After suffering a run of undeserved defeats Newmarket where looking to reverse their fortunes against a St Ives team that where above them in the league. With Chris Leggett doing the substitutions and technical stuff on the sidelines, captain Pete Boyle was able to concentrate on the on-field play.
Newmarket set their stall out early on, with some explosive attacking play from The forward pairing of Will Hosegood and Rob Greene, who both seemed determined to cause as much havoc as possible in the St Ives area. St Ives, however, where not going to lie back and just absorb the pressure. They soon mounted some good attacks which had the back four of Pete Boyle, Adrian Atkinson, Darren Jenkins and Matt Cooke battling hard to contain the threat from a very mobile St Ives attack. Although when they did break through on the odd occasion St Ives where confronted with Chris routs in goal who was on top form, and several times made top class saves to keep Newmarket in the hunt. The first half ended 0-0 with all to play for.
After some inspirational words from Chris Leggett during the break Newmarket came out fired up and ready for the fray. The first goal was to come from an unexpected source however. After a swift break, the ball found Darren “The Dazzler” Jenkins in the St Ives area, and with a calmness that belied the situation he slotted the ball past a despairing goalkeeper to record his first ever goal. 1-0 Newmarket.
Newmarket soon began to dominate through the midfield pairing of Adam Gallop and Ben Gottfredson and a penalty corner was won. Up stepped goal machine Will Hosegood to smash home the ball, 2-0 Newmarket. While St Ives put up a spirited fight they where no match for a rampant Newmarket team, and a third goal was soon added by the returning Will Balding.
With 3 minutes to go Newmarket lost concentration and allowed St Ives to score their only goal. This did inspire the opposition to greater efforts and they tested the Newmarket defence on numerous occasions but the defence held firm.
With the final score ending 3-1 to Newmarket skipper Pete Boyle was delighted with the teams performance, with Darren Jenkins deservedly getting the man of the match award.
Newmarket Ladies 2’s took on St.Ives Ladies 2’s in what was a fast paced game from pushback with fitness being put to the test. The first half saw no goals for either team but there were some good attempts from both sides and Newmarket goalkeeper Sue Bullimore made some great saves. The midfield saw Lou Downs, Cassie Edgar-Ayms, Tracy Cockerill and Verity MacMahon in full attack mode and going into the second half there was a change of tactics for Newmarket and it was all about the short passes rather than the long clearances. St.Ives scored early into the second half and Newmarket couldn’t draw level as much as they tried. MacMahon had a good run up the wing in the final few minutes and crossed the ball into the D which gave Lou Downs an attempt for another good shot at goal but the St.Ives defence was ready for it, leaving the final score 1-0 to St.Ives.