First league game back after the winter break and we were up against our old adversaries Marlow 3s, a team we have risen up the leagues with and who were possibly even older than us. The first half was a pretty even affair, played with good quality by both sides, Hawks having more possession but Marlow definitely more dangerous on the break. Both keepers were in the game and as half time approached, it was a surprise there was no score. The game however turned on an incident just before half time when Jasper was put through and he shot early as their young keeper advanced and spread himself. As he did so, the rocket shot – as per usual from Jasper – struck the youngster just above the knee and it was game over for him. Fortunately, Neil Gallacher was on hand to deliver assistance as he was helped off the pitch.
There followed a period of confusion as Marlow decided what to do, finally deciding on their next youngest player to don the pads. This helped us no end as we scored two quick goals as the inexperience between the sticks showed and Luke and Lawrie got on the scoresheet by aiming straight. However, we didn’t press home our advantage and Marlow increasingly took hold of the second half with a lot of possession in our 23. Most of it was handled well by the defence, marshalled by Tom Harris, while Chris Pittaway played superbly in midfield. A goalmouth scramble resulted in a weak shot that crept in but fortunately Luke whacked another in to make it 3-1. So, Marlow decided to take off the keeper and play with 11 onfield players; well, we couldn’t cope with that! Wave after wave of attack from Marlow and with 10 minutes to go, they scored a second goal shovelled right in the corner to create a dramatic finale and almost scored an equaliser at the death, were it not for a fairly reasonable save from our keeper diving high left. A 3-2 win and a double over Marlow; in truth, we would have been satisfied with two points, let alone six.