Buckingham rfc arrived at marlow, on a cold wet February morning, bringing a big youthful looking squad.
Marlow A team had been lack lustre the week earlier, but this week whilst missing two or three players, played with a great deal of aggression and intelligence against a large youthful buckingham side, despite giving away weight in the scrummage Marlow managed to dominate this area, winning all their ball and causing Buckingham problems on their ball, the line out was another area where Marlow did well, but this is still an inconsistent and often hit and miss area, and often the ball is won but not secured.
Marlow managed to put some good play together despite a very aggressive defence, and were the side able to go through a few more phases, one such passage of play leading to a great series of phases and michael marsden going over through the middle of the line, Toby Roberts More showed some better work around the contact area and is beginning to realise that he just might be made for this game,, jonny Hartrick carried and worked hard, oscar williams sc rummaged well, and it would be good to see him carry the ball more, Alex Spicer played an important role and drives well in the line outs, ,and Ollie Vine caused all sort of trouble in the loose and was driving the ball on and tackling well. Just before half time Jack Ingall who had been winning a lot of ball in the contact area and tackling the big men, hit one too many and came off with a shoulder injury, james Crustin pratt also never afraid to get stuck in also took a knock and having looked so sharp in the earlier warm up and training it was a shame his game ended.
Miles williamson came in for james CP and slotted in well,he ran well and is an asset to the team,
The second half started in a familiar aggressive way and Marlows indecision in their own half looked like costing them points, too many players hesitating on the ball neither taking the ball on or passing it to someone to boot down the field, but eventually they got the message and a long kick saw play settle in the Buckingham half, and Jack Ingall back on after half time, picked a ball up from the back of a well drilled ruck and forced a route down the blind side to score. Marlow's second try. Marlow then began to want more with Mathew Maher and Harry Guy both probing for breaks,and off loading well, Johnny Cameron playing an attacking role, and Lachlan Ewing showing more his normal form in the second period with some good chasing and running work ,Aiden McMoneagle looked as if he may break round the outside a couple of times and did well keeping the play alive on several occasions.
Other then one passage of play defending their line Marlow spent the rest of the second half pushing for more points, alas to no avail having to settle for a 14 to 0 tally.
This was a good performance, but a little more patience and confidence to go through the phases will bring dividends in future games. The sooner this team realise they do have the ability to retain possession and recycle and more players stay in the game on each phase then the sooner they will win games earlier . We need to enjoy our possession more.Well done to all players and a special thanks to Tom Leonard who stepped in for a period when the team was down to twelve men.
Men of the match. Forward Johnny Hartrick; Back, Michael Marsden