Mens 1’s Out-do South 2’s

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI 5 – 1 Cambridge South Men’s 2nd XI
With next week’s 6 pointer against Cambridge South first team on the horizon, skipper Will Wilson hoped to go into the game with a settled back four. With Jordan Newnes preparing for next week’s shopping trip to Luton, James Wrinch still injured and Dave Worrall forced to work, they went into the game with only 2 defenders. This prompted a re-shuffle moving wingmen Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson back to fullback, where both performed admirably.
Newmarket dominated from the off retaining possession well, but too often rushing the ball in the final third and wasting good opportunities. That said Cambridge South were very organised and defended well as a team, pressing high and often making the Newmarket players rush themselves.
While Newmarket were unable to create chances in open play, they were more than capable of winning penalty corners, Matt Holden winning many of them, one spectator counted 17 in total, it’s a shame that they weren’t as good at converting them. Scoring from only 2, a paltry 11% conversion rate, that will need to be improved on for next week.
Newmarket took the lead with a Josh Dawson deflection from a short corner, but then seemed to lose their way a bit, the end of the half was scrappy, but Newmarket held on to go into half time a goal to the good.
Newmarket started the second half lethargically and were punished when South scored from a penalty corner of their own, the initial effort was blocked by player coach Nic Thorpe on the line, South reacted quickest to force home the rebound.
Newmarket tried to up the tempo, but their usual free flowing passing hockey just wasn’t clicking, epitomised when centre back Simon Harrington carelessly conceded possession on the half way line, leaving the South forward one on one with keeper Routs, the forward took the ball round Routs but fluffed his shot, the umpires felt that either Routs or the chasing Wilson had fouled the forward and a flick was awarded, much to Wilson protestation! Routs saved the flick, Newmarket, enraged by the sense of injustice, channelled their anger well, and the rest was history.
The midfield of Harry Bell, Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Mark Pears took control, feeding Skelton and Holden up front. Newmarket dominated the last 20 minutes, Mike Skelton and Josh Dawson both finished off free flowing moves to make the score 3 – 1, Wilson was fortunate to score with a miss hit strike from a penalty corner. The display was capped with the goal of the game, Harry Bell took a sideline hit outside the 25, pulling back to Wilson he raised for the near post where Wilson picked him out to sweep home first time.
Man of the match was Harry Bell, for a tireless performance out of position at left midfield, capped with a fine goal, dick of the day was Simon Harrington for the comical build up to the South flick. If Newmarket can play as they did for the final 20 minutes of this game next week, they should be more than capable of taking the points!