Newmarket Ladies II’s travelled to play Ipswich Grasshoppers in a game they needed to win to keep their promotion chances alive. With a team unchanged from last weeks excellent win against Carlton Park, expectations were high.
From the start, Grasshoppers certainly weren’t going to sit back and allow Newmarket to pick up an easy 3 points with their midfield controlling most of the play in the first 15 minutes but they failed to utilise any opportunities and as has been so often proved, you can’t win a game unless the whole team plays well, this is where Newmarket shone and looked the more dangerous when in possession, but it took 20 minutes to break the deadlock when Newmarket won a penalty corner, Lydia Evans’s strike had beaten the goalkeeper but was stopped on the line by a foot and a penalty flick was awarded. Lydia made no mistake and put Newmarket in the lead.
The second goal followed shortly after, when Nikki Boyle intercepted and picked out Ruth Godden with an inch perfect pass, Ruth linked with Cassie Ayms down the left who crossed into the “D” for Lydia to pick up her second of the game with a superb flick into the top left hand corner.
The second half saw Grasshoppers apply pressure and earn themselves a penalty corner, Jess Boyle, who 4 weeks ago had never played in goal before, was injured last week in a horse riding accident and only declared fit to play on Saturday morning, was unlucky not to prevent Grasshoppers scoring. It was Jess who played a large part in Newmarket’s 3rd goal, another fine clearance found Sarah Ganiford who threaded the ball through to Cassie, whose shot on goal was helped across the line by Beth Wombwell.
Ten minutes later, Newmarket added the final goal of the game when Cassie, who’d had an excellent game on the left wing, drilled home an excellent goal from just inside the “D”
The Ladies have a break next week but entertain Carlton Park at home on the 19th March, if they win, they will be promoted to the Suffolk Premier League. Push Back at 10.30 at the Newmarket Leisure Centre.