Newmarket Ladies II’s travelled to Ipswich on Saturday to play league leaders Christchurch Ladies. The game remained goalless for the first twenty minutes with both sides having equal opportunities to score. Newmarket took their two new signings from the III’s, April Atkinson and Donna Serimore, who both slotted in well and looked very much at home in higher league hockey. In fact it was April that help set up the first goal of the match, a superb tackle on the right saw her feed a defence splitting pass to Sophie Bunker who crossed into the “D” to Harriet Briggs, she slipped the ball passed their outstretched goalie for Lydia Evans to tap home a very well executed passage of play. Injury however, struck 15 minutes before the end of the first half, when Skipper, Nikki Boyle over stretched to intercept a pass and pulled a muscle in her back, this threw Newmarket’s rhythm and Christchurch took advantage and equalised just before the stroke of half time. For most of the second half, both teams failed to find the net and the game looked set to remain locked at one apiece. An outstanding performance from man of the match, Mel Podd, dealt with everything that was thrown at her in yet another faultless game. With ten minutes remaining, Newmarket gave away a free hit just outside the “D” and Christchurch capitalised, took the quick tap and and took the lead. Newmarket squandered a couple of chances and in the final minute of the game, Christchurch made it 3-1. The result by no means reflects the game and the ladies should be very proud of their performance. Newmarket entertain Bury St Edmunds on Saturday at home in a match they need to win to keep their hopes of promotion alive.