Welcome to the latest Sports Roundup from MyMarlow, with normal service now being resumed thanks to our new Sports Reporter, Ben Dawson. Take it away Ben…..
Marlow FC grabbed all three points against Waltham Abbey on Saturday. Kelvin Bossman shot the Blues in front early, before Waltham Abbey’s Billy Holland was sent off in the 9th minute.
The game was sealed for Mark Bartley’s side by a goal from Kwai Marsh-Brown in the 90th minute
The win lifts Marlow to 12th in the table ahead of their trip to Hanwell in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday 22nd October. On Saturday 26th October they host Sholing in the FA Trophy first round qualifying game at home.
Marlow United first team did not have a match at the weekend, and have a friendly away this evening (Tue 22nd Oct) vs Holmer Green.
However “Marlow United TVPL” , which is essentially the reserves team were in action, putting in an impressive performance against Robertswood, winning 4-2 and extending their undefeated league record to six games. They are also playing in the county cup v St Peters Iver this Saturday.
Marlow Ladies played their fourth competitive game of the season at Oxford RFC on Sunday 20th October, hoping to maintain momentum after a first win at home to Reading Abbey two weeks earlier. Marlow were able to field a full team of 15 with 2 players making their competitive debut, showing the upward trajectory of the club this season.
After a slow start and heavy offensive pressure, Oxford Ladies were the first to put points on the board with a well worked try in the first ten minutes. Fortunately for Marlow the defensive line held, and they were able to weather the storm, scoring a try of their own to go in at half time at 5-5.
Oxford’s dominance continued after the break, the home side adding a further 2 tries to their tally to bring the score to 15-5 with 20 minutes remaining. This seemed to give Marlow the incentive to fight back, an impressive offensive effort rewarded with a try on the 55th minute mark. The balance of power then shifted in Marlow’s favour, with Oxford having to defend frantically to preserve their lead. The pressure proved too much however when, with 3 minutes remaining, Marlow powered across the line to level the score at 15-15. An excellent conversion under pressure made the score 15-17, a score that remained at the final whistle and secured Marlow’s second win of the season.
Marlow Ladies play again on Sunday 10th November against Hackney Ladies 2s.
Marlow Men’s 1sts
Marlow RFC’s 1st Men’s team suffered an unfortunate defeat at home to Witney RFC. Marlow took a commanding lead early on, being 10-5 up after 15 minutes. From then onwards, Witney piled on the pressure and at half time Marlow were trailing 13-15. A 54th minute penalty for Marlow saw them retake the lead 16-15 and looked set to come away as the victors as the clock began to run down. However, with 4 minutes to go Witney were awarded a penalty, which they promptly scored, quickly followed by a converted try to seal the win for the visitors. The final score being 16-25.
Marlow will play next Saturday away at Aylesbury.
Marlow Men’s teams
At home, Marlow Men’s 1st team beat top of the table Newbury 3-2 in what turned out to be a very close match. In the first 30 minutes Marlow dominated possession and a comfortable win seemed on the cards. The second half was more difficult for Marlow but after the visitors levelled at 2-2 Marlow came back strongly and scored the winning goal with minutes to go, Tom Gray scored twice and was outstanding. The other scorer was Chris Sewell.
The Men’s 2nd team played away at Wokingham against their league leaders South Berkshire 1s and lost only narrowly 1-0.
Other Men’s matches: –
- Marlow 4s lost away to British Airways 1s 4-0,
- Marlow 5s beat Staines 3s at home 2-1,
- Marlow 6s remain top of their league despite losing away to Staines 4s by 2-0.
- Marlow 3s had a free day
Marlow Ladies teams
Marlow Ladies 1s travelled to East Grinstead and started well converting their first short corner of the match with a deflection from captain Emma Bunyard. They scored their second soon after with a diving effort from Alex Teasdale and Ellie Yeomans found the top of the net with 5 minutes remaining in the second half.
East Grinstead came out stronger in the second half and their keeper saved a flick. A flick was also the only way they penetrated the Marlow defence. The final score was 3-1.
The Marlow Ladies 2s played away and managed a notable 1-1 draw with top of the table Slough 2s.
Other Ladies results: –
- Marlow 3s lost 2-3 to South Berkshire 2s.
- Marlow 4s drew 1-1 away to Oxford Hawks 5s,
- Marlow 5s beat Henley 3s at home 4-1
- Marlow 6s remain unbeaten by drawing 1-1 against Wychwood Ladies 2s 1-1.
Marlow Rowing Club
Marlow Rowing Club had success at the worlds largest Regatta recently – the Head of the Charles Regatta, in Boston , USA which attracts 11,000 competitors.
Marlow’s Ladies 40+coxed Four won their event by a convincing margin – a great result from a very strong crew- all are ex Olympians!! Cath Bishop, Gillian Lindsay, Dame Katherine Grainger and Kate Mackenzie were defending the title they have won every time they have entered the event.
Further exciting news from the club – PR1 para sculler, Kingsley Ijomah recently raced in Tunisia and won to secure his place to race for Nigeria at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Well done Kingsley !