Hockey: Marlborough men's fourth win running puts league's second placed club under pressure pressure
With only three games left to the end of the season and knowing only a win would do in their long-shot bid for promotion, Marlborough welcomed old foes Robinsons in what was sure to be a physical and hard fought game.
Marlborough controlled the game from the opening push back and passed the ball around with an assuredness which has been prevalent all season long - clearly a product of excellent coaching and commitment from all involved.
Marlborough were soon making strong, incisive moves down both flanks, but the final ball was always cut out by Robinsons' precise defending.
The tension mounted after Marlborough were unable to convert several short corners and chances from open play. Then the home side's worst fears were realised when Robinsons broke away and scored with an uncontested tap in from a yard out. Marlborough did not panic, but upped their energy levels - to great effect.
A beautiful flowing move down the left opened up the pitch for player/ coach/ striker/ sometime defender Matt Way to rifle the ball across the face of goal. It was met by Rhys Davies for a deflection finish. 1-1 at half time.
The second half began with Marlborough in complete control and looking very threatening. It was a credit to Robinsons that they held the score at 1-1 for so long - until Anil Sud scored with a strike from a short corner.
The game was poised on a knife-edge as Marlborough attacked constantly, mainly through Will Radnege, who caused problems for the visitors all afternoon with both direct and elusive attacking play.
Marlborough’s defence had little to do in the second half, but were kept on their toes once or twice when Robbies were able to break through the midfield.
The game ended 2-1 which keeps the pressure on North Somerset who are at present placed second in the Central 1 league. They are three points ahead of Marlborough - the top three teams have all played 20 games.
The Marlborough News Online man of the match was Will Radnege.