04:00PM, Thursday 28 February 2019
Marlow head coach Rory Greenslade-Jones doesn’t believe leaders Windsor are home and hosed in the race for the Southern Counties North title.
They hold an 11 point lead over Marlow and Buckingham, who face each other this weekend. But, Marlow have a game in hand over Anthony Andrews’ men and will host them at Riverwoods later in the season, so maybe it’s not yet done and dusted.
“They’ve still got to play us here and we’ve got a game in hand. So potentially if we win all our games and beat Windsor we’ll only be a point behind them. So you never know really. We believe it’s all still to play for.”
Since the turn of the year Marlow have been in outstanding form. They’ve turned in some stunning performances of late, beating Aylesbury 28-15 away before swatting aside Bicester 30-13 at Riverwoods. Six straight league wins have lifted them level with Buckingham ahead of Saturday’s away clash.
“We lost 6-0 at Windsor before Christmas on one of the worst days of the year,” said Greenslade-Jones.
“We felt we should have won that day.
“But we took a lot from that performance and since Christmas we’ve really been getting into our stride.
“We’ve had some fantastic results against some good teams.
“We lost some games earlier in the season but I think that was a hangover from the season before, when we were demoted. We’ve developed as a team and the players are flourishing in the environment we’ve created.”
Greenslade-Jones is expecting a tough test of Marlow’s recent revival at Buckingham tomorrow, but there’ll be no shortage of confidence in the visitors’ camp. “They’re a good outfit and it will be a hard battle,” he said.
“We gave them a sloppy bonus point when we played them at home. We’ll have a game plan for them. They’ve got a big pack and we’ll have to match them physically and then execute our tries when we create some space.
“Our forwards have also been outstanding, Chris Clarke, Eddy Smyth, Ian Thomson and Ben Smith have been playing very well, while Nick Carvey has adapted really well to playing at No.10. We’ve been ferocious in defence and at the break down in recent matches.”
A Marlow RFC XV were also in cup action last Saturday, losing 25-20 at home to Sherborne.
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