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Football: Marlborough keep their spot at top of Wiltshire league

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Marlborough Town went into Saturday’s game against Royal Wootton Bassett Town Reserves top of the Wiltshire Senior League looking to maintain their good run of form having won the last six games in a row.

The first half got off to a quick start with Bassett nearly going ahead in the first 30 second as Marlborough were caught on their heels, but thanks to a good save from Andy Neale denying the visitors an early lead.

Slowly Marlborough started to get into their passing against Bassett’s direct game and Marlborough had a few changes to take the lead but could not convert any of the opportunities.

Marlborough managed to take the lead on the 35th minute when some good work from Billy Sly down the left hand side and he cut the ball back to Devan Bryan who finished off the move for his 28th goal of the season.

Marlborough had another opportunity to go in to half time further in front when Devan Bryan had his shot blocked by a Bassett defender, then the ball fell to Chris Deane whose shot hit the cross bar and the ball bounced out to Ryan Banks who shot was then saved by the Bassett goalkeeper.

The second half started and Marlborough went out searching for a second goal but it was Bassett who pulled a goal back early in the half.

Marlborough made a change 20 minutes into the half when they brought on Craig Simmons for Chris Deane and it was the substitute who got Marlborough’s second goal when he converted Jordan Ball’s free kick with a glancing header into the top left hand corner to go 2-1 up.
Bassett came back at Marlborough looking for the equaliser and they were successful when they converted a chance in the last minute to grab a point.

Straight from the kick-off Marlborough threw everything forward and nearly snatched the victory when Luke Little’s header rattled the cross bar and Bassett managed to clear the ball away as the referee blew the final whistle.

Marlborough remain joint top of the league with four other teams all on 37 points and go into this week’s game away to Melksham Town FC Reserves looking to get back to winning ways.

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Struggling Marlborough Ladies lose to Melksham

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After a poor start on Sunday, Marlborough lost 2-0 to Melksham away. Marlborough were slow to start and allowed the Melksham team to make quick passes and dominate the game.

It was thirty minutes in, when a scramble in the six yard box led to a mistake and an own goal.

Marlborough struggled to keep up their momentum. They got through to half time when they were able to re-group.

Marlborough came back out a bit sharper and more determined. They communicated better and passed the ball well. It was unfortunate that they weren't able to make anything of their forward play.

Melksham continued to play well and eventually got a great second goal with a strike into the top right corner.

Marlborough finished another game with a tough defeat. Knowing they are capable of more, Marlborough will come out to their next game with more confidence to play their best for the full game.

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MYFC Angels – shout out for U13-15 players

Becky Knox, the Angels' new coachBecky Knox, the Angels' new coachMarlborough Youth FC provides dedicated girls football (MYFC Angels) and welcome any female player between the ages of 6-15 from Marlborough and all surrounding regions.  

You will be joining a group of enthusiastic, hard working and highly sociable girls who all share the same passion for football.

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About Marlborough Youth Football Club


Marlborough Youth Football Club was formed in 2009 with a handful of players and a small number of volunteer parent coaches.  After rapid expansion we have now grown to 200+ players and 60+ volunteers.  We run boys/mixed teams and dedicated girls football (MYFC Angels), from 'Foundation Football' (U4-6), to U17.


Next season will, for the first time, have teams in all age groups (bar one) from U4 – U18 and we are looking to launch Walking Football.


We are FA Charter Standard Accredited, all our Team Managers (and many coaching assistants) are Level 1 and Level 2 FA qualified, we have dedicated goalkeeper specialists, and an in-house CPD co-ordinator who helps to further develop our coaches though on-going training. We also enjoy FA endorsement as a regional provider of dedicated girls football.


Currently, our MYFC Angels total 40 players and 6 coaches, all under the lead of Becky Knox (FA Level 2 and a qualified sports coach by training and profession).  Our goal here is to make girls football available to as wide a target audience as possible.


The club invests much time and effort into our coaches, organising and paying for FA qualifications, then providing ongoing training thereafter.  The quality of the coaching is the cornerstone of what we do for the benefit and progression of all our players.


The club’s ethos is 'Football For All' offering a wide range of football opportunities for players of all ages and abilities.  Many of our teams play in the North Wilts Youth FA League, and over the last three years we have won numerous cups, league titles plus fair play awards. In 2014, MYFC was voted Wiltshire Sports Club of the Year. See our online trophy cabinet.


Of course we want all our players at all levels to improve, be competitive and enjoy winning, but not at all costs. Instead we want football to be played in the correct spirit, fairly, where ideas, creativity and therefore often mistakes on the pitch are encouraged, and everybody is welcome to play.  It is important children develop whilst having fun, which creates the correct tone in order to progress and indeed a number of our players have gone on to Advanced Development Centres, Junior Premier League teams, to represent Wiltshire and also to play at Academy level.  We have reached the point where our older players are now on FA Level 1 training courses to help coach the younger age groups.  We are also in the process producing our own qualified referees from the older age groups too.


Behind the scenes, from the Chairman, Treasurer and Club Secretary, the club has a dedicated Team Manager for each age group, 30+ assistant coaches and helpers, committee members, and club functions including Child Welfare Officers, pitch co-ordinator, equipment co-ordinator, fund raising co-ordinator, sponsorship co-ordinator, IT/comms co-ordinator, Press Officer, Community Liaison; and so the list goes on.  Our operation is now sizeable and requires considerable organisation.  We are therefore always on the look out for more coaches and our current vacant positions include Fund Raisers, Matchday Kitchen Staff, Matchday site set up and clearance help, plus a helper to supervise children on match days crossing Free’s Avenue between the Common and the MRFC clubhouse. All volunteers would be very welcome….


