The dreary conditions over the weekend did not stop all Marlow teams enjoying a packed weekend of sport, and this week’s roundup includes the action from our Hockey, Football and Rugby clubs.
Marlow Men’s teams
Marlow Men’s 1s played away to close local rivals Amersham and Chalfont. A quick flurry of goals for the home side cost Marlow dearly, between the 10th and 24th minutes Amersham and Chalfont scored 4 goals in quick succession.
The home team’s goals scored by Henry Bugg and Tom McKinlay who bagged a hat trick. Lewis Goodman replied for Marlow on the stroke of half time. A quiet second half for both sides saw the game end 4-1 to the home side.
The Men’s 2s were at home to West Hampstead 2s. Despite the appalling conditions some good hockey was played. Marlow had most of the scoring opportunities but could only manage a 2-2 draw. Both Marlow’s goals were scored by Charlie Peplow.
Other Men’s results: –
- Men’s 3s lost away to Oxford Hawks 4s 3-1
- Men’s 4s lost at home to Reading 5s 3-1
- Men’s 4s drew away with Sonning 4s 2-2
- The Strollers (Veterans) lost 2-1 away at Stoke Green
- The 6th team had no match
Marlow Ladies teams
Mixed success for Marlow Ladies this weekend. The Ladies 1s had a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to Spencer Ladies 1st Team. Their goal was scored by Hannah Dring.
The Ladies 2s won 2-0 at home against Oxford Hawks 3s, with goals from Emily Gillespie and Vic Allen.
The Ladies 3s also at home beat Reading Rockets 3-2, with goals from Emma Pittaway, Hannah Bowen-Evans and Captain Lizzie Dalton.
The Ladies 5s won a tough match away against Bicester 2s, with goals from Tracey Finch and Tilly Brown.
The Ladies 4s and 6s did not have fixtures this weekend.
On Sunday there were several junior matches in both the England Hockey Junior Cups and in the junior leagues. Results were: –
Junior EH Cup matches;
- Boys U18 lost 3-2 to Guildford
- Boys U14 won 4-0 at Amersham & Chalfont
- Girls U14 B won 10-2 at Aylesbury
- U16 B drew 3-3 with Henley
- Boys U14 B drew 2-2 with Southgate
Saturday 26th October
A rain-soaked day saw The Blues have the better of exchanges in their FA Trophy match with Sholing on Saturday. Playing on a sodden pitch the game never really came to life and both teams were evenly matched.
Marlow were creating a few chances at the other end, but nothing really clear-cut.
The second half saw Marlow playing more on the front foot, but chances were still few and far between.
The Blues finished the game the stronger of the two sides but could only manage a 0-0 draw, and a trip down to the south coast on Tuesday evening was required to settle the tie……
Tuesday 29th October
Marlow FC travelled to Southampton based Sholing FC to face them in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round replay after the goalless draw on Saturday. The Blues faced trouble early on, with Charlie Samuel sent off in the 24th minute. Despite being a man down the first half ended 0-0. Sholing scored the first goal of the game in the 74th minute. Shortly after, Marlow’s Kelvin Bossman was sent off in the 80th minute, leaving the Blues with 9 men. Sholing sealed the win with an 83rd minute goal.
Marlow FC now look to their next league game against South Park FC on 2nd November.
Due to United being without a planned fixture until Saturday 2nd November, a friendly game against Holmer Green was scheduled providing an opportunity for both teams to gain some valuable game time. The game ended 4-2 to Holmer Green, with two late goals from them to seal the win. Subsequently, the Nov 2nd match vs Abingdon United has now been cancelled, with Abingdon having been scheduled to play a county cup match.
Marlow United TVPL
Marlow defied atrocious conditions to defeat East Berks League side St Peters Iver to move into the third round of the B&B Junior Cup, with the first team without a Saturday fixture yet again the TVPL side took centre stage on a day of strong winds and drenching rain.
Ollie Flint opened the scoring for United in the 15th minute. St Peters did eventually equalise on 35 minutes making it 1-1 at the break.
Marlow came out strong in the second half, two excellent goals in the 70th and 80th minutes put the tie beyond doubt with the match ending 3-1 to United.
United return to league action next week with a visit the Pheonix Old Boys as they attempt to reel in leaders Goring United.
Aylesbury 1st XV 13 Marlow 1st XV 10
Marlow started brightly against top of the table and unbeaten Aylesbury. From the kick-off Aylesbury recycled 1st phase possession, but the pass back was laboured, and Will Reynolds was quick to close in on the fly half and charged down the clearance kick, gathered the ball and raced in under the posts. The try was converted by Christian Whitney. The two teams were well matched and much of the game was played testing each other with close quarter driving mauls.
It was from one of these drives that Aylesbury set up the second and only other try of the game. Quick ball to the fly half and a line run by the Aylesbury inside centre saw him speed in to score from 20 metres out. Both sides exchanged penalties to bring the 1st half to a close at 10-10.
The second half was a repeat of the first with both Marlow and Aylesbury cancelling themselves out in a mainly forward dominated match. However, in the dying seconds of the game, Marlow infringed at the breakdown on their own 22 metre line. Aylesbury took their chance to take the lead for the first time in the game and consolidated their position at the top of the Southern Counties North table. Marlow now lie 5th in the table.
Marlow II 39 Witney III 0
Marlow kicked off and started well applying increasing pressure on Witney resulting in a fine try by fly half Tom Maher slicing through the defence to score under the posts who easily landed the conversion
Witney continued to apply great pressure; however, this was not enough to stop a strong Marlow side. An unconverted try from Jack made the score 12-0. There was good interplay from Marlow involving Biscoe and Toby Turner. The play of the day however came from full back Kudzi Mlambo showing great pace from his own half to scorch through the defence and score to make it 17-0. This was soon followed by another converted try from Tom Maher, meaning Marlow led 24-0 at the half time break.
Marlow continued applying pressure in the second half and great pace from wing George Flowers saw him speed through the Witney defence and an inside pass saw Jack Smith score to make it 29-0. Marlow fought on to score two more tries, a debut try from Saope Soko and one from George Flowers, and so ending a thumping 39-0 victory.
Marlow III 22 Wallingford II 7
Marlow 3rd XV at last got to play a league fixture having had three games cancelled on the bounce. Caught napping by Wallingford, Marlow went 7-0 down during a first half, conceding many penalties combined with a low work rate.
However, following a short period of introspection, ruthless self-analysis and some kind words from the Director of Rugby the team rallied to post four unanswered tries in the second half.
This was a much better performance with Miles Raithby-Veall crossing for two tries, the seasoned campaigner working behind a pack becoming more dominant in the loose and with a line out firing on all cylinders; Martin Rowe soaring like a homesick angel to claim ball after ball. Following a great kick chase into the right corner Matt Goodright added to the score and Olivier Beiguilman added the fourth on the left wing to claim the bonus point.
This result moves Marlow to second in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon 3 South league, with a tough away fixture at Bracknell beckoning on 9 November.
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