Marlow Hockey Club
Marlow men’s first team secured three points in an emphatic 7-1 win away against Henley.
On the attack from the start, Marlow forced a succession of penalty corners none of which were converted thanks some good saves by the Henley goalkeeper.
Finally, in the 14th minute, Cameron Beazley-Clarke was in the right place to open Marlow’s account and another goal followed in a rather similar manner two minutes later by Josh Morgans. Marlow continued to control the game and went three up with another goal from Josh.
In the second half, Marlow played some of their best hockey of the season, pressing Henley back into defence and winning the ball back when Henley threatened an attack. Josh completed his hatrick before Sam North converted a penalty corner superbly. At the next corner, Cameron was able to deflect the ball into the net making it 6-0.
Marlow’s final goal was quite amazing. Team Captain Sam North ran from full-back right through the Henley defence to tip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. It was a goal that showed great resolve and commitment.
Henley did manage one breakaway goal to deny Marlow their clean sheet.
The men’s 2nd team played Eastcote away and unfortunately came away empty handed after a 2-0 defeat.
Marlow started slowly but mounted some attacks which came to nothing before Eastcote opened the scoring after 20 minutes following a penalty corner, which was initially well saved by Ivor Crampsie in goal.
Despite more Marlow chances, Eastcote doubled their score before halftime.
After the interval, with Dave Harding in outstanding form, Marlow played with more purpose and created multiple chances with no reward.
Although losing 2-0 there were plenty of positives to carry forward to Saturday’s local derby with Wycombe 1 at Pound Lane at 3 pm.
Other men’s results:
- 3rd team lost 3-2 against Oxford University 3s,
- 4th team lost 3-2 to Abingdon 2s,
- 5th team drew 1-1 with Wallingford 3s,
- 6th team drew 2-2 with Slough Swifts, and
- 7th Team lost 3-2 to Slough Despondents
Marlow women’s 1st team won 4-0 against at home to Salisbury and it turned out to be the proverbial game of two halves.
All the goals came in a 10-minute period in the first half, starting with Vic Allen in the 16th minute and another three minutes later.
This was followed by goals from Lauren Hilditch and Martha Goodridge. After that the goals dried up with both defences on top.
Marlow maintained their unbeaten record and remained top of the league on goal difference.
Their nearest rivals Oxford Hawks 2 are level on points and are due to meet Marlow on November 16th.
The 2nd team earned their first 3 points of the season with a 2-0 win over New Forest.
Jazzy Elsden and Emma Turrell scored for the home side in a deserved win, the goals and clean sheet reflecting an excellent team performance.
Other women’s results:
- 3rd team lost 5-1 to Witney 2s,
- 4th team lost 5-2 agaisnt Oxford University 3s,
- 5th team beat Sonning 4s 9-0,
- 6th team drew 1-1 with Windsor 3s, and
- 7th team drew 1-1 with Amersham & Chalfont 6s.
Marlow United Football Club
Marlow United played AFC Carpathians in Milton Keynes but errors proved costly as the away side lost 4-3.
Playing against a side who hadn’t lost in ten games, the visitors took a time to settle, going a goal behind on eleven minutes as they lost possession and the ball was played through the defence and smartly steered past Appleton from ten yards.
Undeterred, United gained a foothold in the match. Matt Jones and Vinnie Moore winning the midfield battle, ably supported by Eric Sharma and Jamie Allen with the defence of Collins, Tipler and a dominant Herridge containing the home attack.
On fifteen minutes Marlow equalised through Jack Rowley, having received a pass from Devonte Johnson ran down the left, crossed to the far post and watched as the ball dipped over the stretching keeper into the net.
Moore and Thorndyke both saw shots miss the target whilst at the opposite end Appleton saved with his feet from a stinging effort by Carpathians on thirty-one minutes.
Shortly after, United took the lead from a sweeping move ending with a Thorndyke cross being swept home by the industrious Jamie Allen, stunning the home team and supporters.
Carpathians won several free kicks around the area, one of which was taken by the keeper, but all were blocked but as the half entered added on time Johnson needlessly lost possession in the centre circle, the ball being swiftly played forward and fired home from 20 yards.
After half time Johnson it was again who bore down on goal, this time his shot bought a great save and corner as United looked to regain the lead.
They missed two glorious opportunities to add a third goal as United lived dangerously, pushing men forward.
It took a reckless tackle from sub, Mike Morrisey, to break the deadlock on 80 minutes as he bought down his opponent just inside the area, the resultant penalty being quickly despatched past a diving Appleton.
The same player lost the possession four minutes later resulting in a cross being smashed home by an unmarked Carpathian forward, finding themselves two goals behind Marlow bought on Brodie McGinnis and it was he who swept home the loose ball in added time to give the visitors a glimmer of hope. However, an equaliser was not to be and the final score Carpathians 4-3 Marlow
United were playing only their third competitive match of the season.
Now it’s back to the league to catch up and preserve the unbeaten start commencing next Saturday with a home fixture at Hedsor vs Berks County Rovers, KO 2pm.
Marlow Town Women’s Football Club
Despite torrential downpours, Marlow Town Women took on Berks County on Sunday and claimed all three points in a 5-0 win.
The pitch was in good condition, so the match went ahead against strong opposition in Berks County Women – one of the favourites to get promoted this season.
Marlow started positively and the game was even in the first half with chances for both teams. Berks County Women led 1-0 at half time.
The second half was much tougher as the pitch conditions deteriorated and the surface became muddy.
Berks County Women ran out 5-0 winners in what was a competitive match, and the game was much closer than the final score suggests.
A big shout out to Katie Wetenhall who put in a good, solid performance at right-back. Marlow are currently in 3rd place in the Development Division of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League, with a game in hand on the teams above.
Next up for Marlow is Stanford in the Vale Women on Sunday 5th November at 2pm at Hedsor.
Final score – Marlow Town Women 0 – 5 Berks County Women.
Marlow Football Club
Marlow beat Leatherhead 4-0 to extend their points tally to 24 to put them firmly in the mix for a play-off position.
Now four points above their Surrey opponents, Marlow started the game on the front foot and Josh Boorn scored in the 6th minute.
Josh Boorn scored his second of the game 16 minutes later.
It continued to rain goals in the first half as Ben Mulley (32”) put the blues 3-0 to the good before the break.
There was to be only one goal in the second half courtesy of Dawid Rogalski (47”) to take the score to 4-0.
Marlow had a tidy second half and were able to come away from the game with a clean sheet and a solid performance.
The blues return on Halloween to take on Uxbridge at the Afred Davis stadium at 19:45.