05:30PM, Thursday 12 April 2018
Marlow United 1, Saxton Rovers 3
For the second successive season Marlow United were beaten in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, this time going down 3-1 against Saxton Rovers on Saturday.
Last season there was heartache for United, as two late lapses in concentration cost them the chance of lifting the trophy.
But this season there were no such dramas as Marlow were comfortably beaten by the better side on the day.
This, despite taking an early lead through Liam Bushay’s scrambled finish from close range.
Saxton soon began to call the tune, however, and, having forced a series of corners they broke through to equalise with a close range header before half-time.
Marlow tested the keeper through Homes’ shot early in the second half, but their attacking threat soon dissipated, and, having seen an effort come back off the post, Saxton led for the first time in the 55th with an attempt that Akerman only just failed to claw out.
Bushay’s goalbound shot, after being fed by Wes Sutherland, was the closest Marlow came to a leveller, but the destination of the title was settled with10 minutes to play when Akerman failed to cut out a Saxton cross which was headed home for a third goal. Homes was booked for persistent fouling in the final minutes, and Trumpet, Catalin and Cuva were all brought on to no real effect.
For United this was another disappointing display in the county cup final, with many of their players performing well below the standards they’ve set for themselves this season. The loss of the players like Flint and Britnell didn’t help their cause.
Manager Matt Letts now has the unenviable task of trying to raise the players’ spirits for their final 12 matches of the season.
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