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Following a spirited second half performance against Amersham & Chalfont last week, the 4’s were keen to make amends against a Marlow team who were beaten 6-1 at BRN earlier this season.
In almost blistering February conditions, Hawks worked hard during the opening ten minutes. Paul Scragg, Arthur Baldock and Bradley Fogden attacked Marlow’s D with purpose. It only seemed to be a matter of time before Hawks would make the breakthrough. It was Marlow, however, who gained the upper hand after playing a neat one-two in the D before scooping the ball into the goal.
From thereon, it was another 4’s capitulation. Marlow would go on to score another three goals during the first half to make it 4-0 at the break. The psychological scars from their fixture last week were re-opened.
The 4’s came out in the second half with it all to do. Nonetheless, they had been here before.
After a spirited opening five minutes, a first short corner fell to Hawks. With calm heads around the edge of the D, Barney Barber stepped up to race a drag flick into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal to make it 4-1. There was an intensity about Hawks. Rich Tyser, with the bit between his teeth, forced Marlow’s men in red into mistakes; Paul Scragg continued to tangle his opponent on the right-hand side of the pitch; whilst Matt Oakes made things tick.
A further short corner fell to Hawks. Up stepped Barney Barber, again, this time placing the ball to the right-hand side of Marlow’s goal to make it 4-2. Hawks’ tails were up.
Marlow were on the ropes and Hawks could smell blood. The phwoars surged forward in search of a comeback that eluded them last week. Seventeen minutes into the second half, after a spell of relentless pressure in and around the final quarter, Chris Maidlow popped up to make it 4-3. Hawks were within touching distance of the miracle at Marlow.
Those who will have read the match report versus Amersham & Chalfont will understand that a ‘however’ follows. Hawks simply couldn’t sustain the high-intensity hockey they had displayed up until now. Marlow, rather cunningly, broke up possession with a barrage of stick tackles which slowed the pace of the game. This frustrated Hawks and for the remaining fourteen minutes of the game, they simply couldn’t fashion another chance to salvage any points. It finished 4-3 to Marlow.