Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Cambridge South Ladies 1’s: 6-2 win to Newmarket
After last week’s challenging game Newmarket were ready to highlight their strengths against league table rivals Cambridge South.
With a fast, bouncy pitch both teams had to play close to the ball and each other; Newmarket soon cottoned on to the fact that short, direct passes were the key. Like rabbits out of traps Newmarket were on the charge goalwards straight away and with plenty of pace Beth Wombwell and Lydia Evans were causing havoc for their markers. With barely 5 minutes gone Town were off the mark. A brilliant breakaway move saw Claire McDonnell slip a perfectly weighted ball to Di Thomas who cracked the ball into the backboards. With some fine tackles and intricate passing on the left, April Atkinson looked right at home despite making her first team debut.
The home side were quick to regather after going a goal down and struck back from a short corner making the two sides level at half time.
Newmarket were still confident of a victory and listened to wise words from coach Chris Evans for the team to use the width of the pitch and ensure strong finishes in front of goal. With these words in mind Newmarket surged forward and Lydia Evans scooped a lovely ball into the D and Thomas collected, pulled the ball back and reverse flicked over the diving keeper. From this point Newmarket’s attacks were effortless producing their best half of the season. Working together right from defence to attack Town were dominant. Sadly Isabel Hooley had to leave the pitch due to an injury. Thomas was not done with hitting the target and after a left hand line drive she deflected in a cross from McDonnell to get her hattrick and taking Town to 3-1.
After a ball out of the defending D from Sam Brooke, Hayley Stoneman was sent on her way-she passed to Beth Wombwell who squared to McDonnell. Turning on a sixpence she found Thomas who played a one two pass back and McDonnell unleashed a shot top D beating the keeper. With the score now being 4-1 South were still looking sharp and after play opened up they hit back doubling their score. With renewed focus after this Town recieved a short corner and stopping the ball top D was Angel Fayers-with one swift swing with her stick the ball nestled in the back of the goal. The final goal for Newmarket came after a lovely spell of unselfish passing around the D and Hayley Stoneman was on hand to coax the ball past the keeper. Player of the match was April Atkinson. Jade Atkinson must be commended for her abilities in the Newmarket goal-like her sister she was also making her first appearance in the team. Newmarket next face Spalding at home on the 4th November-any supporters welcomed.
Newmarket Ladies 2s v’s Rutland Ladies 2s – Saturday 10th November at Rutland.
Newmarket knew it was going to be a tough match against Rutland and a very well fought one it was! The first half saw Rutland grab an early goal but Zoe Bailey didn’t let them keep the lead for too long and with a skillful turn in the D and a hit straight into the back of the goal she levelled the scores. Tracey Cockerill almost scored another in the first half for Newmarket and other chances came from Loren Davenport. Rutland didn’t take long in the second half to score another goal however and the score remained 2-1 for most of the second half as the Newmarket defence and Sue Bullimore’s excellent saves in goal showed they weren’t to be reckoned with. In the very last minute Rutland scored their third goal from a short corner resulting in a final score of 3-1 to Rutland. Man of the match for Newmarket went to Anna Parker who had her best game of the season. This was the Newmarket team’s first defeat of the season but they fought well to the end and with some key players missing they weren’t disgraced in defeat at all and remain top of the league which is where they intend to stay!