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Football: Marlborough Town Ladies go into 2017 with optimism

Swindon Supermarine 4 Marlborough Town Ladies 1

The last game of 2016 was another tough one for Marlborough Town Ladies, who lost 4-1 against Swindon Supermarine away.

The game started off positively; the central midfield passing the ball well and distributing to the wingers who worked tirelessly up and down the pitch. The defence was solid and Goalie, Robyn Hill made some tremendous one-on-one saves.

Even with the hard work and consistent quality, a momentary lapse in communication ended with a Supermarine goal 30 seconds before the half.

It was unfortunate but Marlborough did not let it get them down. They came out strong in the second half and continued to battle for every ball.

Abbii Demir had to work especially hard in a new position. She helped win tackles in the midfield whilst the team continued to pass well and communicate superbly.

A penalty and two other Supermarine attacks meant that Swindon took a greater lead but Marlborough never gave up. In the last ten minutes of the game Dani Hull made a great run down the centre of the pitch and punished Supermarine with a brilliantly placed ball in the back corner.

It was too late in the game to change the result but it was an uplifting end to a hard fought battle.

2016 was a difficult year of injuries for Marlborough Town Ladies but they can hold their heads high and look forward to the second half of the season in the new year.

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Hockey: Marlborough men stay top of the table after tricky drawn game

Team captain Anil SudTeam captain Anil SudTeam Bath Buccs C        1        Marlborough      1

Marlborough maintained top spot on the Central 1 league table with a hard fought draw away against second placed Team Bath Buccs C.

Marlborough took the lead early on when they stole the ball high up the field and John Berry managed to ride two very 'agricultural' tackles before slotting the ball into the far corner of the goal.

Unfortunately, Marlborough's chances of winning the game took a serious dent when John Berry was unable to play any further part in the match.

Marlborough played some very composed hockey in the first half, transferring the ball well and creating space high up the pitch.  But despite several chances Marlborough were unable to extend their lead and Bath began to grow further into the game on the counter attack.

At half-time Marlborough knew they were up against it, down to the bare eleven against a sixteen man squad of energetic students wasn't an ideal situation.

The second half started with Bath beginning to establish more of a foothold in the game, creating several half-chances which Brian Marnane was alert to and saved well.

Unfortunately the change in momentum was being 'helped' by many 50/50 decisions going Bath's way and they were able to draw level following a quickly taken free hit outside the D. With the Marlborough players expecting the hit to go their way they were caught out of position and Bath worked the ball to the baseline. The first attempt was well blocked, but the rebound was played towards goal and left Brian Marnane helpless.

It was obvious that this could be a season defining last twenty minutes and Marlborough began to re-establish themselves as an attacking threat. Some excellent ball carrying through the inside left channel from Will Radnedge enabled him to win Marlborough a short corner with ten minutes to go.

From the corner, Captain Anil Sud slipped the ball towards the back post looking for a deflection. No touch was forthcoming, but the ball bounced back off the post and fell to Rich Fynn, who trapped the ball and fired into the open goal.

Disappointingly the goal was disallowed by one of the Bath umpires as he deemed the ball hit Rich Fynn's foot.

To their credit, Marlborough retained their composure and stuck to the game plan, despite Will Radnedge receiving a green card for 'tackling from the wrong side'. The last ten minutes played out with Bath in the ascendancy and Marlborough resolutely defending their circle.

The game appeared to be over with Worcester Bawden providing an excellent covering tackle to clear the ball away from goal, however, after complaints from the Bath team a short corner was awarded with Worcester judged to have deliberately played the ball over the baseline.

One final chance for Bath and Marlborough players knew the importance of the moment. Fortunately Bath were unable to take advantage of the situation following a poor injection and the ball never leaving the circle.

With the final whistle there were very mixed emotions from the Marlborough team. They knew the potential significance of picking up a point but also felt they had done enough to win the game despite some very challenging circumstances.

They now sit at the top of the league going into the Christmas break, two points ahead of Team Bath Buccs. With Bristol University losing, Marlborough now have a seven point cushion ahead of third place.

Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to Brian Marnane who once again kept Marlborough ahead in the game at a time when they were really under pressure in the first half.

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Struggling Marlborough Ladies lose to Melksham

Marlborough Town Ladies 2016 17Marlborough Town Ladies 2016 17Melksham Town Ladies 2 Marlborough Town Ladies 0

After a poor start on Sunday, Marlborough lost 2-0 to Melksham away. Marlborough were slow to start and allowed the Melksham team to make quick passes and dominate the game.

It was thirty minutes in, when a scramble in the six yard box led to a mistake and an own goal.

Marlborough struggled to keep up their momentum. They got through to half time when they were able to re-group.

Marlborough came back out a bit sharper and more determined. They communicated better and passed the ball well. It was unfortunate that they weren't able to make anything of their forward play.

Melksham continued to play well and eventually got a great second goal with a strike into the top right corner.

Marlborough finished another game with a tough defeat. Knowing they are capable of more, Marlborough will come out to their next game with more confidence to play their best for the full game.

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Hockey: Taunton Vale B end Marlborough men's unbroken run of victories

Taunton Vale B       4       Marlborough        2

Marlborough's unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end after a disappointing performance in a late afternoon fixture at Taunton.

Marlborough started the game in a positive manner, retaining possession high up the pitch and restricting Taunton to long balls to clear their own defensive circle.

This pressure led to the opening goal when Freddie Hazlitt drove down the left wing channel before turning the ball square to Matt Way who played the ball in towards the back post.  Mark Kinder had gone back towards the P spot where he expertly diverted the ball into the corner.

Marlborough extended their lead with a carbon copy of the opener with captain Anil Sud this time supplying the pass and Will Radnedge the finish.

So far this season at 2-0 up Marlborough have been routinely turning these situations into three points.  This time it was not to be. The game swung when Taunton were harshly awarded a penalty stroke after Rich Newton was adjudged to have covered the ball following a rebound from an initial save. Taunton put the strike into the top corner.

Marlborough seemed rattled and their previous dominance over the game was lost as it became an end-to-end affair. Half time arrived with the scores even - Taunton had levelled the game with a straight strike from a short corner.

Marlborough tried to refocus on what had worked well this season, but were just unable to assert themselves. Taunton continued to play with more and more confidence and made Marlborough look rushed through the middle of the pitch.

The game was very much in the balance when Taunton were awarded another short corner. The initial strike was saved, but the loose ball fell kindly and was played back across goal. The ball was then turned in at the far post by the forward after he initially controlled the ball with his foot.

Unfortunately the near side umpire was unsighted and the umpire at the other end was busy watching a Taunton substitution so the goal stood.

With momentum against them Marlborough started to re-establish their territorial advantage and started to threaten the Taunton circle. Unfortunately they could not quite find the finishing touch and credit has to go to Taunton who defended their circle exceptionally well.

Marlborough had to resort to a chasing game pushing bodies forward.  This allowed Taunton to secure the game when they scored their fourth goal from another penalty corner.

Marlborough were quite rightly disappointed with their performance, but need to maintain the positivity they have built over the start of the season. They will be looking to bounce back with a positive performance and result next week at home to Wootton Bassett.

Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to Will Radnedge for being a constant driving force through the midfield.

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About Marlborough Youth Football Club

 

Marlborough Youth Football Club was formed in 2009 with a handful of players and a small number of volunteer parent coaches.  After rapid expansion we have now grown to 200+ players and 60+ volunteers.  We run boys/mixed teams and dedicated girls football (MYFC Angels), from 'Foundation Football' (U4-6), to U17.

 

Next season will, for the first time, have teams in all age groups (bar one) from U4 – U18 and we are looking to launch Walking Football.

 

We are FA Charter Standard Accredited, all our Team Managers (and many coaching assistants) are Level 1 and Level 2 FA qualified, we have dedicated goalkeeper specialists, and an in-house CPD co-ordinator who helps to further develop our coaches though on-going training. We also enjoy FA endorsement as a regional provider of dedicated girls football.

