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Marlow United's top four hopes blown off course by 5-1 defeat to Milton United

Milton United 5, Marlow United 1

Marlow United’s hopes of getting back into the top four were blown off course at a blustery Potash Lane on Saturday, as James Pritchard’s side were beaten 5-1 by Milton United.

The Fyling Blues have struggled of late, slipping out of the promotion places while this defeat – their heaviest of the season so far – leaves them down in eighth position.

This was a chastening loss for the side whose promising start to the campaign now seems a very long time ago. They looked like a team short on confidence as their winless run was extended to six matches.

In truth they were dominated from the outset, despite having the wind at their back in the first half, as Milton laid siege to the United goal.

Only a number of excellent saves from Patridge kept Marlow in the hunt in the opening half-hour. But their luck ran out in the 37th minute when Blatchford tripped Steele in the area and Bloomfield converted from the penalty spot.

It was no less than Milton deserved, with the hosts having hit the post and had a goal ruled out in the opening 30 minutes.

The outcome might have been different had James Tripp’s header not been cleared off the goalline just before the break and, while Pritchard made changes at the interval – brining on Flint and Lucas for Bull and Blatchford – they could never get a foothold in the game.

Milton contained their visitors with relative ease in the second half and used the blustery conditions to their advantage in attack. They doubled their lead in the 56th minute when man of the match Ollie Nadin headed home after a swift break.

Two quickly became three as Nadin raced through again and planted the ball past Patridge. They couldn’t contain Milton’s star man and he completed his hat-trick with another composed finish in the 67th minute.

Injury saw Patridge replaced by Flint in the Flying Blues’ goal and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net when Barney’s corner kick caught the wind and flew in.

Insult was added to injury when Bushay was shown a second yellow card, leaving the visitors down to 10 men but, despite this, they managed to score a late consolation when Alfie Lucas collected Chris Hurst’s pass and planted the ball beyond Griffith.

They’ll host Penn & Tylers Green in the league tomorrow (Tuesday) before visiting leaders Risborough Rangers on Saturday.

Marlow United FC: Partridge, Holland, Mckie, Tripp, Davis, Blatchford, Hardie, Thomas, Bull, Hurst (c) Bushay

Subs. O Flint, A Lucas, C Flint

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