Hockey: Marlborough ladies' frustrating fixture against City of Bath
City of Bath 3 Marlborough 2
The team arrived in Bath full of optimism and hope knowing that a bottom of the table clash was going to be a crucial '6 point' game. They had been building with promising performances and tight games throughout the season so far and a win was surely within reach today.
The game began evenly with plenty of space to play the ball particularly up the wings. This very physical Bath side had a number of key players who always looked dangerous with the ball, but so long as they were kept them out of the D Marlborough were safe.
Mid-way through the first half Bath were unfortunately allowed a glimpse of goal which they quickly turned into a one-nil lead.
Marlborough rallied quickly and a fantastic passage of short passes between Amy Davidson, Rachel Cox and Lottie Colquhoun led to a shot by Becky Marnane and Catherine Manley was on hand to put the ball away - and level the score.
Unfortunately the momentum did not materialise and even after some very valiant defending, Bath again got back into the danger area and another very well struck ball left Marlborough 2-1 down at half time.
At the start of the second half a renewed and energised Marlborough team seemed to take control of the game. Some lovely plays from Beth Palfrey on the left and Amy Davidson on the right meant Marlborough were able to stretch the game. With most of the game being played in their half, Bath were being put under a lot of pressure.
Lottie Colquhoun always looked dangerous with the ball and it was one of her incredible drives to goal which was picked up on the backline by Rachel Cox who placed the ball at a ridiculously acute angle into the back of the net. Victory looked possible.
What followed was 15 minutes of the most frustrating hockey the team have ever played. An avalanche of short corners against Marlborough put the team under a phenomenal amount of pressure. The defence worked tirelessly, but it seemed all Marlborough players needed to do was put in a stick tackle anywhere within their 22 for Bath to be awarded yet another short corner.
Inevitably under all that pressure we eventually conceded a goal to put Bath back in control with less than ten minutes to play. Despite a valiant effort from the team who all showed guts, determination and the desire to play fairly, Marlborough were again deprived of some points. Maybe next week?
The Marlborough News Online Player of the Match was Rachel Cox for an amazing goal and some great work up front.
Rachel Cox gets away during the home game against Swindon in October