A Game of Two Halves

Wisbech Town IV  2 – 5 Newmarket Town I

Goal scorers – Lee Blades x 2, Will Wilson x 2 & Mark Pears

Newmarket looked to continue this season fine form and maintain their 100% away record at mid table Wisbech. Before the game the team spoke about their desire to start at a fast pace and get stuck into the opposition. Starting with possession Newmarket pressed Wisbech into their own half, after 30 seconds Josh Dawson cut out a 16 yard hit, found Lee Blades at the top of the D who beat the goal keeper with a first time finish from the top of the D.

It didn’t take long for Newmarket to double their advantage in the fifth minute William Wilson found Lee Blades who again took his shot early on the reverse to leave the keeper with no chance. Newmarket started to stroke the ball round, using all outfield players, but they had come across a very spirited Wisbech team, determined not o lie down and be beaten. Newmarket were fortunate that Jordan Newnes , Duncan Freed, Pete Boyle & Adrian Atkinson were alert to any danger at the defence, breaking down many Wisbech attacks and playing intelligent balls into midfield to enable Newmarket to start the next attack.

The third goal came from a Penalty corner, William Wilson’s flick deflected off the number run runners stick into the top left corner, but once again Wisbech came straight back at Newmarket, fortunately Adrian Atkinson was able to win the ball back twice when left 1 on 1 with an opposing forward.

Newmarket attacked again with Chris Leggett, Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson full of running in midfield, playing short sharp accurate passes between themselves and the forwards.  The fourth goal was scored when Mark Pears was set free, before pulling the ball back to William Wilson, who taped into an unguarded net past the on rushing keeper.

At this point Newmarket were we worth their lead and from the sideline looked well worth their 4 goal lead. Newmarket re-shuffled the pack, using the rolling subs, with Marc Prentice coming into defence and Andrew Beardon in midfield, it didn’t interrupt Newmarket’s rhythm and they fashioned a few more good chances before half time.

With half time approaching Newmarket over committed and left themselves vulnerable at the back, Wisbech were able to pull a goal back after a defender then slipped. The half time whistle sent with Newmarket having played some of their best hockey of the season, but without scoring the goals their first half performance had warranted.

Newmarket tried to start the second half as the first had finished, but Wisbech had other ideas, Newmarket tried to attack too quickly often playing long passes from back to front, leaving the midfield with lots to do and giving away possession. Newmarket didn’t manage to score their fifth after Mark Pears beat 2 men and the keeper and thundered a shot into the roof of the net.

This didn’t seem to settle Newmarket who were still giving the ball away too easily, from on such error Wisbech forced their way into the D, the shot striking Duncan Freed’s foot on the line. The umpire awarded a Penalty Flick which keeper Chris Warren was unlucky not to save. The rest of the game was quite scrappy but Newmarket were fortunate Chris Warren was on good form in goal making several good stops including a spectacular double save.

In Summary Newmarket were very very good in the first half and were lucky to get away with an abject second half performance, next week Newmarket play their 4th game out of five away against Cambridge City, they will strive to play like the first 35 minutes for the whole game this time!