Bath Buccs B vs Marlborough Game drawn 0-0
After a disappointing campaign last season which saw them relegated from the Championship to Conference North, Marlborough travelled (September 28) to old adversaries Bath Buccs B who had also been relegated.
With decent pre-season training behind them, Marlborough planned to employ their new 4-3-3 formation to good effect and combined with their disciplined approach to their defensive press, looked to control and stifle their opposition.
Both sides began the game aiming for solidarity in defence and midfield although it wasn’t long before both sides were fashioning free flowing moves down both flanks creating an exciting spectacle for the numerous supporters on the side lines.
There were goal opportunities for both teams, with Marlborough coming closest when young striker Will Radnedge hit the post after a delectable dink over the onrushing Buccs goalkeeper.
The second half began with Buccs trying to further assert themselves given their superior number of substitutes. But although they controlled much of the possession, Marlborough were able to hold firm without their goal being directly threatened.
Marlborough themselves were not without chances and after several quick breakaway moves had a goal disallowed. And then just missed out on taking the lead after several goal mouth melees.
The game ended as a rare 0-0 draw with both sides playing some attractive and effective hockey. A fair result for the start of the season for both sides.
Bristol UWE A vs Marlborough Game drawn 2-2
After a goalless draw the previous week Marlborough made the short trip down the M4 (October 5) to face their second university side in successive weeks. Having played University of the West of England’s first team the previous year Marlborough, knew that they would be facing a capable, fit and youthful opposition.
The game began with Marlborough in the ascendancy making good attacking moves down the right and left hand flanks. They were very quickly rewarded after Rich Holman’s pinpoint pass across the goalkeeper was met by a diving Will Hughes to open the scoring.
For the remainder of the half Marlborough contained the opposition with ease, but disaster struck when player coach and defensive stalwart Matt Way was struck on the knee whilst bravely defending a UWE short corner routine. With Way unable to continue Marlborough slightly re-jigged their formation and were able to end the half 1-0 up.
The second half began with UWE in the ascendancy, having altered their attitude and formation.
Somewhat against the run of play Marlborough found themselves a further goal ahead after a short corner routine. Holman’s bullet like shot was miraculously saved by the UWE keeper, but Hughes was once again on hand and after several deft touches under pressure was able to slide the ball home.
In danger of losing on home turf UWE redoubled their efforts and were soon pressing Marlborough deep in their half. Their constant rotation of fresh attackers and midfielders opened wide spaces as the game moved on and after a short corner drag flick the deficit was reduced to 2-1.
The tide of the game had truly turned and with Marlborough under great pressure UWE found their equaliser after a top ‘d’ defensive mix up which was mercilessly pounced on. To their great credit Marlborough held strong for the remainder of the game with the end result being 2-2.
Will Hughes was deservedly named man of the match for his vital two goal contribution and his tireless running up front.
left to right: Nina Davies, Mandy Cooper, Jenny Swift, Sheila Hubie, Trish King and Sue TullohThe best of the foursomes pairs from across Wiltshire assembled at Marlborough to compete in the Ladies County foursomes championships.
Playing the course at its superb best, early starters Jenny Swift and Ladies club captain Sheila Hubie took the title with a 72. Not only that, second and third places went to Nina Davies/Mandy Cooper and Trish King/Sue Tulloh separated only by countback making a clean sweep for Marlborough.
Ladies club champion, Karen Gosling, partnered by Carol Main were joint best gross on the day but were on the unlucky end of that infamous countback lottery. In fourth place were another Marlborough pairing, Isobel Henry and Pauline Ruddick
An outstanding performance by Marlborough women golfers and another demonstration of how much strength in depth there is in the Ladies Section.
Despite defeat at home to Swindon in the match - kindly sponsored by J Bates and Son plumbing of Marlborough - in the final league game of the season, Marlborough skipper Tom Norris was rightly proud of his teams achievement of finishing 3rd in the league. "The best team won the league and we can be proud of our season with such a young side and hopefully next season we can be challenging".
On Saturday after winning the toss and batting Swindon reached an impressive 262-3 off their 50 overs thanks mainly to a brilliant 121 not out from opener Ardil Domingo who shared an opening stand of 132 with fellow opener Marc Williamson 54. Paul Paginton chipped in with a useful 43 not out while Bob Homani 1-41 and Harrison Painter 1-49 were the wicket takers for the home side.
In reply Bob Homani top scored for Marlborough with 67 as Marlborough were bowled out for 150 in the 45th over with Domingo 3-12, Scott Edmed 2-15 and Nigel Dunstain 2-17 the leading wicket takers for Swindon.
Marlborough also enjoyed a double promotion weekend as the 2nd team won the Wiltshire 2nd 11 league under Captain Nick Down and the 3rd 11 under Captain Ed Puddick sealed the Wiltshire Division 8 league crown.
Marlborough's final away game of the season ended in a comprehensive victory for the Savernake forest based outfit at Winsley.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 38 and fellow opener Ben Head 40 set the tone with an impressive start to the innings and with middle order star Peter Day adding 51 and youngster Joe Arkwright hitting an aggressive 22 Marlborough reached a commanding 245-8 off their 50 overs.
In reply Winsley crumbled to 86 all out with Marlborough spin pair Head 3-17 and Ed Rothwell 4-24 taking the bulk of the Winsley wickets with seamers Alex Cox 1-33 and Will Langton 2-10 taking the other wickets for the visitors.
Marlborough Skipper Norris was a pleased man "Our openers started well finished off by Peter Day and Arkwright. Langton and Cox set the tone bowling wise and Rothwell and Head cleaned up the tail. A very professional job to finish our away campaign".
Young tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossTalented 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.
Ben and Jamie Amor both received £250 to support their progress in golf, which has seen them rise through the ranks in county competitions and compete both regionally and in national competitions.
Zac Tunmore and Rhys Davies received support to further their ambitions in cricket, both players currently representing Wiltshire at different age groups.
In athletics, Callum Short, for representing Wiltshire in cross country and the pentathlon while hockey goalkeeper Selwyn Lilley was also recognised having been selected for Wiltshire and on the verge of a potential call up to the England Hockey Regional Junior Performance Centre.
This follows four previous awards made earlier in the year to Will Seward, after his selection for England Hockey at under 18 level, Ella Zaleski, a member of Marlborough Penguins swimming club, Rachel Cox, who has been called up to the England Hockey Regional Junior Performance Centre and George Wardley, who has been selected to attend county tennis training sessions at the Delta Centre in Swindon.
The Sports Forum has also awarded grant funding to Marlborough Junior Netball, Marlborough Boxing Club and Marlborough Junior Football Club, all of whom are looking to grow their sport in the town.
This marks the ongoing development of sport in Marlborough with a number of further initiatives planned for 2013, including an adult recreational basketball session, a women’s Back to Netball programme and the creation of a junior netball club for the town.
Chairman Andy Ross said: “‘The Forum is really trying to make a difference in the town, by supporting clubs and individuals, and encouraging all clubs to work together for the common good of sport in general.
“The growth of projects, ideas and funding grants would seem to suggest that the Sports Forum is beginning to make that difference.”