16 January 2012

- Mens’ 1’s Play Cool Under Pressure

Newmarket I 3–0 City of Peterborough VI
Goal scorers: Mike Skelton x 2, Ollie Wade
Newmarket hosted a Peterborough team they only seem to play in extremes of temperature, having played in October during a heat wave they were fortunate that this game was one of the few locally not to have been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Newmarket almost scored in the first minute, Matt Holden robbing the centre back at the top of the D and forcing a smart stop from the keeper. The team expected a high energy start but as in the first match, they found Peterborough well organised and difficult to break down. The next 15 minutes or so were very even, Newmarket kept possession better than they have in previous weeks and managed to maintain possession in the other half without trying to force the ball too frequently. By keeping the ball the team forced a succession of short corners, which Peterborough either defended well or Newmarket wasted.
Gradually Newmarket began to wear down Peterborough’s stubborn resistance, by working the ball round the back and pulling the defence out switching the point of attack. Dave Worrall drove forward from right back and after a slick move featuring Matt Holden, Josh Dawson and Chris Leggett, Mike Skelton finished neatly into the bottom corner on his reverse stick.
Newmarket soon scored a second from a similarly flowing move, this time the ball started with the right back and went through Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes, to left back Will Wilson, the ball was played up the pitch involving the whole midfield before it was played back to Wilson, who’s reverse stick cross was tapped into an empty net by Ollie Wade.
Josh Dawson thought he had scored a third but it was disallowed for a foot, the half time whistle went with Newmarket keeper Chris Routs reduced to a rather cold spectator. The second half continued in the same vein, Dawson’s great movement enabled Wilson to pick him out with a defence splitting pass, he was clattered as he rounded the keeper, with the ball rolling to Mark Pears the umpire played a good advantage as Pears squared to Skelton for his second of the game. Dwarf Dawson had another goal disallowed from a short corner for apparently impeding the large goalkeeper meaning the top scorer was unable to add to his tally today.
The whistle set to draw to a close a very solid Newmarket performance, the score line didn’t reflect the team’s dominance, but with keeper Routs not touching the ball for the third game this season the team are starting to the lay the defensive foundations they may need in future seasons.
In the bar afterwards Man of the match was very close, Chris Leggett played very well in the middle, Simon Harrington was commanding at centre back, Mike Skelton moved well up front, but Dave Worrall clinched it for an outstanding display at right back.
Dick of the Day was pretty one-sided, Wilson won it hands down for pulling his aerial pass over his shoulder narrowly missing a host of parked cars. Next week’s game is away against St Neots, after putting 13 past them at the start of the season the team are very much looking forward to it!

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16 January 2012

- Mens Friendly v South

Newmarket 1 – 0 Cambridge South

Newmarket entertained a strong Cambridge South team from the league above for a friendly match the week before the second half of season commences next week. With former South player Mark Pears in Newmarket starting eleven, Newmarket know that their opposition were very organised a didn’t concede many, having conceded one less than Newmarket so far this season.

Newmarket were without regulars Josh Dawson, Mike Skelton, Dave Worrall and Ben Gottfredsen but were able to field a strong line up. With Chris Routs in goal, a strong back four of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and debutant kiwi tourist Drew Valoral. The defence marshalled the opposition pacy attack well and created a strong platform for the midfield of Adam Gallop, Ollie Wade, Chris Leggett and Alex Andreou.

Upfront Matthew Holden and Mark Pears, put in a great shift running the channels and forcing numerous penalty corners. As has become unfortunately become the norm this season Newmarket wasted the half dozen penalty corners, having practiced them onm Thursday the absence of key men Skelton and Dawson had an impact. Cambridge South had a couple of short corners of their and Newmarket were grateful to Routs for a couple of good stops.

For the first time this season, Newmarket went into the interval with the game scoreless. At half time the teams spoke about the fact there would only be a goal in it at the end and there were to be proved right.

With 15 minutes to go, the game was still scoreless, but it was also becoming quite stretched as both teams suffered the effects of too much turkey and 3 weeks off! Fortunately it was Newmarket that got the goal, Wilson recovering from a appalling first touch to square to Holden and the top of the D, he rifled the ball against the back boards.

With 10 minutes to go, Harrington limped off with cramp, Valoral moved into the centre and Will Balding slotted in at right back, Newmarket held on to keep the momentum going before next weeks important match at home to City of Peterborough 6.

