Newmarket started their fifth home game of the season at home against a competitive Cambridge Nomads third team looking to cement their championship push. With Nomads having beaten third and fourth in the league already this season, town expected a tough game, Nomads didn’t disappoint.
Newmarket started with real intent and after a free flowing move involving Mark Pears and Josh Dawson they were unlucky not to take the lead in the first few minutes. Nomads adopted a policy of playing with 3 deep centre backs protecting the top of the D and made it very difficult for Newmarket to play the free flowing hockey of previous weeks.
Newmarket took the lead halfway through the first half from a short corner, Pears fast injection gave William Wilson lots of time at the top of the D and his ball to the far post was missed by Josh Dawson and the defender at the far post. Newmarket continued to dominate possession through Chris Leggett and Andrew Beardon in the middle and Pete Boyle who pushed forward with great effect from right back. Newmarket weren’t able to force any clear cut opportunities and went into half time one goal in front.
In the second half Pears doubled the lead from a short corner collect the rebound after the keeper blocked his first effort. Nomads then hit Newmarket on a break with the left winger scoring with a strike into the roof of the net past the despairing dive of Chris Warren in goal. Newmarket then lost Marc Prentice to a ham string injury which forced them into a re shuffle. Wilson was rolled back on from the bench and shortly afterwards forced a penalty corner when the defender fouled and tackled before the ball had moved five yards. From the resulting short corner Wilson powered a flick into the top right corner.
Notable performances came from Josh Dawson and Ollie Wade on the left and right wing, but man of the match was Andrew Beardon playing against his former team. Next week Newmarket are away against second from bottom Rutland 3, 9am meet at Newmarket Leisure Centre.