Newmarket Ladies 1’s v’s St Neots Ladies 1’s: 5-1 win to St Neots.
Another painful defeat hit the ladies 1st team this week; their opposition were St Neots who are now 4th in the league table.
Newmarket began playing with a hint of optimism but as the rain began to fall so did the level of skill on both sides of the pitch. Newmarket found themselves on the back foot and as St Neots players and coaches strengthened in confidence and voice Town were unnerved allowing their opposition to flock the D and hit 3 shots into goal within quick succession.
The break was welcomed by Newmarket giving a chance for reflection. Encouraged by their fantastic travelling supporters and Captain, Newmarket showed a glimmer of fighting spirit and some progressive moves began to appear. Although after time, play was at deadlock between the teams and without any coaching support – Town were unable to make any tactical changes to unsettle their opposition who again took up the challenge, and in full flow put another 2 goals passed the Newmarket defence.
A consolation goal came for Town after a weaving move down the left with a shot deflecting off the keeper’s helmet into goal. The team felt that Newmarket had missed the opportunity to at least bag a point from the game and now find themselves at the bottom of the table.
Player of the match for some great gloves away from goal was Sue Bullimore who shared the honours with Louise Downs for her persistence in both defending and attacking.
Newmarket 1’s v’s Shefford & Sandy 1’s: 4-1 win to Shefford & Sandy
Travelling away to Shefford and Sandy; Newmarket depleted in numbers due to sickness knew a tough challenge lay ahead of them.
Shefford and Sandy opened the scoring after a quick break down the right side after just 2 minutes. Newmarket feeling frustrated started to hit long chance balls to no positive effect. Captain Gail McDonnell rallied her side although Newmarket began to step off the ball and allowed Shefford and Sandy to convert again in the 15th minute. Five minutes later a stop before goal from a Newmarket player was deemed a foul and a penalty flick was awarded. The ball narrowly escaped the clutches of keeper Sue Bullimore to give Shefford and Sandy a 3-0 lead going into half time.
After the break Newmarket began to gel more as a team and in defence Isabel Hooley worked well with first team newcomer Lorna Freeman to gain momentum towards the wings. With calmer attitudes Newmarket began to push on their opposition’s defence creating a short corner. On target, Tracy Cockerill hit to Di Thomas waiting top D, she slipped to Louise Downs who struck the ball into the depths of the Shefford and Sandy goal.
Now matching their opposition in midfield Newmarket looked sharper. This created unrest for Shefford and after a spell of interference, one of their players were awarded a green card. Newmarket gained strength as the match continued with Hayley Stoneman and Claire McDonnell providing numerous goal scoring chances for Town. Despite the final score ending in favour of Shefford and Sandy the second half was a very evenly matched and the team will draw the positives from the match to develop their game play further.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v’s Cambridge Nomads 1’s: 3-1 win to Newmarket.
With Newmarket’s league position looking precarious the team knew they must produce a good result for their third league game of the season against Cambridge Nomads.
A sprightly start from Newmarket caused an array of positive passing to all areas of the pitch. A beautiful move was created by Jasmine Wombwell in defence; she passed to Claire McDonnell who drove the ball up the pitch. After a swift one two with Di Thomas Hayley Stoneman hit the target to put Town in front after just seven minutes.
With both teams battling to keep possession in midfield there seemed acres of space for Newmarket to use their wide players – Tracy Cockerill and Jenny Richards. Despite a few more goal front showdowns the score remained for the same for the first half.
Newmarket starting the second half, looked a little sluggish and top class defending from Gail McDonnell, Clodie Rolph, Louise Downs and keeping by Sue Bullimore kept Nomads at bay until nineteen minutes had gone when the opposition levelled the score from a goal line scrap.
Again finding a lot of space out wide Zoe Bailey combined with Georgie Kerr who unleashed a killer pass to Thomas – she was fouled one on one to goal and a penalty stroke was awarded. Downs confidently put the ball away to put Town back in front again.
All that remained was for Newmarket to keep possession and push for a further lead – Stoneman put the game to bed by scoring her second in fine style three minutes before time.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v’s Ely. (6-0 win to Ely)
Newmarket’s league opener against local rivals Ely proved a tough challenge.
Ely who were very confident on the ball from the start scored early on by creating space down their right wing and weaving the ball past the Newmarket defence.
