Swanage 4 Marlborough 4
On Saturday (November 19) Marlborough ladies travelled to play fellow mid-table team Swanage. On the back of two strong wins they had their sights firmly set on making that three in a row.
The pre-match pep talk was conducted in the changing rooms as the rain hammered down outside.
Marlborough started the stronger of the two sides ploughing into the Swanage half and applying wave after wave of pressure, but the all important first goal evaded the visitors.
Swanage suddenly came to life and started moving the ball around themselves trying to find gaps in the Marlborough midfield and putting pressure on the defence. The play bounced back and forth from the Marlborough end to the Swanage end with both goalkeepers called upon to make crucial saves.
What happened next left Marlborough reeling: THREE Swanage goals in the space of about 15 minutes. Two came from free play in the goalmouth and the third from a nasty bouncing short corner shot which just sneaked inside the post.
The rain came down more heavily as the whistle blew for half time.
After an inspiring team talk at half time, Marlborough left the pain of the first half behind them and showed Swanage they were not down or out.
Every member of the Marlborough team came out fighting and the team spirit was incredible. Marlborough upped the ante and won a short corner. With a well worked routine Neve Beer calmly slotted in a goal.
The rain fell ever more heavily, but Marlborough started playing their own style of hockey. The defence held firm, the midfield feeding the forwards who in turn worked tirelessly passing the ball and peppering the Swanage goal and finally the ball went in thanks to Catherine Manley’s dogged persistence.
Now Swanage were getting worried and so they should as Lottie Colquhoun in a one on one with the keeper brought the score level – three goals each. The rain continued to bucket down, but Marlborough smelled victory and Swanage were in no mood to lose the game.
The drenched spectators on the sidelines willed their sides on. Swanage managed to make a couple of solo runs into Marlborough’s D – each one snubbed out efficiently by the ever vigilant and determined Vicky Moxham in goal. Then just when Marlborough thought they were getting the upper hand, Swanage managed to sneak a shot just inside the Marlborough post.
Less than 10 minutes to go and Marlborough piled on the pressure once more. With Milly Dawson putting on a determined performance in front of goal only to watch her first shot saved…she then smashed the rebound into the back of the net. Four goals each and so the game ended.
The Marlborough News Online player of the match went to Lottie Colquhoun who worked tirelessly making attacked after attack.