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Marlborough Youth Barbarians U12s win league title

Marlborough BarbariansMarlborough BarbariansMarlborough Youth Barbarians U12s have won their league title, with a 6-4 win against Wanborough on April 30 putting them five points clear at the top of the North Wiltshire Youth Football League Division 4 table.

Even a 4-3 defeat to Royal Wootton Bassett Town Yellow U12s on May 1 – which reduced their lead to two points – was not enough to dampen their spirits, especially as Bassett scored their first goal while Marlborough were playing a man down, as some players were stuck in traffic when the kick-off whistle blew.

There were also some tired legs, as Marlborough had played three matches in seven days, including one against league title rivals Wanborough, which they won 4-1.

During the season, the boys played 16 games and won all but two of them. There were no ties. Their 42 points put them firmly at the top of the table, over Lambourn Sports with 40. There was a wide gap between the top two and third place Bassett, at 27 points.

Keith Marshall, coach and team manager, said: “I am immensely proud of the whole team. We have players of mixed ability, but they train as a team and play as a team, which is why they have maintained top spot in the league, although they play to win they also have great fun.

“One of the most satisfying parts of this successful season is that the entire team (including our goalkeeper) have scored at least one goal in all matches that we have played in, something that we would like to achieve again next season, it re-emphasises the whole team ethos."

The team were again in action on 7th May taking part in the annual RAMMAR Cup competition between Ramsbury FC and Marlborough Youth FC, in glorious weather players of all age groups up to U12 and the girls Angels team took part in a thrilling morning of soccer, which MYFC won for the first time in three years.

The Barbarians round off the season with a six-a-side tournament at Swindon Town's County Ground this weekend.

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Marlborough Ladies win League Cup

Marlborough Town Ladies – title winnersMarlborough Town Ladies – title winnersMarlborough Town Ladies football club came back from Stanley Park in Chippenham yesterday (Sunday) with a trophy, having beaten Swindon Spitfires to win the Wiltshire County Women's & Girls Football League Cup. Emma Brown reports.

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Marlborough arrived at the Cup Final game with a feeling of steely determination after a superb run of results. They were taking on the team that they came runners up to in the 2014-2015 season. This year Marlborough wanted to bring the trophy home to put in the club cabinet along side the Marlborough Town Casuals Team trophy that was won the previous weekend.

Both teams came out of the dressing rooms with a real desire to win and to play good football along the way. The game was very even with some heavy but fair tackling. Within ten minutes of the start, Marlborough lost one of their strong defensive players in Laura Crampton.

She went in to a heavy tackle and headed the ball on the rise. As Laura and the Swindon player came down from the tackle, Laura landed awkwardly on her right ankle. This was made worse by the fact that the Swindon player landed on top of Laura's ankle making the injury worse and resulting in her having to go to hospital and not take any further part in the game.

Marlborough remained unfazed with the resulting reshuffle and quickly got back in to the game. The game remained very even and competitive through to half time with goal keeper Robyn Hill make several outstanding saves including some one on one opportunities for the Swindon team. Both sides gave an outstanding amount of effort in the heat of the Sunday afternoon.

The players came out after half time with the same amount of determination. Kerry Ash was able to whip a ball in to the box from the right wing and Kirsty Miles got herself in to a great position in the box to get on the end of it, trap the ball and fire it in to the goal at the 54 minute mark.

Marlborough were unable to keep the lead for long with Swindon shooting for goal on 57 minutes. Robyn Hill made another great save from the Swindon shot but was unable to prevent them from getting on the end of the parried shot, levelling it up at 1-1.

Swindon took a further opportunity on 65 minutes from a Marlborough goal kick that one of the Swindon players was able to sweep on to and confidently slot it in to the corner of the Marlborough goal beyond the outstretched hand of the keeper.

Marlborough Ladies refused to allow their heads to drop and showed huge belief in themselves with some strong tackling and excellent interchange to keep Swindon on their toes. This culminated in 'The Fox in the Box' and season top striker, Ffion Williams getting herself in to a position on the edge of the box and shooting from about 20 yards out over the keeper and in to the goal to bring the scores level at 2-2.

