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Marlborough triumph over local rivals, Pewsey

Marlborough beat local rivals Pewsey in a keenly contested game on the Common on Saturday afternoon.  

The home side started well with a flowing backs move and a great inside pass by Will Grant to set up Russ Westcott for the first of 3 tries.  Further tries came in the first half where Marlborough took advantage of the slope to score 4 good tries.  

Centres Jonny Mantle and Nick Clarke were in good form and running very good lines.  Clarke completed a good period of possession with a superb angle and a powerful run to score.  

The loose play of the back row : Jamie Cresswell, Alex Roper and Joe Mitchell gave the home team plenty of possession which the back line was always keen to use.  The high tempo game is certainly what has been coached this season and the team were very good at playing their game plan.

The away team fought back after half time and when the score was 26-14 it looked like Pewsey could threaten a big come back.  

Westcott scored after another good break to complete his hat trick and this settled the team.  A good back move ended with replacement wing Tom Regan scoring in the corner for a final score of 38-14.

Marlborough are still close on the heels of Combe Down who top the table.


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Convincing win for Marlborough 1st XV over newly-promoted Cricklade


Marlborough 91-7 Cricklade

On a surprisingly sunny mid October afternoon, Marlborough recorded their best win of the season and their best performance too.  The work that lead coach Chris Budgen and assistant Kevin Clancy is really starting to show.  A lot of players put in big performances against a Cricklade side who had also been promoted last season.

Scrum half Liam MacDonald had a great game that puts pressure on regular no 9 Will Grant.  Grant had moved to the wing to rest a shoulder injury.  Both players ended the game with hat tricks.

The first score of the game came after a quick penalty by MacDonald that led to the first of many powerful runs by centre Nick Clarke.  He bounced off one defender and handed off two others to run in under the posts.  Full back Nathan Morgan kicked the first of 8 conversions.  

Morgan was next to score after taking a pass one handed, following some aggressive rucking by centres Clarke and Jonny Mantle.  

The half continued with some powerful rucking and decisive breaks being made by the centre partnership and outside half Russ Westcott.  The tries came and Grant, MacDonald, Laurence Baker 2, Joe Mitchell, Mantle all got on the score sheet for a 50-0 half time score.

MacDonald added the first 2 tries of the second half with some good sniping runs, one to run in from half way and one after a blindside move.  Grant then scored to show his pace on the wing.  

Cricklade who continued to battle all game and never gave up then scored with an interception try and conversion.  They were always trying to play, but some inspired tackling by flanker Tom Fleming was stopping their attacks.

Replacement Patrick Campbell, soon continued the home sides scoring with another powerful run. Grant, Mantle and Westcott completed the scoring for a 91-7 win.

The whole back line had scored tries.   Coach Budgen praised his sides performance at the end and in particular their work at the breakdowns.


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Marlborough bounce back in style with convincing win over Chippenham 2nds


Marlborough 48 - 7 Chippenham 2nds

Marlborough got back to winning ways on Saturday with a much improved performance against a young, eager Chippenham side.   

The home team was able to put out an exciting back line and a powerful looking pack.   Although at stages of the game the timing was off the team showed great signs for the rest of the season.

The first score of the game after debutant Liam MacDonald made a good break down his wing.   He fed inside to prop Tim Aldridge who took the ball on and setup a maul, number 8 Alex Roper came in and ran in down the blind side for a good opening try.  

The next try came 10 minutes later when Rhys Butler carved through the middle of the Chippenham defence, past a number of tackles, to score under the posts.   Nathan Morgan kicked the conversion for a 12-0 lead.  

The next 20 minutes of the half was keenly contested without any scoring activity.   As the half drew to an end the home forwards won some good clean ball and a good passing move including prop Matt Davies set up wing Laurence Baker to score in the corner.   Half time 17-0

Soon into the second half battling, scrum half Will Grant sustained a shoulder injury and moved to the wing with MacDonald moving to his preferred position at 9.  The reversed roles soon saw a pass from MacDonald out to Grant who stepped and ran in from just inside the opposition half.   Morgan added the extras.  

To the credit of the away team they had the better of the play for the next 20 minutes and scored a converted try of their own to narrow the lead to 22-7.  

As the visitors looked to score the next points, it was the home backs who got some good moves going.  The ball was moved swiftly along the line for Grant to score his 2nd try, again converted by Morgan.  

The home sides power started to tell and a quick penalty taken by Butler saw him beat the first line of defence and able to run half the pitch to score a second impressive try of the game.   Again Morgan converted.  

The following kick off was caught by replacement Patch Campbell.   The ball was moved out and a typical powerful run by Joe Mitchell set up another phase of play.

Campbell appeared in the right place to run in and score.  Moon converted.  The final try of the game came with more good passing and outside half Russ Westcott went in in the corner.


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Marlborough suffer narrow home defeat to Bath's Combe Down

Russ Westcott touches down underneath the postsRuss Westcott touches down underneath the postsMarlborough lost their first league game in over a year on Saturday in a hard fought game against Combe Down.  

Both sides were up for a close encounter after first week league wins.  Early penalties were swapped before Combe got hold of the game, aided by some poor handling by Marlborough.  They scored two unconverted tries in the first half for a 13-3 lead.

Although some strange decisions were made by the referee the Marlborough side again failed to learn last weeks lessons and suffered two players being sent to the sin bin.  

This cost the team any momentum, although on top with the forwards, they failed to capitalise and Combe Down won all the crucial scrums just as the home side looked to push home territorial advantage.  

Russ Westcott ran in one very good try under the posts to close the deficit and with Bruce Vuentatotoka's conversion the score was 13-10 to the away team.  

However, Marlborough were unable to score again and the Bath side celebrated their win.    Click on any pic to enlarge

Jamie Pittams hosted by Matt Davies Alex Holland and Jack Lynd wins the line-outJamie Pittams hosted by Matt Davies Alex Holland and Jack Lynd wins the line-outBruce Vuentatotoka watched by Jony Mantle and Russ Westcott takes a drop outBruce Vuentatotoka watched by Jony Mantle and Russ Westcott takes a drop outCaptain Jamie Pittams gets ready for the line-outCaptain Jamie Pittams gets ready for the line-outExcellent last ditch try-saving tackle from Joe MitchellExcellent last ditch try-saving tackle from Joe MitchellRhys Butler breaks through a tackleRhys Butler breaks through a tackle

pics by Neil Goodwin


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