Given our size, and the absence of a single site home venue, we need to train and play our matches all over Marlborough. We are therefore grateful for the generosity and subsidised support of our host venues, and would like to place on record our appreciation to Marlborough Rugby Club, Marlborough Town Council, Marlborough College, and Marlborough Town FC.


Given our size, and the absence of a single site home venue, we need to train and play our matches all over Marlborough. We are therefore grateful for the generosity and subsidised support of our host venues, and would like to place on record our appreciation to Marlborough Rugby Club, Marlborough Town Council, Marlborough College, and Marlborough Town FC.


From very humble beginnings only 7 years ago, we have use of a base (Marlborough Rugby Clubhouse), governance, structure, identity, numerous sponsors, and everyone who works in MYFC shares the same vision. We are delighted to give the opportunity to so many children to play football in a positive, inclusive environment, where ability is not the focus. This is our goal.

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Football: Marlborough Town go top of Wiltshire League with win against Trowbridge

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Marlborough Town have gone two points clear at the top of the Wiltshire League after a 3-1 win against Trowbridge.

Marlborough went into Saturday’s game joint top with Shrewton, and knew that going away to Trowbridge would be a difficult one as it has been in the past.

But they went out with good attitude and being positive for the right result.

Marlborough went 1-0 down in 15 minutes from losing the ball in the middle of the field while they were pressing up the pitch. But that pushed the players even more to get on top of things.

Marlborough pushed hard through first half and Josh Gregory put a lovely through ball to top goal scorer Devan Bryan to make it 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half Marlborough had most possession and things were looking tense at 1-1 until Craig Simmons perfectly put a ball over the top of the defence for Devan to make it 2-1.

Still, it was nail-biting only being in front by one goal until Trowbridge went down to 10 men through a red card.

Marlborough took advantage of the extra man and Craig Simmons sealed the win with a close range effort in front of goal.

All the lads were pleased with the result and also made it even better that Shrewton only drew 1-1 against Melksham, putting Marlborough two points clear at the top.

Marlborough face Royal Wootton Bassett Town FC Res at home of Saturday. Kick off 2.15pm.

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Football: Marlborough Ladies suffer a 6-0 home defeat

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Marlborough were faced with another tough defeat at the weekend with a 6-0 loss at home.

Their first meeting against Swindon Town Development was a long and hard battle.

Marlborough worked hard, showing great determination, but they were unable to keep the young and skilful players of Swindon from dominating the game.

Despite some brilliant saves from Marlborough's goalie, Robyn Hill, the Swindon goals continued to increase.

Marlborough continued to make it difficult for Swindon until the very end.

Dani Hull worked tirelessly against a very quick winger whilst other players like Abbii Demir, Mollie Ash, Emma Brown and Lucy Bush were all asked to play more game time than usual. All of them stepped up to the challenge, working hard for each other to the end.

Despite the loss, Marlborough could be proud of their performance and look forward to next week's game against Melksham Town.

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Football: Swindon Spitfires soar in 6-3 win against Marlborough Ladies

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Marlborough Town Ladies struggled in a 6-3 defeat against old rivals Swindon Spitfires on Sunday.

They began well, but were unable to maintain focus and discipline for the full 90 minutes.

Against a team as well-experienced as Spitfires, this cost them goals and ultimately, the game.

Despite the loss, there was some positive play from the ladies.

It was only a couple of minutes into the game when Dani Hull made a run down the left wing and scored.

Marlborough were spurred on by their early goal and played great football for the next twenty minutes. Unfortunately, a couple moments of tiredness and lack of concentration, resulted in two goals from the Spitfires, before the half was up.

Marlborough had a huge mountain to climb.

They worked hard and managed two great goals from Emily Bogg and Ffion Williams, but they couldn't bring the game back.

Marlborough's goalie, Robyn Hill, worked tirelessly to keep the Swindon strikers at bay. She made some amazing saves but was unable to stop all of the shots on target.

In the end, Swindon won the game with six skilful and well-worked goals.

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Football: Marlborough Ladies lose to old foes in first cup tie

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The first cup game of the season on Sunday, and Marlborough Town Ladies were fired up. Although the opponent was Trowbridge Town, who had beaten them twice previously, Marlborough wanted to prove themselves as a difficult team to face.

They did just that.

The final result was a 3-1 loss but Marlborough played a physical and disciplined game for 90 minutes. The defence was consistent, the midfield hard-working and the strikers eager. They played as a unit, passing the ball well and keeping possession.

It was nil-nil until the beginning of the second half when a simple mistake led to a Trowbridge goal.

It was only a matter of minutes that it was followed up with a great run down the left wing by Dani Hull. She crossed it into the goal mouth where Emma Brown wrestled against Trowbridge bodies and knocked the ball into the back of the net with her left foot.

Marlborough continued to work hard but Trowbridge were able to get another two goals in the second half.

Despite this, Marlborough could be proud of their efforts. They played well as a team for the full game and they finished it with congratulations from their coaches and even their opponents for the great spirit shown throughout.

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