Unfortunately all home games were postponed this week due to an unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre.
Men’s 2s: 7-2 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Away)
(Bunker 2, Harrington 2, Andreou, Baker, Wood)
Newmarket travelled to Ipswich without experienced right back Adrian Atkinson but with Alex Andreau and Dave Worrall available Drew Wood’s unbeaten side had realistic hopes of making it 3 wins from 3.
Town will want to forget a dour first half in which Wood gave them the lead but not much else noteworthy happened.
The second half was a totally different story. After a proper dressing down from Wood, the inspirational skipper made some tactical changes, dropping Harrington into central midfield and moving Andreau into a high forward role. It took only a few minutes to pay dividends. A quick break involving Trent and Donald set up Andreau who sent a rocket of a shot past the Cranes stopper. 2 – 1. Game on.
As Cranes tired the game opened up. Mighty Mike, Simon Donald and Jonny “Library Card” Bunker tormented the Cranes left side and craved out chance after chance. Bunker danced past the full back and cut inside. A neat bit of skill found a foot in the D. Slick short corner number 1 and Bunkers added his name to the score sheet.
A few minutes later and it’s time for slick short corner number 2. This time its Harrington making it 4.
The 3rd of the routines came next and Trent was an inch away from making it 3 from 3 from shorts.
Donald was rampant in the centre of the park and Andreau unplayable in “the Alex zone” – that area just outside the D where his trickery forces defenders to dive in leaving him the choice of going past them or winning a short. This time he went past them before finding Harrington who made it 3-3 with a diving shot.
Harrington could and should have had a 3rd but his thunderbolt of a shot was saved. After the game the Cranes keeper confessed that he was bringing his glove up to applaud the strike and getting a touch on it was pure luck.
Bunker burst past his man and rifled home the 6th before Baker capped a solid defensive display with the 7th.
Donald’s good form continued. Andreau and Worrall rolled back the years and looked a cut above Div 5. Atkinson looked confident in the Town goal. But the real star of the show was Jonny Bunker. Man of the Match for the 2nd week running and with 3 goals in 3 games the pacey right winger has really come of age. He tormented his full back all afternoon. Whether cutting inside to shoot, or hitting the back line and looking to cross he kept the Cranes defenders guessing all game. 1st Team skipper Newnes will no doubt be looking the man dubbed “a better looking Josh Dawson” in the near future.
Saturday sees Town host table topping Bury St Edmunds.
Ladies’ 2s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge City 5 (Away)
Newmarket Ladies’ 2s are off to a flyer in their first league match coming off with a win, 2-0 against Cambridge City 5s. Starting off strong Newmarket ladies dominated the pitch, keeping formation tight and playing off short sharp passes, there was no lack in communication as the team played soundly together. The midfield worked hard Helen Hansgate was seemingly ubiquitous, working in a lovely trio alongside Emma “Welshy” Russell-Price and Hayley Tydeman. Tydeman scored the first goal with the support of returning Tracy “who said retirement?” Cockerill, who had been first to take the shot. At the end of the first half it was 1-0, with some wise words from the captain Zoe Bailey and coach Chris Evans we came out strong but City were straight on us, changing formation and getting to our defence, heading for the D, but luckily with goalie Sue Bullimore our goal area was in safe hands. Newmarket’s second goal came from Jess Allen who, thrown into midfield instead of her usual full back position, found herself in the attacking D, at the keeper’s pads, sweeping a cross which rebounded directly to her twice and on the 3rd attempt sang through the goalie’s pads. She may never find herself in the back four again!
MoM was Hayley Tydeman on her club debut and DoD was Georgia Atherton for leaving her perfectly good stick in her broken down car.
The first time Newmarket L2s have won their first match of season since 2014-15, they are looking to stake early prospects of promotion when they meet Haverhill 2s next week.
Ladies’ 4s: 1-3 loss vs Oppo 1 (Away)