Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Cambridge University 3’s: Newmarket won 4-1
Newmarket Ladies 1st team coach Chris Evans described his team as ‘playing at their best’ last weekend against a young, keen Cambridge University side, as the team took a 4-1 victory.
Newmarket sprang out of the blocks at the opening whistle and took just forty seconds to capitalise after Beth Wombwell made a charging, central run, guarded the ball from her marker and reverse passed to Di Thomas who calmly swept the ball into the goal above the keeper’s gloves.
The Newmarket team were united in their link up play and unselfishly passed between one another. There was no looking back for Town as they took control of the ball not allowing the University side to break.
Claire McDonnell and Wombwell combined to get Newmarket’s second just after five minutes. After a weaving run from the pair McDonnell passed centrally to Hayley Stoneman to get her 7th for the season after a brilliantly placed shot.
Now with a great deal of space and time Newmarket were too tempted to pass centrally and try longer, harder passes which Cambridge started to read and channel out of danger.
After the break the same vigour was evident in the Newmarket side and they immediately made an impact as Angel Fayers broke free and made a confident run along the right wing. She passed square to Lydia Evans whose shot just whistled wide of the left post.
The defensive line of Nicola Boyle, Jazz Wombwell Louise Downs and Gail McDonnell supported each other well, calling and passing superbly and effortlessly between each other-this was the key start to many a Newmarket attack.
Cambridge University did not let the score rest for long as they broke free in the D finding the backboards, despite Jade Atkinson’s superb reading of the shot in the Town goal. Suddenly sensing a comeback Newmarket upped their game again and their fluidity in their passing was unrivalled by their opposition.
April Atkinson showed strength and confidence despite being a relatively new player to the Newmarket squad. She put the icing on the cake and sealed the win for Newmarket by getting a brace. Her first chance she converted after solid work on the right wing from Evans and Stoneman. Her second shot found the goal after a clever run foiled her marker leaving her free to slot passed the Keeper.
The University side could not find an answer to Newmarket’s efforts and the win keeps Town’s lead at the top of the table on goal difference above Wisbech Town closely followed at heel by Rutland Ladies. Next week the squad face 7th placed league side Oundle, away.
Newmarket Ladies 2’s Vs Peterborough Ladies 2’s
Saturday 12th January – At Peterborough
After a few weeks off for the festive break, the ladies 2’s travelled to Peterborough City on Saturday to try and reverse the score sheet from the previous time they played each other when Peterborough won 1-0.
It took a while for Newmarket to settle into the game and it was probably because of this that Peterborough scored an early goal and put Newmarket on the back foot from the first few minutes. The play was through the middle and down the left wing for the majority of the game which seemed to be Peterborough’s strongest side and they seemed to be quicker on the ball than Newmarket at times but there was some good passing and moving by Cassie Edgar-Ayms, Zoe Bailey and Holly Woods.
A second quick goal from Peterborough left Newmarket trailing and this was the case going into the second half with the score at 2-0 to Peterborough . There was some good play from both sides in the second half and Newmarket never let their heads go down despite Peterborough scoring a third goal in the last few minutes of the match making the final score 3-0 to Peterborough. Man of the match for Newmarket was Sam Brooke who showed some great play with strong passes from the back and some great defence to support Newmarket goalkeeper Sue Bullimore.