The team should be very proud if winning a hard game, performances of note were he defensive unit, Chris Leggett and Alex Andreou who played very well in a stretched midfield and Matt Holden up front, whose movement and tricky caused South problems all game. Newmarket still need to nail their penalty corners if they are going to record the scores that their play warrants.

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12 December 2011

- Narrow Victory For Men’s 1’s

Boston 2 – 3 Newmarket
Goal Scorers – Will Wilson, Ben Gotfredsen, Josh Dawson
Newmarket travelled away to Boston, their sixth away game before Christmas. With the closet away game having been against Peterborough everybody is looking forward to much shorter journeys in the New Year.
After a very sharp warm up Newmarket started well, dominating possession from the start, Mike Skelton and Mark Pears moved off the ball well, and it soon became clear that it was the Boston strategy to defend deep and to try and prevent Newmarket playing through them. After a swift attack featuring Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson Newmarket won their first penalty corner of the game, Will Wilson rattled the backboards from the top of the D.
Newmarket continued to dominate but as in previous weeks the team often made the wrong decision in the final third of the pitch. With the defence of Will Balding, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Ollie Wade pushing high, Newmarket were undone with a aerial over the top down the middle of the pitch, Boston broke at pace to beat keeper Chris Routs and forcing an equaliser.
Unperturbed Newmarket went forward again and soon went back in front, good work by Ollie Wade down the left created space for Ben Gotfredsen, his cross was deflected into the net by a Boston defender for his first goal of the season. Newmarket expected to go on now and assert their authority, Holden won another penalty corner, which was slipped to wade, and his pass was deflected in by Dawson through the keeper’s legs.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket leading by three goals to one. Captain Will Wilson demanded that his team sent a message to the league by going into the Christmas break having not let themselves down in the last league match of the year. In fairness the team listened to his words and dominated possession for the second half, but they were incapable of scoring. At some point it almost became a competition to see who could miss from the closest distance.
The first candidate was Gotfredsen, Wilson beat a couple of men and drove the line, the keeper guess the ball was being cut back, Wilson rolled the ball along the line for Gotfredsen who seemed to freeze and only react when the ball had passed the far post, when he then pushed the ball wide. The team looked round in disbelief, certain that they had made up their mind who was going to win the prestigious dick of the day award.
Minutes later Mark Pears decided to stake his claim, Wilson intercepted in the left back position before playing the ball down the line, Pears kept it in and released it to Skelton who played a quick pass to Holden whom returned it to Pears down the right wing, the ball was out of reach of the on rushing keeper and just in front of Pears who took a few touches without ever gaining full control of the ball and managed to dribble the ball into the side of the goal. The last miss was unbelievable, this one was just comical. Gotfredsen breathed a huge sigh of relief!
Boston punished Newmarket when they broke from another Newmarket attack, the young midfielder running from his own half beating a couple of players, Keeper Chris Routs and centre back Harrington’s despairing dive still allowed him to slot it into the far corner. It was now game on and Newmarket were fortunate that keeper Routs made another sharp stop to keep Town in front.
There was then a flash point in what had been an otherwise good tempered game, after a short corner had broken down, the Boston keeper head butted Mike Skelton, the umpire saw the offence and issued a straight red card. Resulting in an interruption to play whilst a substitute keeper was kitted up by Boston. There was still time on the clock and Boston continued to put up a spirited display that belies their position at the bottom of the table. The game remained tense, but drifted to a conclusion, Newmarket got the three points they craved, but hadn’t pulled up any trees.
Newmarket’s inability to take their chances has been a real feature over the last month, the game wasn’t helped by the local football team who seemed able to frequently kick the ball on the pitch whenever Newmarket where threatening. A bigger issue was missing two open goals and converting only two of sixteen penalty corners. This is something that really needs to be worked on for 2012 to make sure the team ram home their advantage and achieve the promotion they crave.
Man of the match was Chris Leggett for an outstanding use of the ball and covering every part of the pitch, dick of the day was Mark Pears. The next league game is at home against Peterborough on Saturday 14th January 2012.

