Hockey: Marlborough go down 1-9 to university team
After the disappointment of a cancelled game and training session the previous week due to the weather, Marlborough made the short trip to Bristol UWE (University of the West of England.) This team had secured second place in the league table after a string of impressive victories.
The game began with Bristol UWE setting the tone with quick ball movement from their defence and midfield in an attempt to suss out Marlborough game plan and strategy. The home side took the lead scoring from a close range shot following a frantic scramble by Marlborough’s goal mouth.
Bristol UWE then doubled their advantage following a short corner routine which Marlborough were unable to clear. With their lead established Bristol UWE visibly relaxed and Marlborough used this to their advantage by stringing together several attacking moves of their own until the end of the first half.
The second half began with Bristol UWE once again taking the initiative scoring quickly after the start from a short corner before cashing in again with a reverse stick strike. At 4-0 down Marlborough could have let their heads drop but to their credit they harried their opponents in all areas of the pitch and were rewarded when captain Rich Holman scored with a strike from the top of the area.
Sensing a potential Marlborough come back Bristol UWE stepped up their game again and scored another three quick goals to put to rest any doubts about the final result. Despite their best efforts Marlborough were unable to score any more goals and in the dying minutes suffered further anguish as the home team scored twice more.
The game ended 9-1 with Bristol UWE clinching top spot in the league following the day’s other results.