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FA Cup: Swans take a dive at Marlow

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Slimbridge’s interest in the FA Cup ended in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Marlow, writes Rob Peck.

Marlow started on the front foot from the get-go. A corner saw Toby Lawrence head clear with the follow-up shot from full-back Curtis Chapple sailing over the bar.

At the other end, Marley Thomas put his shot over the bar from a well-worked Ben Hands’ free-kick.

In a spell of pressure from the visitors, midway through the first half Edji Mbunga had a shot blocked by the home defence and Ben Deakin followed up and shot wide.

Marlow started to get a grip on the game at the half-hour mark and duly took the lead on 33 minutes. An unforced mistake from Lawrence saw Nnamdi Nwachuku collect the ball on the edge of the box and slot the ball past Adams.

Marlow doubled their lead when a floated free-kick was headed down for Junaid Bell to tap home.

The second-half continued where the first-half ended, with Adams being called into action a number of times. Both Bell and Nwachuku fired long-range shots that Adams calmly smothered.

Issac Thurston, pushing forward, headed narrowly wide from Ben Prictor’s long cross-field ball.

On 54 minutes, Adams tipped Jordan Brown’s shot around the post.

A minute later Johan Flo and Jamie Martin were brought on to give the visitors some much-needed creativity and pace upfront.

Marlow wrapped the game up with a third goal on 70 minutes. Isaac Olorunfemi collected a long-range ball forward on the left and then squeezed a shot inside the near post past Adams.

Marlow continued to cause the Slimbridge defence trouble Chapple fizzing a ball across the 6-yard box then English forcing a stop by Adams with only 10 minutes remaining.

Slimbridge: L Adams, B Deakin, B Prictor, B McLean, N Dennis, T Lawrence, E Mbunga, B Hands, W Hawes, M Ford, M Thomas

Subs Used: J Flo, J Martin, I Thurston

Attendance: 208

Supporters’ player of the match: Lewis Adams.

The Swans travel to Frome Town on Saturday before returning home on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon welcoming Cinderford Town to Thornhill Park.

For those not travelling to Frome on Saturday, the reserves entertain Tuffley Rovers development side in a Hellenic League Division 2 fixture at Thornhill Park, 3pm.

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