Newmarket determined not to let their opposition gain momentum managed to break from a misjudged Ely short corner, and despite having an overload of attacking players available failed to convert due to a foul.
Ely managed to utilise their speed and one touch abilities to pepper the Newmarket goal with shots and tremendous goalkeeping work from Sue Bullimore ensured the first half only finished 1-0 to Ely.
The second half continued in a similar fashion although Town began to level the speed of their opponents and more challenges were put to the Ely keeper. Despite notable efforts from the Newmarket defence, Ely managed to bag three goals in quick succession.
An injury to Bullimore meant that Zoe Bailey took on goal keeping responsibilities and the home team rallied to keep the pressure off her.
The last ten minutes Town were beginning to make progress with their attacking play and although Ely converted two more chances Newmarket will take great experience away from the game.
Isabel Hooley was names man of the match for great movement and distribution of the ball.
Cambridge City v’s Newmarket Ladies 1’s (4-2 win to Newmarket)
Newmarket went away to Cambridge City for their last pre-season friendly. From the off Newmarket dominated possession, playing a strong passing game. Town had many shots on goal and although the Cambridge keeper showed some great defencive work Newmarket’s persistence was rewarded with a goal from Claire McDonnell.
The first half continued with Town pressing hard on the Cambridge D and they were left feeling as though they should have converted more chances.
The second half Cambridge were keen to fight on and they were rewarded from a slick move with an equaliser. Newmarket were forced to step up a gear and utilise their wide players. Good distribution from the midfield allowed Georgie Kerr to break free; she passed to McDonnell who slammed the ball into goal for her second. However Cambridge were quick to level the score soon after; just beating stand in keeper Mel Jones.
The play settled and Town regained their flow from the first half and Hayley Stoneman stepped up to score Newmarket’s third. Despite some good break aways from Cambridge Newmarket hit the target once more from Di Thomas sneaking the ball in at the far post leaving the final score 4-2.
Newmarket ladies 1st team start their league campaign next week against local rivals Ely.
(Friendly) Newmarket Ladies 1st’s v Bury St Edmunds Ladies 2nds
9-2 win to Newmarket
Newmarket ladies 1st team started their pre-season friendly campaign last Saturday against Bury St Edmunds 2nd team. This season Newmarket find themselves promoted to the East League, Division 2 (NW) and as Bury were relegated from this level last season the stage was set for an even contest.
It was Bury who started the scoring through a puzzling deflection after 5 minutes despite early dominance from Newmarket. It took a further 20 minutes for the home side to reply through a Louise Downs penalty corner strike. Soon after this Newmarket got into their stride and began to make the ball do the work, passing around the opposition. In the last 5 minutes of the first half Newmarket extended their lead by another 3 goals through Hayley Stoneman and Di Thomas who converted two chances.
The second half Bury were keen to revive their performance and pushed hard on the Newmarket defence. Stalwart defending from Isabel Hooley and Clodie Rolph kept the opposition at bay and great link up play to Jazz Wombwell and Jenny Richards created the space and width that town needed to score a further 3 goals through Stoneman, Thomas and Richards. Bury struck back through a quick break, a shot that narrowly beat town keeper Sue Bullimore.
Play began to weaken as both teams showed a slight lack of fitness but Newmarket sealed their victory with a further 2 goals in the last 15 minutes from Stoneman and Thomas. Team Captain Gail McDonnell and coach Colin Seakins were satisfied with the team’s result and notable performances came from Georgina Kerr, Peri Green and Rebecca Swift who were all making their 1st team debuts.
Team trials are over and sides are being selected. However, if you missed it all and fear it is too late, then think again… we’re still looking for players and as training commences this week, why not come along and get involved. Friendlies are coming up soon and news of these matches will be posted here. Competitive league and cup fixtures begin from 18th September for the ladies and the following weekend for the men.
Fixtures for the ladies’ 1s and the men’s 1s are now up on the website!!
The ladies, promoted last year, are now in the East league Division 2 NW. Their opening matches is against Arch-rivals Ely City 1s – should prove to be a great opener!! They’ll also be up against Cambridge Nomads 1s, Cambridge University 2s and St. Neots 1s among others…
The men were close to being relegated last year from Div 5NW, but should be confident of a good season this year providing the lads give a little more commitment to the team. Their opening fixture is against City of Peterborough 7s. Ely who finished 3rd last year move up to Div 4.