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Thames Valley Premier League round-up: Marlow United's opener against Mortimer rained off

Photo: Maidenhead Town vs Finchampstead (Credit: Andrew Batt/FootballInBerkshire)

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MARLOW UNITED FC

Having elected to re-join the Thames Valley Premier League, Marlow United are yet to get their season underway as Saturday’s opening day fixture against Mortimer was called off.

The ongoing crisis of COVID-19 has, like many other non-league clubs, financially impacted Marlow to the extent where it will no longer be feasible for them to operate at step 6 level.

With that in mind, the club requested to terminate their Hellenic League membership and rejoin step 7 of the non-league pyramid.

Marlow will now play Wraysbury Village (October 10), Woodley United (October 17), Windelsham & Cobham (October 24), and Cookham Dean (October 31) in their remaining fixtures of this month. The standout game will be the local derby against Cookham Dean.

COOKHAM DEAN FC

Cookham Dean were one of only four teams who managed to get a game on, on Saturday.

Xavier Etienne’s men were unlucky to lose by a single goal in a 2-1 defeat to Westwood Wanderers who were challenging for the title last season before COVID-19 brought it to a premature end. Sam Whitaker scored the only goal for Dean in the 29th minute. They travel to Finchampstead this Saturday.

MAIDENHEAD TOWN FC

A late decision to play at opponents’ Finchampstead’s ground enabled Maidenhead Town to begin their season on Saturday.

Despite adverse weather conditions, the pitch at the Memorial Park held up well and offered an incredible game of two halves.

Maidenhead lead 2-0 at half-time courtesy of Alex Mugan and Bliss Dideola before Finchampstead levelled the game through Tom Symms and James Payne in an entertaining tie.

The man-of-the-match performance went to 17-year-old Sam Hayes who made some superb stops for Maidenhead between the sticks.

They host Woodley United Royals at Bisham Abbey this Saturday. Kickoff is at 2pm.

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