Sudbury IV 2 – 3 Newmarket II
Newmarket’s newly formed second team played their last pre-season friendly away at Sudbury. With a few players unavailable through injury captain Pete Boyle was still able to field a squad of 13 which looks good for the coming season.
Newmarket started off dominating the game, the Midfield of Ben Gottfredsen, Andrew Beardon, Will Balding and Ben Coupe maintaining possession and finding forwards Mark Simpson and Rob Green with ease. Newmarket spent much of the time off the front foot despite some rather robust challenges in the middle of the park.
Rob Green’s movement caused the defence many problems, he got his reward when he controlled a through ball, beat the goal keeper and slotted into an empty net, this seemed to galvanise Sudbury who began to pressure Newmarket’s back four of Pete Boyle, Adrian Atkinson, Daren Jenkins and Chris Evans. Goal Keeper Chris Warren made numerous saves to keep his team in the game.
Sudbury scored a fortunate goal with 5 minutes to go before half time, the ball deflecting of a defenders foot, leaving keeper Warren with no chance. With the score level Newmarket went back on the attack. Will Balding drove the right wing, beat a man and crossed the ball, where youngster Jordan Walker was unlucky to hit the post. Sudbury however went down the other end and scored, making it 2-1 just on the half time whistle.
Newmarket felt very unlucky to be behind, having dominated most of the game. Fortunately they had a match winner in the ranks. The team forced several short corners. From one Andrew Beardon’s shot from the top of the D clattered the backboards low to the keepers left. Soon afterwards he scored a goal of the season contender, rattling the underside of the bar from the top of the D. The midfielder didn’t score last season, but since becoming the father of twins in the summer he has scored two goals in both of the two games he has played this season. Let’s hope the goals keep coming two by two, hurrah!
Pete Boyle was very proud of his team’s performance, but the club would still like additional players, regardless of experience. The club strives to be a friendly welcoming place for everybody. If you are interested please have a look at the website for training times. www.newmarkethockeyclub.com