The MyMarlow Sports Roundup is back! Sports in Marlow are slowly beginning to ramp up, with teams having started or preparing to start their league campaign for the year. We will be here to give you a weekly update of the news and events of the sporting action in Marlow.
Marlow Men’s teams
Marlow hockey club’s teams were in League action for the first time on Saturday and the Men’s 1st team led the way with a decisive win at home to South Berks, who were promoted last season.
(Photo by Helen Ritchie)
Marlow had good preparation in their preseason matches against higher league opponents by winning all three, and soon got into their stride with a really well worked goal by Matt Bilsland. Another goal soon followed from Sam Burroughs from a short corner.
At that point, it looked as though Marlow would run up a large score, but South Berks played deep and defended well and Marlow scored no more goals in the half despite the amount of possession they had.
The second half however reflected the balance of play more with Marlow pressing higher up the pitch and playing very fluently. Mark Lowden in his first league game for Marlow scored the third goal and after that goals came regularly; another for Lowden and others by Luke Stone (2) (pictured above) and Lewis Goodman, The final score 7-0 was a good confidence booster for the league programme to come.
Marlow 2nd XI opened the season away at Staines 2nd XI. The visitors made a bright start, creating a series of short corners. But the Staines defence held strong, with two goal line clearances. Marlow took the lead through Jacob Gunn, but were pegged back after a penalty corner at the other end. After responding quickly with another goal by Gunn, Marlow had most of the possession but allowed the home side an equaliser just before half time.
The second half was a more even, albeit tetchy, affair which saw a number of cards issued by the umpire. Staines pressed harder but were continually thwarted by Will Stubbings, who was making his league debut for Marlow. The reds were still dangerous on the attack and with 5 mins on the clock, conjured up a winner from Leo Pennant.
Other Men’s results: –
- The 3d beat S, Berks 3s by 3-0 at home
- The 4s won 5-1 away against OMT 3
- The 5s drew 1-1 at home with Ashford 3
- The 6s won 2-1 away at Eastcote 6
Marlow Ladies’ teams
The Ladies 1s were expecting a tough game against Tulse Hill and Dulwich and had prepared accordingly by working on corners because it would likely be the key to success. Zoe Clarkes goal was from a breakdown at a corner so the time was well spent at training. Zoe and Grace Kisbee both students at Great Marlow School played their first game at this level, Grace having first picked up a stick in year 7.
The team worked incredibly hard and went ahead twice in the game but Tulse Hill are an experienced team at this level and so any lead would always be contested. The end result a 2-2 draw was a fair result to an end to end match. The second goal was scored by Natalie Riches.
Other Ladies’ results: –
- The 2s won 2-0 away over Amersham and Chalfont 2s
- The 3s lost 4-2 to Henley 2s away
- The 4s drew 3-3 at Oxford 4s
- The 5s drew 2-2 with Phoenix & Ranelagh 2s at home
After a tense and nail biting game, Marlow F.C are through to the 2nd Qualifying round of the FA Cup after winning 4-1 on penalties away at Frimley Green. This sets Marlow up for an away tie in the 2nd Qualifying at Bracknell Town F.C on the 3rd of October.
Marlow also secured a decisive 3-0 win against Staines Town. Marlow were 2-0 up after 10 minutes, with two swift goals from James Clark and Junaid Bell. Louis Rogers added Marlow’s third goal in the 37th minute, effectively sealing a comfortable win for the Blues.
Marlow ended thier run of pre season friendlies on a disappointing note after losing 1-0 away at Rotherfield. After weeks of excellent results to prepare them for their league campaign, United could not find their mark.
Marlow United will need to put this result behind them, as they set their sights on the first league game of the season on Saturday 3rd October against Mortimer F.C.