Marlborough Town LadiesChippenham 8 Marlborough Town Ladies 0
Playing at Stanley Park on a wet and windy day was bound to be tough. Chippenham are top of the league and for good reason; they play sensible football with lots of skill throughout the team.
It wasn't a surprise when they started the game with a quick movement of play that brought one of their strikers within a good distance of goal. Sensing the danger, Marlborough's central defender, Laura Crampton, moved in close and accidentally clipped the striker's heel. It resulted in a penalty kick and an early goal for Chippenham.
The goal did not deter Marlborough from their mission. Great determination moved them forward with some solid passing along the left hand side of the pitch. From Alex Sawyer in defence, up to Kerry Ash on the wing and then to Emily Sparkes at top, there was some intricate passing before Emily popped the ball across the front of the goal mouth towards Emma Brown. She was desperate to even up the score but inches from getting on the end of the cross.
Marlborough continued to attack. It was only a few minutes later that Kerry Ash had an opportunity and got a shot off which went just wide of the goal. Another great chance that went unanswered.
Chippenham took advantage. They gained possession and moved in a tight pack of quick passes. Twenty minutes into the game and they played a ball through the defence and into the path of their quick striker. She gained control and got a shot off to bring the game to two nil.
Marlborough battled hard to get the game back. Ffion Williams gained possession in midfield and moved forwards through a sea of opponents. Despite the pressure, she managed to get a shot on target but it wasn't to be.
The Chippenham's keeper scooped it up and the play switched ends again. Once again, the Chippenham striker got through the defence with skill and speed before striking the ball past Robyn Hill's wide reach and into the corner of the net.
With halftime nearing, Marlborough had one more opportunity. Kerry Ash and Emily Sparkes had some great play in the corner before crossing to Kirsty Miles who just missed the ball due to slick grass and a slip near the back post. Despite the miss, it ended the half on a positive note.
Marlborough wanted so badly to turn the game around. They came out with some more great passing but a slip in defence resulted in another Chippenham goal within 4 minutes of play. Again, the play swapped ends but the situation did not change. The wind and rain continued to pound and the goals could not go in for Marlborough.
A great ball in from Kirsty Miles gave Abbii Demir a chance but once again, the goalie came up strong. The ball moved down the wing to the other end and Chippenham punished Marlborough with a great lob and a fifth goal.
The game continued much the same. There were various attacks but no goals for Marlborough. There was a play down the wing by Alex Sawyer who took on two players but then made a shot which was short of the front post. Similarly, Abbii Demir made a great run and almost got on the end of a brilliantly worked ball from Ffion Williams and Emily Sparkes.
A minute later and Sarah Thomas picked up the ball in midfield and played a great pass to Emily Sparkes whose shot brushed the keepers hands before pinging onto the front post and out for a corner.
The lack of goals was frustrating and Chippenham did not ease up. Five minutes later and they worked around the defence again and beat Robyn at the near post bringing the game to six nil. Over the next fifteen minutes, Chippenham managed to get another two goals that were of similar play.
They worked together and took advantage of their midfield formation which was strong in numbers. A minute before the whistle and yet again, they wanted to punish Marlborough.
Their striker took a shot which Robyn Hill got a hand to before the ball bounded behind her and towards goal. Alex Sawyer managed to slide in and get a foot to the ball before their striker could put another one in.
The game ended and Marlborough were relieved. They had played another game to the very end; giving everything they had with little luck on their side.
Highworth Town 5 Marlborough Town Ladies 0
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.
Marlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 1 Swindon Town Development 2
The second home game in a row, and Marlborough were keen for another win. It was very unfortunate when a mistake in defence led to an own goal in the first minute of the game and a mountain to climb.
As frustrating as the start was, Marlborough proved their determination and kept their heads up. Eight minutes in and Sarah Thomas did some good work in the middle, setting up an opportunity for Ffion Williams who shot just wide of the target.
It was just a few minutes later that a corner from Vicki Pope was flicked on by Alex Sawyer to Ffion again. Her shot went just over the bar.
Unfortunately, after a few more minutes of play, Ffion had to go off due to a hamstring injury and there was a swap around of players.
Swindon moved to the other end of the pitch. They're a young team with quick players. They worked the ball well and Robyn Hill was forced to make a spectacular save to keep Marlborough in the game. It allowed time for one more attack before half time but Kirsty Miles' shot went wide. Marlborough came into the second half a goal down.
After seven minutes of play, a free kick to Swindon allowed them to pass the ball through a dangerous area until they got a shot off and went two nil up.
