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Hockey: Marlborough Ladies First team have an important win - but tables are turned for the Seconds as goals mount in local derby


City of Bath Ladies Firsts       0  Marlborough Ladies Firsts       4    


Following two draws in the last two games, Marlborough travelled to bottom of the league City of Bath looking for three points.   A minute of silence for the fallen was observed and then it was time for Marlborough to get down to business.

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MYFC join exalted football company - now a Nike partner club

MYFC's Alex Reynolds and Robin Gibson with England Manager Gareth Southgate as part of the Nike Partner Club EventMYFC's Alex Reynolds and Robin Gibson with England Manager Gareth Southgate as part of the Nike Partner Club EventAs part of their partnership with the England National Football Team and FA, Nike offer leading Youth Football clubs in the country a chance to apply for partnerships to help raise the profile and quality of grass roots football.


Marlborough Youth Football Club has been selected to become a Nike partner club, on a four year arrangement.


What does this mean for MYFC?  They are now one of just 230 clube across the country to achieve this support which will be in the form of financial support for coaching qualifications and wider guidance.


Nike has recognised the outstanding work that MYFC do for the development of youth football across this region and as a result this new arrangement gives:

  • Access to coaching bursaries within Wiltshire FA.

  • Consistent identity for the all MYFC teams, via Discount Nike Football Kits, which will be used for all new kits supplied by new and existing MYFC sponsors.  This will apply across all age groups, Angels and Mixed football.

  • The partnership has been forged as part of the continued ambitions to develop MYFC, and to align with the FA’s ‘DNA pathway’, itself a nationwide initiative to help standardise coaching strategy to clubs across the country.

Chair Stuart Slater would like to thank Nike, along with Discount Football Kits, plus all MYFC coaches, volunteers and of course players.  This represents a significant step forward in the club's development.

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Hockey: Marlborough men inflict 7-0 home defeat against bottom of the table Buccs C team


Marlborough        7       Team Bath Buccs C       0

With Marlborough firsts playing Buccs B team the previous week and winning comfortably, playing their C team who were bottom and with no points so far, this game  was a good mental test of respecting every team you play.


Marlborough started strongly, counter attacking well and looking after the ball. They were rewarded with a short corner which was deflected into goal nicely by Charlie Hawley.


Marlborough continued to press high and turning the ball over on numerous occasions, found themselves further ahead going into half time with two goals from Rich Fynn (tap in at the far post and reserve stick strike), one from Will Hughes (tap in) and another from Rich Fynn who nailed a drag flick into the top corner to complete his hat trick: "Awesome finish!!"


5-0 at half time and reportedly the message from the skipper was more of the same, don’t drop off the intensity and look to score more.


However Marlborough listened, but didn’t apply. To their credit, Buccs played deeper and tried to hit Marlborough on the break, Marlborough became frustrated and lost a little bit of shape and couldn’t string two passes together.


They did however manage to score a couple more goals.  Firstly, Charlie Hawley smashed in a reverse stick strike into the corner and then Alex Renwick followed up his power strike with a flick over the keeper in the net.


All in all, a good performance. A little scrappy at times, but it was the first half display of good, quick, attacking play that did the damage. Man of the Match was Rich Fynn for his superb hat trick.

Ed Watson on Marlborough men's second team defeat at Royal Wootton Bassett:

Royal Wootton Bassett     5      Marlborough Seconds         0

A visit to the sand of high flying Wootton Bassett firsts was perhaps not the birthday treat that Keith Radnedge (or indeed Mrs Radnedge) was imagining.


That being said, after 35 minutes the team had provided Keith with a present worth smiling about - our best team marking performance for many a game.


With a very strong Bassett side, Marlborough set up a disciplined half court press which the home team found very hard to break down. Occasional forays into the opposition half, aided by Rob Hues' aerial threat, gave hope of a counterattacking smash and grab, but Bassett eventually broke the deadlock via a bizarre short corner which ended up bouncing off the apex of bar to be bundled in.


With a quarter of the game to go, 2-0 down felt very respectable, but rather inevitably the superior energy (and bench) of the home team was too much for tired Marlborough legs. A little more space was enough to allow the lead to stretch to five goals by the end of the game.


A hard day, but the general feeling was positive having kept a superior side honest for the majority of the game. Man of the Match went to Toby Sampson - for putting in an excellent shift in the midfield press.


Darren Crawford on Marlborough men's third team's away win at Shepton Mallet

Shepton Malllet        0      Marlborough Thirds    2

Marlborough Thirds made the trek to face top of the table Shepton Mallet.  They started full of confidence fielding a side with a mix of youth and ‘maturity’.


Marlborough controlled the midfield and it wasn’t long before a precision pass was put through to Chris Newton who drove into the D and scored a superb individual goal lifting it past an out-coming keeper into the left hand corner.


With lots of passing between the midfield and forward line, Marlborough kept control of the game.


It wasn’t long before an interchange of good passing resulted in the ball finding Harry Strover on the left hand post who put the ball away for Marlborough’s second goal.


The second half saw the momentum change - with Shepton on the offensive. Despite the pressure the defence with the 'mature guard' flanked by the youth of Dan Dix and Tom Llewelyn, held firm with no shots on goal.


A well deserved victory overall with some great hockey at times. Man of the Match was Darren Crawford.

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Hockey: Marlborough men firsts achieve an 'awesome' victory - seconds lose and thirds draw

MHC Men's second team: surely this is going into the Bath Buccs net...[see below]MHC Men's second team: surely this is going into the Bath Buccs net...[see below]

Marlborough    3     Bath Buccs B        0

Marlborough men’s first team continued their impressive start to the season with a superb performance against Bath Buccs B. Both teams were undefeated, so Marlborough knew it would a close contest.