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5 December 2011

- Men’s 1st Team Draw Despite Team Shuffle

Men’s 1’s: Horncastle 2 – 2 Newmarket
Goalscorers- Will Wilson, Josh Dawson
Newmarket made the long trip to Horncastle missing three regular players, Alex Andreou was still banned, Mike Skelton was constructing stairs in his dolls house and Dave Worrall re-training the computer says no woman from Little Britain. With many of the more experienced second team players unable to help out the team were grateful to Darren Jenkins who interrupted his lay in and agreed to play at short notice.
With second playing away at fourth and third in the league facing a tricky away game the team hoped it was an opportunity to put some more space between them and second placed Peterborough, the end result meant that Peterborough have closed the gap to three points. With the absentees the team was forced into a re-shuffle and never looked totally comfortable. They faced an organised Horncastle team that played 2 leagues above Newmarket last season. After five minutes it became clear that this game was going to be a battle, not helped by the Astroturf, which with its coating of mud, they could grow cabbages on, if and when it gets condemned.
Newmarket thought they had taken the lead when Josh Dawson was put through on goal, his initial shot was saved by the keeper before he put in the rebound. The goal was given until the opposition appealed for a foot. With neither umpires having seen the infringement, it was surprising that they overturned the decision, but they did reach the right verdict in the end. Newmarket threatened again when Holden blasted high and wide with the goal gaping. As the first half progressed Horncastle began to dominant, Will Wilson and Chris Leggett seems to be out numbered in the middle and the additional man took full advantage, setting up a couple of chances Newmarket were fortunate Horncastle couldn’t capitalise on. The half time whistle went with the game scoreless.
The second half started with Newmarket were determined to grind out a result, Holden and Pears took it in turns to drop into midfield and pick up the spare man. Horncastle had other ideas and weren’t prepared to lay down. The oppositions centre back hit the ball towards the D, a player at the top of the D miss controlled the pass, deflecting it to a player at the far post for a tap in, soon after they doubled their lead after a poor bit of defending leaving keeper Chris Routs again with no chance. The team now had a real battle on their hands and looked like they were down and out. However centre back Simon Harrington started to push forward, Ollie Wade moved to left back, pushing Ben Gotfredsen further forward. Passes that 10 minutes earlier weren’t finding their men and hitting opposition feet began to find their targets.
Holden hit the inside of the post from the top of the D, Mark Pears was fouled by the keeper and Newmarket won their first penalty corner, the keeper saved a Wilson flick, but Newmarket’s tails were up. Josh Dawson won another penalty corner, it was slipped to Wade who fired at the far post where Dawson was inches away from deflecting it goal wards. The game was now dominated by Newmarket, Holden won another penalty corner with Dawson’s deflection saved on the line. Just when it seemed that Newmarket were not going to capitalise on the pressure, the first goal came from Wilson sending the keeper the wrong way from another penalty corner, suddenly it was game on. A minute later the scores were level with Dawson’s reverse stock shot deflecting into the roof of the net by the man trying to clear on the line.
There was only going to be one winner now and as adrenaline pumped the umpires asked the captains of both teams to calm their players down. Newmarket threatened again but seemed to have lost their momentum, with 5 minutes to go despite Mark Pears going close they couldn’t force the winner.
Man of the match was Darren Jenkins for a solid debut at right back, he was run close by Simon Harrington who was outstanding at centre back. The team were grateful to Horncastle for providing two very competent umpires. Next week the team are away at Boston, the last long away game of the season, three points will be essential to ensure they go into Christmas with a lead!

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28 November 2011

- Marching On

Newmarket 7 – 0 March II
Goal scorers – Ollie Wade x 2, Mark Pears, Mike Skelton, Matt Holden, Will Wilson and Adam Gallop
Newmarket were missing 3 regulars for this blustery November match, captain Will Wilson called up Will Balding and Adam Gallop from the second team and moved himself into midfield to rekindle last seasons effective central midfield partnership with Chris Leggett. They faced a March side with a poor away record so expected to rack up win number 9 from their tenth league game of the season.
Newmarket dominated from the off, creating and squandering many good chances. Man of the match Matt Holden wrecked havoc down the right hand side, combined with Mike Skelton and Mark Pears movement up front meant March couldn’t contain the team.
Wilson almost broke the deadlock, clipping the post from the top of the D before Mark Pears broke the deadlock. Mike Skelton slammed the second home at waist height shortly afterwards. Goal keeper Chris Routs was a virtual spectator, with the defence well marshalled by the experienced Simon Harrington. The big centre back has been working hard at improving his fitness and the team are starting to notice the benefit. Together with Dave Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Balding they moved the ball well round the back, changing the point of attack.
Newmarket were unlucky not to be awarded a flick when a March player stopped a Holden goal bound effort with his shoulder. Newmarket were 2 goals to the good at half time but were determined to extend their lead in the second half.
Matt Holden scored the third from a goal mouth scramble lifting the ball over the goalkeeper. Will Wilson scored the fourth with a flick from a short corner. Newmarket were now rampant and scored a great team goal for the fifth. A move that involved almost every player culminated with Ollie Wade beating his man, and cutting into the D where he beat the goalie at the near post.
Adam Gallop capped a solid display tapping home Skelton’s cross to finish another sweeping move. Wilson rattled the post again from another penalty corner before Ollie Wade capped a fine performance with his second and the teams seventh goal from a short corner.
In truth March battled well and didn’t give in but the game wasn’t really a contest, Newmarket expects much more of a battle in the next 2 games away against Horncastle and Boston. Two victories should send the team into Christmas with a bit of breathing space at the top!

