Wootton Bassett 2 Marlborough 5
Marlborough’s first team had to come to Wootton Bassett (Saturday, January 18) to defend their well fought top of the table position.
Wootton Bassett Hockey Club’s first team were not going to make this easy and from the off, they came out fighting.
Marlborough had numerous chances to score from open play and short corners, but Wootton Bassett’s defence and their outstanding goal keeper kept their visitors at bay for much of the first half.
It was left to Rosie Curling to break the deadlock. She managed to slip the ball deftly into the goal to give Marlborough a much deserved lead. This seemed to settle the team and two more goals by Catherine Manley and Rebecca Hewlett were quickly put away to end the first half 0-3.
Wootton Bassett were not about to give up without a fight. And shortly into the second half they scored from a tussle in the D.
Marlborough replied without hesitation, from a well worked pattern of play, with Alex Crosby Jones making the score line 1-4.
Well into the second half, unfortunately for goal keeper Vicky Moxham, a penalty flick was awarded to Wootton Bassett and they neatly placed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Fired up by this, within the last few minutes of play Marlborough again worked a fantastic attacking movement, with Rosie Curling again placing the ball beautifully into Wootton Bassett’s goal.
The week’s TH White Player of the Match award went to Marlborough goal keeper Vicky Moxham.
Marlborough vs Bath Buccs B Marlborough lose 2-5
Marlborough a little outnumberedIn the first game back following Christmas and the New Year Marlborough welcomed Bath Buccs B with the two teams having fought out a scoreless draw on the first game of the season. Both teams were in need of points to counter any relegation fears, so effort levels and commitment were surely going to be running high.
Known properly as Team Bath Buccaneers, the club is the largest in the south-west. It grew out of the Bath Civil Service Hockey Club with strong connections to Bath’s onetime Admiralty departments, and has merged with the University of Bath Hockey Club. It fields eight men’s teams – the first team play in the English Hockey League – and five ladies teams.
On Saturday (January 18) Bath started the game very strongly with excellent ball pace, decisive passing and close control. The visitors soon had Marlborough on the back foot.
Captain's ballSlowly but surely Marlborough dug their heels in and had several swift attacking moves of their own which almost led to them taking the lead.
Unfortunately it was Bath after some opportunistic forward play who capitalised to score the highly important first goal of the match.
A second was soon added leaving Marlborough reeling two goals down at half time.
The second half began with Buccs pressing ever higher and they soon took an even tighter grip on game with another two goals leaving Marlborough with a 4-0 deficit to overcome.
To their great credit Marlborough continued to fight and were rewarded when skipper Rich Holman smashed home from a short corner routine.
Marlborough's last minute goalThis galvanised Buccs once more and they scored their fifth goal following some confusion in the Marlborough ranks.
Player coach Matt Way provided a lift for the home side with a delicate deflection late on to leave the score 5-2 at the end.
Now in the relegation zone following this loss against a close rival, Marlborough enter the crucial make or break part of their season.An open goal at the Marlborough end?