Newmarket 1st XI 9 Wisbech 3rd XI 2
The revolution continues to gather momentum as the pride of Cambridgeshire were put to the sword by the yellow and blue machine.
Following the instigation of a policy where only handsome players are picked Worrall, Wilson, Wrinch and Wade made way for Harrington, Dawson and Gottfredsen.
Thankfully the powers that be allowed an exception to this policy and permitted Alex Andreou to play. The Turkish play maker gave a virtuoso performance capped with two contenders for goal of the day. The first was a rifled short corner and the second a fiercely drilled shot from open play. Despite the game being all but over at that stage even iceman Andreou afforded himself a little grin of self congratulation following his second.
The supporting cast played their part. Harry Bell waded in with two more while Harrington, Skelton, Holden, Dawson and Leggett also added their names on the score sheet.
Special mention should be given to Chris Leggett who in Wilson’s absence wore the arm band. In front of a crowd almost into double figures young Leggett rose to the occasion, dominating the middle of the park and laid on a number of excellent chances for the marauding front line of Holden Skelton and Bell.
In between the waves of yellow and blue attacks Wisbech did enjoy the odd breakaway. Scoring either side of half time they could have had more but for the excellent Jordon Newnes. Comfortably the best defender in Division 4 last year the German born Newnes has clearly benefited from many late nights honing his technique and practicing new positions at the house of Club Coach Chris Evans.
Man of the match was Ben Gottfredsen for a solid display in the accustomed role of left back. Dick of the Day was Oliver Wade who was too upset to play having recently found out Father Christmas is not real.
South started with an intent that soon had Newmarket on the back foot and the first goal came not long into the first half, and so began a long and arduous afternoon for the Newmarket back line. South consistently outplayed Newmarket in almost every area of the pitch, showing that very often experience out-ways youthful exuberance.
By the end of the game Newmarket had been taught a harsh lesson by a skillful and energetic South team. But despite losing 7-1 Newmarket where able to take some positives from the game. The main one being at no point did Newmarket drop their heads and allow South an easy ride. And as a result of this, goal machine Will Hosegood was able to grab a consolation goal for Newmarket.
Lessons will be learned from this game, and it is hard to see that Newmarket will come across stiffer opposition. But if they do, they will be prepared for it and if Newmarket continue to play the way they have played so far, the results will come our way.