Shock Home Defeat For Mens’ 1’s

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI 1 – 5 Cambridge South Men’s 1st XI
Newmarket entertained Cambridge South knowing that a victory would seal their third consecutive promotion, but Cambridge South hadn’t read the script. South started the game well dominating possession and territory and deservedly took the lead early in the game through a slick passing move down the right and deflected first time into the far corner.
Newmarket just couldn’t get their usually effective passing game flowing an credit must go to the way South defended and worked all of the pitch, trying to force the game Newmarket pressed forward trying to get back into the game, but Wilson’s pass to Harrington was intercepted, South broke quickly and while Newmarket got back in numbers a slip by Wilson resulted in a penalty corner which South scored to with an accurate strike to the bottom corner, it was 2 – 0 with 10 minutes gone.
Newmarket’s back line of James Wrinch, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Will Wilson were getting overrun but the fitter, keener and just hungrier South attacking players. Newmarket were lucky keeper Chris Routs had eaten his Weetabix keeping out numerous South efforts.
Finally after about 20 minutes Newmarket started to retain possession Alex Andreou was pivotal in the middle supported by Ollie Wade, Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson. They started to find Skelton and Holden up front, who found it hard to get clear strikes at goal but were able to win a series of penalty corners. They unfortunately found South’s keeper in excellent form, which ever routine they tried.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first half, Harry Bell and Ed Griffiths worked hard on the flanks. Newmarket dominated territory and possession despite playing badly but too often the final ball wasn’t there or they found the keeper on top form. As the game went on Newmarket committed more and more numbers forward and South scored the sucker punch third on the break.
The goal was too much for Wrinch’s hamstring which decided he wouldn’t be playing four consecutive games this season, Dawson moved back to right full back. The pattern of the game didn’t change but still we couldn’t score. Dawson then got injured himself, bravely tackling the centre forward as he wound up to shoot. His reward was a compound fracture of him right index finger requiring major surgery and a couple of nights at Addenbrookes. He will be out for the rest for the season and will be sorely missed.
Chris Leggett then put it body on the line and, moved to the danger man position at right back, maybe when it’s usually incumbent David Worrall returns next week and get s a knock as normal was can attribute it to the position and not his clumsiness. South scored a fourth when their right back crashed a ball into the D, Newmarket watched, South moved and deflected the ball high into the top corner.
Newmarket finally scored from a penalty corner with a strike from Wilson, ironically after so many saves from the keeper, this one was going wide and deflected of a defenders shin pad. South scored a firth late on as Newmarket over committed to another attack.
Man of the match was Chris Routs for keeping Newmarket in the game during that appalling opening 20 minutes. Dick of the day was Simon Harrington for trying to strike and penalty corner reverse stick in the dying moments, lifting the bll high out of the cage.
To summarise, Newmarket had a bad day and they haven’t had many of them for a few seasons. The team either didn’t play well or South didn’t let them, they managed to win over 20 penalty corners with a terrible conversion rate of under 5%, if they had taken a couple of these im sure the final score would have been very different. Newmarket need 4 points from the remaining 3 games to secure promotion, its now all about responding to this set back.