 

Currently, our MYFC Angels total 40 players and 6 coaches, all under the lead of Becky Knox (FA Level 2 and a qualified sports coach by training and profession).  Our goal here is to make girls football available to as wide a target audience as possible.

 

The club invests much time and effort into our coaches, organising and paying for FA qualifications, then providing ongoing training thereafter.  The quality of the coaching is the cornerstone of what we do for the benefit and progression of all our players.

 

The club’s ethos is 'Football For All' offering a wide range of football opportunities for players of all ages and abilities.  Many of our teams play in the North Wilts Youth FA League, and over the last three years we have won numerous cups, league titles plus fair play awards. In 2014, MYFC was voted Wiltshire Sports Club of the Year. See our online trophy cabinet.

 

Of course we want all our players at all levels to improve, be competitive and enjoy winning, but not at all costs. Instead we want football to be played in the correct spirit, fairly, where ideas, creativity and therefore often mistakes on the pitch are encouraged, and everybody is welcome to play.  It is important children develop whilst having fun, which creates the correct tone in order to progress and indeed a number of our players have gone on to Advanced Development Centres, Junior Premier League teams, to represent Wiltshire and also to play at Academy level.  We have reached the point where our older players are now on FA Level 1 training courses to help coach the younger age groups.  We are also in the process producing our own qualified referees from the older age groups too.

 

Behind the scenes, from the Chairman, Treasurer and Club Secretary, the club has a dedicated Team Manager for each age group, 30+ assistant coaches and helpers, committee members, and club functions including Child Welfare Officers, pitch co-ordinator, equipment co-ordinator, fund raising co-ordinator, sponsorship co-ordinator, IT/comms co-ordinator, Press Officer, Community Liaison; and so the list goes on.  Our operation is now sizeable and requires considerable organisation.  We are therefore always on the look out for more coaches and our current vacant positions include Fund Raisers, Matchday Kitchen Staff, Matchday site set up and clearance help, plus a helper to supervise children on match days crossing Free’s Avenue between the Common and the MRFC clubhouse. All volunteers would be very welcome….

 

Given our size, and the absence of a single site home venue, we need to train and play our matches all over Marlborough. We are therefore grateful for the generosity and subsidised support of our host venues, and would like to place on record our appreciation to Marlborough Rugby Club, Marlborough Town Council, Marlborough College, and Marlborough Town FC.

 

Given our size, and the absence of a single site home venue, we need to train and play our matches all over Marlborough. We are therefore grateful for the generosity and subsidised support of our host venues, and would like to place on record our appreciation to Marlborough Rugby Club, Marlborough Town Council, Marlborough College, and Marlborough Town FC.

 

From very humble beginnings only 7 years ago, we have use of a base (Marlborough Rugby Clubhouse), governance, structure, identity, numerous sponsors, and everyone who works in MYFC shares the same vision. We are delighted to give the opportunity to so many children to play football in a positive, inclusive environment, where ability is not the focus. This is our goal.


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Hockey: Marlborough men back to winning ways - despite a team thinned by injuries

Brian Marnane - Marlborough News Online Man of the MatchBrian Marnane - Marlborough News Online Man of the MatchMarlborough        3           Wootton Bassett      1

Marlborough put last week's surprise defeat behind them in an efficient and professional manner in their home game against Wootton Bassett (December 3).

Injuries were beginning to mount leaving the squad thin on the ground. The lack of fit defensive players forced Marlborough to make a tactical shift away from the formation which has served them so well in the season to date.

Marlborough started the game in a slightly shaky way as they adjusted to the new passing angles and defensive responsibilities. Some intelligent covering defence keep the scoreline level.

As they began to find their feet, Marlborough started to dominate both possession and territory. They opened the scoring when Matt Way took a quick free hit just outside the attacking 25, he played the ball in towards the P spot where Rich Fynn had found space inside the circle and deftly turned the ball into the far corner of the goal - one straight off the training ground.

