Hockey: visitors’ last minute goal forces Marlborough first team to a draw
Marlborough vs Swansea Game drawn 3-3
Saturday, October 27: Still in search of their first points of the season, Marlborough welcomed a Swansea side who had also endured a set of mixed results. It turned out to be a high octane thriller.
Marlborough started the game with some excellent possession play orchestrated by the midfield and defence which led to Swansea being drawn out of position with the home side keen to exploit their advantage.
The deadlock was broken when Marlborough defensive stalwart Chris Jones fired in a low drag flick after the award of a short corner. Minutes later Marlborough found themselves further ahead with a carbon copy goal again from Jones.
Now 2-0 up and in the ascendancy, the home side extended their lead to 3-0 after a failed clearance from the Swansea goalkeeper bounced straight to Will Seward who had an easy tap in.
With half time imminent Swansea re-doubled their efforts and scored a goal of their own after a sharp turn and strike from one of their forwards. With Marlborough 3-1 up at halftime, the team knew they had an excellent opportunity to record their first win of the season if they could muster a solid second half display.
The second half began with both teams playing expansive, fast hockey - but now with Swansea the more dominant force. Their efforts were rewarded with a goal midway through the half to peg the score back to 3-2 and most likely leading to a very exciting if somewhat nervous finish.
Marlborough created several golden chances to score but were unable to convert any of them for the all important goal to put the game to bed. In a cruel, if not unexpected twist, Swansea levelled the game in the last minute with not even enough time for Marlborough to take the resulting push back.
A real rollercoaster game ending in a 3-3 draw that left Marlborough deflated, but with plenty of positives to take forward.