As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, the action for Marlow’s teams only hots up! Marlow Hockey play their last games before the winter break, Marlow Rugby face off against local rivals High Wycombe and Marlow FC escape their run of successive league draws.
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Marlow Men’s teams
Marlow Men’s 1st team won 3-2 at Ashford in a tough and scrappy game. It was a good performance overall.
The team is continuing to grow from strength to strength as a group and they remain 3rd in the MBBO regional league 1..
The goalscorers were Joe Gleeson, skipper Gary Goodman and Tom Gray. They now look forward to the indoor hockey, hoping to qualify for the national league competition.
The seconds won 2-1 at home to Harrow 1st XI, a result which masked a raft of missed opportunities for Marlow. After going 0-1 down to a penalty stroke in the first half, Tom Lilley slid in at the far post to equalise with a classy finish on his reverse stick. James Ashburner, celebrating his 18th Birthday, then latched on to a ball over the top and wrong footed the keeper to tuck home and as it turned out, seal the win.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 3s had a good result in drawing at home with Tring 1s
- Marlow 4s lost 2-1 away to Oxford 4s
- Marlow 5s lost 4-1 at home to Wallingford 3s
- Marlow 6s beat Eastcote 6 away 2-0
- The Strollers team of veterans beat Thames Valley at home 4-1
Marlow Ladies’ teams
For most of the Marlow Ladies section this was the last game before Christmas, All teams were seeking points to secure a decent league position prior to the mid season break. The 1st team were away to Tulse Hill and Dulwich Ladies 1s. It was an entertaining game with goals a plenty, Marlow were 4-3 down with 10 minutes to go but managed to equalise. However Marlow weren’t quite finished, Jane Smith scored the winning goal, final score 5-4. Ladies 1s move up to 6th place in South Division 1.
Other Ladies results: –
- Marlow 2s were away to Aylesbury Ladies 1s, they won 1-0 securing 3 points and cementing 3rd place in Trysports Premier 1
- Marlow 3s were away to Wallingford Ladies 2s and drew 3-3 with goals from Emma Pittaway, Levi Rijks and Maisie Horne, they go into the Christmas break 7th in Trysports Premier 2
- Marlow 4s were at home to Amersham and Chalfont Ladies 3s and suffered a tough 4-0 defeat
- Marlow 5s were at home to Abingdon 2s and bounced back from their defeat to Thame last weekend with an emphatic 6-1 win, this sees them comfortably 2nd in Trysports Division 3
- Marlow 6s continued their run of form with a 4-0 win over Wychwood Ladies 2s; they sit comfortably at the top of the Division 7
The hockey season is at its half way point as far as the leagues are concerned and will now take a break until January 11th. Various indoor competitions will now take over.
Marlow Men’s 1st XV
Following a disappointing performance in their last game against Didcot, Marlow were keen to bounce back with a win, and a local derby against rivals High Wycombe provided the perfect opportunity.
A relatively even start to the game for both sides, with Marlow and Wycombe seizing their chances when they could. A very evenly fought first half, however Wycombe led Marlow 20-11 going into the break. Marlow were a determined side entering the second half, eventually closing the gap to Wycombe, 20-18.
A charged down drop goal attempt led to a try from Marlow’s George Jafari, and a Freddie Lewis conversion gave Marlow a 20-25 lead with around 5 minutes left, sealing the win for the visitors. Marlow will now look to take this performance into the final game before Christmas at home against Shipston-on-Sour next week.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 2nd XV suffered an unfortunate 10-12 defeat to High Wycombe 2s
- Marlow 3rd XV came out on top against rivals High Wycombe 3s with a crushing 17-34 win away from home
Marlow FC are back to winning ways after a 1-0 win at home against 18th placed Hertford Town.
New signing Nnamdi Nwachuku made his debut for Marlow and has started excellently by scoring his first goal for the club, which turned out to be the only goal of the match, a brilliant way to make your debut.
The victory keeps the Blues in 12th place of the Isthmian South Central and gives them some confidence to go forward in their season having overcome a dreary spell of four consecutive league draws.
A place in the next round of the Reading Invitation Cup was up for grabs for United, who raced into a two goal lead on a chilly misty evening as they dominated the opening 30 minutes against hosts Holyport.
Marlow were reduced down to ten men just before half time but went into the break holding onto a 2-1 lead.
Holyport came out strong in the second half and were now playing with a desire not seen in the first half, controlling the game and penning back Marlow in their own half as the visitors struggled to keep the ball. Holyport were eventually able to capitalise on this new found momentum and managed to equalise, then subsequently take the lead. Marlow fought back and were able to bring the game level at 3-3. Marlow could not hold off Holyport any longer and the the home side topped off their rejuvenated second half with a fourth with eight minutes to go. The final whistle blew with the result, Holyport 4 – 3 Marlow United.
Marlow United TVPL secured three points against Roberswood on Saturday. Two goals from James Nwoseh along with a goal from Captain James Namyslak saw United defeat Robertswood, closing the gap on leaders Goring United.