Hockey: Marlborough concede goals to Gloucester City - does relegation loom?

Written by Anil Sud.

Marlborough vs Gloucester City        Gloucester  City win 5-3

Knowing that nothing but a win would help in their desperate battle to stave off relegation, Marlborough made the trip to Gloucester fully focused on the task at hand.

The game started slowly with both teams happy to play the ball around in an attempt to gauge each others weaknesses and with the only real threats to goal from either team following opposition errors.  

The game sprang to life when Marlborough took the lead after sharp work down the left hand side led to an opening which debutant Charlie Down steered home from close range.  

Buoyed by the goal, Marlborough pressed higher and were soon finding themselves in several excellent attacking situations.  The pressure told on Gloucester as Marlborough went 2-0 ahead after captain Rich Holman found himself unmarked at the top of the D and slipped the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper.   

With the fist half coming to a close Marlborough seemed to be cruising until a 50/50 decision went Gloucester’s way - leaving Marlborough reduced to ten men for a sin bin offence.  

Marlborough’s troubles were doubled when they conceded a questionable goal after an awkward aerial pass – making it 2-1 in Marlborough’s favour at half time.

Gloucester came out for the second half reinvigorated by their goal and soon levelled the scoring with a deft finish on the left hand by line.  Now fully in the game and clearly with momentum, Gloucester dominated in all areas and their advantage seemed almost insurmountable after another goal and yet another sin bin offence from Marlborough reduced them to ten men once more.  

Marlborough conceded yet another goal as their opponents stretched the game with clever, quick ball movement after a short corner routine.

Marlborough conceded their fifth goal of the game with fifteen minutes remaining as their tired legs could no longer keep up with Gloucester who had exploited their numbers advantage twice during the course of the match.

Matt Osborne scored a short corner to bring some respectability to the score line.  Marlborough had held such a dominant position in the first half but once again failed to capitalise on it.

League - The Davis Wood Hockey League Division - Championship
Team Pld Pts
1 Bristol UWE 19 46
2 Cardiff & UWIC A 17 43
3 Gloucester City 19 39
4 Truro 19 36
5 Univ of Exeter C 19 26
6 Robinsons A 19 23
7 Westbury and UB 18 21
8 Swansea Bay 18 20
9 West Wilts 18 18
10 Team Bath Buccs B 19 18
11 Bristol University A 18 14
12 Marlborough 18 9