Marlborough vs Yate Marlborough lose 2-0
Marlborough welcomed fellow league strugglers Yate from South Gloucestershire, looking to build on the previous week’s exhilarating cup victory against Bridgwater.
Marlborough dominated the opening sequence of possessions making several inroads down both the left and right flanks but were unable to find that killer pass to open up their opposition.
Yate soon started exerting pressure of their own and with an impressive forward press kept Marlborough penned in defensive positions for prolonged periods of time.
The pressure told mid-way through the first half as a quick breakaway move following an over commital by Marlborough on the attack, gave Yate the first gaol of the game.
Their lead was soon doubled following a strange sequence of events which led to a soft goal from a virtually impossible angle.
With half time approaching Marlborough tried their best to regain a foothold in the game, but Yate held firm to end the half 2-0 up.
Knowing the next 35 minutes could have a major impact on their season, Marlborough redoubled their efforts and dominated possession. However they were still lacking that incisive move to lead to any clear cut chances.
Yate employed some clever tactics to stretch the game and knowing Marlborough needed to press higher and higher, simply waited for breakaway moves.
Marlborough’s pressure led to numerous short corners and shots from the top of the D which unfortunately for the home side were not converted into goals.
The game ended 2-0 giving Marlborough plenty of food for thought before next week’s trip to Leominster.
Nina Davies, Alan Turnell, Jenny Swift & Simon FutcherA Marlborough Golf Club’s foursome has won the Master of Masters 2013 tournament at Woburn. Last week Nina Davies, Alan Turnell, Jenny Swift and Simon Futcher faced stiff competition from a strong field of 120 competitors.
They played on the Duke's Course which is one of the finest inland golfing settings in Europe accumulating 80 points to win the competition. This course was the location for the British Masters for 20 years and from 2008 has been home to the Travis Perkins Senior Masters and other top men's and women's professional events.
Commenting on the competition, Jenny Swift said: “The course had absorbed three inches of rain during the week so it wasn’t easy, no run and the greens were challenging, but everyone contributed so it was a great combination.”
“We won vouchers to spend in their Pro Shop and a free round of golf on their Marquis Course for the team in 2014, with lunch – so we can return and enjoy another of their courses. A great win for Marlborough! I can’t stop smiling. It was like winning a Major.”
Marlborough vs Newent Marlborough lose 4-1
Still searching for their first league win of the season Marlborough travelled to fellow strugglers Newent in Gloucestershire on Sunday (October 19) knowing that a win would lift them above their opponents and back into mid table territory.
The home side started brightly and Marlborough found themselves pressed back and needing to resort to long ball passes due to the structured pressure applied by Newent.
It wasn’t long before Marlborough got their rhythm and made several sharp attacking moves that really should have ended in goals- but no such luck.
Newent opened the scoring after a sweetly struck reverse strike took a mean deflection past Marlborough goal keeper Will Hughes.
Shortly after Newent were pressing again and only several smart stops from Hughes kept the deficit at 1-0 for the first half.
The second half played out in much the same way as the first half with both sides knowing that a decisive 10 minute period would most likely set the outcome of the game.
Unfortunately for Marlborough Newent were the ones to press this home and soon doubled their lead with a short corner routine. With time winding down Marlborough had to press higher up the pitch and found themselves 3-0 down after a quick Newent breakaway.
The result was put beyond doubt after yet another counter attack leaving the score 4-0 with only a couple of minutes remaining.
Marlborough picked up a consolation goal in the dying moments of the game when John Bromley swept home a well worked short corner routine to make the game 4-1 at the end.
A disappointing result for Marlborough but with the first game of the national cup the following day there was no better time to try and bounce back………
Marlborough vs Bridgwater Marlborough win 5-2
Still sore from the loss the previous day Marlborough looked to their first round cup match against Bridgwater (Sunday, October 20) as a way of restoring their hopes and fortunes.
It became clear from the start of the game that this would yet again be a hard fought battle against a team of similar standard and ambitions.
Marlborough were able to contain their opponents to great affect with some sterling defensive work and from this solid foundation were able to launch sustained attacks on Bridgwater’s D.
