Combe Down 7 - 33 Marlborough
The early phases of the game saw mistakes by both sides but the visitors were pressing and had spurned a couple of chances including a knock over the try line. After 16 mins the ball broke loose at a ruck and flanker Inosi Laqekoro quickly gathered the ball, he drew the defender and put an inside pass to James Farrell who ran in and made sure of the touch down. James Clancy converted the try.
Combe Down missed a penalty opportunity before Marlborough got back on the attack and started to put some good phases together. Farrell span a good pass out ot outside half Amori Nailago who dummied and stepped to beat the defensive line and run in and score. Another great try from Nailago this season and a player who will be missed by the club when he is posted to Cyprus. Clancy again converted.
As half time got near, Farrell again fed Nailago who this time made a blindside break and put in a good pass to Clancy who drew the full back and passed to wing Will Grant to score in the corner. Again Clancy converted. Half time score 21-0.
The second half saw the temperature drop. The home side were determined to get back into the game and apply some pressure. This was helped by Marlborough trying to run the ball from everywhere. One such occasion saw Clancy isolated at a ruck and when the ball was lost, Combe Down moved the ball quickly and their flanker broke down the blind side to score a converted try.
Coach Chris Budgen urged his men to show more discipline and execute at the right times. Marlborough tightened up their play and it was Combe Down who made a mistake in over throwing at a lineout Semisi Rasivo gathered the loose ball to make a charge up field. Farrell was in support and took the ball to score under the posts.
Clancy converted. Farrell completed his hat trick when he robbed the ball off his opposite number at a scrum to break from the half way and run half the pitch to score. Clancy missed the conversion for a 33-7 score line.
Another good win for Marlborough that was only marred by injuries to Josh Lynd (knee) and to Epeli Kotobalavu (eye) who had made a great debut performance.
City of Bath 4 Marlborough 2
A much depleted squad, due to half term commitments, made their way to City of Bath (October 22).
The team was bolstered with Imogen Bartlett and Emily Carter-Davies making their debut and Chloe Darlington stepping into Vicky Moxham's goalkeeping spot.
Marlborough were lucky to even have a starting eleven as some of the team forgot to get off the motorway at Bath and ended up in Bristol.
Marlborough started strongly with some great team play and attacking runs into the D. But unfortunately they did not manage to convert these runs into goals and with City of Bath breaking well, the Marlborough defence had to work hard.
A number of short corners were saved, but City of Bath managed to pass across the keeper and after a scrappy defence got the first goal. Marlborough started strongly again and managed to equalise courtesy of Ctaherine Manley.
Marlborough continued to play good hockey, but City of Bath were good on the break and play went from end to end. City of Bath scored a second goal and then, with two Marlborough players having been sent to the sin bin, a defensive mistake meant a penalty flick was awarded - making it 3-1.
A fired up Marlborough worked hard and attacked bringing the score back to 3-2 with another goal from Catherine Manley. With tiredness setting in, City of Bath managed to score another goal with a 4-2 result not totally reflecting the game.
Marlborough are now looking forward to having some home games having started the season playing four out of five games away from home.
The Marlborough News Online player of the match was Chloe Darlington.
Marlborough Town LadiesSwindon Spitfires 6 Marlborough Town Ladies 3
Marlborough Town Ladies struggled in a 6-3 defeat against old rivals Swindon Spitfires on Sunday.
They began well, but were unable to maintain focus and discipline for the full 90 minutes.
Against a team as well-experienced as Spitfires, this cost them goals and ultimately, the game.
Despite the loss, there was some positive play from the ladies.
It was only a couple of minutes into the game when Dani Hull made a run down the left wing and scored.
Marlborough were spurred on by their early goal and played great football for the next twenty minutes. Unfortunately, a couple moments of tiredness and lack of concentration, resulted in two goals from the Spitfires, before the half was up.
Marlborough had a huge mountain to climb.
They worked hard and managed two great goals from Emily Bogg and Ffion Williams, but they couldn't bring the game back.
Marlborough's goalie, Robyn Hill, worked tirelessly to keep the Swindon strikers at bay. She made some amazing saves but was unable to stop all of the shots on target.
In the end, Swindon won the game with six skilful and well-worked goals.
Marlborough Town Ladies 2016 17Marlborough Town Ladies 1 Trowbridge Town Ladies 3
The first cup game of the season on Sunday, and Marlborough Town Ladies were fired up. Although the opponent was Trowbridge Town, who had beaten them twice previously, Marlborough wanted to prove themselves as a difficult team to face.
They did just that.
The final result was a 3-1 loss but Marlborough played a physical and disciplined game for 90 minutes. The defence was consistent, the midfield hard-working and the strikers eager. They played as a unit, passing the ball well and keeping possession.
It was nil-nil until the beginning of the second half when a simple mistake led to a Trowbridge goal.
It was only a matter of minutes that it was followed up with a great run down the left wing by Dani Hull. She crossed it into the goal mouth where Emma Brown wrestled against Trowbridge bodies and knocked the ball into the back of the net with her left foot.
Marlborough continued to work hard but Trowbridge were able to get another two goals in the second half.
Despite this, Marlborough could be proud of their efforts. They played well as a team for the full game and they finished it with congratulations from their coaches and even their opponents for the great spirit shown throughout.
L-R back Row: Will Hodge, Will Hughes, Chris Jones, Brian Marnane, Matt Way, John Berry, Rich Fynn. L-R front Row: Ed Watson, Alex Renwick, Rhys Davies, Will Radnedge, Matt Osborne and Rich Holman (Missing from the photo John Bromley, Charlie Ponder & Anil Sud) To enlarge click on photoMarlborough 5 Firebrands 1
On Saturday, October 15, Marlborough's game against Firebrands showed the team continuing to build on the positive start to theie season - despite the absence of John Bromley and captain Anil Sud. Marlborough were led well on the day by Will Radnedge who took on the captaincy role to great effect.