Their lead was extended following good play down the right hand side of the pitch. The Wootton Basset keeper made the first save, but the rebound was gathered by Will Radnedge who calmly rounded a last ditch tackle before flicking the ball into the goal from a tight angle.

Marlborough's two goal lead was held into half time thanks to several smart saves from Brian Marnane who once again showed his value to the team.

The message at half time was simple: don't drop standards and the game would be won.

Marlborough started the second half well with their adapted press forcing Bassett to rush their attempts at clearing ball and allowing Marlborough to win several high turnovers.

It was from one of these where they extended their lead in a carbon copy of the first goal - with Matt Way once again playing the ball into Rich Fynn. This time their keeper made the initial save, but Rich Fynn collected his own rebound and slotted it calmly into the net.

Marlborough continued to press for another, but then conceded a goal from a well taken dragflick. This meant there were some nerves through the last ten minutes, especially when reduced to 10 men following a very harsh Green card for vice captain Will Radnedge.

Marlborough held firm with some intelligent game management and got themselves back on track in their bid for promotion. They now go into their top of the table clash away at Bath Buccs full of confidence and look forward to seeing several players back to full fitness.

Marlborough News Online man of the match was awarded to Brian Marnane for some very timely saves to preserve the two goal lead going in to half time.

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Football: Marlborough keep their spot at top of Wiltshire league

Marlborough TownMarlborough TownMarlborough Town 2 Royal Wootton Bassett Town 2

Marlborough Town went into Saturday’s game against Royal Wootton Bassett Town Reserves top of the Wiltshire Senior League looking to maintain their good run of form having won the last six games in a row.

The first half got off to a quick start with Bassett nearly going ahead in the first 30 second as Marlborough were caught on their heels, but thanks to a good save from Andy Neale denying the visitors an early lead.

Slowly Marlborough started to get into their passing against Bassett’s direct game and Marlborough had a few changes to take the lead but could not convert any of the opportunities.

Marlborough managed to take the lead on the 35th minute when some good work from Billy Sly down the left hand side and he cut the ball back to Devan Bryan who finished off the move for his 28th goal of the season.

Marlborough had another opportunity to go in to half time further in front when Devan Bryan had his shot blocked by a Bassett defender, then the ball fell to Chris Deane whose shot hit the cross bar and the ball bounced out to Ryan Banks who shot was then saved by the Bassett goalkeeper.

The second half started and Marlborough went out searching for a second goal but it was Bassett who pulled a goal back early in the half.

Marlborough made a change 20 minutes into the half when they brought on Craig Simmons for Chris Deane and it was the substitute who got Marlborough’s second goal when he converted Jordan Ball’s free kick with a glancing header into the top left hand corner to go 2-1 up.
Bassett came back at Marlborough looking for the equaliser and they were successful when they converted a chance in the last minute to grab a point.

Straight from the kick-off Marlborough threw everything forward and nearly snatched the victory when Luke Little’s header rattled the cross bar and Bassett managed to clear the ball away as the referee blew the final whistle.

Marlborough remain joint top of the league with four other teams all on 37 points and go into this week’s game away to Melksham Town FC Reserves looking to get back to winning ways.

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Hockey: in tightly fought contest Marlborough ladies first team just miss draw with West Wilts

Sarah KendallSarah KendallMarlborough     3         West Wilts         4

After last weeks rain-drenched game at Swanage, Marlborough were very pleased to have a home fixture in the sunshine! The visitors were local rivals West Wilts who were sitting second in the league. 

A strong start was required by Marlborough to exert great pressure on the opposition and get them on the back foot from the off - and this is what the home side achieved.

Marlborough's attacking formation paid off and with some great linking between the forwards and midfield more and more pressure was put on West Wilts which resulted in a goal within the first ten minutes, scored by Jess Pugh who skillfully out-manoeuvred the opposition in their goalmouth.

Unfortunately Marlborough's strangle hold on the game could not be maintained and the visitors started stringing together plays testing the home sides defence. However great team work and tackling from Emily Carter-Davies, Beth Palfrey, Amy Davidson, Victoria Williams and Annabel Ashley kept these attacks at bay.

