Under-strength Cheltenham slip to their sixth league defeat
MARLOW 60 CHELTENHAM 23
CHELTENHAM arrived at Marlow with just 15 men to highlight the sad state of affairs at the club, writes Derek Clifford.
Marlow were soon on the attack and after four minutes wing Miles Noble crossed for his first try, which went unconverted.
Marlow continued to ask questions of the Cheltenham defence which was breached again in the 14th minutes when Noble strolled over for his second unconverted try.
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Marlow extended their lead to 15-0 after 21 minutes when Matt Saunders score a unconverted try.
Finally, after 24 minutes, Cheltenham opened their account with a penalty from Josh Herbert.
Marlow gained turnover ball from the restart and after the Marlow forwards recycled the ball out to wing Saunders, he galloped over for his second unconverted try.
Marlow's Steve Pincott looked to have scored another, but a fine last-ditch tackle from Richard Morris prevented another try.
Cheltenham to their credit asked questions of the home defence and were rewarded with a second Herbert penalty.
On the stroke of half-time Marlow's playmaker George Jafari finished of a fine move with a try which replacement Nick Carvey converted to lead 27-6.
Cheltenham started the second half with just 13 men due to injuries to Adam Dobie and Ryan Hill.
Cheltenham's hooker John Bryant then capped a solid performance with a try near the posts which Herbert converted to reduce the deficit to 27-13.
But this rear-guard action soon fizzled out and Marlow extended their lead to 34-13 with Jafari scoring a second try which Carvey converted.
A brief Cheltenham fightback was rewarded with a unconverted try from Fraser Goatcher.
But with 57 minutes on the clock, Noble grabbed a third unconverted try.
Marlow continued to dominate up front with the ball spun out to the backs and a third try for Jafari with Will Fulton converting to extend their lead to 46-18.
Cheltenham then caught the Marlow backline wanting with a unconverted try for Beren Delbrooke-Jones.
With 77 minutes played, Noble completed a fine display with a fourth try which he converted.
Marlow completed Cheltenham's sixth straight defeat when Saunders scored his third try which Fulton converted.
Cheltenham will be hoping for a dramatic change of fortune in their next match when they return to the Prince of Wales Stadium home for the league game against Newbury Blues.
Marlow: Davey, Mitchell, Cook, Martin, Smith, Hewett, Ellis, Rodger, Rider, Fulton, Noble, Jafari, Raunchwerger, Saunders, Pincott. Reps Symth, Knight, Carcey.
Cheltenham: Goatcher, Bryant, Seymour, Milne, Moseling, Tuck, Lait, Hill, Herbert, Murray, Hough, Dobie, Morris, Delbrooke-Jones.
Referee: Jon Royals Berks Society