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Hockey: despite Storm Brian, Marlborough's three ladies teams return one draw and two wins with clean sheets


MHC Ladies Thirds:  waiting in vain - the Devizes keeper stops a good crossMHC Ladies Thirds: waiting in vain - the Devizes keeper stops a good crossWeymouth    2           Marlborough     2

For Marlborough Hockey Club’s Ladies’ First team, travelling away to Weymouth meant a minimum two hour car journey plus Storm Brian plus a thirty minute warm up in rain & strong winds (October 21).


The team must have felt that it was all against them.  However, with a strong team and good plan, these are really only minor issues.


Weymouth looked ready to show how strong they were. The Marlborough team kept to their game plan and moved the ball around really well.   


Marlborough dominated the first half with some physical game action with the ball to-ing and fro-ing from one end of the pitch to the other and then off at a weird angle if caught by a gust of wind.


The Marlborough midfield pressed hard with Rachel Cox dictating play in the middle of the park. Each side had dominant spells but were unable to capitalise. At one point Weymouth were awarded about eight short corners on the bounce, but the Marlborough defence held firm.


Five minutes before the end of the first half, Neve Beer stormed to the top of the D and with a straight shot scored a superb goal.


Going into the second half, there was some beautiful, simple hockey played by every Marlborough player on the pitch. Simple passes, attacking in pairs led to a number of shots on goal - though without success.


With a slight gap in Marlborough's game, Weymouth managed to get back into the visitors' defensive D, taking a shot on goal and although it was going wide, it hit a Marlborough foot close to goal and a questionable penalty flick was awarded. This was converted.  Now Marlborough had to fight back.


And fight they did. Weymouth were strong and now, literally, had the wind up them and behind them. Some brilliantly strong defence made it difficult for them. Again, some great text book possession hockey was displayed by Marlborough. Then, out of nowhere, again, a break for Weymouth came and a strong shot from the top of the D took Weymouth up 2-1.


However not one Marlborough head dipped. With only five minutes left of the game, Marlborough stormed through a series of short corners.


Marlborough had to convert - they had sussed Weymouth’s strategy. Sophie Fynn managed to get a cracking goal. Level at two goals each, Marlborough needed another but they were beaten by the clock.


Well-deserved player of the match went to Sophie Fynn for her goal and incredible play in midfield.

Louisa Gosling on the Marlborough Hockey Club Ladies second team visit to Corsham (October 21):

After a welcome week off, Marlborough Ladies Seconds wound their way to Corsham for a windy match. There was a degree of apprehension in the team, with gale force winds forecast and a determined opposition.


Shouting to hear one another above the winds, Marlborough started the match with the first push back. Play moved backwards and forwards with the teams well matched.


Corsham demonstrated their physical strength and nifty ball skills, but Marlborough were solid in defence and worked well as a team to move the ball up field. Their efforts were rewarded half way into the first half when a fast ball injected up the pitch was bounced into the D then expertly directed into the goal by Verity Langfield.


By the start of the second half Corsham were wavering under the pressure and this obviously gave their visitors additional resolve. Play continued up and down the length of field with both teams having strikes on goal and winning a number of short corners. However, both defences were solid and neither team found the back of the net. The final score: a well deserved 1-0 to Marlborough.


The match was a huge team effort and everyone struggled to nominate a single player of the match. Player of the Match ended up as a four-way tie between Chloe Darlington (who made some amazing saves in goal), Katie King (the star defender), Kitty Cleaver (playmaking in midfield), and Ciara Blackstock (for her attacking spirit on the front line.)


MHC LADIES THIRD TEAM: Back row: Deb Dellar (injured), Deb James, Teresa Philpott, Daisy Beckwith, Felicity Wright, Karen Davis, Caroline Baynes.  Front row: Anna Gent, Millie Prentice, Elspeth Slater, Issy Davis, Maddie Bishop, Annabel Prowse, Joanne Henry.MHC LADIES THIRD TEAM: Back row: Deb Dellar (injured), Deb James, Teresa Philpott, Daisy Beckwith, Felicity Wright, Karen Davis, Caroline Baynes. Front row: Anna Gent, Millie Prentice, Elspeth Slater, Issy Davis, Maddie Bishop, Annabel Prowse, Joanne Henry.


Daisy Beckwith reports on Marlborough Ladies Thirds home fixture against Devizes Ladies Seconds:

A windy day at home, saw Marlborough Ladies Thirds try to get back to their winning ways after two draws in a row. Despite missing key player Debbie Dellar, they still managed to keep a clean sheet - for the first time this season.


There was lots of great play from Millie Prentice, Annabel Prowse, Joanne Henry and Teresa Philpott, combining to put pressure on the Devizes defence.


Elsie Slater very nearly scored a goal in the first few minutes of the game. Debbie James worked hard with Felicity Wright to keep the attacking threat from Devizes away from the goal.


Maddie Bishop makes a runMaddie Bishop makes a runThen Debbie James found Millie Prentice with great composure at the far post and she scored giving the home team a 1-0 lead.


An injury to a Devizes player getting on the wrong end of a Debbie James hit out, delayed the game just before half time. The pressure increased in the second half, leading to many Devizes short corners, which Marlborough battled hard to keep out with good pressure from the defence closing down the attackers.


The injured player made a nuisance of herself as a goal hanger, including finding herself one on one with Issy Davies towards the end, but shot wide of the goal.


Daisy Beckwith worked tirelessly up and down the pitch throughout the game. Karen Davis, Anna Gent and Maddy Bishop worked hard battling out of defence, giving everyone a chance to catch their breaths as the pressure was eased.


The Player of the Match was Millie Prentice for her good attacking play and constant threat keeping Devizes’ defence on their toes.
Marlborough Ladies Thirds will now get a well earned three week break.

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