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22 November 2011

- Men’s 1’s Beaten By Deeping

Bourne Deeping II 3 – 1 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled north to Deeping St James knowing that if they won and results went their way they would be 8 points clear by the end of the day. Bourne Deeping had other ideas and provided Newmarket with their stern test, and one ultimately they weren’t able to match.
With Worrall unable to play due to work commitments and Dawson in Lapland seeking work for the festive period, Newmarket took a bare eleven to Deeping. They started well carving out a great opportunity in the first 30 seconds. Newmarket eventually took the lead in the 10th minute. Alex Andreou’s hit from outside the 25 rebounding of the post leaving Mark Pears with a tap in. Matt Holden was instrumental in winning numerous penalty corners, Deeping defended them well with 2 of Andreou’s strikes being cleared of the line.
Deeping mounted a few of the own attacks mainly down their right hand side, from one attack goal-keeper Routs made a sharp stop, deflected into the forwards foot, he squared to a team mate who scored. Newmarket felt aggrieved as it was a clear foot, but Deepings umpire didn’t see the offence and couldn’t give something he hadn’t seen. Deeping soon scored a second goal, Newnes was harshly adjudged to have intentionally put the ball over the backline, from the resulting short corner, Harrington went missing at the far post and Deeping capitalised.
Newmarket created plenty of chances of their own, Pears could have done with more composure in front of goal, twice missing first time efforts when he had time to take a touch. Skelton had the opportunity to finish of another move but took too long to get his shot of allowing a defender to clear with the goal gaping. Deeping then made it three from another short corner when the strike wriggled through the logging keepers pads into the back of the net.
The half time whistle went, Newmarket did feel that the umpires hadn’t applied the rules consistently on the first half but were determined to re double their efforts in the second half. Newmarket had the majority of the game, despite having Chris Leggett deservedly sent off for dissent. The team wasted a couple more penalty corners, before Will Wilson glanced the post with a flick from the top of the D. When Chris Leggett returned to the pitch they continued to dominate, Skelton won a penalty flick, which Captain Wilson wasted allowing the keeper to make a save. Newmarket started to feel it wasn’t their day.
This was compounded with 5 minutes to go when both teams had a man each for sent off, Andreou was fouled by the Deeping centre midfielder several times. With the new self pass rule, preventing the opponent tackling for 5 yards sometimes giving a decision can now be an advantage. As it was both players suffered as a direct result of the umpires not taking charge of the game. With the opponent towering over him Andreou tried to get off the floor, only for the Deeping player to try and head butt him. For some reason the young umpire felt both players deserved a red card, leaving Newmarket and many spectators scratching their head in disbelief.
This should detract from the Market Deeping performance, they took their chances and therefore warranted the victory. Newmarket made many individual errors and didn’t take any of the numerous chances on offer. The only players to come out with credit were stand in right back Ben Gotfredsen, left midfield Ollie “keep it positive” Wade and man of the match Mike Skelton.
Next week Newmarket are at home to March, the team will look to get over this week’s blip and return to the championship form they have demonstrated all season.

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14 November 2011

- Newmarket Maintain 100% Win Record

Newmarket town 4 Peterborough Town 0.

Newmarket kept up their 100% start to the leagues season with a convincing win over 3rd placed Peterborough.

With Ben Gottfredsen unavailable due to work commitments Will Hosegood was drafted in for his first team debut.

Newmarket started brightly and dominated precession from the outset. As the understanding between Pears and Skelton develops each week Newmarket’s front two were yet again a constant threat.

Town took the lead through Will Wilson when the skipper rifled home a loose ball after a short corner broke down.

