Newmarket 7 – 0 March II
Goal scorers – Ollie Wade x 2, Mark Pears, Mike Skelton, Matt Holden, Will Wilson and Adam Gallop
Newmarket were missing 3 regulars for this blustery November match, captain Will Wilson called up Will Balding and Adam Gallop from the second team and moved himself into midfield to rekindle last seasons effective central midfield partnership with Chris Leggett. They faced a March side with a poor away record so expected to rack up win number 9 from their tenth league game of the season.
Newmarket dominated from the off, creating and squandering many good chances. Man of the match Matt Holden wrecked havoc down the right hand side, combined with Mike Skelton and Mark Pears movement up front meant March couldn’t contain the team.
Wilson almost broke the deadlock, clipping the post from the top of the D before Mark Pears broke the deadlock. Mike Skelton slammed the second home at waist height shortly afterwards. Goal keeper Chris Routs was a virtual spectator, with the defence well marshalled by the experienced Simon Harrington. The big centre back has been working hard at improving his fitness and the team are starting to notice the benefit. Together with Dave Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Balding they moved the ball well round the back, changing the point of attack.
Newmarket were unlucky not to be awarded a flick when a March player stopped a Holden goal bound effort with his shoulder. Newmarket were 2 goals to the good at half time but were determined to extend their lead in the second half.
Matt Holden scored the third from a goal mouth scramble lifting the ball over the goalkeeper. Will Wilson scored the fourth with a flick from a short corner. Newmarket were now rampant and scored a great team goal for the fifth. A move that involved almost every player culminated with Ollie Wade beating his man, and cutting into the D where he beat the goalie at the near post.
Adam Gallop capped a solid display tapping home Skelton’s cross to finish another sweeping move. Wilson rattled the post again from another penalty corner before Ollie Wade capped a fine performance with his second and the teams seventh goal from a short corner.
In truth March battled well and didn’t give in but the game wasn’t really a contest, Newmarket expects much more of a battle in the next 2 games away against Horncastle and Boston. Two victories should send the team into Christmas with a bit of breathing space at the top!
Newmarket 7 – 0 March II