01:00PM, Friday 15 March 2019
Marlow RFC head coach Rory Greenslade-Jones was impressed with the way his side bounced back in a tricky fixture against High Wycombe.
Marlow saw their perfect start to 2019 snapped by close rivals Buckingham two-weeks ago, but responded brilliantly in their 45-5 victory against Wycombe on Saturday.
“I was pleased by the way we bounced back against a Wycombe side who scored over 100 points last weekend,” said Greenslade-Jones.
“Our defenders were impressive and we had really good line speed.
“James Maddern came back at No.10 from Nottingham Trent University and he made a difference which allowed Nick Carvey to play at full-back.
“The forwards played well too and won the physical battle.”
It was a dominant performance from back to front for Marlow, who scored seven tries, including a hat-trick from Maddern, as well as kicking five conversions through Anthony Lawless – a stark difference to their previous outing against Buckingham where they couldn’t seem to find the finishing touch to their moves.
The result leaves Marlow three points behind second placed Buckingham but, with a game in hand, they could still leapfrog their rivals.
“We were disappointed with the loss against Buckingham,” added Greenslade-Jones.
“On a different day we could have scored five tries but credit where credit is due Buckingham defended well but we missed a three-on-one, dropped the ball over the line and I also thought we should have had a penalty try. But it was one of those days, and Buckingham defended well, we just missed our opportunities.”
Marlow will want to make sure that they seize any other chances to hop into second with both hands as the season draws to a close. With four games remaining, Greenslade-Jones knows they will need to work hard and wants to start the home stretch with a win against Littlemore.
“This time of the year is about focus,” Greenslade-Jones said. “It’s just about going back to basics and re-grouping.
“Making sure we are sticking to the patterns.”
Marlow are back in action at bottom of the table Littlemore a week on Saturday (March 23), 3pm kick-off.
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