10:30AM, Wednesday 02 October 2019
Jacob Buckle breaks through to score Marlow’s bonus point try
Marlow RFC demonstrated the strength in depth they have in their side as they brushed aside Stow-on-the-Wold 30-9 at Riverwoods to move top of the Southern Counties North table.
Rory Greenslade-Jones’ men made it three consecutive wins, after impressive displays against Reading and Reading Abbey in their first two fixtures.
They went into the weekend’s game without six of the side that started the previous match – all in attendance of number 8, Will Reynolds’ wedding.
But, far from knocking the side off their stride, the players who came in stepped up to the task with the side producing their most fluent display of the campaign so far.
Alex Spicer put in a towering display for the hosts and, although Stow had a good percentage of possession, they were constantly hassled and harried out of it by Marlow’s hungry side. Toby Yate rumbled over to get their first score and with ball in hand Marlow were direct and effective.
Two further tries followed from Charlie Cotton and Nick Gorham following slick passing moves. Full-back Christian Witney added two penalties and two conversions to make it 25-6 at the break. Stow looked to reduce the deficit with a stiff westerly breeze behind them, but Marlow’s defence was rock solid and, with 15 minutes to go, Jacob Buckle burst over the line to claim a bonus point win.
Reflecting on the side’s win and start to the season, Greenslade-Jones said: “It was a very positive result considering the players we had out. Alex Spicer was absolutely outstanding, very good going forward and tireless in his work defensively. David Potton was also very good in the scrum and defensively.
“Bruno Renucci was also outstanding. He was like a human missile, the Courtney Lawes of Marlow RFC.”
This Saturday Marlow travel to Wallingford, who have two wins to their name so far before the side returns to Riverwoods on October 12 to take on Witney.
“Saturday will be interesting but we go there with a lot of confidence. It’s a different kettle of fish playing away from home and I’ve told the players that but we haven’t been conceding many points and the tries we have conceded have been to really good tries.
“We’ll have to be good at set pieces and take our opportunities when they arise, but hopefully we can continue our momentum.”
Windsor RFC's challenging start to the South West 1 East season continued as they suffered a fourth successive defeat on Saturday.
Jack Pattinson's side were beaten 38-13 by second placed Royal Wootton Bassett at Home Park, a result that sees them marooned at the bottom of the table on one point.
Next up for the newly promoted side, a trip to fellow strugglers Beaconsfield who were thrashed 73-21 by Buckingham at the weekend.
Slough RFC suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 31-22 in an entertaining clash at Gosford All Blacks. The Greenies are currently lodged in mid-table after three matches and will look to build on their only home success - a 57-19 win over Drifters - when they host Hungerford on Saturday.
Drifters were also beaten at the weekend, going down 32-21 on home soil against Tadley. They sit fifth from bottom ahead of this Saturday's game at fifth placed Abingdon.
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