Marlborough Town Ladies Football ClubHighworth Town 0 Marlborough Town Ladies 0
We always knew it would be a tough game going in.
Highworth are six places above Marlborough in the league and beat us earlier in the season. For this reason, we had to come out strong and persevere throughout at Elms Recreation Ground in Swindon on Sunday.
We had a challenging game of high intensity tackles and even a red card which resulted in the last fifteen minutes being short a player.
Regardless, we kept the intensity through to the end and it paid off with a nil/nil draw against a team who expected to beat us.
The point earned will help us to gain confidence as the season winds down with some big games ahead of us.
MYFCs Merlins have won the North Wilts Youth Winter CupYoung footballers from Marlborough have some silverware for their trophy cabinet after winning the North Wilts Youth Winter Cup.
Marlborough Youth Football Club’s U10 Merlins squad beat Purton by four goals to one, to take home the cup.
And each of the players were awarded a trophy to take home.
Along with the Colts, the Merlins are one of two U10 squads fielded by Marlborough Youth Football Club, which was last year named Sports Club of the Year at the Wiltshire Sports Awards for its work with 240 children in Marlborough.
The youngsters have been playing together since the formed the U6 squad.
To find out more about youth football in Marlborough, log on to www.myfc.me.uk
Click to enlargeThey stayed on for a while after their Friday evening training session on the College’s astroturf to be joined by Marlborough’s Mayor, Marian Hannaford-Dobson for some celebration photographs – and a lot of happy cheering.
Last month they were named Wiltshire’s sports club of the year in Wiltshire Council’s annual sports awards. And they were up against some tough opposition from well-established and very grown-up clubs – including Trowbridge Rugby Club.
MYFC Chairman Jon Davidson organised a sea of excited orange vests into a group around one of the goals with the Mayor in the middle and the coaching team on the wings.
Somewhere in the midst of it all was the treasured certificate, which makes the award official - and visible.
As the Mayor said as we waited for the training session to finish, winning this award was a great achievement. And someone standing nearby said: “I had no idea we had so many young children in the town – isn’t this just great?”
MYFC AngelsThere was a special team photograph for the Angels. They are the Club’s first girls team – the under-twelves. They are being sponsored by the Marlborough based Slater Music School. The Angels have already come top in a tournament hosted by Swindon Town FC.
Wiltshire Sports Club of the Year Certificate being proudly displayed by Natalie Davidson, who with her friend Zara came up with the idea for the Angels
Jon Davidson is now on the look out for sponsors for more girls teams. They have 65 girls in the section – and that is very nearly six teams worth of eager talent. Any new players or coaches who would like to get involved with Marlborough Youth Football Club contact Jon Davidson, contact details below. Also, they are looking to start a 'Walking Football' group - no running allowed(!), thus looking to attract participants from the other end of the age spectrum!
Nice way to see the gameI arrived into São Paulo and was picked up by my friend Luiz. I was staying at his house in the Vila Madalena area of the city. I slept and awoke for judgement day... England versus Uruguay.
I had managed to score a full corporate hospitality ticket for the game through a business contact in the UK. I made my way over to meet Benni to get the ticket and grab a ride over to the stadium.
I must admit i felt pretty nervous about the game considering the Italy performance but held it in.
Benni and I drove over to the stadium and entered. The energy of the place was amazing and the tension palpable. We found our entrance and went in.
Wow,this was pretty plush, I thought: a sushi bar, salmon and chicken bar, full bar and comfy seating with an entrance onto our seating block. We had a few drinks and took our seats.
A packed stadiumThe teams came out and simply put it felt like we were going to war as the noise from the Uruguay fans was immense and the English fans, I am afraid, were drowned out. Simply put, it felt like the Uruguay fans wanted it more and had the bigger heart for this game.
Maybe us English have had too many disappointments over the years at major tournaments and its quietened our voice. The game started well and was pretty balanced and Rooney looked nearly at full fitness and again Jagielka looked a yard short, it was really worrying.
It was about three minutes or so to half time and you just sensed that something bad was going to happen.
Just as I thought please don't let them score before half time, 20 seconds later Suarez lost his man (Jagielka) and rifled it in. My heart dropped but it had been coming this goal for a while.
Half time and we were in the bar and I was trying to put a brave face on it but I was feeling hollow and hoping that England could get back into this game.
The second half started and the stadium was rocking and the Uruguay fans were stamping their feet making the whole stadium rumble. It felt like the final, and not a group game, such was the intensity in the place.
Five minutes before the end Rooney scored his first World Cup goal by bundling a cross in on the goal mouth. I must have cheered at the top of voice for about a minute. Then the English defence crumbled again as the Uruguay goal keeper kicked a ball that was allowed to carry all the way down to Suarez who made no mistake in securing his second goal of the night and ultimately confirmed England's demise.
Justin Benni and friendsI made my way back to the bar and met with Benni and some of his friends. They were very sweet and supportive as I think they must of sensed I was gutted. We said our goodbyes and I made my way to the Metro outside the stadium. I felt turned inside out and so down.
It was over and although a slim chance remained, that light was extinguished when Costa Rica beat Italy on Friday.
I want to dedicate this blog to the fans who made it out to Brazil and the effort they made in their costumes and good will towards all the different footballing nations and their fans, it made me really proud even after the game how they hung out and took photos with the young kids from Brazil and Uruguay and this really made me feel good.
I even met one guy from Manchester who had broken his hand a week before he was due to fly out and had major surgery pinning his hand together and still made it out. I asked him if his hand hurt and he relied yes but it was worth it - total dedication.
Torn to ribbonsConcerning the English team we have a great pool of talent in Barkley, Chamberlain, Sterling, Sturridge and Shaw. Jones, Cahill, Jagielka, Rooney, Gerrard however are past their peak and need to be replaced.
I am glad I came and witnessed the occasion, as its been great. Not sure if I am heading down to the final England game as I just don’t have the heart and would rather head back up to Bahia to the sun and ocean as it is very cold and rainy down here in São Paulo.
Thanks for following my blog and I hope it gave you a sense of Brazil and its people and places.
The English Lion in the metro station outside São Paulo stadium The English Knights in ManausBeefeater