Marlborough picked themselves up and moved play to the other end where Kirsty and Vicki made some great passes. They managed to get a shot off but it was scooped up by the Swindon keeper. Ten minutes later, more determination and intricate play gave Vicki another chance which went just over the bar.
Again, Vicki got the ball. This time just outside the eighteen yard box where she put her foot through it. She didn't make the same mistake again. The shot was on target and just over the keeper's head, bringing the game to 1-2.
There was still 25 minutes to go but repeated efforts went unanswered and the game eventually ended with frustrating loss.
Marlborough Town Ladies 2015Marlborough Town Ladies 4 Frome Town Ladies 0
Going into the game, Marlborough knew that this would be a good opportunity for their first home win.
They were beaten by Frome last season but felt that they were more evenly matched than the score line had dictated.
As kickoff neared, it became evident that Frome’s team were two players short. Playing a team with less players can be difficult to command, but Marlborough focused their attention on playing the same game that they always play.
The whistle blew and Marlborough took possession and passed the ball through the wings. There was great movement and communication throughout the team which meant that Marlborough were able to get off a few shots on target in the first half.
Unfortunately, a ball to the crossbar and multiple shots into the keepers hands, meant that the chances were not converted into goals.
As the second half began, Marlborough passed the ball better and settled into the game.
They took advantage of the oppositions’ tiring players and camped in Frome’s defensive half.
This allowed Marlborough to gain confidence in their attack. After many missed chances, Frome cleared a ball outside of the eighteen yard box which was picked up by Alana Turner. She trapped the ball and swung her foot through, firing it over the defence and over the Frome keeper’s head for the first goal of the game.
Not long after, Sarah Thomas had some great movement through the middle of the pitch. She set up Kerry Ash who made a great strike that stayed low and flew past the goalie for a second goal.
Marlborough were gaining possession and confidence. Their passing was better and they dictated the game. After a run down the wing, Alex Sawyer got the ball into a danger zone at the top of the eighteen yard box, where Vicki Pope shot first time for another great goal.
With their quick midfielder, Frome had an opportunity but it was quickly squashed and cleared up to Ffion Williams at the other end of the pitch. She took the ball through the defence and faced the goalie alone until she calmly placed the ball at the back of the net.
Marlborough spent the final five minutes with their heads screwed on. They knew they'd secured the win but they wanted the clean sheet as well. It was with great joy that the final whistle blew and Marlborough could celebrate their first home win of four nil. A great team effort and a much needed win.
Marlborough Town LadiesSwindon Spitfires Utd 4 Marlborough Town Ladies 1
Marlborough Town Ladies were to meet Swindon Spitfires Utd for the first time since the Cup Final last year. Swindon had won that game but it was a close call and Marlborough were expecting another battle.
Right away Swindon proved their eagerness. They gained possession and moved the ball into dangerous areas, forcing Marlborough into desperate defending. They conceded an early corner and struggled to get good formation. The cross came in and landed perfectly to the feet of an experienced Swindon player who controlled it well and popped it into the top left corner of the goal.
Going down within three minutes was the last thing Marlborough wanted. They picked their heads up and focused on the game. The possession became more evenly matched but with this came a quick turnover of play. The control went from one end of the pitch to the next. For about ten minutes there were continuous opportunities on both ends.
It was during a defensive period for Marlborough, that Sarah Thomas put her body into an attacker and unintentionally knocked her down. A penalty kick resulted and, despite Robyn diving in the correct direction, the ball was kicked cleanly into the back of the net.
2-0 to Swindon Spitfires and some of the Marlborough players were getting riled. The game continued similarly but it wasn't long before the Marlborough defence were challenged again and there was a scramble of bodies in the 6 yard box. Sarah landed on the ground with a Swindon player kicking towards her leg. The battle for the ball ended with a heated argument and yellow cards for both players.
It was becoming frustrating but Marlborough showed character in getting their focus back on the game at hand. They gained better composure in defence and moved the ball forwards. Kerry Ash made repeated threats down the right wing and eventually got a corner. She lobbed the ball to the top of the 6 yard box where Alex Sawyer met the ball and flung it into a mass of bodies. Pouncing at the opportunity, Ffion Williams put her foot through the ball and managed to find a clear path to goal.
Marlborough were more settled in their play but the talent and perseverance of Spitfires meant that there was still the continuous change of ends. After even more pressure in Marlborough's defensive half, Sarah passed the ball back to the keeper and it bobbled, going through the keeper's legs. With the halftime near at hand, it was an unfortunate goal to concede.
When the whistle blew, it felt like a chance to re-group. Marlborough came out strong for the second half. They were more disciplined and had less momentary lapses in concentration. After ten minutes, they made some changes which made them stronger in the attack. Sam Marsh made some great runs down the left wing and she was backed up by Chloe Buller who crossed a few great balls into the box.
Marlborough weren't able to convert any of the opportunities into goals but they played much smarter football for the remainder of the game. There was only one slip-up in which a Spitfire player shot the ball and Robyn saved it on the line. It was a close call but the linesmen called it as going across the line for a 4-1 score.
Again, Marlborough did not get the result that they wanted but they worked hard until the end and there was a lot of strength in character to take them forward for a home game next week.
Marlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 1 Swindon Spitfires Development 3
After some disappointing results, Marlborough Town Ladies were hoping to get their first home win on Sunday.
They started strong, with an immediate attack down the right wing. The ball was lobbed into the six yard box where Alex Sawyer chested it down only to be closed in by the Spitfires Development goalie and a defender.
Alex struggled to get a decent foot on the ball and it was scooped up by the goalie.
Marlborough fed off of the positive energy. They gained possession and took control of the game.
The defence moved the ball wide and there were continuous attacks down both sides. It was an unfortunate turn of events when a Swindon Spitfires midfielder gained the ball in the middle and made a quick run down the centre of the pitch.
The Marlborough defence back-pedalled but didn't close the attacker down. From the 18 yard box, the player took her chance and lobbed the ball.
Robyn Hill managed to get a hand to it but it wasn't enough. The ball flew to the back of the net and Spitfires Development were a goal up.
Marlborough got straight back into it. They got possession and continued to attack well. It was after numerous attempts that Ffion Williams managed to get a head on the ball in a crowded six yard box.
It arced over the goalie's head and bounced slowly towards goal. Kirsty Miles flew in behind and got a foot to it, ensuring it reached the back of the net. 1-1.
Despite the hot weather and tiring legs, Marlborough stayed disciplined for the last ten minutes of the half. It was a relief when the whistle blew for a much needed break.
The second half started just as well. The Marlborough defence was challenged more frequently but they remained strong. They won the ball and pushed it forward, creating continuous chances in front of goal.
There were a few close calls but the Spitfire's goalie got a hand to everything. It was about 70 minutes into the game when an attack from Spitfires ended with yet another long range lob that arced over Robyn's head and into the goal.
It was a frustrating moment. Marlborough didn't have a lot of time to correct the fault but they knew there was a chance. They attacked fiercely. Throwing as many players into the box for a corner that bounced through the crowd.
They had similar chances again and again but never managed put anything away. With less than ten minutes to go the play switched ends and Sarah Thomas had to use her body to win the ball from a quick attack. Swindon Spitfires gained a free kick from outside the 18 yard box.
Despite a three person wall, the ball went over and dipped down quickly. The ball flew into the top left corner and Spitfires celebrated their third goal of the game.
Marlborough spent the last ten minutes trying to push the ball back to the other end of the pitch. They managed to defend fiercely but did not get the attack that they craved. The game ended in a 3-1 loss to Swindon Spitfires Development.
Marlborough Town LadiesMarlborough Town Ladies 0 Mangotsfield United Ladies 2
Despite another very hot game day, Marlborough Town Ladies were keen to perform well against a new team in the league, Mangotfield Ladies.
The warm-up started well but some late arrivals from the other team meant that the game was delayed by 15 minutes. When the whistle eventually blew, Marlborough were eager to play.
They immediately moved the ball forwards but struggled with consistent passing in the final third. They gave away possession repeatedly and were faced with a team which booted the ball at every opportunity.
Marlborough slipped into a similar style of play and the game began to move from end to end with little hope of the style developing into the simple passing that Marlborough are best at.
After 15 minutes, Abby Easter made a run down the wing and made the first real shot on target. The Mangotfield keeper had to make a good save and the play immediately switched ends. Marlborough’s goalie, Robyn Hill, was faced with a one-on-one against a Mangotsfield striker.
The player attempted a lob overhead but Robyn managed to get a hand to it. Marlborough’s left back, Alex Sawyer, swooped in to clear the ball and save the play from going to a corner.
The game continued in a similar style. There was a constant change in possession and it was a few plays later that a Mangotsfield striker had another opportunity. With speed, she burst through the Marlborough defence and there was a scrappy moment in front of goal.
