Men’s 1’s league game:
Cambridge Nomads 2nd XI 1 – 10 Newmarket 1st XI
Goal scorers: Harry Bell x 3, Mike Skelton x 2, Josh Dawson x 2, Will Wilson, OllieWade, Alex Anreou
Following their promotion as champions of 4NW last season, travelling to Lincolnshire six times in the process, the team relished the first of four short trips to Cambridge. After picking up players James Wrinch, Harry Bell & Coach Nic Thorpe the team has lofty ambitions for the coming season. This weekend’s emphatic performance only enhanced the team’s belief and confidence.
Nomads were two leagues higher last season but following their demotion from 2N, they looked on paper to be tough opposition. With Matt Holden warming his bones in sunnier-climes and James Wrinch morris dancing at a local harvest festival, the team took 12 players with them.
The opening exchanges were quite close, Nomads attacked strongly down Newmarket’s right hand side and competed well in the middle, but gradually the midfield of Ollie Wade, Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson began to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Newmarket opened the scoring through Mike Skelton, after a fine move down the right, the keepers save found Skelton at the top of the D who buried it into the corner. Skelton turned the provider for the second, playing the ball into the path of Wade’s overlapping run for him to deflect at the near post.
Nomads still came forward and forced a goal of their own from a broken down short corner, the ball wasn’t played by a forward in the D, but deflected off Wilson’s stick and the hapless Dave Worrall for an own goal. It didn’t change the course of the game, after another sweeping move Dawson was first to react to the loose ball to slam home.
Newmarket had the bit between their teeth now, Mike Skelton crossed from left hand side, Harry Bell scored with his reverse stick at the far post, Wade scored his second a minute later, his initial shot was saved by the keeper, but he lifted over keeper into the roof of the net.
Just before half time the team scored their sixth, Wilson hitting a diagonal ball from outside the 25 for Dawson to deflect in at the far post. At half time Nic Thorpe just asked for more of the same, the team didn’t disappoint.
Captain Wilson scored the seventh with a flick from the teams first penalty corner, Andreou capped a man of the match performance with a fine individual goal, carrying the ball 20 yards into the D and rifling it home at the near post.
The team weren’t finished yet, attacking in relentless waves, Mark Pears was unlucky four times, either missing the target or being forced wide by the home keeper, Skelton missed with a couple of reverse stick efforts and a Josh Dawson penalty corner deflection was well blocked by the keeper. Eventually the ninth arrived after another move started when Routs saved a nomads penalty corner, Worrall cleared to the right, where the team passed and moved up the pitch, the initial strike hit a defenders foot, but after good advantage from the umpire Bell slammed the ball home through the defenders on the linesfeet.
Mike Skelton made it double figures from a move started by Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes at centre back, Chris Leggett set Josh Dawson free on the right, he drove the line and pulled back for Mike Skelton to finish. Dick of the Day was Jordan Newnes for turning has back on play during a counter attack to wave goodbye to his girlfriend.
Next week the team host St Neots at the Newmarket Leisure Centre, 3:30start. Supporters are always welcome to come down and be entertained. Training is7:00 to 8:30 on Wednesday nights at the Leisure Centre, new players are always welcome regardless of experience or ability.
NEWMARKET LADIES 2s SERVE UP A DELICOUS STARTER
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City Ladies 4s
(Saturday 15th September 2012 – 12:30 at Cambridge City)
Newmarket Ladies 2s travelled to Cambridge City for their first game of the season and after hearing that the Newmarket ladies 3s team had won their game by 6-0 earlier in the day; the 2’s had expectations to live up to and did the job well! The game was very evenly matched for the most part of the first half but Cassie Ayms scored the first goal in the 31st minute and it was then only a couple of minutes later that Lou Downs got the second for Newmarket which put them in a strong position going into the second half. There were some good runs up the wing by Kerry Alderson and Verity MacMahon and Alderson righteously deserved the man of the match she was awarded. The second half saw another goal from Newmarket just 11 minutes in to the second half and it was Cassie Ayms again showing Cambridge that she wasn’t there to mess around after Zoe Bailey and Holly Woods assisted with the set up. Newmarket dominated possession throughout the second half and intercepted the ball well on numerous occasions.The heat didn’t slow Newmarket’s run of goals down and Rebecca Swift showed that she wasn’t missing out on the goal action either when she took the score to 4-0.The goals continued for Newmarket with Tracy Cockerill firing a phenomenal shot in sending the Newmarket fans on the side into a loud applause. It was then 2 goals a piece for both Cassie Ayms and Lou Downs as Downs showed her reverse stick skills hadn’t suffered from her season on the sidelines last year with what had to be the goal of the match. The final scoreline ended 6-0 for Newmarket, showing that they really have started the season as they mean to go on.
Newmarket were clear winners in this match with terrific performances put in by all field players in the game and their own goal keeper did not get to touch the ball at all. Much of the game was spent in the oppositions D Keeping the pressure on Ely’s defensive players and their goal Keeper (her first time in goal). Newmarket players kept the D circled regaining possession whenever Ely sought to push the ball clear of the D. Grace Evans, winner of last years Ladies 3’s top goal scorer of the year, scored 3 goals for the squad supported by goals from Rachel Bullingham, Hannah Kelly and Jade Atkinson.