Welcome to this week’s roundup, which this week includes details and photos of Marlow Half Marathon and 7, plus all the usual action from our Football and Hockey clubs.
On Tuesday evening Marlow FC suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Westfield FC at home in the Velocity Trophy.
Westfield drew first blood with 39th minute goal from Rhys Rabess and scored another in the 73rd minute from Nkomo Tinashe, sealing Marlow’s 2-0 lose.
The Blues have not played a league match since their 2-0 win against Waltham Abbey on 19th October and after a run of unfortunate cup results, will be looking to kick their league campaign off again soon.
Marlow United progressed past Flackwell Heath in the Floodlit Cup after a tense penalty shoot-out victory at Wilks Park on Tuesday night.
On a wet and windy night, United avenged their earlier season defeat to Premier Division Flackwell in the League Cup.
An equally matched game for the most part as neither side were able to score. On the 76th minute, Flackwell thought they had broken the deadlock following a corner as the ball was cleared from the goal line by Alfie Lucas, the Flackwell players adamant that the ball had crossed the line.
As it was the final whistle arrived with the game still goal less, it was on to penalties to decide the winner.
In the shoot-out Adam Dickens, Dan Jordan and McKie all scored for Marlow, with Flackwell slotting how three of their own. Marlow’s spot-kick was saved before Marlow’s Keeper Matt Cannings saved the next kick from Flackwell to keep the score at 3-3.
Adam Davies converted Marlow’s fourth, ramping up the pressure on Flackwell’s Cameron Gray whose first kick was saved by Cannings, only for the keeper to be adjudged to have moved too soon. Gray was given the opportunity to retake his kick but sent his second attempt over the bar, with the shootout ending 4-3 to Marlow.
United will travel to Kidlington Development in the next round of the competition.
Marlow United TVPL
Marlow United TVPL narrowed the gap between themselves and leaders Goring United with a crushing 7-1 win over the Phoenix Old Boys team.
The visitors were well aware of their status as the underdogs for this match, with them struggling at the bottom of the table, but they shocked Marlow by taking an early lead with Tommy Obergan firing home a 20-yard effort on the 3rd minute mark.
Recoiling from this early goal, Marlow managed to hit back in less than a minute with Liam Bushay converting a Lucas cross from close range.
Phoenix continued to trouble a lethargic home team, three times firing efforts over the bar.
Marlow rode out the visitors opening surge eventually taking the lead on 30 minutes with Ollie Flint scoring from another Lucas cross.
Lucas added a third with half time in sight. With the heavy conditions taking their toll the hosts were now dominating Phoenix.
Three became four as Bushay converted after Flint saw his overhead effort cannon of the bar.
Manager Letts began making several substitutions and from those Marlow stretched their lead, Neil Austin scoring at the far post on 75 minutes, Adam Rawlings then notching a sixth with time running out.
Austin rubbed salt in the Phoenix wounds with a seventh on 90 minutes.
Marlow Men’s teams
Marlow Hockey Club’s top men’s teams had, for various reasons to change their teams this week but both first and second teams had claimed solid wins.
The 1s had all the early play but Eastcote led 2-1 at half time. Marlow stuck to their game plan and goals came regularly including one reverse stick pile-driver from Pat Staal. Chris Sewell bagged a hat trick and with further goals from Ollie Cardinouche, Matt Bilsland and Lewis Goodman the score ended 7-3.
The second team with a makeshift defence also had a good result in beating Wycombe 2 by 4-0 at Bisham Abbey. Their two young goalkeepers who played a half each coped well when called into action and Marlow’s goals came from James Ashburner, David Hand (2) and Dan Merrell.
Other results were: –
- Marlow 3s lost 2-3 to Wallingford 2s.
- Marlow 4s drew away to Bicester 2s 1-1.
- Marlow 5s beat Oxford Hawks 6s 4-2 at home.
- Marlow 6s lost 3-2 away to Amersham and Chalfont 5s
Marlow Ladies’ teams
The Ladies 1s were the only team in action this week and playing away at Maidenhead were successful by 4 goals to 2 which moved them up to 6th in the South Ladies League Division One.
Marlow’s scorers were Natalie Riches and Kerri Smith with one and Jane Smith with 2
It was a tough first half with Marlow scoring early, followed by a swift reply from Maidenhead. Maidenhead were strong and organised on the break and had some excellent attacks resulting them going 2-1 up. Marlow then equalised with a penalty stoke from Natalie Riches. Early in the second half Marlow got their act together and took the lead with a well worked team goal finished well by Jane Smith. The tide turned and Marlow began to dominate however were not able to score again with the final score remaining 4-2.
Marlow Half Marathon and 7 mile
On Sunday 3rd November was the popular and challenging Marlow Half Marathon organised by Marlow Striders, together with the more recently added 7 mile route – shorter, but still has hills! In addition to being a highly respected race, this is also a great community event in Marlow, and it is always a great spectacle to see the runners filing up the High Street. It is also a great fundraiser, and this cheers supported causes were Buckinghamshire Mind and Marlow Sports Club
Winners of each race were:
– Mens: 498 Stuart MacDougall of Fulham RC in 1:18:08
– Womens: 847 Charlotte Shields of Charnwood AC in 1:32:21
– Mens: 2461 Nick Buckle of Belgrave Harriers in 40:02
– Womens: 2300 Becky Atkinson of Maidenhead Athletic Club in 45:38
We published a gallery of photos from the event which can be seen on our Facebook page, and a selection can also be seen below: