Marlow Backs Run Rampant Against Wallingford
The best team performance for two seasons sees Marlow put 79 points on Wallingford
Having had a close game away at Wallingford, which we lost, the expectation was that it would be another close match at Riverwoods. At halftime, with Marlow having made the best of a strong favourable south westerly wind, I dont think even the most optimistic Marlow supporter would have predicted the final result.
Only 2 minutes into the game we got an early opportunity, with Wallingford penalised for not releasing. Even though we were only just inside the Wallingford half the decision was made to go for the posts, and it proved the right thing to do with Jamie Maddern kicking the ball cleaning. 3-0
Although we had the early advantage Wallingford put us under pressure, especially in terms of territory, for the next 20 minutes with Daniel Hostetler coming to the rescue on several occasions in defence. During that period we had one good attacking opportunity after Nick Carvey made a long clearing kick which the Wallingford Full Back was unable to control before the ball went into touch. However, our throw in wasn't straight and the opportunity went to waste.
Wallingford weren't helping themselves by giving away a number of silly penalties, but it wasn't until 22 minutes that we went through the phases, putting the visitors under pressure and forcing them to be penalised for coming in at the side. Jamie Maddern added another 3 points to the scoreboard. 6-0
The first real breakthrough came a few minutes later with Sam Hindley breaking clear on the left wing, then cutting back inside to score under the posts to give Jamie Maddern the best chance of getting the conversion, which he duly did. 13-0
Wallingford still looked threatening, but gave away some unnecessary penalties, by kicking the ball in the ruck and then not retreating 10m, giving us not just a throw in from 15m out but also one man advantage, when their fly half was yellow carded. Our forwards won a clean line out and looked set to bulldoze their way over the line, until Wallingford pulled it down, giving us a free play. The ball was worked to the right wing and another maul formed, this time we made no mistake with more and more of our players joining in as the momentum and forward motion of the maul increased. Ben Smith getting the Try. Jamie Maddern's kick was just right of the up rights. 18-0
We now had our tails up and the momentum of the game was starting to swing our way. Nick Carvey broke down the left wing and ran 60m before being tackled by the full back. Jamie Maddern tried a cross field kick but it was just to long for Cameron Denton to get under control, and the ball went out for a throw in. Wallingford made a hash of the throw in and we regained possession. Nick Carvey again broke the line of defence and thought he had scored just to the left of the posts, but the Referee decided he had been held up. However, he got his revenge minutes later. The resulting 5m scrum was solid and Nick powered his way over. Jamie Maddern added the 2 points. 25-0
Wallingford were keen to get something on the board before half time. Even at this point, with their wind advantage to come in the 2nd half, it didn't feel like we were far enough in front, and they knew it. Although Wallingford kept pressing our good defence managed to keep them at bay and restricted then to a single penalty kick, which they missed.
We managed to get one more Try before the half time whistle. Sam Hindley broke down the left wing before being tackled. Wallingford were penalised for not rolling away, so Jamie Maddern kicked for touch. The pack caught the ball cleanly and forced their way over the line. A good kick from Jamie added the conversion. 32-0.
Halftime Marlow 32 Wallingford 0
Although this looked like a comfortable cushion I dont think any Marlow supporter thought we were already "home and hosed". With the wind in their favour in the 2nd half, a couple of quick Wallingford scores, and we could start to panic and put ourselves under pressure. The obvious solution was for us to show some good "game management", but that's not always been our strong point over the last couple of seasons.
One had the feeling that whoever scored first in the second half would hold the upper hand for the rest of the match. Fortunately it turned out to be us. We forced Wallingford back into their own 25m, and the clearing kick was sliced, giving us a throw in well inside the Wallingford half. Jamie Maddern proved too hot to handle and sliced his way through their defence to score under the posts, giving himself a realively easy conversion. 39-0
Wallingford finally strung some great passes together, and in combination with some indifferent tackling by our defence, allowed them to to finally get on the scoreboard. The Wallingford conversion was good. 39-7
If Wallingford thought the was the start of their comeback they were to be disappointed, as we were to score the Try of the match, with the back line combining down the left wing from within our own 25m zone. Jamie Maddern made the initial break supported by Samuel Hindley, Charlie Cotton and George Buckle. With a 2 v 1, Charlie timed his pass to Samuel perfectly, who put on the afterburners and showed the Wallingford defence a clear pair of heals. 46-7
This score signalled a difficult period for Wallingford when they lost two players to yellow cards. The 2nd being a tip tackle on Nick Carvey on the Wallingford 25m line. It really sealed their fate as the loss of the 2 players, for a period, and an untimely injury to a forward meant they had a number of players out of position, and it was reflected in their play.
George Buckle got the next Try. Wallingford couldn't stop his solo sweeping run from 15m out. It was just reward for the way he had played all game. The conversion was missed. 51-7
Anthony Lawless came on to replace William Sones, with a fresh pair of legs.
Nick Carvey was up next. Although the struggled to get the passed ball under control, when he eventually did, he skipped around the Wallingford defence and scored. Jamie made the conversion. 58-7
Wallingford were to get one more Try after Anthony Lawless was yellowed carded for being offside, and then tackling their scrum half after a scrum, on our 25 m line. Wallingford, now back up to full strength, made ground with several 'pick and goes' before releasing their backs. The conversion was missed. 58-12
The visitors stilled haboured the hope that they could get a Try Bonus point out of the game, but that was never to be as we had 3 more Tries before the final whistle.
Firstly Charlie Cotton making a break down the right wing. On this occasion Nick Carvey took over kicking duties and made a superb conversion from a difficult angle. 65-12
Then Max Roberts got in on the act, after some lovely offloads. Jamie Maddern returning to kicking duty. 72-12
And, finally, Daniel Hostetler ran a great line, dissecting the Wallingford defence, supported by Jamie Maddern, who passed the ball to Anthony Lawless, who had returned from his sin binning, as they reached the Try line unopposed, which was a nice gesture. Jamie drop kicked the final conversion. 79-12
Final Score - Marlow 79 - Wallingford 12
Tries: Sam Hindley (2), Ben Smith, Nick Carvey (2) , Charlie Cotton, Jamie Maddern, George Buckle, Max Roberts, Anthony Lawless
Conversions: Jamie Maddern, Nick Carvey
Penalties: Jamie Maddern
1 Chris Clarke 2 Daniel Hostetler 3 Eddy Smyth 4 Ben Smith 5 Jack Henderson 6 Ian Thomson 7 Will Reynolds 8 Max Roberts 9 William Sones 10 Jamie Maddern 11 Cameron Denton 12 Charlie Cotton 13 George Buckle 14 Sam Hindley 15 Nick Carvey.
16 Jack Goss 17 Bruno Renucci 18 Anthony Lawless