Marlow 3rd XV are second to a classy Maidenhead side.
Maidenhead score 28 unanswered points in the first quarter but good Marlow defence closed the door on further scores.
A good squad of players made themselves available for this match but early season foundations were rocked by an 18 minute opening quarter which saw Maidenhead put four unanswered tries on the scoreboard, starting on the third minute with a scoring rolling maul. The return of sting at fullback saw a nice bosh but on seven minutes, Maidenhead were 0 - 14.
Marlow saw a nice piece of attack that should have been rewarded with a try but the away team intercepted the ball for a runaway try and conversion. Another try saw the score 0 - 28 and for most teams, heads would have gone down and a possible cricket score on the cards.
Marlow dug in and with some good defence, got back into the game, with the next quarter scoreless.
Just before halftime, our French winger managed to take out popular referee Rex Da Rocha, but he recovered...
Ringing the changes at halftime, Hughes at 10 kicked a massive boot from his own 22 into the oppositions. Shortly after this Marlow scored in the corner, Russ Pearce to make the score 5 - 28. The game saw some hard defence and finished with no further score.
Skipper Edwards pointed out that we equal/up on three of the four quarters, but you do need to do this over all four to win.
Whilst we did lose the match, there was much to be taken from an encouraging performance against a strong Maidenhead outfit who will surely be near the top of the league at the end of the season.