Marlow Lose To Stow
By Tim Platt
As with the match against Slough, we score three quick Tries, but still run out losers.
The events of this match, and their timing was so uncannily similar to the game against Slough it was suggested that I could simply copy and paste the last match report. The one big different between the two was the weather. At Slough it was a pleasant autumn afternoon. On this occasion it rained for the whole match.
We started well and after only minutes Max Roberts scored the first Try, after we had gone through the phases. Unfortunately Nick Carvey was unable to make the Conversion. Our inability to make the kicks proved to be the difference between the two sides. 5-0
Stow had an opportunity to get three points, but failed with the penalty kick.
On 16 minutes we added a 2nd Try after Stow over threw from their line out. We quickly got the ball out to the right wing, where Stuart MacKay held off the attentions of two defenders to score. 10-0
Stow picked up a yellow card on 22 minutes and this led to our third Try, score by Will Sones, darting over the try line, off the back of a ruck. Again our Conversion kick was unsuccessful. 15-0
At this stage it didn't look like we were in trouble, but before half time Stow got back into the match with a successful penalty kick (15-3) and then a converted Try (15-10), when a long hopeful kick by Stow was taken into touch by a Marlow player who had little other choice, giving Stow an excellent attacking Line Out. They made no mistake with the catch and got the ball over for a Try.
Half Time 15-10
The second half presented little chances for either side, but after 10 minutes we went down to 14 when Marcus Mercer was yellow carded for a high tackle.
Although we had held out well we suffered the sucker punch when Vanavasa passed the ball to a Stow player as we pressed one of our attacks. This brought the scores level 15-15, and the successful Conversion gave Stow an unexpected win.
Final Score - Marlow 15 - Stow-on-the-Wold 17
Tries: Max Roberts, Stuart MacKay, William Sones
1 Clarke Christopher Loosehead Prop (Front Row) 2 Silvester Stuart Hooker (Front Row) 3 Smyth Edward Tighthead Prop (Front Row) 4 Smith Benjamin Second Row (4) (Second Row) 5 Thomson IanSecond Row (5) (Second Row) 6 Spurr Jack Blindside Flanker (Back Row) 7 Roberts Maxwell Openside Flanker (Back Row) 8 Brown IanNumber 8 (Back Row) 9 Sones William Scrum Half (Half) 10 Lawless Antony Fly Half (Half) 11 Gorham Nicholas Left Wing (Wing) 12 Bai Vanavasa Inside Centre (Center) 13 Mackay Stuart Outside Centre (Center) 14 Minton William Right Wing (Wing) 15 Carvey Nicholas Full Back (Full Back)
16 Hostetler Daniel Substitute 1 (Substitute) 17 Henderson Jack Substitute 2 (Substitute) 18 Forsyth James Substitute 3 (Substitute)