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Marlow United boost promotion hopes with win over Holyport

James Pritchard says Marlow United’s win against Holyport on Tuesday is ‘a vital result’ for a team looking to maintain their ambitions of promotion this season.

Goals from Ramil Sutherland, Qwam Thomas and Felix Prudden saw United overcome the Villagers 4-1 to move level on points with leaders Risborough Rangers and halt the visitors’ unbeaten start to the season.

“It was a very competitive game and we had to face a Holyport side who have had a positive start to their campaign,” said Pritchard.

“The football wasn’t great and there was a lot of hard work and endeavour.

“It was a tight affair but I thought our quality in the last 15 [minutes] was enough to win.”

A three-goal blast in the final quarter of an hour earned Marlow the points and bragging rights in their local derby, but the final 4-1 scoreline may have flattered the hosts who struggled to contain an energetic Holyport side throughout the first period.

United opened the scoring on 10 minutes with Ramel Sutherland poking the ball home from debutant Jamie Tripp’s header following the award of a free kick.

Despite the early set-back, the Villagers looked the more industrious side, never allowing Marlow time to settle and it wasn’t long before the dangerous Fabian Driffill blasted home an equaliser on 35 minutes.

United doubled their lead from the spot in the 75th minute as Tripp was brought down in the area, Qwam Thomas calmly slotting the penalty away.

Felix Prudden’s scrambled finish rubbed the salt in the Holyport wounds and Sutherland notched Marlow’s fourth goal and his brace following some excellent build-up play.

Pritchard was full of praise for his players who took control of the game in the closing stages.

“Ramil possesses a lot of individual quality and is a good honest lad,” said Pritchard. “He took both of his goals really well.”

“Jamie has joined the squad which is a great signing that adds further competition. Him and Alan McKie looked really good next to one another at central defence so that was very positive to see.”

United now have a 10-day break before visiting Aston Clinton in a league cup tie on Saturday, October 26.

Holyport drop to 10th in the table after their first defeat and aren’t due to play again until Didcot Town Development visit Summerleaze on Saturday, October 26.

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