Just two minutes later, the fantastic and large crowd were in raptures as midfielder Rebecca Knox slipped through a perfectly timed and weighted through ball to Ffion, splitting the Swindon defence in two. Ffion stayed sure footed and strong to strike the ball in to the net and take Marlborough Town Ladies back in to the lead again at 3-2.

Marlborough remained calm and strong, holding on to the ball for the final minutes of the game and chasing down any opposition possession to keep their lead and take the Marlborough Town Ladies Team in to history as Wiltshire County Women's & Girls Football League Cup Champions.

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Marlborough Ladies finish season 11 games without a loss

Marlborough Ladies Marlborough Ladies Marlborough Town Ladies 1 Mangotsfield Ladies 1

After an amazing ten game winning streak, Marlborough's last game of the regular season on Sunday (April 24) was a slight disappointment, ending in a 1-1 tie.

The discipline of play, which had been so evident throughout their season, slipped in their last game.

Mangotsfield came out strong and, although being the underdogs, had a very physical presence throughout the team. They worked hard and rattled the Marlborough players.

They forced a game of tough tackles and a constant switch of possession. Marlborough had fleeting moments of good play but were not able to gain the composure, discipline and smooth playing football which had gained them their previous, and well-deserved wins.

It was a frustrating game but there were also some glimmers of the talent and hard work which Marlborough have become known for.

After 40 minutes into the rocky game, Becky Knox played a great ball to Dani Hull on the left-hand wing.

She ran the length of the pitch before cutting in and beating the oncoming defence and keeper with a deadly shot which pinged off the back post and into the goal.

It was much needed. Marlborough got their heads up and tried to settle into a rhythm of play. Unfortunately, early on in the second half brought a missed penalty, continuing frustration and a yellow card.

The team continued to let the physicality of Mangotsfield get to them. The remainder of the game was spent trying to reign in frustration whilst keeping Mangotsfield at bay. Other than a great goal from a free kick, Marlborough managed to do this.

Although it was a difficult game, they got the point from the draw and are more determined than ever for a victory in the ladies cup final.

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Football: Cup final place for Marlborough Ladies

Marlborough Town Ladies 7 Mangotsfield Ladies 1

Although Marlborough's season had begun with one disappointing result after another, they were finally settling into their stride; ten victories in a row and their confidence was growing.

Perfect timing. The semi-final of the Wiltshire Ladies League Cup was upon them and Marlborough were raring to go.

Marlborough Town had set their hearts on getting to the final and the ladies didn't disappoint. With a 7-1 victory against Mangotsfield on Sunday, they proved that they were a worthy opponent for the cup final for a second year running.

It was clear from the start that Marlborough meant business. The whistle blew and they gained control of play. They passed the ball well amongst the team and it didn't take long before Vicki Pope played a great ball into Emily Sparkes who threatened the Mangotsfield defence.

She played the ball to Ffion Williams who controlled it well and punished the away team with a neatly placed ball in the back of the net. Ten minutes into the game and a one nil lead was ideal.

Marlborough were elated but they knew that composure and discipline was what they needed to win the game. They came straight back into play with a fighting spirit. It only took two minutes for Vicki to spot another opportunity.

She played Ffion in for a one on one chance with the goalie. Having only just scored, Ffion was full of confidence. She dribbled close and then released a perfectly placed shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

After such a convincing start, it was frustrating when, ten minutes later, a jostle in defence led to a penalty kick for Mangotsfield. Their striker hit the ball cleanly and Marlborough's goalie, Robyn Hill, was just shy of reaching the ball before it flew into the back of the net.

2-1 but Marlborough were not discouraged.

Ffion had two more, similar opportunities before the half was up. On both occasions she went one on one with the keeper. Even with defenders at her heel, she kept control and knocked the ball into the net.
Half time and Marlborough were well in the lead.

Knowing that they had to continue their work rate, they came out strong and, within seven minutes, scored again. This time it was a great dummy from Emily Sparkes followed by a volley from Ffion.
The teamwork was seamless. From the goalie up to the strikers, the possession and passing was solid.

Another few minutes and Ffion crossed a ball into Emily who scored the team's 6th goal.
Despite already being so far ahead, it was only fitting that the game be finished with another goal from Ffion. 67 minutes into the game, a corner landed to her feet and she tapped it in for a 7-1 lead and the final goal of the game.

