Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Christchurch Ladies 1’s: 5 – 0 win to Christchurch
Christchurch v Newmarket 1s 5-0
Newmarket travelled to Ipswich for their first league match of season 2014-5, the team was missing some of the usual suspects, enticed away by island partying, sunnier climes and/or university expeditions but nevertheless turning out 13 pairs of shiny socks, dazzling the opposition with blue and yellow new kit perfection.
The score line does not reflect Newmarket’s commanding movement of the ball creating width and space during both halves. Christchurch’s first goal came from a short corner routine and the reduction in Town’s optimism was palpable. Captain Faye Andreou was impressed with the continuing confident transfer of play across the field and Callie Cannon fought tirelessly in opposition D, attempting to connect with Abbi Pass’ long crosses and winning short corners which tested the agility of Christchurch’s keeper but failed to reduce the goal difference.
The defence communicated well out of their circle to help out Tania Fisher, selected to play further back than usual. Under pressure this did lapse somewhat which Christchurch exploited with several well drilled central attacks finding the back board with apparent ease. However, Jade Atkinson proved her agility too, expertly shifting on her goal line, swinging whilst prone to cover both posts and preventing an unmarked Christchurch attacker further capitalising on Town’s weakness.
Coach Nick Thorpe is confident Town can learn from today, increasing communication in both circles and firmly stake their place in this league.
Newmarket Ladies 2’s v St Neots Ladies 3’s: 6 – 1 win to Newmarket
A solid win for the ladies 2’s saw them catapulted to 2nd in the league table as they faced a young St Neots side. Goals came from Mel Podd (3), Loren Davenport, Tracy Cockerill, Donna Keats. Timings of them were: Nkt 24.19, StN 28.46, Nkt 31.45, (half time)
Nkt 12, 15, 18, 32. The team is aiming to reach 100 league goals this season and take the league win. Close contenders will be Haverhill who beat their first match opposition 10 – 0.
Newmarket Ladies 3’s v Cambridge City 5’s
The first match of the season for the ladies 3’s was a hard fought game that at half time was 0-0. Good width was used but still needs developing for the future. There was some excellent play on the pitch. The final score sadly was 2-0 to City 5s.
Man of the Match was Helen Hansgate
DOD was Lydia Willmott – turning up at the pitch when the game was about 10 mins to PB.
Claire Spiers (GK), Vicky Benedikz, Phoebe Peacock, George Gray, Ela Maczkiewicz, Rachel Hogg, Helen Hansgate, Jane Dryland, Charlotte Abbersteen, Brooke Le Maire, Lydia Wilmott, Hannah Fox and Bea Jones.
Newmarket Mens’ 1’s vs Sudbury 2’s: 7 – 0 win to Newmarket
With it being that time of the year again the men’s 1st team prepared for the start of the new season in Division 3 following a disappointing previous season. There were some changes to the team that started last year, most noticeably no baggage or circus in the changing rooms. Also some of the men’s 1st team squad seemed to be forgetting the start date, this misdemeanour being attributed to them following their male compass.
However; after many phone calls and txts the team had an eleven man squad with the youthful Nick Thorpe on the side-lines should he be required. Newmarket started with a new formation that the team had been experimenting with since the end of last season and the perseverance paid off.
Sudbury arrived with a mixture of youth and experience but it was definitely Newmarket that made the brighter start. The central midfield of Skelton, Wilson and Leggett moving the ball well and not allowing Sudbury to play with Gottfredsen and Griffiths providing the width. After some pressure and good movement from young Atkinson and less young Holden up front, Newmarket broke the deadlock when Sudbury failed to clear a cross from Holden on the left and newly appointed captain Griffiths was able to release a quick shot inside of the new post, just the start the team was after!
Sudbury tried to utilise their pace up front but the teamwork and positioning of Pears, Worrell and Newnes in defence didn’t allow Sudbury a shot in the first half. It was from the solid foundation that Newmarket were able to double their lead when after some good passing in the midfield, Holden found Gottfredson in the D who hit a fine strike to get his season underway.
Half time came and Newmarket were sensing victory. Honest discussions were had that to win games you have to earn them and those words definitely echoed throughout the team. In the 2nd half any signs of new season nerves seemed to have evaporated and Newmarket were moving the ball with confidence and were not in the mood to allow Sudbury to play.
After a good period of moving the ball and stringing passes together, Newmarket made space for themselves down the right to Holden who crossed into the near post where Griffiths was showing the desire to put right what to date has been a poor scoring ratio and beating all to the cross to guide it to the far post.
Newmarket didn’t let up and it was young Atkinson’s turn to get on the score sheet. Once again some good passing moves found Griffiths wide right who crossed to Atkinson with an excellent finish. A reward Atkinson deserved for his tenacity during the game
After this goal Sudbury came at Newmarket but the team stood strong but after some perseverance Sudbury were able to win a short. Having been mostly a spectator until this point (not that he was complaining) McCourt did what all good goalkeepers do and maintained his concentration to ensure his first clean sheet in a Newmarket goal.
Newmarket did not let up and some excellent passing moves again led from Wilson and Leggett in the middle allowed Skelton to show why he has the reputation for being the fox in the box with 2 excellent strikes from either side of the D to leave the Sudbury goalkeeper scratching his head.
Newmarket might have had many more goals if not for some excellent saves from the Sudbury goalkeeper and Newmarket not as clinical as they will need to be in the future failing to take advantage of their many short corners.
Finally Newmarket completed the scoring when after some very good pass and go moves, Wilson found himself in front the Sudbury goal keeper and showed his awareness to square it to Griffiths to leave him with the simplest of finishes to complete his first ever Newmarket hat trick.
Following the game, though there were cases for any of the players MOTM was awarded to Mark Pears for playing an excellent game in defence and DOTD was awarded to Jordan Newnes for getting lost in a corner and demonstrating his lack of counting skills which is now trending on twitter #5playeraroundme #loudnoises
Overall a great start from the team who will be in no doubt that there will be harder challenges ahead but the attitude and determination the team displayed will hold them in good stead for the season ahead. This week the team travel to Norwich Dragons where they will be looking to continue this good start.
Newmarket Mens’ 2’s v North Norfolk 2’s: 4 – 0 win to N Norfolk.