This Saturday sees the third encounter of the season between Marlow and Ligers, with honours even so far. United inflicted the first defeat of the season when Ligers visited Bucks back in September although both teams earned promotion at Christmas. Ligers’ revenge was particularly sweet, knocking Marlow out of the cup at the semi-final stage on the first weekend of this month. Marlow scored three late goals that day, Edward Fisher and Toby Rutland-Dix breaching a tiring Ligers defence, and will be hoping for a better start this time. Jack Stallard officiates.
Marlow have had surprising this month, beating Teddington Athletic by the odd goal in seven, but only managed draws against lowly Wokingham and Hawley. Ligers have still to play Wokingham & Emmbrook but hammered Hawley, scoring five goals in the process. United sit two points above Ligers but have played one more game. With Pinewood and Teddington Athletic sitting out this week, there is the potential for a good deal of movement in league positions. First travel to third but Woodley Saints will remain top regardless of the result at Camberley. Elsewhere, Hearts Pumas travel to Ligers’ cup final opponents, Twyford Comets Blacks, in a League 3 encounter.
Ligers welcome back leading scorer George Lee but are without leading assist man, Gabriel Sinclair. James Hallett makes a rare but welcome return to the line-up and George Perez-Medina has also recovered from illness which caused him to miss his first match of the season last week. Tommy is unavailable so 15 players make the squad. Joe is now the only ever-present but both he and James have yet to trouble the scorers, so perhaps this is the week to do it.