Marlow Beat Old Centralians
This excellent win keeps our survival hopes alive
This was probably the best team performance of the season so far, beating a side 4th in the league shows we really can live with clubs at this level.
Old Centralians were a strong side with some very fast and athletic players who were particularly dangerous in broken play. We really had to concentrate for the whole 80 minutes on maintaining our shape and not letting them play to their strengths.
We came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the match and looked the more lively of the two sides. Jamie Maddern managed to slip through the Centralians defence for an early break, but couldn't quite go all the way.
The first Try came on 9 minutes after Centralians were penalised for a high tackle. Nick Carvey kicked for touch, which got us up to their 25m line, and the pack did the rest, with a clean catch and maul, all the way to the Centralians Try line. Jamie Maddern got the extras. 7-0
At this stage we looked very much on top. However, the score seemed to sting Centralians into action and they upped their pace significantly. However, they kept upsetting the referee, and their frustration just made things worse for themselves. Eventually the Referee lost patience with their persistent offending and produced a yellow card when they collapsed our maul.
On 25 minutes Centralians showed how dangerous they could be as individual players. Their Right Wing received the ball in his own half and skipped around no less than 3 of our players to score under the posts. Excellent individual Try and a definite indication, if any was needed, that we shouldn't allow him to get the ball in any kind of space, or he had the ability to score from anywhere on the pitch. 7-7
Old Centralians were keen to play open flowing rugby, however a loose pass was quickly was gathered by Micheal Hogan who had just enough pace to keep ahead of the rapidly chasing defence to score under the posts. Jamie agin added the Conversion. 14-7
A few minutes later we had another half chance with Jamie making a crossfield kick, which Miles Noble was just unable to gather.
Centralians were far from done. They leveled the score just before half time whilst playing advantage. 14-14
The second half didn't start well for ourselves. Firstly, Ian Thomson hobbled off in pain from a leg injury and then Centralians went ahead for the first, and only, time in the match with an unconverted Try. 14-19.
However, we didn't let this set back affect us. We leveled the score with another Try and regained the lead with Jamie's Conversion. 21-19
For the next 10-15 minutes it was all Marlow. A looping pass from Jamie to Scott Golding, very tight on the Left Wing. Scott managed to avoid going into touch and the attentions of the Centralians defence to get our Try Bonus point. 26-19.
We were soon camped on the Centralians Try line again and Max Roberts made a dash for the line, but was adjudged to have been held up. Which was a shame as he deserved something for his battling efforts throughout the match.
From the resulting 5m scrum Jamie again tried a crossfield kick. On this occasion it was Nick Gorham who was unable to gather and the ball bounced into touch. No matter, as fortunately Centralians were unable to throw the ball straight at the Lineout giving us another attacking scrum. The pack put the pressure on and delivered the goods with Stuart Sylvester getting the ball down. Jamie added the extra points to take us more than two scores ahead. 33-19
Old Centralians then went hunting for the Try scoring bonus point and a losing bonus point. They managed to do the former by scoring an unconverted Try on 38 minutes. 33-24
With the losing bonus point in sight Centralians desperately wanted to keep the game alive for as long as possible. Deep into the 80 minutes they had the opportunity to do the latter having been awarded a penalty in front of the posts, about 30m out. Unfortunately have elected to kick for goal they suddenly realised their normal kicker was down injured in his own half, so a deputy was required. His kick fell way short and the final whistle blew.
Final Score:- Marlow 33 - Old Centralians 24