Hockey: Marlborough ladies' vital three point from win over local rivals
Marlborough 1 Chippenham 0
A beautiful sunny day saw Marlborough Ladies continue their league campaign with a home fixture against local rivals Chippenham.
Marlborough needed a win and to secure a crucial three points, so played an attacking formation from the starting whistle, building on their strong team performance last week.
Chippenham, also needing to win, were determined to get the upper hand and attacked strongly - one such attack narrowly missing the goal. But Marlborough were intent on not conceding a goal and counterattacked leading to some crash balls into the D by Rachel Jackson.
Marlborough kept Chippenham at bay with excellent team work in defence from goalkeeper Vicky Moxham, Sarah Kendall and Julie Fellows. The first half ended at nil all.
Following a motivated team talk from coach Pete Crook, Marlborough started the second half with a new confidence, They played with a high press, executed by Ness Pickford-Smith, Amy Davidson and Captain Penny Bowen.
Marlborough’s hard work in midfield by Rachel Cox, Lottie Colquhoun and Catherine Manley resulting in high turn overs of the ball and meant that Marlborough stayed camped in the opposition’s half.
The pressure paid off as numerous chances were created on target by Sophie Fynn, Becky Marnane and Rosy Curling which were well defended by the Chippenham goalkeeper. Marlborough needed to be patient as a goal was there for the taking.
Finally Marlborough were rewarded for their efforts with a goal from Heather Barnes high into the Chippenham net.
It was a great team effort from Marlborough Ladies and a well-deserved win - and a very important three points.
Congratulations to joint players of the match Rachel Jackson and Penny Bowen.
Marlborough Ladies' next fixture is away against Swindon (February 6) - to whom they lost narrowly in October and who are now second in the league table. Marlborough's league campaign continues...