It was a tale of two penalties for Aylesbury United at the weekend, Marlow scoring theirs and Aylesbury not, that saw the Ducks lose this derby 1-0.
Tony Joyce said he felt more comfortable with the size of his squad going into the Marlow match, Paul Edgeworth and Richard Armstrong returning to bolster his options.
A fast and furious first half saw the Ducks largely on top in the first half, but were found wanting in from of goal with Simon Grant fairly untested.
Marlow were awarded a dubious spot kick and took full advantage when Ben Gladwin fired home from 12 yards.
But after half-time Joyce’s side dug in looking for a way back into the match. They had the perfect chance when Jason Blackett was sent tumbling in the Marlow area, but his penalty was saved – the second match on the bounce where a Ducks spot kick has been denied by the keeper.
United continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser, but with suspended top scorer Stacey Field watching on from the sidelines, it was not to be and Marlow sealed the three points.
The Ducks sit 12th in the Southern League Division One Central with 19 points from 13 games.
The Ducks host Burnham, managed by former boss Martin Stone, in a Berks and Bucks Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night (7.45pm).