Robyn did well to make an initial save but then it landed to the central striker who fired the ball into the top corner of the goal.
The constant threats to the Marlborough defence meant that Sarah Thomas, their captain, was forced to come out strong. She won tackle after tackle, distributing the ball wide.
One great play ended with the ball at Kirsty Miles’ feet and a calmly placed goal. A delayed flag went up and the goal was disallowed due to a poor offside call.
It was still 1-0 to Mangotfield when the halftime whistle blew. After lots of fluids and a quick chat, Marlborough came out with new determination to take control of the game.
They started strong and took possession; moving the ball into the Mangotsfield half and communicating much better. After ten minutes, it seemed as though more chances would come Marlborough’s way. The defence pushed up but there was a quick turnover of play and a lob from outside of the eighteen yard box meant that Mangotfield were rewarded with another goal. 2 – 0 and more frustration for Marlborough.
They kept their heads up but the communication was poor. The midfield struggled to gain possession and the teams were back to a constant change from one end to the other. The play continued to be unsettled and eventually led to another long-range shot from Mangotsfield and another goal.
Marlborough spent the last twenty minutes defending well but not being able to convert any attacks into goals. When the final whistle blew, it was a real disappointment for the team. Mangotsfield had not dominated the game but had taken their chances well.
Marlborough knew that in order to win games, they would need more discipline in their passing and better communication; a lesson they will take into their next home game against Swindon Town Development Sunday, October 4.
Marlborough Town Ladies 2015-16Trowbridge Wanderers 1 Marlborough Town Ladies 4
After a disappointing result in their first match, Marlborough Town Ladies were eager to secure a win against Trowbridge Wanderers at Lambrook Playing Fields, Trowbridge on Sunday (September 13).
From the very start, it was evident that Marlborough were the better team, but the initial minutes were shaky. A lot of adrenaline meant that there were some wild passes around the pitch.
It took focus but the game settled and Marlborough got into the swing of it. Eight minutes in, and one of their attacks was rewarded with a free kick just outside of the box. Kerry Ash stepped up and pounded the ball into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Marlborough.
The excitement meant that Marlborough’s focus drifted. Within minutes, a far off lob brought them into danger. Marlborough’s goalkeeper, Robyn Hill, had to spring into action and just managed to prevent a goal from being scored. The next twenty minutes were unsettled. Most of the play was Marlborough's possession but some slips in concentration made it clear that anything could happen if they didn't take more control.
Thirty five minutes in and Ffion Williams had a chance to settle things. She struck from outside the 18 yard box bringing the score to 2-0. There was much relief from the Marlborough team and the tempo picked up.
A few minutes later and Trowbridge smashed a ball from a goal kick that went bouncing over the defenders' heads and into the feet of a quick striker. Robyn Hill was forced to step up again with a great save.
The play bounced back and forth for the next couple minutes until a great turn from Marlborough's new striker, Emma Brown, resulted in a flying ball to the back of the net.
Unfortunately, a late whistle for a Trowbridge injury left the goal disallowed. In their frustration, Marlborough stepped up the attack and, for the next ten minutes, put increasing pressure on the Trowbridge defence.
The halftime whistle blew and there was a chance to make some changes. Vicki Pope moved into the middle and Laura Crampton went into defence where she could keep an eye on Trowbridge's quickest and most threatening player.
Marlborough came out better. They maintained the control that they had finally earned by the end of the first half. They set up camp in the Trowbridge side and passed the ball around much more fluidly.
After thirty minutes of dominating play, a corner from Kerry Ash resulted in another chance. Pressure, from all of the attackers, allowed space for Ffion Williams to pop the ball in from just inside the 6 yard box. 3-0 to Marlborough.
Still pleased by the play, Marlborough's lack of concentration got the better of them. A long ball from the Centre resulted in quick attack and a scramble to get back. Robyn Hill managed to get a hand on the ball but it bounced to the Trowbridge striker who punished Marlborough in their moment of miscommunication. 3-1.
As frustrating as the lapse was, Marlborough picked their heads up and were even more determined to get back into the Trowbridge half of the pitch. They moved the ball around well and showed more of their skill on the wing. 37 minutes gone and it resulted in a free kick just outside of the 18 yard box. With the positioning being on her strong left foot, Vicki Pope stepped up to take the kick. The ball curled beautifully into place, bringing the game to 4-1 with little time to go.
Marlborough stood firm until the final whistle went, giving them the 3 points they needed and their first win of the season.