Trowbridge Town 3-0 Marlborough Town, Saturday, August 18th, 2001, ( Trowbridge Town Football Club Archive)

Trowbridge Town 3 - 0 Marlborough Town

League - Wiltshire Football League Premier Division
Saturday, August 18th, 2001, 3:00 PM
Two goals from midfielder Matthew Penman helped Trowbridge Town to a comfortable victory in their opening game of the new Skurray's Wiltshire League Premier Division campaign, held at a rain-sodden Woodmarsh on Saturday. Playing against last season's bottom-placed club, Trowbridge rapidly asserted a strong grip upon the game despite the slippery conditions, and could have taken the lead within the first five minutes, Tim Waylen somehow missing an open goal from six yards following an incisive run and cross from Chris Tricker. However, superior possession was soon made to count as defender Brent Murden scored Trowbridge's first goal on ten minutes, powerfully heading home a free-kick at the back post. The home team continued to press strongly, marshalled from the back by Lea James on his return to the club from last year's Screwfix League runners-up Chippenham Town, and almost extended their lead just after the half-hour mark as Tricker headed narrowly wide from Gordon Saunderson's long free-kick, rapidly followed by a long-range strike from Lee Wilson which brought a good low save from Marlborough keeper Alan Spencer. However, it was Penman's goals either side of half-time which sealed the game, the first a low 20-yard shot after Tricker held up a long ball on the edge of the area, the second an even better effort with a first-time hooked volley from a very narrow angle after chasing a long ball many would have given up for dead. The goals, Penman's first ever for the club following his elevation from the Trowbridge youth team, must have particularly pleased manager Alan Roberts, who has been forced to call upon many youth recruits in pre-season owing to injuries and unavailability of several established first-team players. To their credit, Marlborough didn't collapse after going three-down and pulled themselves more into the game once the rain had finally abated. However, their forays forward resulted mostly in long-range efforts which Trowbridge keeper Chris Vaughan had little problem in dealing with. The home team continued to carve out the better chances until the end, with both Waylen and substitute Mark Connor going close, and a late Chris Henry effort ruled out for a push on a defender.

Report by Rob Lloyd-Smith