05:30PM, Thursday 14 November 2019
The returning Jamie Maddern pulled the strings for Marlow RFC as they eased to a 30-12 victory over Bicester on Saturday.
Marlow matched their visitors at close quarters in the forwards scrap and surprised them with inventive, expansive play through the backs.
Bicester’s forwards wore down Marlow’s defences to score a couple of tries in the first half, but they were cancelled out by scores from prop Eddy Smyth and No.8 James Branch.
But it was Maddern – in his first game of the season – who turned the tide in Marlow’s favour, jinking through the visitors’ defences to score a wonderful try under the posts. By this point the home side had Bicester chasing shadows and Stuart Silvester secured a bonus point as he showed his defenders a clean pair of heels to get over in the corner.
Marlow were also excellent defensively with notable displays from Bruno Renucci, Chris Clark and Ben Smith. After seven matches Marlow are fifth in the table.
Fifth placed Marlow visit bottom club Chesham on Saturday.
In the South West 1 East Windsor suffered an eighth defeat of the season in a close 22-13 contest at Marlborough.
Jack Pattinson's side were by no means disgraced and should be encouraged by their display going into Saturday's home game against 12th placed Trowbridge.
Two sin bins at critical times turned this close match in Marlborough's favour.
The visitors led 5-0 at the break after second row Sam Woodhall barged his way over. Jack Gaylor was unable to bag the extras from the conversion.
Tim Bascombe's yellow card shortly before the break handed Marlborough the chance to score their first try early in the second half, however, from the restart Windsor got their noses back in front. Following a Toby Davies break and a Ben Grant Adamson kick, Chris Reynolds picked the ball up to dart over. Gaylor again missed a difficult conversion to make it 10-5.
Marlborough levelled the scores once more with an unconverted try before captain Aaron McGroaty was sinbinned for an offence at the breakdown. The visitors had edged back in front from a Gaylor penalty but succumbed to the home side's pressure with 14 players with Marlborouth running in two further tries - one of which was converted - to make the final score 22-13.
In the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Drifters shut out Wheatley for a 28-0 home win on Saturday.
They host the Gosford All Blacks while Slough visit Wheatley on Saturday.
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