Hockey: Played one won one - Marlborough ladies open with a victory over Devizes
Devizes 0 Marlborough 2
Marlborough ladies first team started the season with a comfortable win against Devizes' first team in the Wessex East Division.
Marlborough started rather slowly and for much of the first half had little to offer.
Opportunity arose however when Heather Barnes made it through the defence to create a one on one with the Devizes keeper. Having edged the ball round the keeper it was surely going to be a well deserved goal?
But alas! her stick ended up on the floor after coming to blows with the keeper and with no offence against her witnessed by the umpire it was not to be.
At half time coach Matt Way gave clear direction to the team and Marlborough set out the second half in a much more commanding fashion. Possession remained in Marlborough's favour as they passed the ball much quicker utilising the wings as the forwards bombarded the Devizes' D. But the ball just would not go into the net.
Marlborough's break through finally came as Captain Penny Bowen weaved through the midfield and crossed the ball into the D to Catherine Manley who was waiting on the far post. An easy tap in and one nil to Marlborough.
Sensing a victory was theirs, Marlborough increased the pressure on Devizes and it wasn't long before newcomer to the team, Janeve Beer, created Marlborough's second goal.
She fired the ball into the D looking for a deflection from the waiting forwards and with a Devizes touch ultimately securing the goal.
In the last ten minutes Devizes started to apply the pressure but, with Marlborough goalkeeper Vicky Moxham parrying shot after shot, they were unable to affect the score line.
The game ended 2:0 to Marlborough.
Marlborough News Online player of the match was awarded jointly to Penny Bowen (joint captain) and Vanessa Pickford-Smith for their tireless work in midfield.