Match Report
Radley College 1st XI vs  Marlborough College
On: Saturday, 02 Mar 2024
Venue: Away

An away trip to Marlborough is usually a close affair and this one was no different. After a hard fought contest against Eton the team were ready to face another tough game.

Marlborough started very quickly, pressing hard and high, forcing Radley into a few hurried clearances from defence. The Radley midfield were pounced on very quickly and Marlbourgh were definitely in control. However the steadfast defence of Rory Acheson Gray, Digby Eliot , Woody Walker and man of the match Rory Tomlin were up to the task. they tackled well, high had ball pace and outletted well through the midfield. The tempo dropped and Radley got back into the game, skipper Freddie Blacker winning the first corner of the game. Walker injected, Blacker stopped and Will Matthews smashed the ball goalward. Only an outstretched toe by the keeper kept the ball out and it went just wide. Marlborough responded, eventually winning a corner of their own only for keeper Charlie Weston to make a smart stop with his body before the defence mopped up and cleared.

Morgan Barnes combined well with Rory AG a number of times to create openings down the right but Marlbourgh were tight at the back and no obvious chances for a Radley goal. Half time 0-0.

The second half was played in a similar vain, the Marlbourgh centre back sending aerial after aerial deep into the Radley half but Tomlin and Rory AG looked very assured under the ball. The defence remained solid but the pressure was building. The deadlock was finally broken when Marlborough won their second corner. The ball was injected directly to the slip player who flicked at goal, a deflection taking it past the Radley keeper and defence. Marlborough 1-0 Radley

After coming back from a goal down last week the team set about looking for an equaliser again. The forwards and midfield worked hard to find openings but robust defence including strong man to man marking meant there was little room to play in. The chance finally fell to the industrious Olly Southan. His early shot from the top of the D flew high and the Marlborough keeper did very well to pad the ball away with his left hand. Both sides continued to press and whilst Radley looked the fitter side, Marlborough turned the ball over and created the better chances late in the game.

A disappointing result for the team as it could have gone either way but Marlborough took their chance and ran out winners by a single goal.

Final result Marlborough 1-0 Radley