Well-deserved point for Marlborough Ladies
Marlborough Town Ladies 3 Melksham Town Ladies 3
Following a series of losses, Marlborough finally gained a well-deserved point from their 3-3 tie against 2nd place team in the league, Melksham Town.
Marlborough started with strong wind in their favour which they immediately took advantage of. 28 seconds in, and a loose ball outside of the 18 yard box was picked up by Vicki Pope and curled over the keeper's head.
Fifteen minutes later and Kirsty Miles trapped a cross from the wing in front of goal. Composed, she made a great turn and shot the ball into the back of the net.
It was a great start to the game and laid a foundation of positive play and brilliant possession. Throughout the team, Marlborough worked hard. Over the next 20 minutes Ffion Williams and Emily Sparkes both made some positive runs and resulting shots; forcing the keeper to make a couple of great saves.
It was 40 minutes into the half when a superb pass from Sarah Thomas cut the Melksham defence and allowed Ffion Williams to scoop up the ball and go one on one with the keeper. Again, composure paid off and the ball ended in the back of the net.
The whistle blew for halftime and Marlborough knew that the wind would make the second half twice as difficult. They came out strong but Melksham had the ability to settle into their game and make more attacks.
It was 54 minutes into the game when they crossed a ball which Robyn Hill's fingertips just brushed before the ball landed to the feet of a Melksham striker who put her foot through and scored their first goal of the game.
Ten minutes later, and a miss-catch from Robyn Hill landed perfectly for another striker to take advantage of and bring Melksham their second goal.
Marlborough continued to play well but the elements were difficult and the pressure on their defence became relentless. Another ten minutes and Melksham took a shot on goal which beat the keeper at the front post and into the net.
3-3 but Marlborough continued their battle. It was with great frustration that five minutes before the end of the game, Marlborough were cheated out of what would have been a winning goal of the game. Sarah Thomas was fouled outside the box but the ball landed perfectly to Kirsty Miles who calmly popped the ball into the goal.
A huge delay from the Ref meant the whistle was blown for the foul after the ball was already in the back of the net. He reversed the opportunity for an advantage play and took the goal back for a free kick to Marlborough.
It was a frustrating end but Marlborough could be proud of themselves for the great determination and skill they portrayed throughout the game. A tie against the second place team and they could hold their heads high.