Marvyn Roberts' hat-trick not enough to save Slimbridge from defeat by Marlow
Slimbridge 3 Marlow 5
Captain Marvyn Roberts' hat-trick was not enough to prevent Slimbridge slipping to a 5-3 home defeat by Marlow.
It will be little consolation to the Swans that both teams contributed to by far the best football match seen at Wisloe Road this season, or that they had more than matched the runaway Hellenic Premier League leaders for the majority of this highly entertaining encounter.
After Slimbridge rallied from falling behind and then clawed their way into the lead, three late goals from the visitors and champions-elect saw Marlow firstly level the scores and then take the points, with Slimbridge coming away with nothing to show for their efforts.
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An even first half had seen Ian Davies' strike cancelled out by Roberts' equaliser with the sides level at the break. Marlow regained the lead early on in the second period through Marcus Mealing, but two more strikes from Roberts saw the Swans leading with just over ten minutes remaining.
Danny Lingwood, Louis Cordice and Ray Spence then all netted for Marlow, with the penalty incident which led to Spence's goal seeing the dismissal of Will Wellon to cap a miserable finish to the game for Slimbrdge, who remain in fifth spot.
They travel to Abingdon on Tuesday (7.45pm) before making the trip to Ardley United next Saturday (3pm)
SLIMBRIDGE: L. Martin, Rutter, Njoya, Wellon, Speers, Cole, Maderner, Ward, Roberts, J. Martin (Higgs 70), Holloway (Bernard 77).
Star Man: Marvyn Roberts.