Peterborough came back into the game for a period but had no outlet as Jordan Newnes dominated their lone forward.

A quick exchange of passes in the midfield followed by a wonderfully waited through pass from Skelton set Pears on his way. The forwards electric pace took him through on goal, his composure took him round the keeper and only a Peterborough foot on the line prevented a second. Pears stepped up and coolly converted the resulting penalty stroke.

At 2 -0 up Peterborough may well have had a lifeline but the agility of Chris Routs in the Town goal. Largely a spectator for so many games this season Routs took the opportunity to remind everybody of his class. Further smart saves, including a brilliant diving save with his stick earned him a well deserved man of the match award.

As the half drew to a close Dawson made it 3, arriving late to tap in following yet another flowing move.

Both teams let them selves down in the second half. Ill discipline resulted in a flurry of cards which saw Worral, Andreou who and 2 Peterborough players spend periods on the side line.

Newmarket continued to dominate and Skelton capped another fine performance with the town fourth.

Next week Newmarket travel to 2nd place Bourne Deeping hoping for a similar performance without the silly yellow cards.

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7 November 2011

- Newmarket win top of the table showdown

Alford & District 2 – 3 Newmarket
Goal scorers – Will Wilson, Matt Holden & Mike Skelton
Newmarket made the long trip to Skegness to take on the team that they were promoted with last year and fellow title challengers -Alford. Who had won their last home game 16-2, but then lost heavily away last week.
Newmarket won the toss and took control of the game from the first whistle. The team moved the ball from one flank to the other changing the point of attack with ease. The defence of Dave Worrall, Jordan Newnes, Simon Harrington and Will Wilson snuffed out any attacks and kept goal keeper Chris Routs a spectator for much of the half.
With a squad of 13, midfielders Chris Leggett, Ben Gotfredsen, Alex Andreou, Ollie Wade & Josh Dawson made good use of the rolling substitutions. They were able to find forwards Matt Holden, Mike Skelton and Mark Pears to create numerous goal scoring chances. Unfortunately the team were unable to capitalise on all these opportunities, either from open play or penalty corners. Credit must go to the Alford keeper for plenty of smart saves, but all too often the team wasted good goal scoring chances.
Alford occasionally threatened on the break, forcing a penalty corner which was well defended by Newnes, and a routine stop from Routs at the near post. With the first half drawing to a conclusion, Matt Holden was fouled in the D, the umpire awarded a penalty corner. Captain Will Wilson stepped up and flicked the ball into the roof of the net above the logging keeper to give Newmarket the advantage. From the next penalty corner, Dawson deflected Harrington’s short corner onto the post, with Alford clearing the ball to safety.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket, one goal to the good. It wasn’t a reflection of the half which Newmarket had completely dominated. In truth four or five goals would not have flattered Newmarket. In the second half, Alford re-shuffled their formation and gave Newmarket more problems than they should have done. About 10 minutes into the half, Alford scored from their second penalty corner of the game, the striker beating the number one runner and flicking the ball off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.
This was now a test of the teams character, they have been used to steamrollering teams this year and they were now in real fight. Newmarket went back on the front foot and Ollie Wade won a free hit just outside the Alford D, Wilson picked out right back Worrall, he passed down the line to Dawson whose first team cross was deflected in by Mike Skelton. It was just reward for his tireless work rate, when the team were with and without the ball.
Newmarket were now on the front foot but vulnerable to being hit on the break. Will Wilson hit the bar from another penalty corner before Newmarket scored their third goal, Matt Holden tapping in after a good move involving Worrall, Pears and Skelton. Newmarket seemed to relax and drop deeper allowing Alford back into the game, Alford began to force a few penalty corners and only some last ditch defending prevented them from profiting from them.

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31 October 2011

- Andre-Who

Newmarket I 12 – 0 St Ives III

Newmarket went into the sixth game of the 4NW season looking
to score enough goals to take them back to the top of the league, with central
midfielder Chris Leggett still on holiday warming his bones in sunnier climes
and Andreou enjoying prawn sandwiches at Stamford Bridge the team was forced
into a reshuffle. Ben Gotfredsen and the evergreen Greg Cummins formed a new
look central midfield partnership.

With Mike Skelton arriving late due to work commitments the
injured Will Wilson was forced start, the first ten minutes were quite scrappy
as Newmarket looked to find their rhythm and St Ives put together a couple of
dangerous attacks, forcing the games first penalty corner which was saved by
Chris Routs in goal.

