Having slipped up in the first game of the season this was a must win match against league leaders Marlow 3's, to keep in contention in Division 3. Having watched the 1's go down 3-0 in the first 10 minutes against OG's, it was imperative that we got off to the right start in what is always a tight battle against Marlow. We dominated the first 15 minutes and created plenty of chances until Boots slipped in at the far post and slid one under their keeper. Robbie looked to have scored, smashing the ball past the keeper only to see a player on the line pluck it out of thin air. As Marlow flooded the centre of the pitch we found success by moving the ball wide and using Andy Argyle and Charlie Stoker, who both had plenty of space at half back. Marlow came back into it with their first entry into the D, won a short corner and although the initial shot was well saved, they went onto score. It took us a while to find our composure again, but Elliott provided an excellent deflection after we had worked the ball right and then left. Tim Martin rolled back the years, stopped the ball himself at a short corner and dragged it into the top corner past the keeper. If only he worked on his aerials, then I'm sure we'd make a player of him! Dave Springer, easing back to Hockey after his marathon in Dublin provided the killer blow just before half time to increase our lead to 4-1. We will try and have a whip round and get him some new shoes.
So after deservedly leading in the first half we resolved to not let the match get away from us. We didn't play our best, got sucked into a battle in the middle of the park, and weren't as composed on the ball, but we did what was needed. It was a more even affair with Marlow maybe shading it in terms of possession and both sides had chances. They scored with 15 minutes to go and we looked a little nervous at times, but saw the victory out well. Lawrence had a good game between the sticks and had more to do than in recent weeks. Nathan Conn had his first appearance for us, worked hard down the left and provided an assist for the deflected goal. Ben as usual did all the dirty work at the back, with him and Tim proving a useful combination in the middle. We welcomed back Andy Argyle who despite suffering with illness threw himself about and provided much energy at left half. The forward line worked really hard with Boots providing a touch of class and a committed Brett nearly taking himself out at the far post. Sorry if you haven't got a mention but you all played great and its late... MOM Charlie Stoker.
Back to 0-0 next week, and lets try and get another 3 points.