Marlborough Ladies struggle away to Highworth
An away game against Highworth Town would always be difficult for Marlborough. Their last few meetings have been both mentally and physically tough.
Marlborough came into the game prepared for a challenge. From the kick off they gained possession and moved the ball wide. The midfield worked well to give constant options for quick passes around the Highworth players. Marlborough had a couple early opportunities but the Highworth keeper proved to be quick in reacting.
After seven minutes of play Highworth found some space in the centre of the pitch and moved it forward. From outside the eighteen yard box, they lobbed a ball which flew over the defence and goalie to bring the game to one nil.
The following ten minutes continued similarly. Marlborough took control of the ball and looked dangerous moving forwards. Their defence, midfield and strikers all worked well to have positive play with some great passing.
Again, it was unfortunate when the Highworth keeper made a great save, scooped up the ball and blasted it down the pitch. With the sun in their eyes, Marlborough didn't attack the ball. It bounced past three players and was picked up by a Highworth striker who went through the defence for a one on one with the keeper. From the edge of the box she struck the ball and managed to get it over Robyn Hill's fingertips and into the net.
Despite the hot day and the rising pressure, Marlborough did well to maintain composure. They played continuous passes and created chances. From runs down the wing to corner kicks, Marlborough had plenty of crosses into the box which weren't able to be converted. Ffion Williams had one opportunity from just inside the eighteen yard box which ended with the ball smashing forcefully into the crossbar.
Soon after, the game changed ends and Highworth got another great chance. A cross into the box skimmed Robyn's fingertips before landing perfectly at the feet of a Highworth player. She took it calmly and brought the game to three nil with only a minute left in the half.
Marlborough knew that they had played the better football. Despite the score, they were determined to go into the second half with the same focus of playing good football and creating more opportunities.
They were determined to test the goalie. After a great display of passing down the wing by Emily Sparkes and Abby Easter, Lucy Bush picked up the ball and made a terrific attempt at goal. The Highworth keeper just managed to bring it down and squash the threat and a minute later the game swapped ends. Highworth did some intricate passing through the Marlborough defence and created a fourth goal. Marlborough were quick to respond.
They pushed forwards and had another great opportunity when Ffion Williams shot the ball into the top left corner. Again, the keeper managed to get a hand to it.
Highworth managed another goal soon after and it seemed it wouldn't be Marlborough's day. The last twenty minutes of the game had a lot of swapping ends but no further goals. Marlborough finished the game feeling deflated but they could be proud of their performance and continuous hard work.