Marlborough once again started the game well and took an early lead when Matt Osborne fired the ball into the bottom corner following some positive build up play. Marlborough continued their dominant performance but were hit on the counter when Firebrands equalised against the run of the play mid way through the half.
At this stage the game was evenly balanced, until one of the Firebrands players managed to talk himself into a yellow card following a green for some fairly agricultural tackling.
Marlborough executed the next five minutes to near perfection, retaking and then extending their lead to 3-1 thanks to goals from Rhys Davies and a lovely backhand finish from Alex Renwick.
Even when Firebrands returned to a full team, Marlborough continued to dominate the remainder of the half and took the score line to 4-1 thanks to a trademark Rich Holman 'slider' finish at a short corner.
At half time the message was simple, nothing silly and the game was ours.
Over the line? ...yes it is - goal! Firebrands score A balletic save by Brian Marmane after a short corner
Marlborough started the second half in a positive fashion and created lots of potential scoring opportunities which were unfortunately not converted. This was until Captain Will Radnedge stepped up to 'hammer' the ball home from all of one metre out.
Firebrands began to throw more bodies forward in the hope of salvaging something from the game, but firm defending from Chris Jones and Will Hodge combined with a couple of saves from Brian Marnane meant the score remained unchanged.
The game somewhat petered out in the last few minutes following a couple of Firebrands players losing their discipline and receiving cards, this was a shame as the majority of the game was played in the right spirit and enjoyed by both teams.
Another goal? That's a goal. Watch out - it's short corner sizzler
Three wins from three and playing some great hockey on the way, it has been an excellent start for Marlborough which we will look to build on as we continue after our 'mini break' with no game this weekend (October 22).
Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to veteran defender Will Hodge for his excellent positional play and numerous interceptions.
Reports follow of the previous two victories - starting with the opening game of the season:
Marlborough 3 Old Bristolians 2
Marlborough started their season with a competitive opening fixture (October 1) against Old Bristolians. Last season both encounters between these two teams had been close affairs, but as Marlborough had taken all six points they were confident.
Captain Anil SudMarlborough started the brighter of the two sides, showing composure throughout the pitch and applied pressure every time the opposition tried to advance the ball.
This was rewarded when new First Team Captain, Anil Sud, ghosted through the Old Bristolian defence to open the scoring. Marlborough continued to look comfortable, but some sloppy play in the middle of the pitch allowed an equaliser before half time.
The second half began in a similar way to the first, but with Marlborough starting to tire, the Old Bristolians were able to find gaps in our press and looked more of a threat.
To Marlborough's credit they continued to move the ball well and created chances of their own. Halfway through the second half they won a short corner from which the initial effort was saved, but then Matt Osborne, making his return to the club, equalised by forcing the ball over the line.
Marlborough looked to have put the game to bed - then shortly afterwards they extended their lead to 3-1 when Captain Sud once again found space in the circle to fire the ball home.
Unfortunately old habits diehard and Marlborough did their best to let the opposition back into the game. Once again some poor passing inside their own half allowed Old Bristolians to turn the ball over and fire it across the circle to an unmarked forward who deflected the ball home.
It was a tense finish to the game, but Marlborough regained their composure and managed to see the game out despite some rather tricky moments. Not exactly a vintage performance, but the result gives us a positive start with plenty to build on over the next few weeks.
Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to Alex Renwick for his excellent work rate up front.
Sidmouth 1 Marlborough 4
Marlborugh made the long (but favourite) away trip to play Sidmouth (October 8) looking to build on their opening victory.
Marlborough started the game well, managing to maintain early possession and a succession of aerial passes allowing the forward line to create chances in behind the Sidmouth defence.
The early pressure lead to the opening goal when Matt Way quickly took a free hit outside the 25m line and played the ball in towards the back post. Will Hughes managed to get a touch, but could only turn the ball onto the post, fortunately Rich Fynn was quickest to the follow up - calmly putting Marlborough ahead.
The game was being played at a frantic pace with chances being created at both ends. Marlborough were disappointed to see Sidmouth equalise midway through the half and then were reliant on the excellent goalkeeping of Brian Marnane who narrowed the angles well in a couple of dangerous situations.
Marlborough began to reassert themselves and managed to retake the lead when Rhys Davies showed fantastic composure inside the circle, receiving the ball with his back to goal he turned onto his reverse and powered the ball into the bottom corner.
Marlborough held onto their lead going into half time and this positive half was epitomised by Will Hughes who charged back to make an important interception inside the Marlborough defensive circle despite having been the highest forward when the ball was turned over.
At half time a clear plan for the second half was set out which Marlborough carried out to great effect. The game continued to be played at a great pace, but Marlborough maintained possession through their midfield allowing for space to be created for overlapping runs to cause havoc in the Sidmouth defence.
This play led to Marlborough extending their lead when Will Hughes was put through and slotted the ball under the keeper's body into the goal.
Marlborough's lead looked secure and they held out especially well despite being reduced to 10 men following Matt Way 'taking one for the team' - receiving a green card for breaking down the play just outside the 25m line.
Marlborough put the game fully to bed when Matt Osborne called for and scored a diving back post deflection at a short corner giving the Sidmouth keeper no chance.
Marlborough were really pleased with their margin of victory over a very good Sidmouth team. The game was played in the right spirits throughout with both teams playing some great attacking hockey.
Marlborough News Online Man of the Match was awarded to Will Hughes for his tireless work rate and composure in front of goal