Newmarket 1st 6 – 0 City of Peterborough 5th
The men’s first team played their first friendly before the 2012-13 starts on the 15 September at home to the team they were promoted with last season.
Newmarket ran out convincing winners but the final score, but the first half was much more difficult than the final score suggested. The young Peterborough side played the wall out from the back but seems to struggle to find the cutting edge to break down Newmarket ’s defence of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Dave Worrall.
Newmarket need to work on their patience in possession, too often in the final third they rushed the final ball or just played the wrong pass. Newmarket did mange to force around six penalties corners, but were unable to capitalise on them.
Just before half time Peterborough earned themselves a penalty corner, Chris Routs saved the first effort, the ball was cleared out to the left, Ollie Wade played the ball down the line to Matt Holden who crossed to Harry Bell who finished emphatically into the roof of the net.
The second half was a different game, the goal seemed to relax Newmarket , who added further goals from Mark Pears, finishing off a sweeping move involving right winger Josh Dawson, James Wrinch and Chris Leggett. Dawson then added a third from a slick penalty corner routine. Pears then added the fourth slamming home after the keeper had saved from another penalty corner.
The game was effectively now over and Newmarket coasted some of it, but the team still showed some hunger, Andreou rifled an effort in from the top of the D from another penalty corner, before Bell scored the last, again high into the net from a tight angle.
It was good to see James Wrinch and Harry Bell make their home debuts, man of the match was Jordan Newnes for a superb display at centre back, but he was run close by Josh Dawson on the wing. Next week’s friendly is away at Royston from the league above, so it should be another good test!