Looking to build on their undefeated start to the season Newmarket host early season pace setter Norwich City 2’s at home. With a strong squad to select from Newmarket went into the game looking for the season first win.
Newmarket started well, moving the ball round the back at space and down the channel for the forwards to run onto. For the third time this season they took the lead. Chris Leggett fed Michael Skelton whose shot was smothered by the keeper and forced home by Josh Dawson.
Norwich soon levelled after a mix up in midfield between 2 of town’s players the midfielder running unopposed to the top of Newmarket’s where he beat Chris Routs with a thundering reverse stick finish. They then took the lead after from a penalty corner, Routs saved the initial effort from a tight angle, but the ball bounced of the post and in.
Newmarket responded well for the rest of the half and rightly equalised when Matt Holden won a penalty corner. Oliver Wade produced an unstoppable drag flick which brushed the post on its way in.
Newmarket then created a host of opportunities in the run up to half time, with Alex Andreou, James Wrinch, Adam Tozer and Josh Dawson creating some lovely moves down the right. During this phase of play Newmarket should really have scored at least twice and were made to pay in the second half.
During the first half twice the Newmarket skipper was spoken to about his teams conduct, advise that wasn’t headed when Dave Worrall saw yellow for breaking down play in the 25 and then Ollie Wade for dissent. This really changed the face of the game, giving Norwich back the initiative. Norwich took the lead while Newmarket were down to 10 men. Breaking quickly from midfield a feature of their game all day Routs saved the one of won, the follow up was heading in, but it struck Newnes’s foot. The umpire awarded a stroke, despite advice from his colleague that there were 2 defenders on the line. They converted and took the lead.
The last 10 minutes were frenetic, Norwich were reduced to 10 and Newmarket worked tirelessly to try and get an equaliser, Skelton bring a fantastic save out of the keeper in the last few seconds who injured himself in the process, with 19 seconds to go Norwich thumped the ball to the other end of the pitch for an underserved victory, Newmarket were left incredibly frustrated.
This season is proving as tough as expected, the team need to capitalise on the number of chances that they created, but remain positive, they have competed in all 3 games and taken the lead in each game, there are areas to improve and we’ll sort them out.
Man of the match was a close run thing, Wrinch was again superb in the middle, Josh Dawson had a good game on the right and up front, but it went to Jordan Newnes for a superb game at centre back against a dangerous centre forward.
Dick of the day was a landslide, for forgetting his own shorts and having to borrow a nice orange tight pair from coach Nic Thorpe it went to Adam Tozer.