HOCKEY: fresh faces in Marlborough men's first team and still they score a resounding win
Robinsons B 1 Marlborough 4
Marlborough Hockey Club's first men's team went into this fixture on the back of a week's break to allow many of the team to celebrate the wedding of (former?) first team player Ed Gosling and Kat Fuller: Congratulations!
It was a very different looking Marlborough team who travelled to Badminton school for a 3pm push back in the Bristol gloom (October 29.) First team debuts were given to Freddie Hazlitt, Mark Kinder, Mark Ramage with Charlie Ponder making a return to the team.
This turn around of players showed in Marlborough's early play with lots of turnovers happening with the final pass being slightly misplaced. Rather surprisingly Marlborough took an early lead following some good interplay down the right hand side of the pitch, the initial shot hit the far post and Rich Fynn reacted quickest to put the ball into the empty net.
Marlborough began to settle into the game and extended their lead when returning captain Anil Sud found space inside the circle to finish well at the back post.
Unfortunately Marlborough's turnovers began to creep back into their play with uncharacteristic errors being made, it was from one of these that Robinsons narrowed Marlborough lead. Following a swing and a miss by a Robinson forward, the Marlborough defenders expecting the whistle to be blown. But the forward proceeded to slot the ball into the corner.
Marlborough rallied well from this and put together a period of pressure which ultimately resulted in Mark Ramage firing the ball past the keeper to take a score 3-1 into the half-time break.
Marlborough knew they hadn't played their best hockey and so began the second half confidently, they kept the ball much more successfully in the second half and started to control the game.
Robinsons continued to threaten on the counter but controlled front marking from Rich Holman and Charlie Ponder kept their chances to a minimum. Marlborough put the game to bed with ten minutes to go when Rich Fynn once again showed his forward instincts by latching onto a rebound from the keeper and finishing the ball well into the corner of the goal.
While Marlborough never really played the sort of hockey they are capable of, winning the game in such a clinical manner with a large number of changes to the team shows the strength in depth of this year's squad.
They go into next weekend's double header knowing two wins from those games would see them sitting comfortably at the top of the league.
The Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to debutant Mark Kinder for his work rate through the midfield and excellent distribution to create several scoring opportunities