Sudbury II 0 – 8 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled away to play their last pre season friendly against Sudbury II, a team who will be playing one league higher than Newmarket this season. After demolishing a weakened Thetford 9 – 1 the previous week, the team were hoping for a sterner test, despite the score line, Sudbury provided it.
Newmarket began by retaining possession, moving the ball quickly between the back four of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Ben Gottfredsen. The later moving up after a fantastic performance for the second team last week.
The midfield of Matt Holden, Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson always made themselves available and the forwards of Mike Skelton and Mark Pears didn’t give the Sudbury defence a moments peace, the only surprise was that it took Newmarket until the eighth minute to get on the score sheet. Andreou finishing off a great move with a thunderous strike into the bottom left corner.
Sudbury were offering some resistance and causing some trouble with their pacy central midfielder, but Newmarket doubled their advantage after Dawson beat his man on the right wing, drove the baseline and set Holden up with a tap in at the far post.
Wilson soon made it three converting a penalty stroke after a Sudbury player stopped a goal bound shot on the line with his foot. Despite Newmarket’s dominance, Sudbury fashioned a couple of good chances, fortunately keeper Chris Routts made a couple of fantastic saves to preserve his clean sheet. Holden added the fourth just before half time after another free flowing team move.
The team came out for the second half keen to re-affirm their superiority and ensure the score line finished an emphatic one. Holden soon scored from a short corner, beating his man and firing in at the near post. Chris Leggett capped a fine performance in central midfield by scoring the sixth, before Holden added a seventh after being set up by Skelton.
It was just left to Josh Dawson to cap a fine display with the goal of the game, the team broke quickly down the left, Holden firing a perfect cross into the D which Dawson deflected first touch into the top right corner, it was a goal worthy of winning any game and capped a fine display from the winger.
Somehow Newmarket managed to score eight goals, without either striker getting on the score sheet, they did link up play brilliantly and provided plenty of opportunities for others. Performances of note were, Josh Dawson on the right, Chris Leggett in the Centre of midfield, Centre back Jordan Newnes and Ben Gottfredsen out of position at right back.
This was a fantastic team result, typified by the teams desire and willingness to move the ball early and at pace, with a couple of extra players back for next week’s game, the captains will have to think long and hard over team selection. Next week’s game, the first league game of the 2011-12 season, is a home game against Boston I. Push back is 15:30 at the Leisure Centre, spectators are always welcome.