Wycombe v Marlow: Points mean more than local pride this time

Bucks Free Press: Wycombe and Marlow are both battling relegation Wycombe and Marlow are both battling relegation

MARLOW have ruled over Wycombe on the rugby field this season and now it’s the chance of the hockey boys to make it a town double.

The parallels between the two scenarios are uncanny though.

Both Marlow’s rugby and hockey teams are nearly but not completely safe from relegation, while both Wycombe sides are deep in the mire.

Both Marlow sides won their home derbies earlier in the season and when the rugby team won in Wycombe recently they hammered a potentially decisive nail in their rival’s coffin.

Tomorrow Marlow HC could do likewise.

Dave and Steve Harding scored their goals in a 2-2 draw with Woking last weekend that took them six points clear of the drop zone with five games left.

Wycombe’s crunch relegation match with Maidstone was postponed though, meaning they host Marlow five points adrift of safety.

Marlow vice captain Neel Stood said: “Both sides really need the three points.

“Wycombe need to get themselves out of the relegation zone and we need to get into mid-table or we might get sucked into the relegation play-offs.

“There is always a rivalry between Wycombe and Marlow but I think this time the teams need the points more than getting one over on each other.

“But we’ve been playing quite well and are quietly confident.”

Meanwhile, Marlow Ladies 2s stole a march on fellow promotion hopefuls Gerrards Cross with a 2-0 victory at the weekend that moved them up to second in the table.

Jess Rees gave Marlow an early lead but goalkeeper Charlie French had to put in a Player of the Match performances to withstand a Gerrards Cross revival before Anya McKeever made the points safe.

Elsewhere, Marlow Ladies 3s are seven points clear with seven games to go after beating second-placed Wallingford Ladies 2-1 away. Treena Partridge scored both Marlow goals in what could be a pivotal match.

Completing a hat-trick, Marlow Ladies 4s thumped Bicester Ladies 4-0 to move off the foot of the table.

Kayleigh Ross scored twice with Rebecca Kwan and Annie Cole also on target.

High Wycombe 3s drew 1-1 with British Airways thanks to Kern Sorzano’s goal while the fifth team put four past Eastcote.

Tom Gray, Tim Hazlehurst, Chris Lynch and Mark Repath all scored in a 4-1 victory.

For the juniors, the U16s lost 6-3 (Martin Andrews 2, Matt Bilsland) to Woking but the U14s thrashed Old Loughtonians 6-0 thanks to Harry Bennett, Wills Hatton, Phil Lloyd, Cameron Ryall, Rourke Sefton-Minns and an own goal.

It was a tough weekend for Gerrards Cross with only one of their teams taking victory.

The first team were hammered 7-1 by Witney in the MBBO Regional Division Two, with Greg Causer scoring their consolation.

Gerrards Cross 2s were 3-1 winners over Oxford Hawks in Division Five thanks to goals from Jason Presley, Max Whitehead and Stevie Crowther, but that was the high point.

In the Trysports League Division One Gerrards Cross Ladies were beaten 2-0 by Marlow while the second team were held to a 3-3 draw at Phoenix & Ranelagh in Division Three.

In the Mercian League, Gerrards Cross U18s were undone 3-1 by Wycombe.

Rhodri Jones scored their consolation in the second half while Scott Anderson, Justin Brown and Will Needham scored for Wycombe.

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