Welcome to this week’s roundup of sporting action from around Marlow. We are keen to include as wide a variety of sports and clubs, so if you want to be featured, please contact our sports reporter Cameron Beazley-Clarke via our contact form.
Marlow Hockey Club
Marlow 1s were at home to Slough and survived a second half comeback from the away team to win 6-4.
Marlow were well in control from the start. Josh Covus scored the first goal after 7 minutes with a fine reverse stick shot but Slough came more into the game and levelled with a goal from their first penalty corner of the match.
Marlow soon recovered retaining possession well and Josh Morgans scored a brilliant goal after a solo run through the Slough defenders.
The second half started with a purple patch for Marlow with Sam North converting a penalty corner and further goals followed from Josh Morgans and Mark Lowden. Slough were not done for though and netted from another penalty corner.
Josh Covus scored his second for Marlow and at that stage, it looked odds on for a comfortable Marlow win.
Slough were dangerous in attack and forced a succession of penalty corners with goals coming from two of them.
The final score was 6-4 to Marlow who deserved the win but all credit to Slough for their part in an entertaining game of hockey.
The men’s 2nds were at home to local rivals Wycombe 1sts in what promised an excellent game of hockey. Both defences ultimately prevailed in a 0-0 draw.
Both teams started quickly, with Marlow retaining most of the possession. Both teams had good chances at goal, however, goals weren’t materialising for either team.
The first half ended 0-0. The second half started similarly to the first, with equal possession for both teams.
As the end was looming, several green cards from Marlow meant Wycombe were winning corner after corner.
Brilliant saves and defensive pressure ensured nothing would go into the net.
After great battling by both teams and about 8 short corners later, the final whistle blew for a close 0-0 draw. Special mentions to Sam Phillips for his debut and goalkeeper Raj Matharu deservedly man of the match.
Other men’s results:
- 3rd Team lost 3-1 away to Eastcote 2s,
- 4th Team lost 3-0 to S.Berks 3s,
- 5th Team beat Newbury & Thatcham 4s 2-0 away,
- 6th Team beat Windsor 5 3-0 away, and
- 7th Team beat Henley 5s 2-1.
The 1st team hosted local team Sonning at Pound Lane and extended their unbeaten league run in a 2-0 victory.
The Reds opened the scoring in the first five minutes when Lauren Hilditch roofed the ball past the Sonning keeper.
Sonning were determined to fight back and were very physical in defence to limit Marlow’s scoring opportunities.
Marlow keeper Alys Ramm had to make crucial saves to keep the score 1-0 at halftime.
Rachel Clarke scored the final goal of the game following a strike from a penalty corner. Marlow had some fantastic plays and were unfortunate not to score more.
Mabel Daw was voted player of the match with her vital tackles and rapid attacking runs.
Marlow still sit at the top of the table with 7 matches remaining.
The 2nds lost 2-0 away to bottom of the league Alton whose performance belied their standing in the table.
Marlow looked good in possession and had attacking opportunities, but Alton threatened on the break with good connections through midfield to the forward line.
They took the lead before Emma Turrell drew an excellent save from their keeper denying an equaliser.
Promising attacks on the right flank from Anna Needham and Gracie Runcie just missing a final touch.
Alton added to their lead through a corner and were able to see out the remaining minutes.
Other women’s results:
- 3rd Team beat Reading Phoenix 1s 2-0 away,
- 4th Team lost to Henley 2s 2-0 away,
- 5th Team beat Maidenhead 5s 3-0,
- 6th Team lost 2-1 to Sonning 4s away, and
- 7th Team lost 3-2 to Sonning 5s.
Marlow Town Women’s Football Club
The points were shared in an entertaining 1-1 draw against Goring United Women Reserves.
Goring opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a well taken goal inside the area.
Marlow started to get into the game, created a few chances, and finished the half the stronger of the two sides.
The second half was competitive, with chances from both teams, but with 10 minutes to go, Marlow got a well-deserved equaliser through Iryna Zabolotna, assisted by captain Sharon Muir.
The game finished 1-1. a shout out to Iryna and Ellie, who have been absent for a long time but both had excellent games.
Marlow were unlucky to come away with a draw and the blues had the better chances on goal.
Next up is away to Wraysbury Ladies on Sunday 11th February.