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Hellenic League Match Report

4 March 2020

Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup

Didcot Development  1 Marlow United 6  (away view)

Marlow progressed to the last eight of the Supplementary Cup with an emphatic win over Didcot Development 

Playing against a youthful home team Marlow swept into an early two goal lead and were never threatened there after, romping to a five goal half time lead to book a place in the quarter finals of the competition. 

Chris Hurst opened the scoring on eight minutes sweeping home the ball from an Adam Davis through ball. Davis was the provider two minutes later, his corner from the Marlow left being headed home by Danny Jordan as United took the game by the scruff of the neck. Paul Rake joined the party on twenty one minutes heading home a Ryan Parsons free kick awarded after Hurst was bought down.  Marlow looked capable of scoring at will with Prudden , Hardie and Lucas dominating the midfield, the latter causing havoc down the left with his surging runs. 

It was Prudden and Lucas who set up Hurst for his second goal on twenty three minutes, the former picking out later who swept past his marker and crossing for Hurst to hammer the ball past keeper Eeles. Not to be outdone Jordan notched an equally impressive fifth, receiving the ball from Hurst he tiptoed around two defenders and fired home from close range. 

Inevitably United's performance dipped in the second period, Cannings saving down low in the first minute afer a Corden back pass fell short. The hosts continued to battle hard despite the deficit with Marlow content to counter gaining a number of corners and free kicks that came to nothing. Jordan was replaced by Zayd Ait-Fahim , Lucas switching wings to accommodate the youngster. 

The substitute was soon involved, his pace and trickery on the ball causing all sorts of problems for the Didcot defence as they struggled to contain him.  It was the scourge of the first half, Alf Lucas, who added the sixth goal on sixty six minutes. Cutting in from the right after a one two with Hurst he arrowed the ball inside the near post with the keeper beaten. Marlow carved out further chances, Prudden, Ait- Fahim and Hurst all trying their luck without success and with ten minutes remaining the hosts grabbed an unlikely consolation. 

A through ball caught out the Marlow defence with Moreton running on and despite Mckie's desperate lunge he guided the ball past Cannings.  Ait -Fahim hit the crossbar with a long range effort soon after but the game was done as United saw out added time. A long trip to either Highworth or Hereford Pegasus in the last eight awaits the Bucks team and with no game this weekend they have an eleven day break before travelling to Arbour Park where Chalvey Sports await on the 14th March. 

Marlow United:Cannings, Davis, Corden, Mckie, Parsons, Lucas, Prudden, Hardie, Jordan, Hurst (c) Rake. 
Subs. Zayd Ait-Fahim, A Dickens 

Herefordshire FA County Challenge Cup

Bromyard Home 0 Westfields 4 (away view)

Westfields progressed to the semi-finals of the HFA cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at the rearranged Quarter final match at Bromyard on Tuesday.

Manager Phil Glover made eight changes to the starting line up that had beaten Burnham some 10 days previously. Coming into the side were Craig Jones with a most welcome return & a starting 90 minutes for Keanu Cooper recovering from illness & injury. Also Fields gave a full start to under 18s regular Henry Hancocks & former Hereford FC & Hartbury College student Sid Grant was back in a Westfields shirt since returning to Hereford.

Young Grant was in action as early as the 2nd minute when a fine cross from the right found Richard Greaves & the Fields prolific striker was on hand to settle any early nerves & put Fields 1 up. Bromyard were not overwhelmed by the higher graded opposition & went close to equalising in the 10th minute with Ian Havard in the Westfields goal pulling off a nice save. Richard Greaves had a couple of further chances but put the team 2 up in the 33rd minute following some great work from Billy Murphy.

The start of the 2nd half saw Kane Kahaki replace Ryan Green. Craig Jones was unlucky not to have increased the lead following two great efforts in the 47th & 52nd minutes. Keanu Cooper added a third goal with a fantastic strike in the 83rd minute. Cameron Peters was brought into the action when coming on for Sid Grant & in the final few minutes scored Westfields’ 4th following a magnificent pass from Billy Murphy. Westfields now play Hereford Pegasus on the 31st March @ Old School lane for a place in the final against either Hereford Lads club or Wellington.