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Marlow girls make it a club double in the cup
MARLOW U12s have made it a club double by following the example set by their U10s and winning the Bucks County Cup.
They lifted the trophy in Buckingham after Sarah Pearce scored the only goal of a tense final against the hosts.
Marlow took the cup in fine style with an unblemished record on Sunday, when they won all five of their games without conceding a single goal.
They opened up with a 4-0 triumph over Buckingham B thanks to goals from Lana Wallis, Pearce, Mia Rogers and Jess Fores, before going one better against High Wycombe B, winning 5-0 with Jemima Copeman netting a brace alongside goals from Ellie Yeomans, Pearce and Rogers on target.
Rogers and Saskia Enderby then struck in a 2-0 victory over Milton Keynes to take them into the semi-finals, where Amersham & Chalfont were overpowered 3-0 courtesy of goals from Copeman, Wallis and Rogers.
That set up a final against the home side, who presented their toughest challenge of the day in an end-to-end match.
Marlow had the better of the chances, but it was a single poacher’s goal from Pearce that decided it.
Team manager Simon Copeman said: “It was a great display which showed why teams are starting to fear us; we score goals liberally and are hard to score against.
“[On Sunday] the defence was impressively managed by Helen Windsor and Anna Hume kept a clean sheet in goal.”
Marlow will now hope for even greater rewards next month when they go to the regional finals.
Copeman said: “This victory is only the first step in our ambitions this year, as we travel to the South Finals on April 27 hoping to improve on the third place this team achieved at U10 level.
“It is going to be tough, the standard of hockey is now very high, but we have been planning and training for this for two years, so we intend to give it our best shot.”
The victory was also an individual triumph for coach Trevor Jackson, who has also coached the U10s to county victory this spring.
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