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Hockey: Marlborough ladies first team’s seven goals and a clean sheet - the thirds draw


Marlborough Ladies     7         Swanage & Wareham     0


The first lie-in of the season for Malborough Hockey Club Ladies Firsts with a late pushback against Swanage and Wareham at home (October 14).  The game saw a stunning Marlborough win : 7-0.


The first half started really well with constant shots on goal and circle penetrations from the Marlborough front-line who were swarming round the Swanage goal.


Some great passing through the lines saw Marlborough win a short corner off an unfortunate Swanage defender's foot. A neat sweep across the D from Beth Palfrey saw Catherine Manley skilfully get a shot away.... but again being blocked by another defender's foot on the line. Penalty flick given. A swift flick from Catherine Manley saw Marlborough go 1-0 up.


Marlborough continued to dominate the game. Another period of great play saw Jess Davis pass the ball to the back post to be perfectly tapped in, again by Catherine Manley.


With Marlborough spirits high, they started to dominate again with Rachel Cox creating a perfect chance which she executed amazingly for a goal.  With loads more chances being created from the running of Amy Davidson and Annabel Ashley and connections with Tess Christmas, Anna Strover and Milly Dawson, Marlborough saw one last goal for the half as Milly Dawson fought hard to push the ball over the line.


The second half started more slowly, with Swanage finding gaps in the midfield to attack but luckily Beth Palfrey and Emily Carter-Davies were there to make the crucial tackles.


Marlborough continued to attack the circle with Sophie Flynn hitting some terrific shots on goal, but the ball would not go over the line.  As Marlborough started to get frustrated a nicely timed pass to Catherine Manley saw another goal.


Marlborough pushed hard to add to their tally and finally they were rewarded with two more goals - both scored by Catherine Manley.


After a great performance from the whole team Catherine Manley was awarded Player of the Match for her fighting spirit and her FIVE GOAL tally.

Daisy Beckwith reports on Marlborough Ladies Third Team's away fixture with Corsham Seconds (October 14):

Corsham Seconds gave the team a run for their money and the score ended in a draw of 1-1.


The first half of the match was played at fast speed with some lovely skills and pace from both Joanna Henry and Millie Prentice in midfield. Unfortunately, despite our defenders' (Debbie James, Karen Davis and Alex Knighton) hard work throughout the match, Corsham managed to slip a goal in - seven minutes before half time.


Goalie Issy Davis played really well, stopping some hard hits and deflecting them back to the defenders.


The second half was intense as Marlborough became goal hungry and the forwards (Debbie Dellar, Annabel Prowse, Elsie Slater, Nyah Brooks) worked hard. Karen Davis also did some running from defence all the way up the pitch to give more chances at goal.


Luckily Daisy Beckwith was on the case, and after some lovely stick work in the D, Millie Morgan managed to score a goal from base line by lifting it over the goalie. Both sides had quite a few shots at goal from short corners, but to none made the net.   


Of course it wouldn't be a proper match if Debbie Dellar hadn't come home with a bruise or two and a word with the umpire!


There were two Players of the Match this week, Karen Davis and Daisy Beckwith - both for their determination and interceptions.


It was Millie Morgan's last match with Marlborough, and she has been our top scorer so far this season, she will be sorely missed. Next week Marlborough are at home and play Devizes.

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Hockey: Marlborough men's first team keep their unbeaten record - and depleted seconds travel a long way for a draw

Marlborough     2      Swindon     1


Marlborough Hockey Club's first men's team maintained their one hundred per cent start in the Conference North league with an impressive victory over fellow table toppers - Swindon (October 14).


The game started at a frantic pace with Swindon enjoying the best of the early exchanges. Marlborough took a while to settle into the game and found themselves under pressure and having scramble the ball away inside their own circle on several occasions.


Marlborough were soon able to get to grips with the way Swindon were playing and began to exert themselves on the game more fully. Marlborough began to force Swindon into making mistakes but  they could not turn this into a goal and instead found themselves behind before the break.


At half-time, Marlborough felt they were unlucky to be behind, but also knew Swindon were not going to allow them back into the game easily.


Marlborough had not been retaining possession well enough, looking to force the ball through the middle of the pitch rather than playing their normal brand of hockey focusing on creating width and height in attack.


The home team started the second half well, looking dangerous by pushing John Bromley higher up the pitch down their right-hand channel.  Swindon continued to look to play on the counter-attack - playing a very direct style of hockey whenever the ball was won.


Marlborough turned their pressure into a goal, with the ball being won high up the pitch by RIch Fynn. He played the ball into the circle to Alex Renwick who evaded his defender with his first touch and calmly played the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.


It looked as though the momentum had really shifted to Marlborough and they went in search of another goal. It came when Mark Ramage won the ball in his own half and found a pinpoint pass through the heart of the Swindon defence to the buoyant Alex Renwick. He instantly turned the last remaining defender, beating him with ease before drawing the keeper and slipping the ball underneath him and into the empty goal.


In the last ten minutes, Marlborough defended resolutely, limiting Swindon to shots form narrow angles which Aaron Holloway was able to save comfortably.


It seemed as if the game was finished.  But Swindon were awarded a penalty corner with the last play of the match. Marlborough successfully charged down the opposition's flick to give them victory. Man of the Match was awarded to Alex Renwick, who showed some exceptional skill throughout the game.

Ed Watson reports on the men's Second Team fixture away to Weston-super-Mare (October 14):

Unfortunately, in what threatens to be the story of our season and despite the captain promising ice creams all round, the prospect of a trip to Weston-super-Mare proved a hard sell.


However, confidence was high after last week's win and the junior section ably stepped up to fill some vacant adult shoes with young Tom Llewellyn making his first start for the Seconds.


Things got off to an inauspicious start however when one of the team cars overheated five miles into our trip, luckily we were rescued by Rob Hues who managed to shoe horn us into his car.


After the shortest of warm ups, we started the game and were immediately put under pressure by a very physical and quick Weston-super-Mare team.   


Despite some very robust tackling, in particular from chopper Watson, the goal finally came when one of their forwards lost his marker and put the ball past Rich Newton.


Our defence continued to be tested time and time again with Rich Newton pulling off some great saves and Rob Hues saving a shot on the line. Ryan Noble was literally everywhere and Tom Llewellyn had a great debut at left back.


Having failed to convert a number of smash and grab counterattacking chances, a Marlborough goal finally arrived in the second half via what the Captain referred to as a National League move: Keith Radnedge drilling the ball into the D just outside the left post with Ed Watson running in to deflected the ball into the goal.


Weston became increasingly frustrated as they could not make their pressure pay off and became even more physical. This however backfired when one of their larger players tried to muscle Ed 'the enforcer' Kendall off the ball only for him to be put back in his place.


In the final minutes a winning goal was inches away in what was the best chance of the game: Ed Watson tantalizingly deflecting Will Hughes's cross onto the outside of the post from the tightest of angles. With no further clear cut chances coming at either end the game finished with honours even at 1 - 1. Man of the Match was shared between Will Hughes for running the forward line with real menace and intent, and Tom Llewellyn for a fantastic debut performance.


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