Marlow's women fail to gain promotion in Supersixes National League

Photo credit: Ian Foster

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All 14 of Marlow’s teams will return to action on Saturday following the winter break with the men’s and ladies’ 1st teams looking to regain top spot in their respective divisions.

In the meantime, the ladies ventured inside for some indoor hockey in the Supersixes National League.

A 10-strong squad played at Canterbury’s impressive Polo Farm facilities in England Hockey’s Division 2 South but were unable to secure a top three spot needed for promotion.

The team, coached by Kevin Chappell, came away with a win and a draw from their five games over the two days, resulting in a fifth-place finish.

In their first match Marlow showed great character and tactical awareness to come back from 2-0 down to secure a draw against Canterbury. Tilly Crampsie netted twice in the final minutes from penalty corners. Crampsie also scored with a penalty stroke in Marlow’s game against Knole Park, but two hat-tricks from their opponents in the second quarter left them with too much to do and they lost the game 10-1.

Marlow bounced back from the heavy defeat on Sunday morning, beating Trojans 5-3 thanks to goals from Jen Martin, Grace Kisbee, Crampsie, Kiera Allen and Zoe Clarke, however, hopes of a top three place began to slip after a 5-2 defeat to Ipswich in which Kisbee and Kiera Foster scored. Marlow also worked hard in their final game against St Albans but depleted by injuries, they again lost 5-2 with Foster netting two field goals.

All the matches were against clubs from a higher level, but coach Chappell was impressed with the side’s work ethic and felt they performed above expectations.

“We aim to keep building the team, and the strength and depth of indoor hockey at Marlow, and look forward to competing again next season,” he said.

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