Sport in Marlow Weekly Round-up

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Marlow Football Club

Exciting news for The Blues, who beat MK Dons 4-2, meaning for the second year in a row Marlow have reached the Berks and Bucks cup final ! They will play Reading FC in the final on 5 May.

Marlow’s goals came from David Tarpey (16th and 25th minute), Kai Hamilton-Olise (70th) and Dawid Rogalski (88th)

Daniel Darlington, has a really good write up in Maidenhead Advertiser, which concluded with:

“Having lost narrowly to Bracknell Town in the final last season, the Blues will be keen to go one better in the competition this time around but before that they’ll also have their sights set on promotion via the play-offs in the league.

They’re set to host the league’s fifth placed side, currently Westfield, at home on Wednesday, May 1, 7.45pm kick-off, and if they were to win, they’d be at home again for the final on Sunday, May 5.”

Read Daniel’s full write up here.

It was quite a week for Marlow FC, with a last gasp winner away at South Park last Saturday meaning that for the 4th time in his tenure as Marlow FC boss, Mark Bartley will lead the side into the Isthmian South Central play offs.

The play off semi final will take place on Wednesday 1st May at Oak Tree Rd (KO 7:45pm) vs the 5th place finisher (tbc).

Should The Blues win on Wed 1st, they would retain the home tie in the final and so the club are calling on the local community to come down and support our local team as they look to return to step three football for the first time in over 30 years. 

The tie must be decided on the night, with extra time and penalties if neccesary. 

League table:

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Marlow Town Women Football Club

On a sunny day in Hedsor, Marlow Town Women were up against Longford Park Vixens in what turned out to be a thrilling match with Marlow emerging victorious with a hard-fought 3-2 win!

The first half saw Marlow dominating possession, and it wasn’t long before striker Iryna Zabolotna scored a goal with an incredible solo run and a flawless finish!  

BUT… Longford Park Vixens fought back, scoring from a penalty spot after a debatable challenge.

In the second half, the competition heated up, but Marlow kept their cool. Captain Sharon Muir set up Hayleigh Larkin for a sensational goal, again putting Marlow ahead!  

Despite Longford Park levelling the score to make it 2-2, Marlow persisted, with Iryna scoring the winning goal with another spectacular finish after a great through ball from Jodie White securing a 3-2 victory! 

Marlow Town are recruiting new players. Please see poster below!

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Marlow Hockey Club

Men’s results

The men’s 1st team finished the season playing Henley at Pound Lane and in front of a sizeable crowd shared the points in a 4-4 draw.

Marlow started strongly and were on top for the first 25 minutes. Henley defended well and scored against the run of play.

The Reds continued to press and a good pass found player-coach Luke Stone in space and he slotted home the equaliser, 1-1.

Despite having less possession, Henley managed to make the most of their scoring opportunities and scored three more goals but every time they scored Marlow pulled back level with another goal from Luke Stone, a penalty corner conversion by captain Sam North and a fine reverse stick volley by Josh Morgans.

Final result was 4-4 and the end of a frustrating match for Marlow but all credit to Henley for their hard work.

League table:

Marlow 2s hosted Eastcote 1s in their final game of the season at Pound Lane and secured 6th place with a 3-2 win.

Marlow Men’s 2nd XI after beating Eastcote 1s in final game of season.

With a large crowd and several players making their final appearances for Marlow, there was a lot to play for.

Marlow started slowly and an Eastcote short corner was converted to put them ahead.

This was a warning sign for Marlow who now started to play the hockey they’ve been capable of all season.

Dave Harding picked the ball up in Eastcote half and dribbled past everyone smashing a reverse stick shot into the bottom corner to bring the score to 1-1.

Marlow came out strongly in the second half and a nicely worked move down the left-hand side saw Theo Seymour square the ball for Alex Land to tap into an empty net – 2-1.

A minute later Land was the recipient of a harsh yellow card. However, even with 10 men, Marlow continued to play the better hockey and this time down the right-hand side Steve Harding fed Lloyd Francis for another tap-in to give Marlow breathing space.

Eastcote managed to pull a goal back, but it wasn’t enough as Marlow ran out 3-2 winners and secured 6th place.

A good first season in a new league and great foundations to build upon next season.

League table:

Other men’s results:

  • 4th Team beat Abingdon 2s 6-0 away,
  • 5th Team beat Wallingford 3s 5-1,
  • 6th Team lost to Slough Swifts 4-3, and
  • 7th Team lost 3-2 to Slough Despondents 3-2 away.

Women’s results

Marlow ladies’ 1st XI travelled down to Salisbury in their final game of the season having already won the league and gained promotion to the England Hockey National League for the first time and left with a 3-2 win.

Salisbury started well, with the Marlow defence having to work hard to keep the ball out. Marlow had their chances, but the Salisbury defence held strong.

The home side were the first to capitalize on their opportunities with a goal late into the first half.

After a lengthy discussion at halftime, Marlow retained possession of the ball more effectively, with fewer stray passes.  

Captain Beth Halbard slotted the ball coolly past the keeper to level the scores at 1-1.

Marlow’s top goal scorer Lauren Hilditch deflected a penalty corner into the net to take her goals for the season to 25.

Salisbury continued to attack and equalised minutes later. However, Mabel Daw sealed the three points for the Reds in the 64th minute when a Salisbury defender accidentally deflected her cross into the goal.  Marlow have ended the 22-game season with 19 wins, one draw and two losses to finish eight points ahead of second-placed Oxford Hawks 2s.

League table:

A 2-2 draw against New Forest 1s was not enough to save the second team from relegation as 4 teams are likely to be demoted. 

Marlow went behind in the early stages but responded well and were soon back on level terms as Emma Buxton showed individual skill to make space for a shot into the corner. 

Marlow switched play to change points of attack to break down the opposition who were compact in midfield.

Sophie Appletree put in several dangerous crosses which no one could get on the end of.

Ruby Duncan had to make several saves before half-time. 

A slick corner routine finished by Tilly Olney saw the Reds take the lead. 

New Forest, also in need of a win to avoid relegation, pressed forward. They drew level with a fluke goal as Duncan cleared a shot that ricocheted off an attacker, looped back over her head and just under the crossbar.

A point was not enough to keep either team from the drop.

League table:

Other women’s results:

  • 3rd Team beat Witney 2s 5-0,
  • 4th Team beat Amersham & Chalfont 3s 2-1 away,
  • 5th Team beat Sonning 4s 3-0 away,
  • 6th Team drew with Windsor 3s 3-3, and
  • 7th Team drew 1-1 with Amersham & Chalfont 6s 1-1. 

Article author: Cameron Beazley-Clarke

Sports reporter writing weekly round-ups for MyMarlow! Studying a masters in Journalism after graduating from The University of Nottingham with a degree in Environmental Biology. Born in Oxford, living in Longwick. Plays for Marlow Hockey Club first XI and coach at the hockey club and Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

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