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Marlow Men's 1sts enjoy comfortable win over Oxford Hawks on weekend of club's 110th anniversary

Mohammad Ilyas

Tom Gray


Marlow Men’s 1sts enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 win over Oxford Hawks’ 2nds on a weekend which saw the frosty conditions postpone three ladies’ matches and the club celebrate it’s 110th anniversary.

The men’s 1sts struck first in their home match when Tom Gray converted from a well-worked short corner routine. They then doubled their lead when Matt Bilsland took advantage of some lax defending to score. Oxford Hawks pulled a goal back to add to the tension before Lewis Goodman settled an open affair when he slotted past the onrushing keeper.

The result moves the side into third place, just one point behind Amersham & Chalfont who were held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford University 2nds.

James Ashburner got the men’s 2nd team off to a flying start as they defeated Oxford Hawks 3rds 3-0 at the weekend. Ashburner scored from close range before Dan Bradley added the second from a penalty corner. Hawks tried to trouble the Marlow defence but could not find a way through and Ollie Cadinouche killed the game off with minutes to go.

The other men’s results saw the 3rd team beat Slough Ramgharia 1sts 3-1 away from home to move off the bottom of the table. The 4th team lost 2-1 to Witney 2nds at home, the 5ths lost 3-1 away at Windsor 2nds and the 6th team’s match was postponed. The Strollers veterans team played the Maidenhead Merlins and ran out convincing 6-0 winners.

The top three ladies sides were unable to play their fixtures because of frozen pitches, however, the remain three ladies teams’ matches went ahead.

Marlow Ladies 4ths had an eventful and tough encounter with Newbury Ladies 2nds as they lost 4-2. There was a short-lived fightback from the visitors as they brought the game back to 2-2 having been 2-0 down, but Newbury took control in the latter stages.

The ladies 5ths lost their top-of-the-table clash with Division 3 leaders Thame Ladies 2nds 2-1.

The 6ths cemented their place at the top of Division 7 with an authoritative 4-1 win over Wallingford Ladies 5ths.

Vice chair of the club, Jo Rees, returned to the side following a long term injury and marked her return with a goal and an assist.

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