After two weeks off due to the weather and Easter Newmarket Ladies 1’s were feeling slightly out of practise for the double head league game and cup final against Cambridge South.
Unable to win the league Newmarket were keen to get some silverware for the club, and started the game on the front foot attacking Cambridge from the off. The Cambridge defence soaked up waves of Newmarket attack but it was only a matter of time before Newmarket were to break the deadlock when Lydia Evans struck a cracking ball into the D for Beth Wombwell to pick out a superb deflection into the back of the net. The goal settled Newmarket and some great work from the whole team allowed the attacks and shots to keep coming, with both Kerry Alderson and April Atkinson creating some great chances. It was from one of these attacks that a Cambridge player stopped a shot at goal on the line. Lydia Evans stepped up for the penalty flick and coolly pushed the ball under the keeper to make 2-0. Newmarket’s fitness started to wane in the last few minutes of the first half and Cambridge tried to utilise on this but some great saves by Jade Atkinson meant the score stayed at 2-0 into half time.
Some good direction at half time from coach Chris Evans meant the second half started as the first with Newmarket pushing the ball around well and creating some good attacks. Some great play from the back by Faye Andreou and Jasmine Wombwell set up several attacks with solid shots by both Sam Brooke and Gail Parkins just going wide. Newmarket continued to play the ball around building the attack and creating great space, one such move allowed a composed Angel Fayers to hit a well thought out shot at goal to make the score 3-0. Newmarket continued to moving the ball around and several shots followed. Cambridge managed to threaten the Newmarket goal a couple of times but despite the heat taking it toll Newmarket managed to soak up the pressure. With some great goal stopping tackles from Hayley Stoneman, Louise Downs and Zoe Bailey. Newmarket didn’t lose concentration and despite have a few many chances were happy to finish the game with a 3-0 win.