Marlborough were awarded a penalty stroke after a deliberate foot on the line from a Bridgwater defender which was duly despatched by Anil Sud. The lead did not last for long however after a quick move by Bridgwater led to an easy tap in at the far post to make it 1-1 at half time.
The second half began with Marlborough playing some of their best hockey of the season to date.
Crisp, fast and accurate passing with excellent control and a willingness to work off the ball which Bridgwater simply could not cope with. Marlborough restored their lead when John Bromley smashed home a rebound from a short corner under extreme duress from several defenders.
Marlborough were now in full flight and Bridgwater were unable to cope, the frustration highlighted by one of their number receiving a red card following several repeats of the same misdemeanour followed by an outburst at the referee.
The game was there for taking and Marlborough did not let up with the third goal scored shortly after.
After some mazy dribbling and excellent positional play within the D captain Rich Holman produced what can only be described as a once in a lifetime moment of pure hockey genius.
Seeing the goalkeeper barely off his line but advancing to close down his shooting angle, Holman changed his approach mid shot and calmly lobbed the keeper from the reverse stick side. Simply stupendous!
The relentless waves of Marlborough attacks continued and they were awarded another penalty stroke following a professional foul to deny an open goal chance. Sud once again scored to make it 4-1.
To their credit Bridgwater tried as hard as they could under such pressure and managed to pick up a second goal following a goal mouth melee. The result was finally put to bed when Sud combined with Gareth Playfair for an easy tap in leaving the result at the final whistle 5-2.
A thoroughly deserved win for Marlborough after an excellent performance - just the kick start they needed with an important few weeks of fixtures coming up.
Image courtesy of http://www.freedigitalphotos.netTalented young athletes in the Marlborough area have been provided financial assistance in their quest for greater sporting achievement thanks to grant aid provided by the Marlborough Sports Forum.
William Radnedge, Sally Hine and William Colling were all granted £200 in the latest round of funding to support their aspirations in sport.
Sally plays basketball locally for Wiltshire Demons U16 basketball club and captains Wiltshire U15. She has now been selected to the South West England under 15’s team and the funding will support her training expenses that come with this progression for her.
William Radnedge currently plays hockey at Marlborough Hockey Club in the 2nd team as a 14 year old, and has just been selected to attend the Junior Regional Performance centre at Under 15 level, becoming the only non-public school boy to do so in the current squad.
The support from the Forum will help with the travel costs of being involved with the regional training and he is hoping to break into the Marlborough HC 1st team this year.
William Colling, who is 13, also plays basketball, for Gloster Jets. He too has been selected to the regional South West basketball squad to train over the next 8 months with the aim of being selected to attend an international basketball tournament being held in Prague over Easter next year.
The Sports Forum has now supported 12 young athletes, and continues to award grants to local sports clubs and organisations. For more details, log on to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/marlboroughsportsforum
Jaspers chasing Marlborough's Anna ScottMarlborough Ladies 1st XI vs Jaspers
Marlborough win 3-1
Marlborough knew going into the game that Jaspers (from Hanham near Bristol) were a team they had to beat.
It took Marlborough a few minutes to get into their stride and keep their structure with Jaspers playing a high formation attempting to intimidate the defense.
Marlborough were able to penetrate the Jaspers D with some fantastic force, however unable to convert to goals. This constant pressure eventually paid off and Kate Batty was able to sneak the ball past the Jaspers goalie seconds before the half-time whistle, finishing 1-0 up at the interval.
Rosie Curling resists a Jaspers tackle Marlborough entered the second half with fire in their bellies ready to step-up their game once again.
Jaspers weren’t giving up hope and put pressure on the Marlborough defence once again. A goal quickly came, to bring the score to 1-1.
With Jaspers were relieved to have leveled the score, Marlborough knew this was their time to attack. And soon enough they broke through and Kate Batty dribbled another into the back of the Jaspers goal.
Marlborough settled into their stride, taking control of the game and the ball started flowing through to the forwards where the third goal was scored by Alex Crosby Jones to win the game 3-1.
It was a fantastic result to earn another week at the top of the league table.