You can never have too many strikers who know where the goal is. And it’s probably why Tyrone Marsh became our seventh summer 2020 signing. But it turns out there is a limit; the forward’s stay with us barely lasting half a season before he moved back to Boreham Wood. In ahead of him had come the captures of Inih Effiong and Femi Akinwande. And, like them, Marsh came in with a bit of a goalscoring pedigree. After him, however, came several other forwards and there was just no place in the squad for him.
Of course, any goalscoring pedigree is all relative to our complete inability to score goals during Boro’s ill-fated 2019-20 campaign. But football is a numbers game and Marsh is a striker with a good few of them in his own personal Goals For column. The lad signed for us from Boreham Wood; helping our fellow Herts club to the Vanarama National League playoffs with 15 goals in total.
For boss Alex Revell, the signing was very much a no-brainer: “He is a superb athlete and his first thought when he receives the ball is to be positive and direct with his dribbling, to create and to score goals”. And it’s what he came to us to do. Sadly, it didn’t turn out to be a match made in heaven. Marsh found his opportunities limited during his brief time. While he did take to the field 14 times, he only scored once. It’s hard to judge when we still found scoring an issue and others were just as culpable. In the end, Marsh wasn’t the man for us.
Tyrone Marsh: Before Boro’
For Marsh, the story of his career starts at Oxford United. He was on the books at the Us for a total of six years; starting in 2008 and going pro in 2012 at the end of his scholarship. To be fair, he did also ‘play’ for MK Dons and Luton Town before heading to the Kassam. But, as a youth, it depends how much you want to count that. Mind you, he did get senior action under his belt before turning pro too; loaned out to Aylesbury United and making a decent impact.
As a pro, there were a spattering of appearances for Oxford. It was out on loan, however, that his experience first started to build; Staines Town and Welling United offering a short-term platform for his skills. With two decent spells under his belt, he returned from Welling in late 2014 and immediately signed for Ebbsfleet United on a free transfer. It came just a day after he’d played for Welling against the Fleet – scoring in the process.
Despite signing an 18-month deal with the Fleet, Marsh was on the move after just seven; signing for Torquay United in summer 2015. Again, it wouldn’t be for a long time. Near the end of the January 2016 transfer window, Dover Athletic came in with a bid; landing their man after the Gulls “reluctantly accepted an offer“. His time at the Crabble didn’t go quite according to plan and included another loan spell at Welling. But summer 2017 gave him an out as he signed for Macclesfield Town.
He spent a couple of years at Moss Rose until the chance came to move back down south to Boreham Wood. And it was at the Wood that he’d really rediscover a goalscoring touch that had flickered and burned briefly during his career up until that point.