09:13PM, Saturday 08 February 2020
Hertford Town 0, Marlow 0
Simon Grant saved his second penalty in as many matches as Marlow FC stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five matches with a hard-earned goalless draw at Hertford Town this afternoon.
Manager Mark Bartley would have been hoping for better against the 16th placed side, having recorded victories in the week over Isthmian South Central Division promotion challengers Westfield and Uxbridge.
But, without the suspended Kameron English and Devontae Romeo, he was perhaps a little relieved to come away from the Acre Cars Stadium with a share of the spoils after Grant pushed away James Jewers' spot kick in the first half.
The experienced keeper took plenty of time to ready himself for the penalty, taking both his boots and gloves off in the build up. Hertford will say it was poor gamesmanship, but the delay was enough for Jewers to lose focus and Grant was able to make a comfortable save low to his left.
Penalty save was never in doubt to be honest. https://t.co/6boBVlGdKL— Danny Varsalona (@DannyVars) February 8, 2020
It's the fifth penalty save made by the Marlow stopper in all competitions during the past two weeks after saving three in a shootout win over Maidenhead United in the Blues Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and another in last weekend's 3-0 win over Westfield.
Hertford looked the more likely side in the opening 45 minutes and passed up two decent chances to put themselves in the ascendancy.
With most of the bottom eight clubs losing, the hosts were keen to put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone, but it was Marlow who had the best of the second half openings with Isaac Osei-Tutu put through on goal only to be denied by Nick Hayes in the Hertford net.
Marlow remain 11th after today's results but are now nine points off the play-off places with matches in hand over some of their rivals. On Tuesday night they go to 15th placed South Park.
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