and fired past Aaron Bufton.

But five minutes before the break, tensions boiled over following an aerial challenge by Marlow’s Adam Richards in front of the dugouts. The referee waved play on, but a melee soon broke out after the Hanwell players took exception to the force of the challenge.

Blues substitute Charlie Samuel was sent off after he came on to the pitch while Andy O’Brien was dismissed for the visitors.

The action didn’t stop there, with Chris Ovenden missing a penalty before Kameron English doubled Marlow’s lead ahead of the break. Hanwell were reduced to nine men on the hour mark, with midfielder Calum Duffy given his marching orders for a stamp on Marcus Mealing.

English got his second in the 86th minute but Mark Bartley’s side couldn’t hang on for their fourth clean sheet in a row as Williams Danquah scored a late consolation goal before Isaac Osei-Tutu added a fourth.

Bartley said: “There were lots of incidents and the reality is that their number eight (Duffy) should’ve been sent off in the first-half and went on to stamp on Mealo (Marcus Mealing).

“But it’s a 4-1 victory against a side that were in and around us.”

The victory followed a narrow 1-0 win at Bedfont Sports at the weekend where Bartley’s side were accused of ‘dark arts defending’ by the hosts’ Twitter account.

Bartley said: “I’ll admit I had to Google that and the players it kept throwing up were Sergio Ramos and Giorgio Chiellini.

“I was pleased because they are two die-hard defenders who would do anything to keep the ball out the net.”

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