It’s time for the first MyMarlow Sport Roundup of the year, and it’s a busy one. Marlow FC picked up where they left off in 2018, while Marlow Rugby club came out on top at Reading Abbey. And although the hockey season is on a hiatus, there’s plenty to look back on from a positive first half of the season.
A hard-fought 2-1 win for Marlow FC meant they kicked off 2019 in the best possible way against South Park.
Throughout the season the Blues have shown they can win pretty and win ugly, and the weekends game was certainly the latter, but an early goal from Devontae Romeo inside two minutes gave Mark Bartley’s men the lead.
Junaid Bell grabbed the second seven minutes after half-time and despite having to play more than 20 minutes with ten men, the Blues held on for the win.
Manager Mark Bartley was pleased with the result, telling MyMarlow that: ‘It was about going away from home and getting the three points, especially after the referee sent off James Clark.
‘They scored because of a mistake from us, but other than that I felt we were pretty comfortable.
‘We’ve been going through a sticky patch and what we’ve shown in the last two games is that we can dig in and win ugly.
‘If we are to maintain our place in the play-off picture, we will need to continue to do that in the next couple of months for sure’.
It wasn’t as good a start to the New Year for Marlow United, as they lost 2-0 at home to Mortimer, despite controlling much of the game.
United dominated much of the first half but were caught out twice in the opening 45 minutes by Mortimer’s Stef Allen.
The home-side carved out numerous chances, but unfortunately couldn’t get past a resolute Mortimer defence.
A disappointing result Marlow who are still in title contention. However, Mortimer’s victory does see United drop down to third, but with two games in hand over both Mortimer and top of the table Cookham Dean and only four points separating third and first, Marlow are very much still in the hunt.
You can get more details and read the full match report on the Marlow United website.
The New Year brings a with it a short break in the hockey season, so it’s the perfect time to recap how the sides of Marlow Hockey Club are getting on. There are 7 men’s and 6 lady’s teams playing regularly in different divisions of their respective leagues which together form quite a complex picture.
The men’s first team stand 5th and have lacked some consistency but the hope is to improve their position during the rest of the season. The second team have been doing well in a division which includes several clubs first teams as also with the 3rds who have had some notable results. They stand 4th and 5th respectively.
However great credit is due to the 4th and 5th teams who both lead their divisions and the 6th X1 in 6th position. Finally, the Strollers, the club’s veterans who play in what is termed a “friendly league” have slacked off the pace either. They currently sit third in the table.
Coming to the ladies, the 1st team have done well so far to stand third in the South Ladies Premier Division 2. The other teams play in the Trysport leagues with varying success but are all holding their own.
Altogether there are 175 senior members and 425 juniors and within that are 183 5-10-year olds being coached on Saturday mornings. This large programme of expert junior coaching, with over 20 junior teams, and the opportunities the juniors of all ages have to take part in tournaments and competitions is what underpins the club’s strength in depth. This is highlighted by the recent success of the Under 18 boys and the Under 16 and 18 girls’ indoor teams who, as recently reported, have reached the finals of the Junior National indoor Championships.
The normal programme of League hockey resumes on January 12th and games take place at Marlow Sports Club in Pound Lane from 11.30 onwards. With tea, coffee and snacks being served, it’s the perfect place to get down to watch some hockey.
It was back to another big weekend for Marlow Rugby club – with the 1st, 2nd and 3rds all in action over the first Saturday of 2019.
The firsts got the ball rolling with an impressive 34-24 victory away to Reading Abbey. Captain Nick Carvey played well throughout, creating countless opportunities for Marlow to counterattack, and grabbed a try of his own.
Abbey, however, dug in deep and cut the deficit two points, before taking the lead 17-12 into the half-time break.
Marlow came out the strongest after the restart, scoring after just three minutes and from there took a foothold in the game. Although, Abbey continued to battle hard, but Nick Gorhan got his second try of the day before Miles Noble followed suit to give Marlow a 34-24 win.
The seconds battled hard but narrowly lost 33-26 to Aylesbury, while the thirds received a walkover victory over Hungerford, after the away side could not raise a side. With that, the Marlow thirds moved up to second in the table.
You can read a full match report on the 1st game with Reading Abbey here – many thanks to Reading Abbey for sending the match information in.
For any ladies looking to get out on the pitch for some football, there’s a new opportunity in town. Marlow Ladies training begins on Thursday January 10th from 7-8pm at the GMS Redgrave centre and all ages and levels of fitness are welcome.
Sarah Beddall, who got the ball rolling on the idea of a new ladies side, says she loves playing football and it’s about time Marlow got ladies football back – especially with the England ladies heading off to the World Cup this year.
Speaking to MyMarlow she also added: ‘It’s all about meeting people and having fun…I don’t want any lady to feel they cannot come along due to their age of fitness’.
For anyone interested in getting involved or would like more information, you can join Marlow Ladies football group on Facebook.
Keeping up to date
You can keep up-to-date on the latest fixtures and results by navigating our Sports Club page and clicking the links to take you straight to each club’s website.
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