Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Spalding Ladies 2’s. 4-0 win to Newmarket.
Newmarket ladies 1’s faced Spalding 2’s in the League Cup competition this weekend.
It was a lot tougher than Town expected and Captain Gail Parkins playing with a new surname after being married the previous week and a new stick (wedding present), had to rally her side.
The first half was pretty much deadlock with both sides spilling passes and players not quite meeting balls in time. There was little possession in midfield and both keepers were called into action.
Both teams also had their fair share of short corner chances but could not get that final pass on target.
With the heat again having an effect on the game as with the previous week; halftime was much needed by the players. Newmarket took the chance to re-group and re focus on the need to get an early goal. This was achieved just 2 minutes in-Hayley Stoneman made a fabulous central run and took on the keeper smashing the ball in.
This gave Newmarket the confidence and safety cushion they needed to press on the defence further. Stoneman combined with Beth Wombwell up front, both switching the ball between each other and Wombwell got the final touch extending Town’s lead.
Stoneman took advantage of the defence tracking Newmarket wide players and again drove up the middle of the pitch easily slotting passed the keeper.
The play was looking a little scrappy and Lydia Evans received a flyway stick to the face-with a short break off the pitch she came back on playing with full confidence and in the 29th minute she was rewarded with a goal-booming the ball hard and fast on a narrow angle far right of the D finishing off the game in style and continuing Town’s participation in the Cup Competition.
Newmarket Ladies 2 V Cambridge City
Having played Cambridge City 4’s two weeks previous in a league match, Newmarket were upbeat about the potential win against them in the League Cup.
From the off Newmarket showed confidence on the ball.
Great link play from Kerry Alderson, Cassie Edgar-Ayms and April Atkinson on the right saw Newmarket threaten City.
Sue Bullimore in goal communicated well with her backs Anna Parker and Sam Brooke. This kept City from being able to get through the solid Newmarket defence.
20 minutes into the match a cross pitch ball from Becka Swift found Zoe Bailey unmarked who swiftly interlinked with Edgar-Ayms, who was already looking for Alderson pacing forward giving the chance for a shot. Although first saved by the keeper’s quick reactions, Alderson not wanting to come away goalless swept in the re-bound giving Newmarket the deserved goal.
Now goal hungry, the fresh legs of Rachel Bullingham, Holly Woods and Harry Briggs saw that the pace down the left wing picked up and Swift scored only to find the Umpire had already blown his whistle for previous foot foul.
With the team working hard and moments of great link up play, Newmarket were putting all their training methods into the match.
Donna Keats staying solid and man marking saw Newmarket’s first half end at 1-0.
No team really dominated the other; Newmarket not wanting to get complacent saw Jade Atkinson channelling her opponent and winning challenges Town could build on.
A quick change of positions and players altering the defence line around dramatically proved Newmarket are a team that can work around anything.
Town continued to work hard but with the warm weather and tiring bodies the team were happy to hear the final whistle winning 1-0.
Well deserved Man of the Match-Jade Atkinson.
Wisbech 2nd XI 3 Newmarket 1st XI 1
Town made the journey northwards without skipper Will Wilson who was nursing his injured knee. This caused a reshuffle in the back line which upset the shape and fluidity which the Newmarket fans have come to expect from the yellow and blue machine.
Right from the first whistle Wisbech played with more passion and purpose, running out deserved winners and killing off any hope of the mighty Town had of bettering last year and going the season unbeaten.
Instead, Newmarket got a taste of their own medicine outplayed by a savvy opposition who thoroughly deserved the three points and have set the benchmark for what Town must achieve if they want to be the best in Div 3 NW.
The first ten minutes set the tone for most of the game with the Newmarket back four unable to handle the free movement on the youthful and pacey Wisbech front line.
Runs from midfield weren’t tracked and despite the urgent commands of Newmarket’s experienced Keeper Chris Routs the Wisbech forwards were able to find far too much room in and around the Town D. The pressure began to tell and it was no surprise when a goal mouth scramble saw the home team take a deserved lead. Watching from the side lines Coach Nick Thorpe pulled his hair out in frustration as his side were outplayed for the first time during his reign.
Going 1 down seemed to spark some life into Newmarket. Thorpe shuffled his pack and the introduction of Worrall and Skelton helped Town find a foothold in the game. They began to venture forward. Mounting some meaningful attacks of their own helped them force a series of short corners, one of which fell to the energetic Ollie Wade who slammed home an equaliser from a tight angle.
Unfortunately Town did not add to this as their usually effective corner routines came to nothing. The Wisbech back four soaked up the pressure before a quick break up-field saw them re take the lead.
A missed penalty flick meant town were still only 1 down at halftime.
Some ugly tackles from a “competitive” Wisbech midfield went unpunished before Worrall took matters into his own hands and spent 10 minutes in the sin bin as a result.
In his absence Wisbech made it 3- 1 with a slick short corner of their own.
Lessons will be taken and perhaps this is the wake-up call Town need to help ensure they remain focused on gaining a 3rd consecutive promotion.