Newmarket eventually forced a penalty corner of their own,
with Andreou away and Wilson unable to hit the ball Harrington strode forward
from centre back and duly dispatched a firm shot through the keeper’s pads into
the back of the net. This seemed to knock St Ives and Newmarket had another penalty
corner a few minutes later, Harrington stepped up again and doubled the

Skelton then turned up, Wilson rolled off and after a re-shuffle
that moved Holden to centre midfield and Cummins to left back the team started
to move the ball very well. From a third penalty corner Harrington made it
three nil. This will give the management a dilemma for future games, we have
struggled with our penalty corner routines and for Harrington to step up,
without practice and dispatch 3 on the bounce, he surely must have stacked a
claim to be striking more regularly in the future.

Mike Skelton scored the fourth making sure Mark Pears shot
went in on the far post. Mark Pears scored the fifth from a stroke after he
beat the keeper and his shot struck a defenders foot on the line. The half time
whistle went with Newmarket fives goals to the good.

The second half continued in the same vein, full backs Greg
Cummins and Dave Worrall were outstanding and Jordan Newnes moved forward from
centre back to provide a pivot moving the ball well to change the point of
attack. With wingers Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson moving well off the ball
Newmarket looked like they could score from every attack. The sixth goal came
from another Penalty corner, Harrington rolling the ball at the far post for
Josh Dawson to deflect in. The seventh came after a mesmerising run by Matt
Holden who set up Josh Dawson with a tap in. The eighth came after Dave Worrall
drove the base line, passed to Mark Pears who set up Mike Skelton for an easy
finish. Goal nine came after a great run by Ollie Wade, Mike Skelton distracted
the defence with great movement off the ball, Wade found Pears unmarked at the
top of the D and he finished ruthlessly into the far corner. The tenth was from
another penalty corner, Greg Cummins shot was tapped in by Mark Pears for his
hat trick.

At this point both teams were reduced to 10 players after a
fracas at the top of the Newmarket D, Harrington taking an early bath.  Mark Pears hadn’t finished there and scored
the eleventh after great work from Holden and Skelton and the twelfth after
Dawson drove the baseline and pulled it back. While Pears scored the goals
today, a lot was down to the great movement of Skelton and Holden creating him
the space.

Man of the match was the supposedly rusty Greg Cummins,
making his first start of the season, the club would love to have him playing
every week! After the game the team were delighted to find out that next week’s
opposition, Alford had lost, meaning Newmarket are now top of the league.


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24 October 2011

- Still Unbeaten, mens 1’s make light work of Long Sutton

Newmarket I 8 – 0 Long Sutton II

Newmarket went into the fifth game of the 4NW season hoping to win and open a gap at the top of the table between them and second placed Alford, they ended up winning but drop to second on goal difference.
The team started dominantly, moving the ball early with great ball pace, Josh Dawson troubled the left back from the outset and set up the first goal after beating his man, driving the baseline and pulling back for Matt Holden to finish high into the top right corner. Josh Dawson scored the second with a first time deflection from Ollie Wade’s pinpoint cross doubling the lead.
With the back four of Will Wilson, Jordan Newnes, Simon Harrington and Dave Worrall sniffing out the Long Sutton attacks, goalkeeper Chris Routs was reduced to a spectator for the whole game. Ben Gotfredsen, making his second start of the season, put in a solid display in central midfield. Newmarket had an Andreou goal disallowed from a penalty corner after the umpires deemed that the initial strike was above the backboard, but they soon scored another two good teams goals, by Mike Skelton and Josh Dawson. Newmarket almost scored the goal of the game, moving from one D to the other in 5 passes only for Mike Skelton’s lob to come back off the bar. They went into half time four goals to the good.
As in all other games this season, when Newmarket have had a lead at half time, they have pushed on in the second half. Matt Holden got another and Mike Skelton added a second from close range, Holden then beat the goal keeper at the near post from the top of the D and Will Wilson flicked a short corner into the roof of the net.
Newmarket dominated form start to finish, but as in the previous week they wasted many short corners, which given the fact the team are now second on goal difference may prove costly. Man of the match was Josh Dawson for a terrific display on the right wing.
Training is at 7pm on Thursday at the leisure centre, new players are always welcome. Next week’s men’s first team match is at home, 2pm push back. Spectators are always appreciated.

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