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.