Tough first outing
By Tim Platt
Marlow suffer first defeat away at Barnes
On September 9 1513, Catherine of Aragon's army defeated Scottish forces at the Battle of Flodden.
Like Catherine’s army, depleted by the ongoing campaigns of her husband in France, Marlow found themselves outnumbered, starting with 12 against the new, but very enthusiastic Barnes 2s. This was Marlow’s first outing of the new season, with new players in fullback Billy and number 8 Yoli and a number of existing players in new positions.
Marlow found themselves behind early on. Barnes were able to capitalise on a confused Marlow side after a missed knock on to go over in the opening moments off the game, following with a number of tries in quick succession.
After the shaky start, Marlow worked to steady themselves, undeterred by the score line, they persevered to solidified their defence with some incredible tackles coming from newcomers Yoli and Billy. Eventually, Marlow were able to showcase their abilities on the attack with Yoli coming close catching Barnes by surprise with a pick and go off the scrum – only to be caught moments before the try line.
With the momentum behind them, Marlow battled on with some great attacking plays, including an impressive break from second-row duo Kez and Buffie, who came roaring through the Barnes defence like a freight train only to be stopped again by the ever reliable Barnes defence. In spite of some great attacking, Marlow ended the first half without a point.
Onto the second half, Marlow were more determined, working to their strengths as much as they could in the hope of finally getting that elusive try. The team did well to fend Barnes off and were quick to turnover the ball with some quick and decisive plays. Sadly, the team were impacted by the loss of number 8, Yoli to a head injury part of the way through the second half, which saw the team reduced even further to 11.
The tiredness amongst the small team was evident as Barnes showed off their speed and some brilliant supporting play with a number of tries in quick succession to increase their lead even further. Despite the continued hard work, with a number of positives to take away from the performance, Marlow were unable to capitalise and failed to get their try.
Marlow are looking onwards and upwards to their first home game of the season next week again Battersea Ironside.
Forward of the match: Yoli
Back of the match: Billy