Marlow postponement sees them overtaken at the top by title rivals

Marlow Men's 1sts saw their game against Fareham postponed this weekend and, as a result, they lost their place at the top of the league with rivals Oxford Hawks and Basingstoke both leapfrogging them.

Their match against Fareham will now take place in the new year and Marlow will be desperately hoping they can regain top spot when their match in hand has been played.

Marlow Men’s 2nds claimed a deserved 2-2 draw from looked like being a fruitless afternoon at home to Milton Keynes 2nds.

Jack Lee opened the scoring for the hosts following a well-worked build up, calmly tucking the ball beyond the Milton Keynes’ keeper in a one-on-one. They continued to create chances but couldn’t cash in on them, and Milton Keynes took full advantage, scoring twice from short corners to take a 2-1 lead into the interval. Chances continued to come and go for the hosts during a frustrating second half, but the relentless Dan Field had other ideas. When a short corner broke to him on the left, he pummelled the ball towards the bottom corner and Will Peacock was there to touch it home.

Other results saw the men's 3rds lost 5-1 at Abingdon 1sts, the 5ths draw 4-4 with Yateley 2nds, the 6ths lose 4-0 to Henley 5ths and the 7ths lose 5-3 at Henley’s development team.

The two top sides played out an entertaining clash as Marlow Women's 1sts were beaten 3-2 by Reading 2nds on Saturday.

Neither side was able to capitalise on their chances in the first half, with Marlow keeper Dibs Haisman and defence making some crucial saves and interceptions. However, Reading’s brilliant build-up play was rewarded with three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

To their credit, Marlow responded well, and Kiera Foster scored twice from penalty corners to make it 3-2, and, while Marlow pressed for a leveller, Reading held firm to move top of the table. Marlow slip from first to fourth after their final league game of 2021, however, they're right in the mix for the second half of the campaign.

Other results saw the 3rd team win 7-0 away at Wallingford 2nds, the 5ths lose 4-2 away at Wycombe 3rds, the 6ths beat Yateley 3rds 2-1, and the 7ths win 4-0 away at Yateley 4ths.

Marlow's girls u16s and u18s teams both qualified for the national finals of an indoor competition, but both boys’ teams missed out after failing to make it through the divisional qualifiers.

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