Featured this week in MyMarlow’s Sports Roundup. Marlow FC’s Bucks and Berks Cup game against Windsor, hard fought matches from Marlow 1st XV and Marlow Ladies Rugby and action from both Men’s and Ladies Marlow Hockey sides, including a number of youth and veteran games as well.
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Marlow FC have progressed through to the next round of Bucks and Berks Senior cup, after their win at home against Windsor.
Marcus Mealing’s second minute penalty looked to be enough to send the Blues through in normal time, but Charlie Macaskill salvaged an equaliser for Windsor with five minutes to play.
As the match could not be decided in normal time, it had to come down to penalties. Following some well executed spot-kicks it fell to Blues keeper Simon Grant to save from Macaskill and earn Marlow a 6-5 win.
Marlow were also in league action on Saturday earning a 1-1 draw against Chipstead with a 90th minute goal from Devontae Romeo.
Marlow United dropped two precious points as they were held to a one all draw by a Chalvey Sports at home on Saturday.
The visitors took an early lead with ex Marlow man Conner Shingleston curling a free kick around the Marlow wall and past keeper Partridge on eight minutes.
United began to get a grip of the game as the half wore on, until their patience was finally rewarded in the 43rd minute with an equaliser before half time. Both sides fought hard in the second half, however the game ended 1-1.
Marlow United TVPL played host to Twyford and Ruscombe in the BTC Intermediate Cup and came away with a comfortable 3-0 win.
Marlow Men’s 1st XV
The water-logged Chesham pitch was never going to support an afternoon of running rugby, but for large parts of this match Marlow were threatening the home team’s line without being able to convert the pressure into points.
Despite playing uphill in the 1st half and dominating proceedings Marlow were unable to convert the territory advantage into points and there was always a threat from Chesham on the counter.
Chesham took the early lead with a well taken penalty from full back Toby Deane midway through the first half. Marlow pressed hard to redress the balance, but with a disallowed try and missed opportunities, again Chesham were able to counter and again Toby Deane converted a late penalty to take Chesham in 6-0 at half time.
Marlow made a determined start to the second half and on 46 minutes were able to convert sustained pressure with captain Hugo Jafari bulldozing his way over the line.
Freddie Lewis converted to give Marlow a slim lead 6-7. For the next 20 minutes both teams cancelled each other out. It was again Chesham that took advantage of a brief period of pressure in the Marlow 22 and a third penalty converted by Deane made it 9-7 to the home team.
Marlow’s constant pressure in the last quarter was visibly wearing Chesham down, who subsequently gave up a series of kickable penalties. Up stepped scrum-half Lewis to strike the ball through the uprights to make it 9-10. Two further penalties on 70 and 78 minutes were again converted by Lewis, who’s distribution from the scrum in adverse conditions, kicking from hand and a perfect set of 4 out of 4 place kicks put Marlow in control. Chesham fought to the end and both teams were visibly exhausted as extra time ran to 14 minutes. A tough and well fought battle from both sides, the final score being Chesham 9 – 16 Marlow 1st XV.
Marlow Men’s 2nd XV
Marlow 2nd XV played Risborough at Riverwoods on Saturday under grey skies and calm conditions. The firm ground played into Marlow’s hands as intense pressure in the first ten minutes led to a brilliant backs move resulting in a fine try. Risborough came storming back through good driving play and excellent skill from their 10 and scored a try. The rest of the half followed a similar pattern and, in a back, and forth battle the teams went into half time at 15-15.
The second half saw Marlow being the dominant side and the highlight of the game when the lightning speed of wing George Flowers saw him speed to the best individual try of the season .Marlow stretched their lead to 27-15 but again Risborough came back and scored to make it 27-22 with ten minutes left, however Marlow were able to hang on until the end which saw them to a fine victory
Marlow Ladies XV
Marlow Ladies maintained their winning habits on Saturday away from home with a 30-10 demolishing of Aylesbury Ladies.
