Marlow Town Women’s Football Club
It was a fifth win in six games for Marlow Town Women after victory against Goring United FC Women Reserves at the weekend.
In a competitive match on a sunny autumnal afternoon, Marlow took the initiative thanks to two great goals, one in each half from lead scorer Becca Meller, taking her tally to 9 goals this season.
It was also another clean sheet for young goalkeeper Hannah Stoyel, who is having a great first season with the team.
Marlow remain top of the table with 15 points.
There is no game this weekend but up next the women take on Berks County Women on Sunday, 29th October.
Marlow Hockey Club
Marlow ladies 1st team hosted local rivals Wycombe 1s, at Pound Lane in an early evening push back and secured three points with a convincing 4-1 win.
Both teams started the game on an attacking note, with some great play. Wycombe pressed the Marlow defence well but goalkeeper Ruby Duncan proved to be resilient when she found herself in a 1 vs 1 situation with a Wycombe attacker and did brilliantly well to keep the score 0-0.
Rachel Goodwin scored the first goal for Marlow in the 21st minute. Wycombe equalised shortly after and continued to put pressure on the Marlow defence.
Martha Goodridge gave Marlow the lead again just before half-time. Vic Allen managed to beat the keeper with just a few minutes to go in the first half to give the Reds a bit of breathing space with a two goal lead.
Marlow continued to dominate possession in attack and Beth Halbard added to the score making it 4-1. Marlow’s final goal came in the 60th minute after some brilliant passing from Milly Conibear and Rachel Clarke found Kiera Allen at the back post for her first goal of the season.
This leaves Marlow at the top of the league table alongside Oxford Hawks on points but on a better goal difference with both teams winning their first four games.
The women’s 2nd team put in their strongest performance this season and were unfortunate to suffer a 1-0 loss away at Havant. Fluid passing out of the back line and down the channels created attacking opportunities but no final product.
Havant pressed higher in the second period and scored early to take the lead. Jazzy Elsden saw a lifted effort deflected off the line and Olivia Letchford came close as Marlow pressed for an equaliser but fell just short of earning a point.
Other women’s results:
- 3rd Team lost 1-0 against Sonning 2s,
- 4th Team beat Amersham & Chalfont 3s 2-1,
- 5th Team beat Marlow 6s 3-2, and
- 7th Team lost 7-0 to South Berkshire 4s.
In midweek the Marlow men were invited to take part in a friendly fixture at Bisham Abbey against the Great Britain women’s team who are mid-way through their Olympic training cycle. It turned out to be closely contested despite the heavy rain showers and the score at the final whistle was 2-2. Goal scorers: Matt Law and Joe Henwood.
On Saturday 14th Marlow 1st team was in more familiar territory against visitors Oxford Hawks 2s who have been one of their closest rivals in past seasons.
This time, however, Marlow excelled and ran out winners by ten goals to two despite being without some regular players who were unavailable. With only 13 players, the Marlow boys knew it was imperative to retain possession of the ball for long periods and the opening goal of the game came from Cameron Beazley-Clarke came on 8 minutes capping a fine bout of inter-passing.
Another goal followed soon afterwards through Louis Cadinouche, and they both scored another goal before half time while Hawks pulled one back following a penalty corner. At half time the score was 4-1 to Marlow.
Marlow continued to play fluently throughout the second half and goals came at regular intervals. Cameron advanced his tally to five and Louis to four. The other goal scorers were Sam North with a flashing goal from a corner and a brilliantly taken volley by Isaac Maddern after a ball across from Matt Ashton.
Although the visitors were overwhelmed for most of the match they managed several attacks which were well dealt with by a solid defence although Hawks managed another goal before the close.
A much-changed Marlow 2s travelled to Oxford University for their first away match of the season.
Marlow rolled out some of their past heroes in the shape of Andrew Rymer, Dan Strange, Ant Williamson, Sam Gavin and Sam Olhausen whilst also giving a debut to Simon Ormond.
Off the back of recent good performances where results didn’t go Marlow’s way they started brightly, pressing Oxford hard, but lacked the killer instinct at the crucial moments.
Alex Land decided to take matters into his own hands and rifled a shot from the top of the circle past the helpless Oxford GK making it 1-0 to Marlow.
Marlow managed to control possession for the remainder of the half with little pressure from Oxford, and at half time remained 1-0 to the good.
The second half started much the same, with Marlow dominating possession. Luke Stone’s ‘drag flick’ made it 2-0, and Sam Gavin finished a well-worked corner routine to kill the game off at 3-0.
There was still time for Sam Babes to finish off a free-flowing team move after starting it off from left back and slotted into an empty net after an unselfish pass from Ant Williamson.
A first clean sheet of the season for Ivor Crampsie saw the match finish 4-0 to Marlow who remain in 7th place in the league heading into the half-term break.
Other men’s results:
- 3rd Team lost 2-1 against Amersham & Chalfont 2s,
- 4th Team beat Leighton Buzzard 2s 4-2, and
- 5th Team beat Reading Pheonix 2s 2-1
Marlow Town Football Club
Upcoming cup game fixture:
AFC Carpathians vs Marlow Town, Sat 28th Oct, KO 2pm.
Marlow United Football Club
Upcoming Isthmian League South Central league fixture:
Ashford Town (Middx) vs Marlow FC, Sat 21st Oct, KO 3pm.
Marlow Women’s Rugby Club
Upcoming league fixture:
Ruislip vs Marlow Town women FC, Sun 22nd Oct.