Jordan Blake left frustrated by decisions as Marlow FC draw with Staines

Jordan Blake believes Marlow FC lacked their ‘normal buzz around the pitch’ when they faced Staines Town at the weekend, with the Isthmian League South Central sides drawing 1-1 at Wheatsheaf Park.

After their first league defeat of the season last Tuesday, the Blues were looking to get back to winning ways and seemingly displayed their intent when Marcus Mealing opened the scoring against the Swans in the 11th minute.

But an uncharacteristic performance followed what should have been an opportunity for Mark Bartley’s side to assert themselves, with the home side able to find the equaliser just after the break, thanks to Luis Fernandes, and go on to dictate play.

However, the Blues were no way convinced by the referee in this game, according to first team coach Blake, who claims the match official made several incorrect calls over the course of the 90 minutes.

“It was just down to his decisions,” said Blake. “Marcus has said the ball has gone through a couple of times, he’s felt two hands on his back and then he’s been pushed over.

“Devontae Romeo has also run down the wing and the opposing man has illegally handled him, before the referee has given the free kick against us.

“Over the course of the game, this happened like seven or eight times. I believe their goal is offside too.

“I have watched the video back several times and slowed it down as much as possible and he does look offside.

“These are the things we had to deal with at the weekend, but first and foremost, we must look at ourselves.

“I think we lacked our normal buzz around the pitch and our endeavour to go and win the game.

“We weren’t 100 per cent at the races which is disappointing, but in hindsight, I think that is down to our busy schedule of Saturday, Tuesday, then Saturday again. It’s caught up with us.”

Marlow have a break from league action this weekend as they welcome Westfield to the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground for an FA Trophy third qualifying round clash.

“They are the same level as us and we beat them earlier in the season which was a good result,” said Blake.

“But, we know they have signed one or two players which will strengthen them.

“I think it's important for us to get back to basics and try and be hard to beat again. We also need to be ruthless at the front end of the pitch as well, but I am confident in the players' ability in doing that.

“We will be looking to progress in the competition and do everything we can to ensure that come Saturday evening, we are in the hat for the next round.”

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