Marlborough had played some brilliant football and were well-deserving of the win and their secured place in the final on May 8.

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Marlborough Ladies end regular season with eighth win in a row

Marlborough LadiesMarlborough LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 2 Warminster Sky Blue 1

After seven wins in a row, Marlborough were keen to finish their regular season games on Sunday with an eighth win at home.

It only took a minute before they were on the attack. Alex Sawyer ran onto a great ball from Ffion Williams. She controlled the ball well and managed to get a shot beyond the keeper's reach but the ball hit the post and bounced into the goal mouth. Kirsty Miles ran through the defence and popped it into the back of the net to bring Marlborough into an early and well-deserved lead.

They continued to play a good attacking game but a slip in concentration allowed a free kick to Warminster in a dangerous area. Going straight for goal, Warminster pounded the ball beyond the wall and the keeper and into the top corner of the goal. 1-1 and a frustrating set back.

But Marlborough went straight back into the attack.

Kirsty and Chloe Buller both had some great shots on goal but were denied by the Warminster keeper who was solid. It was only through great perseverance that Marlborough were able to get back into the game properly. Kirsty gained possession inside the box and struck her foot through the ball for an amazing goal and a 2-1 lead.

For the rest of the half, Marlborough just had to keep composure. They defended well and Alana Turner was forced to make some great saves.

They kept the game at a consistent tempo for the remainder of the game. Possession was quite evenly matched but Marlborough kept their discipline and came out of the game with their eighth win in a row.

The result was a good one and will only help to spur them on for their upcoming chance in the cup for the semi-final against Mangotsfield.

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Victory for Marlborough Ladies in quarter final cup match


Marlborough Ladies in action against FromeMarlborough Ladies in action against FromeMarlborough Town Ladies 7 Frome Town Ladies 2

After Marlborough's great run in the Wiltshire Cup last season, they were rearing to go for their quarter-final against Frome on Sunday. From the whistle, they came out strong and pushed into the Frome end.

It was only a few minutes into the game when some good pressure and a cross in from Kerry Ash resulted in a Frome defender messing up a clearance and creating an own goal. An easy start, but Marlborough did not let up the pressure. They were straight back in; causing havoc for the Frome defence.

It was a few minutes later that Kerry Ash had another good opportunity in which she crossed the ball into the centre for Ffion Williams to tap into the net.

Two-nil and Marlborough's confidence was growing. They passed the ball around well and maintained most of the possession. It allowed play to move from defence, through the midfield and up to the strikers for some great team play.

About 15 minutes into the game Kerry dribbled the ball beyond the keeper to find an open goal. She placed an easy ball into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

The first half allowed many chances throughout the team. Chloe Buller made a great run from defence and took a long range shot which was just wide of the goal. Everyone on the team was getting involved in the play. Before the half another two goals were scored; a great shot from Emily Sparkes as well as a well-placed header from Kirsty Miles.

Five-nil at half time was a great effort. Marlborough came out from the changing rooms eager for more.
Ffion gained possession in midfield and played a quick pass to Alex Sawyer who placed a through ball for Kirsty to run onto. She dribbled down the pitch and placed it perfectly behind the goalie for her second of the game.
Marlborough were playing well but a lack in concentration allowed Frome to take a short corner which resulted in a good goal.

Marlborough dusted themselves off and went again.

Twenty minutes later Ffion made an amazing run through the Frome defence and placed a calm ball into the back of the net.

Towards the end of the game, Frome managed to get another goal from a penalty kick but the end result was 7-2. Marlborough had dominated play and maintained composure through most of the game. It was a great team result and secured them a well-earned place in the semi-final of the cup.


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Football: Another big win for Marlborough Ladies


Marlborough LadiesMarlborough LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 6 Trowbridge Wanderers 0

After having a couple weeks break, Marlborough ladies were excited about playing their first game at Elcot lane in 2016.

They started straight from the whistle; gaining possession and moving the ball around well. It was only 3 minutes into play when Kerry Ash dribbled down the right wing, cut in and flung the ball into the left corner of the goal. It was a great start to the game and Marlborough were able to settle into consistent possession from then.