Marlow didn’t waste any time taking the upper hand. The first of many driving runs by Linda Kavumbura followed by a quick offload a few yards before the line, allowed Karen Mellor to wrong foot the Aylesbury defence and put the first 5 points on the board. Good footwork by Mellor on the opposite side of the pitch 5 minutes later, released Maxine Tribe to run in a well worked try into the corner, the score now 0-10.
On the 20-minute mark, a lapse in Marlow concentration allowed Aylesbury to capitalise and quickly work the ball out to the right wing and over for a try. This change in fortune didn’t last long; At a breakdown close to the Aylesbury 22, Marlow’s superior speed and passing skills stretched the defence thin and left them out numbered. Aylesbury couldn’t regroup in time and Linda Kavumbura was able to get over the line adjacent to the posts. The floodgates opened and Marlow were able to run in two more tries before the break, the first coming from a beautifully worked back move and the second, a solid drive from Linda Kavumbura to score directly under the posts. The teams went in at half time with Marlow leading 5-25.
As play resumed, Aylesbury were offered no rest bite. Almost immediately after the restart, Marlow regained possession in their own half, catching Aylesbury on the counter. The fast and accurate passing on display in the first half continued and the home side were unable to prevent the Marlow back line running in another try. Aylesbury still possessed some threat from the wing, coming in the form of their pacey number 13. Marlow had been able to contain her up until this point but as the game neared its end, number 13 was able to find enough space to score what would be Aylesbury’s final points of the game.
Unfortunately, the game came to an abrupt ending due to an Injury of an Aylesbury player. It finished 10-30, the fourth win in a row for Marlow.
Marlow Men’s teams
The Marlow Men’s 1s played Oxford University 2s at Pound Lane and they proved to be difficult opponents, full of running and well organised. The visitors scored first, and Marlow replied with a well taken goal by David Hand. Marlow did well to correct some defensive errors made in the opening 20 minutes and hardly made an error out of possession for the last 50 minutes.
Some calmer heads and higher quality in the opposition circle would have secured all 3 points for Marlow who pressed hard, but the Oxford goalkeeper made two great saves and the game ended 1-1.
The Men’s 2s played Banbury 2s away and came up against a strong side, far too good on the day and lost 7-1.
The third team played Windsor 1s and showed what they are capable of in a 2-2 draw, both goals were scored by Joe Gleeson.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 4s lost 2-1 away to Leighton Buzzard 2s
- Marlow 6s lost 6-0 away to Wycombe 5s
- The Strollers (veterans) lost 2-1 at home to Ashford
Marlow Ladies’ teams
The ladies first team played Guildford away and had an outstanding 4-2 win, with a hat trick from Jemima Copeman.
Last season both teams had gained promotion to the First division of the South League with Marlow in second place. This result saw Marlow jump above Guildford into 5th place, They are however still searching for their first home win of the season and have tough opposition on Saturday (London Wayfarers) at Pound Lane, 11.45.
Ladies 2s drew 1-1 away with Henley 2 and remain 4th in Trysports Premier league Division 1.
Other Ladies results: –
- Ladies 3s won 2-1 at home with Oxford Hawks 4s,
- Ladies 4s lost 4-0 away to Banbury 2s
- Ladies 5s drew 3-3 away with Windsor 2s
- Ladies 6s won 3-0 home versus Wycombe 6s and remain top of their league.
Marlow Junior and Veterans teams
On Sunday there were also a large number of matches involving junior and veterans teams: –
- U18 Girls lost 4-0 to Surbiton
- U18 Boys won 2-1 v Haslemere
- U16 Girls A won 6-2 v Amersham & Chalfont
- U16 Girls B drew 2-2 v Reading B
- U16 Boys won 2-0 v Cheltenham
- U14 Girls A won 4-0 v Oxford Hawks
- U14 Girls B won 4-0 v Wycombe
- U14 boys lost 3-2 to Reading
- Over 40 Men drew 1-1 v Sonning but lost on penalty strokes
- Over 35 Women won 5-0 to Woking
League Matches: –
- U16 Girls C won 2-0 to South Berks
- U14 Girls C lost 5-0 to Henley
- U14 Boys B lost 2-1 to Amersham & Chalfont