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20:30 Thursday 11 December 2014  Written by Graeme Copas

Hockey round-up: Maidenhead men's 1sts continue home success with win over Marlow

Ali Cawthorpe
Ali Cawthorpe

Maidenhead men’s 1sts’ strong home form continued with a convincing 3-1 win over Marlow 2nds.

Goals from Ali Cawthorpe, Cameron Upton and Jack Chapman were enough to seal the points but it was Maidenhead vice-captain Christopher Brown’s performance that really stood out at Altwood.

After several disappointing results Maids raised their energy levels for this derby fixture.

Sticking with the same line-up and formation from last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Eastcote it was clear to see a change of attitude in evidence as the hosts put the game to bed with a two-breakaway goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

After an early scare for the home side with Marlow going close from a set piece, the hosts turned up the tempo and eventually wore down their resolute opponents.

Two goals in the first six minutes of the second half turned the game in Maids’ favour.

Cawthorpe and Upton struck as Maids made a lightning start to the half and this was soon followed by another slick passing move which unlocked the Marlow back line and Jack Chapman was in the right place to lift the ball over the onrushing keeper with a deft touch.

To their credit Marlow’s spirit never wavered and they deservedly scored a late consolation.

The result leaves Maids comfortably in mid-table, but Marlow look like a side in relegation trouble this season.

Maids are away to PHC Chiswick on Saturday, their final league match before the Christmas break.

Marlow 2nds host Staines 2nds.

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Three first-half goals tipped the balance in favour of Maidenhead Merlins who beat Slough Ramgarhia 4-2 on Saturday.

Rhys Edwards collected the ball from a short corner and found Dave Rennie who turned in their first goal on 10 minutes.

George Wallace and Rob Newnham were combining well on the wings and Wallace’s low cross was cracked home by Newnham for the Merlins’ second.

The strong defence of Martin Beardmore, Lawrence Castle and David Vincent meant Ramgarhia struggled to punch holes in the Merlins’ backline and Bob Brown made it 3-0 to the hosts at half-time from Edwards’ assist.

Merlins picked up where they left off in the first half when Edwards lifted the ball over the goalie and Newnham got onto it and pushed it into an unguarded net.

Ramgharia’s Jamil pulled a goal back with a terrific solo strike and not long after Ekam, Slough’s national league player, converted the visitors’ second.

However, the Merlins held on for a deserved win.

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Marlow men’s 1sts’ clash with Horsham on Saturday was postponed.

They are next in action on Saturday away to Ashford.

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