High Spirits Despite Scoreline

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v’s Long Sutton Ladies 1’s: 6-2 win to Long Sutton

Despite losing to Long Sutton; Newmarket Ladies 1st team were proud of their performance this week and a definate change in attitude saw carefree, fearless hockey particularly in the second half.

Long Sutton, who now rise to second place in the league hit the target early – oozing with confidence the team were vocal in their expectations of notching up a cricket score against Town. Not disheartened Gail McDonnell galvenized the Newmarket team. With good calling from the sidelines Town were now looking to channel their opposition’s play and looked to put in early tackles – and Clodie Rolph lead by example on this. Although Long Sutton were unphased by Newmarket’s efforts and lofted a ball goalwards where a waiting striker parried the ball home.

This only spurred Town on to fight back and Jenny Richards fearlessly won a crunch ball in midfield and released to Tracy Cockerill. She swiftly passed to Di Thomas who played the ball to Georgie Kerr. A pinpoint release back to Thomas allowed her to shimmy right past the wrongfooted keeper and fire into an open goal. Long Sutton looked shocked at the sudden skill and accuracy of Town and launched waves of vengeful attack.Town’s glimmer of hope was soon wiped out as a further 3 goals rocked the Newmarket backboards.

Not to be tamed by their opposition Newmarket realised a winning scoreline was beyond their reach but looked to regain dignity and demonstrate a gutsy display of effort. This was to be a half where Town’s true colours shone through.

A wave of enthusiasm hit Town and this caused Long Sutton to panic. Isabel Hooley continually beat her player to the ball and with Claire McDonnell in support Town moved effortlessly up the pitch. Lorna Freeman too was solid in defence with Louise Downs motoring tirelessly through the centre – she was a pillar of control. Town struck back again – with Zoe Bailey winning a free hit on the edge of the D; Claire McDonnell charged forward to whack the ball beyond the flailling keeper to make the score 4-2.

Keeping the scoring chances to a minimum Newmarket were unlucky to let in a further two goals – one attempt being a penalty flick. Long Sutton confirmed post game that Town were a fighting force in the second half and Newmarket are looking to build on this for future games. Sue Bullimore was the star of the show as she took the man of the match award for some spectacular saves in goal and positive team chat.

Next week the ladies 1st team play Louth at home – 2pm push back – supporters very welcome.