STOW 7 MARLOW 19
Whoever played to the conditions the better was going to be in a good position to take the points from this game, Stow had the wind and rain at their backs in the first half but failed to turn all their possession and territory into enough points. The early signs were promising, ball retention was good and pressure being applied to the visitors which left a gap in the defence, JAMES HOLMES exploited this well to score under the posts, Jake Collet converted. Stow continued to use their pick up and drive game but this was defended well and were guilty of not getting the ball wider to vary the attack, they dominated the half but went into the break only 7 points up which was going to be a struggle to hold onto. Sure enough the second half was a reverse of the first, Marlow went on the attack and soon were level. A scrum penalty was conceded by Stow, the ball kicked to touch and from the resulting lineout driven over for a try which was converted, scores now level. Stow were struggling to get out of their half and were limited in possession but too many times they kicked the ball away. More pressure saw Marlow score their second from a strong forward drive which went unconverted. Stow were still in it, a good break out from deep was thwarted when an offload would probably resulted in a score. With time running out Stow were holding onto a losing bonus point but a poor clearance in defence gifted Marlow their third try under the posts which was converted.
A very frustrating day for Stow in a game that could easily have gone the other if chances had been taken.
Next week another difficult test away to Reading.