Newmarket 1st XI 8 Cambridge Nomads 0
Newmarket rolled Nomads over with consummate ease for the second time this season hitting 8 unanswered goals thanks largely to the individual brilliance of Nomads old boy Harry Bell.
In a performance that made a mockery of the GB Teams decision to omit him from the Olympic squad Bell turned in yet again proved that protein shakes and countless hours in the gym don’t just give you a physique that impresses the ladies – they also give you attributes that win hockey matches.
Mark Pears, looking like a young Tom Selleck with his Movember tash, opened the scoring with a deft first touch from a wonderfull Bell cross. Keen to share the love Bell then put another on a plate for Josh Dawson to deflect home.
Skelton was next one the score sheet. With the Nomads defenders drawn to Bell like moths to a flame they failed to spot Mike Skelton’s clever drift to the p spot. Bell, who seemed to have eyes in the back of head, did spot it, laying the ball back to Skelton who slotted home for the first of his 3 goals.
With their tales up Newmarket Skipper Will Wilson got in on the act with a contender for goal of the season. Collecting another ball from Bell he cut inside the 1st man, dummied his way past a 2nd and 3rd before leaving a 4th and 5th wrong footed with a clever shake of his hips and sending a rocket of a flick in of the angle of post and bar. The Newmarket faithful haven’t seen a goal like that since the days of Towns other leftsided legend – Peter Daldorph.
Wilson is more than just a great player and inspirational leader, he is also a master of tactics. At the very next short corner he switched the injector and called a routine which saw Chris Leggett make it 5 at the near post.
In the second half Newmarket could and should have had more. As the pitch began to freeze over the game became more scrappy but there was still time for Skelton to bag yet another hat-trick with a couple of neat finishes from in and around the P spot.
Alex Andreou, playing what may be the last game before the birth of his son, dominated the middle of the park throughout and allowed mid field partner Leggett to bomb on and get his second and complete the rout making 8 – 0 to the yellow and blue machine.
A final special mention must go to Jordan Newnes who returned to the 1st XI with a faultless performance, quick distribution and the sort of composure Newmarket will surely need next year in Division 2.
Man of the Match: Mike Skelton
Dick of the Day: Harry Bell