A windy weekend of sport didn’t deter anyone. Another week another win for Marlow FC while Marlow United kept the pressure on Thames Valley league leaders Cookham Dean. Marlow Hockey had a busy week after playing as the Ladies and Men picked up important wins. Marlow Rugby are back in action this week and a certain Spring Regatta is just around the corner.
Marlow FC won again as they kept up the hunt for second place. Last Tuesday’s tie against Molesey was called off due to the weather but they didn’t let that affect them as they beat Ashford Town 1-0.
The only goal of the game came from captain Chris Ovenden as the Blues stay one point behind Bracknell Town in second place.
Marlow United continued their good form too as they beat Wokingham & Embrook reserves 3-1 on Saturday thanks to a Cooper-Clarke brace.
Marlow took the lead in the first half as prolific scorer Chris Hurst opened the scoring from a good ball in from Fox.
Marlow continued their good form throughout the blustery conditions but were made to wait until the second half to double their lead. Liam Bushay turned on the afterburners to get away from two defenders before crossing for Cooper-Clarke who smashed the ball home.
Cooper-Clare grabbed his second of the game five minutes from time to seal the three points for Marlow, though Wokingham & Embrook did grab a consolation before time was up.
Having secured promotion last week, the ladies 1s played Havant ladies 1s at home this weekend. Marlow started well with attacks down both left and right and were awarded a well-earned short corner within the first minute. Further attacks followed and Emma Bunyard took the lead for the reds. Marlow continued to control the game and after a further penalty corner, Nat Riches hit home for Marlow’s second. Before half time Marlow were three up finished off by Luisa Northing. Havant pressed the Marlow defence hard in the second half and keeper Dibs Haisman made some needed saves. A further penalty corner in the second half and a diving Ellie Yeomans deflected into the net for Marlow’s 4th goal. This win keeps Marlow in second place in South Div 2. POM was Amelia Barclay for some great defending and also runs up the line to support the attack.
The ladies 2s were determined to put the defeat of the week before behind them when they played Slough 2s at the weekend. Marlow started well but Slough were very quick on the break, so the Marlow defence needed to stay strong. Mid way through the first half, an almost perfect pass and move routine up the right-hand side led to Marlow’s opening goal from Hannah Jeremy. Slough came out in the second half very strong and were rewarded with a goal from a short corner. The Slough keeper kept them in the game with some great saves but the Marlow side kept pressing and with 3 minutes left on the clock a reverse shot/pass from Katie Windsor found Hannah Dring on the far post who tapped the ball from the air into the net, leaving the keeper with no chance. Shame there was no video replay for this goal as it really was brilliant!! Slough then had 2 penalty corner after time but the red defence were determined to keep all 3 points for this match.
The ladies 3s lost 5-3 to a strong Oxford Uni side, ladies 4s had a week off and ladies 5s lost 1-0 to Abingdon.
After a 1-1 draw with Oxford University2 on Tuesday evening the Mens 1st team leapfrogged Witney with a 5-2 triumph at Pound Lane. (James Ward 2, Lewis Goodman, Matt Bilsland, Tom Gray) 1-1 at half time. Marlow were well on top in the second period with some outstandingly worked goals from open play
- Marlow2 beat Milton Keynes2 away 3-0 with goals by James Ashburner (2) and Harvey Lorreto
- Marlow3 lost at home to Abingdon1 4-1. Marlow’s scorer was Daniel Mayrick
- Marlow4 beat Sonning 4 away by 5-0 to go top of the league with goals by Fin Anderson (2), Toby Fry (2) and Andy Sheldon
- Marlow5 had no game through Tring withdrawing from the league and are now placed second.
- Marlow6 had an emphatic win at home over Bicester4 14-0. Tim Frost (7), David Anderson (2), Ewen Hunter (2), Mark Spencer (2), Richard Green scored the goals – they are now in 3rd place
- The Strollers(veterans) played Purley at home and won 5-0
The week’s break saw Marlow Men’s first team have a well-deserved rest. They take on Littlemore this weekend as they look to keep pace with Buckingham in second place.
It’s that time of year in the racing calendar and Marlow Spring Regatta is just around the corner. They have events for Seniors, Adaptive rowers, Masters and Juniors, and it takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. Race entries open on Monday March 25, check out Marlow Rowing Club’s website for more details.