Few weeks will be this sweet on the Roundup – so many brilliant results all round it hardly seems fair to put any of them first! Big wins for Marlow United and Marlow FC, as well as more joy for Marlow Hockey Club at all ages and Marlow Rugby get back to winning ways.
Marlow FC produced a brilliant display to end Hayes and Yeading’s 100% home record as they picked up a 2-0 win on Saturday despite being reduced to ten men.
The Blues had to endure a rocky start to the game and had goalkeeper Simon Grant to thank – firstly tipping a shot onto the bar before getting down brilliantly to his left to stop a Hayes penalty after the referee spotted a handball.
But Marlow have shown their resilience plenty of times this season and took the lead after Kameron English finished smartly inside the box after 37 minutes.
Grant looked like a man on a mission – saving brilliantly again to keep Hayes out just before half time as Marlow headed into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The Blues were reduced to ten men shortly after the restart when Isaac Olerunfemi was shown a straight red card – but despite the man disadvantage it was Mark Bartley’s men who got the second goal of the game.
Kameron English turned his marker brilliantly on the edge of the box before steaming into the box and placing the past the ‘keeper. It was no more than Marlow deserved as they hold on for the three points and complete the double over the league leaders.
Marlow United were back in league action in the Thames Valley Premier and kept the pressure on the two sides above them with a 3-0 win over Reading City U23s.
Alex Sethi nodded in to start the scoring after Chris Hurst nodded Josh Fox’s corner back across goal.
The game remained close until the final 10 minutes, when Josh Fox again caused problems in City’s defence and his shot deflected to Liam Bushay on the edge who curled his effort into the corner of the goal.
And late into the contest Lorenzo Medford, who had come on as a subsitiute, rounded off the scoring finishing neatly from a good cross.
Marlow RFC put last week’s loss to Buckingham behind them as they produced a stunning display to beat High Wycombe 45-5.
The win keeps the pressure on second placed Buckingham, who also won at the weekend.
Marlow seconds also enjoyed a productive weekend as they put Reading Abbey to the sword with a 60-17 win.
Marlow Rowing Club picked up two first places at the Reading University Head of the river race last weekend, battling strong winds and a strong stream to cap an impressive weekend.
That result comes just a week after the juniors impressed, picking up wins at the Hammersmith head on March 2, with the Masters crew also enjoying a fine weekend.
Marlow 1st team travelled to Wallingford in what seemed on paper to be an easy win for the away side- but after racing into a 2-0, with goals either side of half time Marlow were pegged back by their hosts with two goals in quick succession. But it wasn’t to be the fairytale comeback as Marlow held their nerve, regrouped before Lewis Goodman completed his hat-trick with a 69th minute penalty stroke to give Marlow the three points. Next week they play Witney at home.
- The 2nds won 4-2 against South Berkshire 1s. James Ashburner and Dan Merrell each contributed with a brace. M2 travel to Milton Keynes next Saturday.
- The 3rd team beat Wycombe 3 by 3 goals to 2, with goals from Daniel Meyrick and Ben Swales (2)
- The 4th team remain top of their league despite a rare loss 4-0 at home to Ba Slough Rangharia
- The 5th team needed to win to stay joint top and they did so in beating Abingdon2 1 -0
- The 6th team had a free league date while
- Strollers (Veterans) lost 2-0 to Wallington
Ladies 1s drew 2-2 (Kerri Smith x 2) with top of the league Guildford which guarantees their promotion to South 1 next season – this will be the highest that Marlow have ever played since league began so a very exciting time ahead.
- Ladies 2 lost 5-0 to Oxford 2s
- Ladies 3s won 6-0 to Banbury 2s (lesley Hobley x 2, Emma Pittaway x 2, Kiera Allen x 2)
- Ladies 4s won 3-0 to Wallingford 3s (Sarah Perks, Eleanor Sharp x 2)
- Ladies 5s won 2-1 to Aylesbury 3s (Louise Gillespie, Susie Patterson)
Junior teams had an eventful day on Sunday
- U10 Bucks Cup – Marlow Girls and Marlow Boys both sweep the Bucks awards (see photos at end of article) , meaning the club now have all four county titles for the England Hockey In2Hockey Championships.
- U16 Girls Regionals – Girls won 1 match and lost 2 finishing second in pool
- U16 Boys Regionals – Boys won 1 match, drew another and lost the final match they needed to win also finishing second in pool
- U18 Girls – In quarter final of EH Cup T2 competition beat Reading HC 5-0, 1-0 at half time and then a very impressive second half team performance. Goal scorers Sophie Willis, Lucy Banks x 2, Ellie Yeomans, Jemima Copeman. The draw for the semi-final which will be played on April 7th will take place this week.
- U14A girls won 5-3 against Reading, having gone 3-0 down in first 10 mins
- U14B girls lost 1-0 to South Berks A
- U14C girls lost 2-1 to Amersham & Chalfont Bs