HOCKEY: Alex at the double for new champions
MARLBOROUGH Ladies wrapped up the West Clubs League North Division title and their second successive promotion with a 2-0 win over Lansdown on Saturday.
The home side started well, but Lansdown proved tough opponents before Alex Crosby-Jones weaved through the back line and scored with a stunning shot before half time.
The home side were well tested after the break, goalkeeper Vicky Moxham needing to be at her best.
But a timely pass to Crosby-Jones allowed her to start Marlborough’s celebrations with the second goal.
“I cannot believe how well the team has done, to be promoted into this league last year, we never thought we would be in the position of another promotion again this year,’’ said captain Becki Marnane.
“Everyone’s dedication, commitment and passion, has surpassed all expectations.’’ There were also celebrations for Chippenham’s third team who clinched promotion to Wessex Division One with a 2-1 win over Team Bath Buccs 5.
Helen Franklin and Mary Derrick scored the goals for the visitors.
Chippenham’s fourth team enjoyed a thumping 14-0 win over Wells City Acorns in Wessex Division Three.
Ann Tweedale and Shauna Ford both scored four times each as Megan Hand netted twice. Ariane Nunan, Penny Edwards, Leigh Page and Lois Watts bagged the other goals.
Loss leaves the men on the brink
MARLBOROUGH have two games to secure their Davis Wood League Conference North status after a hreatbreaking 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Bridgend on Saturday.
Skipper Richard Holman’s side face a stiff task on the final two weekends of the season, with a home appointment against champions City of Bath on Saturday followed by an away trip to county rivals West Wilts, currently second, to conclude the campaign.
Marlborough paid the price for a slow start as Bridgend scored courtesy of several deflections.
But the visitors drew level minutes later as a deflection from Holman brought the equaliser.
Bridgend stepped up in the second half and regained their advantage courtesy of another deflected strike.
Again though Marlborough equalised almost immediately as a quick attack ended with striker Matt Way putting the finishing touches on the move.
The game ebbed and flowed but the Welsh side grabbed the points with ten minutes remaining as a short corner was dragged into the bottom corner.
Promoted Devizes are still on course for the Central One title despite a 2-1 defeat to nearest rivals Old Bristolians on Saturday, Josh Bond scoring for the Wiltshire side.
In the same division, Chippenham are a point from safety after a resounding 5-0 victory over fellow strugglers Team Bath Buccs D Chippenham hit the ground running and dominated the opening exchanges, Selwyn Widger’s strikes establishing a two-goal lead.
A third goal followed from another short corner, Mark Knight seeing his initial flick saved but Chris Instone netting the rebound.
Captain Andy Edwards added the fourth goal in the second half and victory was wrapped up as Ben Jones capped a flowing move.
East Central One champions Wootton Bassett celebrated their title triumph with a 9-2 victory over their own A team.
FOR MORE SPORTS NEWS, REPORTS & PICTURES SEE THURSDAY'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @gazsport