They passed the ball from the defence through to the front, dominating play throughout.

It was only fifteen minutes later that Kerry got her second with a powerful shot into the back of the net. Marlborough had camped into the Trowbridge end. Before the half, Ffion Williams was able to get their third of the game.

Marlborough seemed a little shaky when they came out for the second half.
It took five minutes, but they regained their composure and Ffion got another two goals in quick succession.

Marlborough settled into the game again and had some good passes through the middle of the pitch. It wasn't long before Kerry made another run down the wing and scored her third goal of the game.

Marlborough had played some great football, gotten two hat-tricks and secured their sixth win in a row. When the final whistle blew, it felt like a great victory and a welcome return to Elcot Lane.


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Victory at Frome makes it five wins in a row


Marlborough LadiesMarlborough LadiesFrome 0 Marlborough Town Ladies 3

An away game to Frome proved to be another tough game but another victory for Marlborough. Five wins in a row and another clean sheet was the ideal result.

Marlborough started the game with the wind on their side but playing uphill on an uneven pitch. For thirty minutes they concentrated on keeping the ball on the ground, passing it well and splitting up the Frome midfield.

It was 32 minutes in that Kerry Ash played a great ball in from the corner which Becky Knox flicked on with her head. The ball landed in a chaotic sea of bodies but Marlborough's Captain, Sarah Thomas, pushed through and knocked the ball into the back of the net.

With the lead on their side, Marlborough continued to pass the ball quickly through the middle and up the wings. After another ten minutes Alex Sawyer made a quick throw in to Emily Sparkes who shrugged off her defender for a one on one with the keeper. She played it calmly to the side and knocked it in for a 2 nil lead.

Despite the wind against them, Marlborough came into the second half of the game with optimism. They maintained a well disciplined defence and midfield and concentrated on playing the ball up the wings where Dani Hull made some amazing crosses into the box. The continuous hard work and attempts paid off.

The Frome defence were forced to deal with a tricky play with a hand ball in the box. Sarah Thomas stepped up for the penalty kick and calmly placed the ball in the bottom right corner.

Three-nil and Marlborough spent the last 15 minutes keeping their calm until the whistle blew for a well-deserved clean sheet and another win.



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Four wins on the trot as Marlborough settle score with Laverstock

Marlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 1 Laverstock Ladies 0

It was on the third attempt to play, that Marlborough were finally able to settle the score against Laverstock. It was last September that the two teams initially met and the game had to be abandoned due to a bad injury and resulting ambulance.

Despite the unfortunate circumstance, both teams were eager to play and it was to Marlborough's delight, when the one-nil lead from the original game, turned out to be the final scoreline for the re-match.

It proved to be a tough game. There was a constant drizzle along with the muddy conditions that Marlborough were becoming accustomed to in their January matches. Both teams would have to slog through the increasingly difficult terrain.

Despite the circumstance, Marlborough wanted to prove that they could win against a team who are four places above them in the league. They started strong and played the ball down the wings. They were able to create some good opportunities in the first thirty minutes but no goals.

The teams seemed quite evenly matched and Marlborough knew that they would have to take advantage of a moment of weakness if they were to get ahead.

It was 34 minutes into the game that the opportunity arose. Emily Sparkes played a great ball through the defenders which Alex Sawyer ran onto.

The defender managed to keep her body between the ball and the striker but the pressure caused her to move too close to the goal before Alex stuck her foot in between and popped the ball past the keeper.

1-0 to Marlborough and it proved to be a long remainder of the game. There was an hour left in which some good chances for both teams occurred but no true threats on goal. The pitch became tougher to play on and the real challenge was to maintain the discipline of solid passes and good defence. Marlborough's goalie, Alana Turner, had to be especially strong in the back. Her quick response to play kept Marlborough in the game on a couple of occasions.

It was especially tense when, a few minutes before the final whistle, a quick attack from Laverstock resulted in a ball thundering into the crossbar. It was still rattling when Alana scooped up the ball and cleared it out of danger.

It was a great relief when the whistle blew a few moments later and Marlborough had secured their fourth victory in a row.

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