We are the Champions!
Newmarket I 1 Vs 0 Bourne Deeping II
Goal scorer: Josh Dawson
Newmarket went into this home match knowing a draw would secure promotion with four games to go and a win would clinch the championship if second placed Peterborough lost at third placed Alford. With the second team playing a promotion decider away at Cambridge South, Newmarket had just 11 players. With Mike Skelton locked in the beer shed the team were pleased a bronzed Alex Andreou returned from holiday.
Bourne Deeping has been the only team to have beaten Newmarket this season and again with their experienced players were again a tough opposition to play against. Newmarket were clearly the better side, centre backs Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes distributing the ball wide to either full backs Will Wilson or Dave Worrall. Bourne Deeping did try to press high, but this just created space for Chris Leggett and Andreou in the centre. With Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson working hard on the flanks, most of the game was played in Deepings half without Newmarket creating too many clear cut chances, all too often the final pass was rushed or not accurate enough, until the twentieth minute.
With the first real move of quality, Worrall played the ball into Mark Pears, he created space before playing the ball to Matt Holden who was running into the channel, and his pin pointed cross was met by Josh Dawson, who deflected it in on the far post at full stretch. Newmarket coasted the rest of the first half without looking troubled or likely to score themselves.
The second half was a rather scrappy affair, with both teams losing their cool and the game deteriorating as a spectacle. Bourne Deeping did force a couple of penalty corners, drawing keeper Chris Routs into one save, with the rest well defended by the team and particularly number one runner Newnes, who managed to close the top of the D down very quickly.
Newmarket’s short corners weren’t going well with the sticky ball proving very difficult to drag out on the dry Astroturf. Newmarket created quite a few opportunities but too often were unable to play the right final pass. Captain Wilson and midfielder Leggett were both shown a green card for one show of petulance too many as the game meandered to a conclusion.
The final Whistle went, it was a disappointing game, but it has been a fantastic season. With promotion assured, the team discovered in the bar afterwards as other results came in that they had clinched their second successive promotion with four games to spare, the first team in the East League to do so.
Man of the match was Ollie Wade, who was full of running and trickery in the left flank, he was pushed close by both Chris Leggett and Jordan Newnes. Dick of the Day was Simon Harrington to twice attempting and failing to hit the ball off the astro so the team could change it.
Next week the team are away at March Town, looking to score the 3 goals they need to be the first team to break the 100 goal barrier this season. The game starts in March at 4pm, spectators are welcome to come along, support and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that next week opponents provide.