This week in MyMarlow’s Sports Roundup. A shorter roundup this week, with action from Marlow United, Marlow FC and Marlow’s Hockey teams.
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Marlow Men’s teams
The Men’s 1st team found their best form in a good quality match at home to Oxford Hawks 2s. Marlow scored first with a well worked short corner converted by Tom Gray. They went further ahead with a goal by Matt Bilsland.
Some rather questionable defending and the visitors pulled a goal back in the second half but Marlow continued to play good open hockey and the game was sealed when Lewis Goodman broke away and slotted the ball into the goal past the onrushing goal keeper. Final score 3-1 to Marlow.
That puts them into third place just one point behind Amersham & Chalfont who drew 1-1 with Oxford University 2s.
The Men’s 2s had an eventful start to their game against Oxford Hawks 3s after an accident closed the M40 for a while. They arrived only minutes before a delayed push back. Fortunately, the team were mentally ready and made a strong start. James Ashburner opened the scoring from close range, closing in on top scorer Dan Field’s count. Dan Bradley added a second with from a penalty corner, finishing in some style into the top corner. Oxford Hawks were resolute in the second half but despite having the ball in the net at one point, were unable to find a goal. Ollie Cadinouche sealed the points with minutes to go, coolly rounding the keeper to slot home. Both teams had more chances to score but Marlow ended with the 3 points.
The Men’s 3s have started to show better form and beat Ramgharia 1s away 3-1 and moving off the bottom of the table.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 4s team lost 2-1 to Witney 2s at home
- Marlow 5s lost 3-1 away to Windsor 2s
- Marlow 6s match was postponed
- The Strollers team of veterans played their opposite numbers Maidenhead Merlins and won 6-0
Marlow Ladies’ teams
The top three teams in the Ladies section did not manage to fulfill their fixtures due to frozen pitches. The remaining three ladies games went ahead.
The Ladies 4s faced a tough trip away to Newbury Ladies 2s, despite being two goals down they brought themselves back into contention by leveling the score. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite hold on so were defeated 4-2. Ladies 5s, currently in second place in Trysports Division 3 traveled to Thame to face the league leaders, Thame Ladies 2s. It was an incredibly tight game but they unfortunately lost 2-1. Ladies 6s were in action at Pound Lane and hosted Wallingford Ladies 5s. They cemented their place at the top of Division 7 with a convincing 4-1 victory. There was even a return to the pitch for Club Vice-Chair Jo Rees, who has been out for a few seasons with a long term injury. Jo marked her return to the pitch with a goal and an assist.
Marlow United suffered a 4-2 defeat to Milton United at home. Indiscipline proved the undoing of Marlow as they conceded three second half goals in a frantic game at the Alfred Davis.
Marlow took the lead early on but Milton were able to level the scores before half time. Poor discipline led to Marlow reduced to nine men, Milton capitalised and were able to score a further three past Marlow to seal their win. Defeat see’s Marlow dropping two places in the league
Marlow FC again faced a set back in in their aim to chase down a play off place, once again drawing to a side placed above them in the table. Tooting & Mitcham FC held Marlow to a 0-0 draw, Marlow’s 4th draw in a row in the league and Marlow are still without a league win since October.
A special mention to Natalie Beckett, a Year 11 at Great Marlow School, who was awarded Young Leader of the Year at the Bucks & MK Sports Awards on Friday 22nd November. Out of nominations from across Buckinghamshire she was one of three shortlisted and at the awards ceremony on Friday she was announced as the winner. This was awarded for her dedication and passion to sport – mainly rugby.
Natalie’s nomination information:
“Natalie has an infectious enthusiasm for Rugby and assists coaching sessions at both Great Marlow School and High Wycombe Rugby Club. She has completed the England Rugby Referee Award and is now a fully-qualified match official. Natalie is putting her new-found skills into practice and refereed matches between adult teams at the club’s Touch Rugby Tournament. Natalie’s determination and enthusiasm rubs off on her peers and she is well respected in her club and school communities because of these traits.
Natalie, 16, said: “I didn’t think I was going to get the award. I am really excited.”Her mum Wendy said: “She is amazing – she doesn’t think she is but she is inspirational.””
Congratulations to Natalie for her well deserved award!