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Marlow United overcome Hurst FC hurdle as favourites fall in BTC Senior Cup

Joe Newman scores for Cookham Dean against Rotherfield


Marlow United will be one of the favourites for the BTC Cup after beating Hurst FC 2-0 on Saturday.

On a day of cup shocks, which saw champions Reading YMCA, Cookham Dean and Wraysbury fall at the first hurdle, Marlow United overcame their tricky opponents.

They took a while to find their feet, with Hurst having the better of the early chances, but booked their place in the second round thanks to strikes from Nile O’Meally and Chris Hurst.

Marlow keeper Cannings was called into action on more than one occasion in a competitive first half before the visitors took control.

They made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute, O’Meally collecting Will Edwards' pass and beating Quilter in the Hurst goal. The pressure was then unremitting and Hurst cracked again on the hour mark when Hurst slid home their second from James Hardies’ pass.

W Cookham Dean were one of several fancied sides to bow out of the BTC Cup, losing on penalties to Rotherfield after a topsy-turvy tie.

The game finished 4-4 after extra-time with Jamie Handscomb and Jack Alder netting twice in as many second half minutes to get the side back on terms at 2-2. Joe Newman headed Cookham in front with 10 minutes to play but Rotherfield levelled on the counter attack to take the game to extra-time.

Having fallen behind to a wonder goal, Ian Henry then tapped home to take the game to penalties, which Cookham lost 3-2.

W Elsewhere in the competition last season's champions Reading YMCA crashed out after a 2-0 defeat to Richings Park and FC Imaan Lions are through following a 2-1 home win over Wraysbury Village.


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