Football round-up: Blues get back to winning ways against Rovers

Football round-up: Blues get back to winning ways against Rovers

Marlow 4, Sutton Common Rovers 1

After going two matches without a win at a critical juncture of the season, Marlow got back to winning ways in some style yesterday afternoon (Saturday) with a 4-1 victory over Sutton Common Rovers at Oak Tree Road.

The result leaves the Blues three points off the play-off places with three matches to play, however, boss Mark Bartley admits they’ll need favours from others if they’re to grab a top five spot.

The home side did most of the damage in the first half, racing into a 3-1 half-time lead thanks to strikes from Marcus Mealing (8), Louis Rogers (39) and Kameron English (41).

The visitors pulled one back on the stroke of half-time through David Manu, but the Blues restored their three-goal cushion through Junaid Bell’s strike midway through the second half.

Marlow visit local rivals Binfield on Friday in a 7.45pm kick-off, looking for a win that would put pressure on their play-off rivals playing the following day.

After Binfield they host Thatcham Town on Monday before rounding off the season with a trip to Westfield on Saturday, April 23.

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Holyport 1, Reading City 1

It looks as though Holyport will have to win at least one of their remaining games to avoid relegation after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Reading City.

On the face of it, a point at home against City isn’t a dreadful result and manager Derek Sweetman was more than satisfied with their display.

However, CB Hounslow United’s unexpected 1-0 win at Spelthorne Sports has seen them exchange places with Port at the bottom.

It seems likely just one side will be relegated from the Combined Counties Premier Division North table this season and, as it stands, that will be Holyport unless they can pick up the points they need for safety from their remaining games at home to Wokingham & Emmbrook and away to second placed Southall.

Port fell behind after only 13 minutes at Summerleaze Park but responded before the interval, Ashley Hunt flicking home an equaliser in the 24th minute.

They created numerous chances to score the winner but were denied by their own wasteful finishing and some brave blocks and stops from Reading’s defenders and goalkeeper. They also had what looked a stonewall penalty claim turned down in the dying minutes.

They’ll hope to get back to winning ways on Monday (April 18), 11.30am kick-off at Summerleaze Park.

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Elsewhere, Windsor drew 1-1 with St Panteleimon and travel to Ascot United next (April 16), and Burnham were thumped 5-0 by Southall in their last home game of the season with St Panteleimon to face on Wednesday evening (April 13).

In the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, honours were even between Flackwell Heath and Hadley, the sides drawing 1-1 in a top-of-the-table clash at Wilks Park. The Heathens have Broadfields United up next (April 16).

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