Then two West Wilts goals in quick succession gave Marlborough a shock but spurred them into action. Marlborough were resilient and continued to work hard, mid field held the middle of the park and then connected with Lottie Colquhoun up front who skillfully moved the ball around the goalkeeper to put the ball in the back of the net.

The game then opened up with the play bouncing back and forth from one goal mouth to the other. Once more West Wilts took the lead and once more Marlborough counter attacked and with intense pressure on the goalmouth Jess Pugh scored her second goal of the game. Then the whistle blew for half time.

After a motivating half time team talk by Sarah Kendall, Marlborough knew on paper that their squad could beat this team, but they needed to modify their game plan to secure a victory.

The second half was a very edgy affair with both sides evenly matched. Both sides attacked with great set plays, both defences and goalkeepers held firm and the spectators were treated to some free flowing end to end hockey.

Unfortunately for Marlborough West Wilts were awarded a short corner in the final ten minutes which resulted in a goal. Despite their best efforts Marlborough just could not find the equaliser in the short time left. The closely fought game finished 4-3 to West Wilts.

Marlborough ladies finish the first half of the league season seventh in the league with a great team spirit evident. After a well-deserved break for Christmas, the team look to improve their league position in the second half of the season. 

Marlborough News Online player of the match was awarded to Sarah Kendall.

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MYFC Angels – shout out for U13-15 players

Becky Knox, the Angels' new coachBecky Knox, the Angels' new coachMarlborough Youth FC provides dedicated girls football (MYFC Angels) and welcome any female player between the ages of 6-15 from Marlborough and all surrounding regions.  

You will be joining a group of enthusiastic, hard working and highly sociable girls who all share the same passion for football.

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Hockey: Marlborough men keep their unbeaten record with a display of 'grit and grind'

Marlborough     2      Westbury UB       1

Marlborough men's first team were delighted to keep their one hundred per cent record with their eighth consecutive win of the season - a home win over Westbury UB.

Marlborough started the game slowly, allowing Westbury lots of possession high up the pitch and they took a deserved lead when hesitation in the Marlborough defensive line allowed their forward to find the back of the net.

In the unusual position of being a goal down, Marlborough still looked nervous and following a misplaced pass in their own half were very nearly two goals down when a Westbury forward deflected the ball just wide with Brian Marnane narrowing the angle well.

Marlborough eventually found some more rhythm and managed to find space down the left hand side of the pitch to apply pressure to the Westbury circle. However they found their route to goal blocked by some resolute defending.  Westbury's game-plan to sit in deep and try to counter was working well.

Eventually the pressure told and Marlborough equalised following strong work down the right hand side of the pitch, the ball was fired across goal and Alex Renwick was able to hold off the physical marking to finish the move.

Marlborough continued to apply pressure until the half time whistle - to no avail.

The half time break allowed Marlborough to set out clear objectives for the second half, knowing full well that they had just played their most disjointed half of hockey this season.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with Marlborough in the ascendancy, but Westbury holding firm under the pressure. The game swung in Marlborough's favour following an incisive move down the left hand side with Freddie Hazlitt finding WIll Radnedge in space.

He carried the ball powerfully into the circle, drawing the defender in before spinning into the defenders foot to win the short corner. Marlborough chose to use their newest routine and executed it well with Will Hughes sliding in at the back post to finish at the second attempt.

This goal seemed to galvanise Westbury as an attacking force, but they only looked truly dangerous through sloppy play from Marlborough inside their own half.

Thankfully, Marlborough were able to adjust their formation to protect the middle of the pitch and these numbers allowed Marlborough to manage the game intelligently by winning the ball back and aiming to retain possession under the high pressing of Westbury.

Marlborough were given an excellent game by an impressive Westbury team who are fully expected to rise up the table as the season goes on.

This was the sort of game in which Marlborough would - in previous few seasons - have found a way to drop points.  Now a real 'grind it out' attitude is being developed and making a big difference on the pitch.

The Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to Will Hughes for his fantastic energy in the forward line.

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