New look Merlins
Disappointing start for a makeshift Merlins side
The Merlins arrived on the pitch bright eyed and bushy tailed for their first game of the TVC season. After a brief warm up the whistle blew and the game began.
The Merlins started off well with some good passing of the ball between the mid-field and forwards. The ball was predominantly in the Marlow half and the ball was passing well between the mid-field of Alex Butt, Nathan Jeffreys and David “Heartburn” Rennie who
were able to feed it up to the centre forwards Bruce McArthur and Rhys Edwards.
Just a few minutes into the game and Rhys Edwards dribbled the ball into the D and scored the first goal. Marlow wasn’t expecting that. In fact, neither were the Merlins! It was all looking very promising.
Marlow weren’t too impressed with this start and suddenly woke up. They were able to pass the ball between players and despite the strong mid-field and the strong defence of Doug Courtney, Marc Jones, Andre Muecke and Colin Jefferys it didn’t take long before a Ronnie “The Cat” Fuller was defending the goal. After a few close calls the Marlow Strollers finally scored.
The next 10 minutes of the game saw the Merlins forgetting everything they had learnt over the years and Marlow scored another 3 goals. It was now 4-1 but the Merlins weren’t going to be defeated. After a few deep breaths they came back and although they didn’t score
they didn’t concede any goals either.
At half time, DV gave a positive pep talk about how the Merlins were playing and just needed to stay focussed and pass the ball to a white shirt.
The second half started well with both sides getting good opportunities in the D but being unable to convert into an all important goal. There was some great play by Finlay Banbridge in the mid-field who on numerous occasions was able to get the ball up to the right wing Mahdi Hosany and the centre forwards. But the Marlow defence was strong and it was hard to get it into the D.
A fabulous save was made by Andre Muecke who ran to the goal line and just managed to get his stick on the ball which prevented it going in. A few minutes later Rhys Edwards had his second opportunity to run past the Marlow defenders and score a goal. Both sides continued to battle hard but Marlow were able to convert another 2 goals.
Despite losing 6-2 the match was well played and in good spirit. Well done to the new colts who played their first game for the Merlins. Thanks to the umpires who managed the game very well. Both teams retired to Bray for teas. Man of the match went to new member