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Marlborough 18 - Avonvale 0
Marlborough played their final home match of the season on Saturday, and made it an amazing 20 wins from 20 league games this season. The game was never going to be one for exciting quick passages of play, with the rain coming down on the common, and the ground already waterlogged and muddy. With Marlborough again struggling in the set piece, the ball Marlborough did win was having to be used well. With fly half Chris Patterson running proceedings, the Marlborough game plan was firing on occasions, and the game plan of trying to move the ball wide, even in the tricky conditions, worked when, following some forward drives, left wing Jonny Mantle crossed in the corner to open the scoring. With Avonvale having the slope of the pitch in their favour, their fly half and centres kicked a lot of ball, pinning Marlborough in their half for long spells, meaning a lack of scoring opportunities for the home side. This, combined with the knock-ons that naturally were happening due to the surface water and slippery ball, meant Marlborough needed to take the most of the opportunities they had, which happened shortly afterwards when Avonvale infringed on the floor, trying to stop Marlborough when looking for quick ball. The resulting penalty was converted by right wing Nathan Morgan, to extend the lead to 8 points. Half time followed shortly after, and with Marlborough having the slope in their favour, knew the game was theirs to lose.
The half started brightly, with some powerful running from captain Dave Lemon, Patterson and the Marlborough centres, which led to Marlborough’s 2nd try, after the centres broke through a couple of attempted tackles before sidestepping the full back to touchdown near the posts. With Morgan adding the extras, the score moved to 15-0. The game was then played out in the middle of the park, with neither side creating much, and Marlborough determined to ensure their line was not breached, and this determination provided the home side with their 10th clean sheet in the league this year, a sterling effort. The scoring for the day was completed when Morgan added a further penalty, to extend the lead by 3.

With 2 games of the league to go, and promotion and the league title secure, Marlborough will be looking to ensure they remain unbeaten, and have a 100% season in the league. Next up for Marlborough is the short trip to Wootton Bassett, followed by the final game of the season, away at Melksham.

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