A tough week for many Marlow sides. Marlow FC search for a league win, Marlow United try and hold onto second place in the league and Marlow RFC hope to keep up their winning ways.
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Marlow Men’s teams
The Men’s 1st team played away at Old Merchant Taylors. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with the Marlow goals scored by Luke Stone and Lewis Goodman (pictured left). On Saturday they will play at home to Oxford Hawks 2 at 1.30 pm at Pound Lane.
The 2nd XI faced Wallingford 1st XI at home. A solid first half saw Marlow take a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Chris Jackson who scored his first goal for the side. However, the lead was squandered within five minutes of the second half, as two quick goals propelled Wallingford into the lead.
Both sides created opportunities thereafter but it was Marlow who made it count with an equaliser for 2-2. Further chances followed at either end, but Marlow will be the most disappointed of the two sides, failing to capitalise on a barrage of short corners in the final minutes.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 3s beat Abingdon 1s at home 4-2
- Marlow 4s beat West Hampstead 5s away 4-2
- Marlow 5s beat West Hampstead 6s away 3-0
- Marlow 6s team played away to Wootton Wanderers 2s and lost 3-1
- The Strollers played away with British Airways and won 2-1
Marlow Ladies’ teams
The Ladies 1s lost 5-1 at home to a very strong London Wayfarers side and still look for their first home win. The Ladies 2s drew 1-1 away to Oxford Ladies 2s, they remain unbeaten but have drawn 6 and won 3 which is good enough to put them third in the Trysports League Premier Division.
Ladies 3s also drew, 0-0 in a local derby away to Wycombe Ladies 2s.
Other Ladies results: –
- Ladies 4s lost 3-1 at home to Oxford Ladies 4s
- Ladies 5s managed the only win out of the Ladies section with a well fought 2-1 win at home to Sonning Ladies 4s.
- Ladies 6s were beaten 2-1
Marlow Men’s 1st XV vs Didcot
Following last week’s tough encounter with Chesham Rugby club, Marlow knew they were going to be in for another tough match.
With a Marlow kick off it gave them chance to enter the opposition half early. No.8 James Branch scored early for Marlow, unfortunately, No.9 Freddie Lewis missed the conversion but Marlow were leading 5-0 in the opening exchanges.
Didcot kicked off to Marlow and after a couple of phases Marlow exited their half through the boot of full back Christian Witney. This was the first time that Didcot really had the ball in hand. Didcot managed to make a break down the left-side of the wing and the pacey scrum half Jake Dawson scored in the corner, Josh Witts missed the conversion and the scores were level at 5-5. Marlow came out firing and for the next 15 minutes were camped in Didcot’s half, however they failed to convert anything further in the first half.
Didcot kicked the second half off to Marlow who calmly gathered the ball and set about playing their patterns. After various exchanges in possession, Marlow’s penalty count was still too high and Didcot found themselves beginning to play increasing periods of the game in Marlow’s half. Didcot capitalised on this and soon scored their second try, Witts converted for them, 5-12 to the visitors.
As the game entered the last 20 minutes, Marlow were awarded two penalties, both of which were converted, still 11-12 to Didcot.
With less than 4 minutes remaining Marlow were in the ascendancy back in Didcot’s half. After a fantastic driving maul Marlow were awarded a penalty but chose to go to the corner. Now on Didcot’s 5 metre line Marlow won the line out and this was the last shot to secure the win. After countless pick and drives from the bases of the rucks, Marlow were turned over and Didcot kicked the ball out to secure a victory for their first win of the season. The final score, Marlow 1st XV 11-12 Didcot 1st XV.
Thanks to Ian Branch for photos below:
Despite their best efforts, Marlow FC were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Harlow Town on 23rd November.
This leaves them 12th in the league table, with 15 points and several games in hand compared to their league rivals.
Marlow United continue their winning ways with a 3-1 thumping of Long Crendon on 19th November. A goal from Chris Hurst gave Marlow the lead inside seven minutes. The visitors equalised two minutes into the second half, but Marlow secured the points with goals from Charlie Bull and Liam Bushay.
The win consolidates United’s second place spot in the league.
Marlow United TVPL were not as fortunate as the first team, suffering a 2-4 defeat to Great Missenden in the Bucks and Berks Junior Cup.
United TVPL return to league action next Saturday against Hambledon FC.