Late Surge Gives Town Victory

City of Peterborough VI 1 – 3 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled to Peterborough for their second game of the season. Due to a few mishaps on the way, most of the team only arrived 10 minutes before the start of the game. The game began on time on a sweltering October day when Peterborough was warmer than both Hawaii and the Bahamas.
Newmarket started with the ball and moved it round nicely without creating too many clear cut opportunities. The Peterborough team were experienced and difficult to play against, combined with the intense heat Newmarket found it hard to play their usual brand of pass and move hockey.
Newmarket did trouble the Peterborough D on a few occasions and on one of these Josh Dawson drove the by line for Matt Holden to tap in at the far post taking his tally to eight in three games. Peterborough seemed to up their game a level and soon forced a good save from goalkeeper Chris Routs.
With defenders Dave Worrall and Jordan Newnes making solid tackles, it looked like the resolute Newmarket backline wouldn’t be breached, until Peterborough centre forward took a quick free hit, beat a defender and rifled the ball into the net from the top of the D.
The scores were level at half time, during the second half, Newmarket rotated the spare man as much as possible but Peterborough made good use of their full bench. Newmarket just couldn’t seem to forge ahead, despite great work from the midfield trio of Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Ollie Wade.
With 10 minutes to go, Newmarket seemed to get a second wind, Skelton linked up play and went very close to opening his league account twice, once hitting angle of post and bar. Newmarket forced a couple of penalty corners, Wilson hit the first just outside the far post for Dawson to deflect in, the second he flicked past the despairing keeper to make it 3-1.
The game meandered to a conclusion and the team were relieved to have won a tough game against the team that finished 3rd last season. Saturday taught us that we still need to be fitter to play the style of hockey they want, but winning when not playing well is sometimes the hallmark of a good team.
Man of the match was Worrall and right back, run close by Skelton. Next week we entertain St Neots II’s, 3:30 at the leisure centre, as always spectators welcome. The club would still like to attract male players for both teams, regardless of experience, training start s at 8pm on the Leisure Centre Astro on Thursdays.