Lowestoft Ladies 1’s v Newmarket Ladies 1’s: 4 – 1 win to Lowestoft.
Off the back of a well fought win, a weekend Newmarket first team travelled to Lowestoft with the hopes of continued success. In the first half, the defense of Zoe Bailey, Gail Parkins, Kerry Alderson and Faye Andreou absorbed and dealt well with the continued pressure from a well drilled Lowestoft side. Jade Atkinson kept Town in the game with a few key saves before Lowestoft finally scored from open play.
Newmarket dug in and Angel Fayers won a short corner from a great counter attack. The set play was broken-down by Lowestoft’s defense, however Newmarket’s forwards and midfield persevered, resulting in Donna Keates equalising. Newmarket kept up the pressure, but unfortunately could not convert another goal before the half-time whistle went. Lowestoft came to the second half determined to win, their counter-attacks were well drilled resulting in another goal for the home side.
Unfortunately for Newmarket the pressure sustained, the defense fought well, successfully defending one short corner after another, releasing play to Newmarket’s capable midfield. Lowestoft managed to breakdown Newmarket’s attacks and quickly counter attacked, putting Newmarket on the back foot and another goal down. Some disagreements with umpires resulted in a tense end to the second half, with Lowestoft putting the final nail in the coffin with a goal from a short corner. Final result 4-1 to Lowestoft.
Record Breaking Win for Newmarket Ladies 2’s V Cambridge South 3’s
Newmarket started of strong with the confidence of last week’s win under their belt and it wasn’t long before their confidence grew even stronger as the first goal was scored by Tracy Cockerill after just 1 minute 22 seconds.
Pushing forward and keeping the ball in the opposition’s half allowed a further 3 goals to be scored before 10 minutes had passed. Several short corners were awarded to see them smashed into the goal by Cassie Edgar-Ayms.
Stong passing between Rebecca Bunning, Stefanie Howard and Edgar-Ayms allowed Howard to slot away her first goal for the club, only to score another 2 during the game to get her hat-trick.
The score was 11-0 at half time so goalkeeper Sue Bullimore (C) who was yet to touch the ball decided to substitute herself and play with 11 field payers.
The second half started off strong however Cambridge South 3’s had seemed to find some fight. Feeling board at the back Sarah Ganiford and Holly Woods only had a handful of chances to play the ball but when South broke they were met with a flank of yellow shirts who stole possession and drove the ball back towards their own goal.
Some lovely play into the D allowed more goals to be scored by Hannah Kelly, Olivia Haste, Mel Podd and more from Edgar-Ayms and Howard. The final score was 18-0 which is a club record and Edgar-Ayms breaking another club record by scoring 8 goals in a game.
Player of the match was awarded to Edgar-Ayms.
Goal scorers – Tracy Cockerill x 2, Mel Podd x 1, Olivia Haste x 3 Stefanie Howard x 3, Hannah Kelly x 1 and Cassie Edgar-Ayms x 8.
Ely Ladies 2’s v Newmarket Ladies 3’s: 0 – 0
Sunshine and blue skies weren’t the only good thing about Saturday; The 3’s managed to remain unbeaten by Ely for a second week running, this week, facing their 2’s team.
An unenthusiastic start allowed the Ely ladies to break into our defensive area without any issue, which quickly woke Newmarket up from the early push back time and we came into our own. This dramatic change saw the whole team work in unison, very skilfully keeping a lot of the game on the attacking side. A lack of regular defenders meant that Hannah Fox was pulled back from the top of the pitch to help, which impressed the whole team with her ability to play anywhere!
Goal was reunited with Georgia Atherton, who made a few diving saves when needed, but overall barely breaking a sweat due to the control from the team. Defence had Janie Harrington, who impressed down the right side as always, Rachel in the centre, Captaining the team, Hannah Fox and Rebecca Barnes who was very strong on the left side. Midfield were put through their paces, as most of the game was equal, meaning they were forced to pull back to help the defenders and after an inevitable retrieval of the ball, stormed back up the pitch!
Well done Jess Logan and Helen Hansgate, who both worked amazingly hard- paying off by receiving joint man of the match! And Lydia who came on the pitch with enthusiasm and willingness to headbutt through the opposition with full force! (Which then turned out to be literally- sending the oppo player for stitches!) and (latecomer) Bronnie King who received ‘teddy’ for not reading teamer properly and turning up late! Forwards were Sophie Bell, Charlotte Abersteen and Brooke Le Marie. After more attempts than anyone can remember, managed to get a goal!..which was missed by the umpire and played on. Nevertheless, the Newmarket 3’s fought a strong game as always, and came away with a 0-0 result (1-0). A team to watch out for!
