Newmarket Ladies 1’s v’s Cambridge University 2’s: 7-0 win to Cambridge.
Newmarket ladies 1st team still sit precariously near to the bottom of the league – with five teams within a few points of each other, every goal and game is crucial to survive relegation. Cambridge University; now mid table, can enjoy playing games pressure free to some extent. The match between the two certainly reflected this as Newmarket looked anxious on the ball and Cambridge moved effortlessly, and scored goals for fun.
Despite the final score, the first ten minutes the two sides looked fairly evenly matched. Both teams communicating well and neither could find a route to goal. As Cambridge began to relax, Newmarket were struggling to keep pace and it was not long before shots were pelting Sue Bullimore in the Town goal. Continuing the pressure the University side were awarded a succession of short corners – managing to score 3. With great disappointment Newmarket trudged on hoping to make use of the acres of space Cambridge were leaving in their defending half. On a few occasions quick counter attacks caught Cambridge off guard and a shot from Louise Downs almost found the net but glanced the side post instead.
Just before half time Cambridge got their fourth after Newmarket failed to free the ball from defence.
Looking to keep the goal difference to a minimum Newmarket started spritely – Di Thomas and Hayley Stoneman combining to get a shot on goal. Cambridge got over this initial shock and showed a great deal of confidence playing the ball around the back and showed fancy skills one on one.
Cambridge scored another two in similar fashion by passing short, direct balls. Newmarket now camped in their defending quarter were keen to keep the ball out wide and Jasmine Wombwell connected well with Zoe Bailey on the wing. A seeking cross found a Cambridge player on the far post – the ball was in the goal but very sportingly the Cambridge player owned up to it hitting her foot. Cambridge’s final goal was the pick of the bunch – a killer shot from top D, the ball dropping just below the backboards to seal their 7-0 victory.
Newmarket Player of the Match: Isabel Hooley.