Ladies 1’s On Song For League Win

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Peterborough 3’s 7-0 win to Newmarket
Scorers: Claire McDonnell 1, Di Thomas 3, Zoe Bailey 2, Beth Wombwell 1.
A busy weekend of hockey for Newmarket ladies first team; their first of two games was against bottom of the league Peterborough 3’s. Town were keen to dispel memories of recent results and needed to work as a team to get more league points.
From the off it was clear that Newmarket had the upper hand; whilst conserving energy the play was still attack minded and it was only a matter of time before the first goal went in for Newmarket – courtesy of Claire McDonnell who fired home after a weaving run down the right.
Newmarket’s second goal followed just five minutes later – Hayley Stoneman combined with McDonnell who then slipped a ball to Di Thomas – she casually netted reverse side.
The visitors were playing some solid hockey and with plenty of youth players, were demonstrating good resilience.
The break gave Newmarket Coach Chris Evans the chance to encourage his team to extend their lead and his players did not disappoint in the second half.
With a barrage of shots going towards the Peterborough goal there was no doubt that Newmarket would capitalise. Beth Wombell expertly picked up her own rebounding shot to get Town their third.
Fantastic work from Jazz Wombwell and Tania Fisher down the right gave Zoe Bailey a glimpse at goal; Bailey sprinted yards to make the vital touch to tip the ball over the line, although gained a few bruises from her commitment.
Beautiful link up work from Jenny Richards and Gail McDonnell down the left split the Peterborough midfield. Passing centrally through Isabel Hooley who then parried wide right. After a cutting cross from Bailey; Thomas got her second – a sweep shot rolling through the keeper’s legs.
A déjà vu moment as Bailey got her second in very similar fashion to her first – another superbly timed run leaving her to beat the defenders and travel the ball over the line.
After continual pressure on the Peterborough goal, Thomas got her hatrick after she reverse flicked a rebounded shot.
Newmarket were in total control at the final whistle – the final score being 7-0. A mention must go to Jess Boyle in the Newmarket goal; despite having little to do she made a couple of excellent saves and she continues to show experience beyond her short time playing in the position. Also Claire McDonnell for setting up virtually every goal.