By Georgia Atherton Team: Georgia Atherton, Rachel Pegg (C), Janie Harrington, Rebecca Barnes, Hannah Fox, Jess Logan, Helen Hansgate, Lydia Wilmott, Bronnie King, Sophie Bell, Charlotte Abbersteen and Brooke Le Marie.
Avengers return to winning ways Newmarket 1’s 4 vs Harleston Magpies 4’s 2
After a disappointing couple of the weeks the team were determined to return to winning ways and were inspired to do so after witnessing the record breaking Ladies 2’s onslaught! Newmarket began brightly and after some of the usual feeling out, Will “Robin” Wilson fed the ball to Matthew “The (not my kinda) Thing” Holden who drove towards the Harleston goal. With some excellent off the ball running from James “Arrow” Atkinson to drag away the defender, Space opened up to continue his run before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal to give Newmarket the perfect start.
Newmarket continued to apply pressure but were caught napping and soon found themselves back on level terms. This did not distract the team from their objective and the side continued to create opportunities but were guilty of not taking these leading to what are affectionately known as within the squad as JJ moments. However, the belief paid off and Wilson spotting the run of Ed “Captain America” Griffiths played a perfectly weighted pass down the centre allowing Griffiths to run on and wrong foot the keeper guiding the ball into the right corner. Once again the team were caught napping and found themselves again level going into half time.
Some wise words form coach Nick “Professor X” Thorpe at half time and the team knew what they had to do to save the day. Newmarket began to move the ball around with more conviction and this paid off with Wilson finding Ben “Beast” Gottfredsen on the left, Griffiths dragging the defender away where Gottfredsen used the space to find Mike “Iron Man” Skelton in the D who calmly finished to restore the lead. The team worked hard to not allow Harleston at the goal and the hard work was once again rewarded when some linking up between Harry “Hulk” Bell and Josh “Spider-Man” Dawson to find Wilson, who drilled the ball to Gottfredsen who coolly finished on the far post to finish the game 4-2. The result is what the team deserved and needed after a tough 2 weeks and will look to keep the return to winning ways going next week.
Watton 1’s v Newmarket Mens 2’s: 1 – 4
Town took their ever improving side to deepest darkest Norfolk to play rock bottom Watton and came away with a deserved victory that keeps their winning streak alive.
With star striker Will Hoosegood away and Mathew Holden still unavailable Town were forced to shuffle their pack and moved McTaggart forward to play behind the ever improving Jonny Bunker. Whilst their running and movement created problems for a stubborn Watton backline few clear cut chances were created until the introduction of Wood. A series of neat quick passes involving Wright, Wood and McTaggart was neatly finished off by Peter Reed who tapped in for his second of the season.
This goal should have seen Town kick on and exert their dominance but it had the opposite effect and it was the home side who picked up the pace and started to take the game to Newmarket. Despite their lowly position Watton have some talented individual players, including a central midfield player who was far too handsome to have been local. It was he who popped up at the far post to tap home an equaliser which, on balance they probably deserved.
Thankfully for Town they have Alex “AA” Andreou, their own 4th emergency service. Now the wrong side of 35 AA may have lost a yard of pace but he still has the ability to boss games at this level and that is exactly what he did. It was AA who started the move which saw Wood arrive at the back post to slot home Town’s second and it was he that won the short corner that put them 2 up, and what a goal it was!
“Big” John Benediks pushed out to Harrington who drew the oncoming runner, played a neat 1-2 with AA and then sent a rocket of a flick home of the angle of post and bar. For just a second there was silence as the crowd stood in awe at what they had just seen, before they broke into a chorus of cheers and that strange sounding applause that you only hear in Norfolk.
The game became more stretched in the second half as legs tired and both teams were reduced to 10 men for needless yellow cards.
Towns 4th was scored by McTaggart but made by Charlie Wright. The young right half had his best game in Newmarket colours this weekend and this assist was no more than he deserved after putting in some excellent crosses and providing a constant threat down the Newmarket right.
Wright’s performance fully deserved the man of the match award, just pipping Damo “chopper” Rompowski. The Polish hard man never gives an inch and bullied his much larger forward all game.