Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Wisbech Ladies 2’s: 4-1 win to Wisbech
Ely City Men’s 2nd XI 1 vs 2 Newmarket Men’s 1st XI
Newmarket made the short trip to Ely for a passionate local derby, needing to win to maintain pressure on first place Wisbech who were entertaining third placed Cambridge South.
With Simon Harrington at the pitch but unwell the team were forced into a reshuffle. With Will Wilson moving into the middle of defence to partner Jordan Newnes and Ollie Wade frilling in at left back.
Newmarket dominated possession in the first half, forcing a procession of penalty corner, which with Harrington on the bench lacked their usual potency. The team eventually took the lead with Harry Bell, collecting a rebound in the D and forcing it home.
The scored a second soon afterward, Ed Griffiths deflecting the ball high into the far corner from a Harry Bell cross. The half time whistle went with Newmarket two goals to the good, Ely’s keeper had kept them in it and Chris Routs in goal for Newmarket hadn’t touched it!
The second half was a different game, Ely made it difficult to get the ball out wide to the full backs Wade and Dave Worrall. They left 2 or 3 men, with real pace, high at all times which kept the whole defence occupied.
Unfortunately despite Skelton going close with a fine reverse stick strike and the keeper athletically keeping out Josh Dawson’s deflection the team were unable to add to their tally.
They were grateful to Routs for blocking a couple of Ely penalty corners, but he could do nothing with the firm strike that arrowed into the bottom right corner with 5 minutes to go, it set up a tense finale, but Newmarket held on to claim a vital 3 points.
Man of the match was a close run thing, Harry Bell put in a strong performance in left midfield, Mike Skelton was always available up front, but man of the match went to Ollie Wade for a superb performance at left back.
Dick of the day was Josh Dawson for undercutting the ball for an Ely 16 when on the sideline. It wasn’t a pretty performance typified by an inability to make the right decision in the opposing half, but if the team are to win the league this season, it will be down to ugly victories like this one.
Next week the team host Alford and District from Skegness, 3:30 start at Newmarket Leisure Centre, supporters are always welcome.
Town were missing key players and Wisbechs’ skill and hunger was too strong for Newmarket to cope with. Possession was majority Wisbech for the most of the game and Jade Atkinson was called into action in goal on many occassion. The first goal for the away side came about as gaps appeared in midfield and they were able to weave their way to the Town goal slapping in from close range.
Newmarket did not give up however and on the stroke of half time a short corner was awarded in favour of Newmarket. Di Thomas pushed out Lydia Evans whose first strike was saved and she picked u the rebound ball and belted it into the Wisbech goal with no hesitation to level the scores going into half time.
Wisbech were quick off the mark after the break and appeared to saunter around Newmarket players. This lead to an early 2 goals meaning Newmarket had a great deal of work to do in order to rescue some points. Tired legs were evident across the pitch and sadly this had great effect on the game and Wisbech took advantage of playing short balls to each other limiting the running whilst Newmarket were panic hitting long balls in the hope this would deter their opposition.
Despite much fight and enthusiasm Newmarket ended up losing for only their second time this season 4-1 which takes them to third in the table; 4 points adrift of top spot Rutland who they face away next week.