Men’s 1’s Keep Ipswich at Bay

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI 2 – 2 Ipswich Men’s 2nd XI
After treating the home support to some champagne hockey over recent seasons the supporters got treated to a slightly uglier version of the same game on Saturday. With Newmarket far from their best they took the lead against the run of play from their first penalty corner, Wilson firing home to the bottom right corner.
Ipswich dominated the first half, maintaining possession much better than Newmarket, with Newmarket complete inability to tackle cleanly in their own 25 they were reduced to 10 men after a clumsy tackle by Chris Leggett Ipswich won countless penalty corners, which they either put wide, Chris Routs saved or Simon Harrington cleared off the line.
Newmarket limped to half time in front, and tried to regroup to be more positive in the second half. But giving away needless penalty corners came home to roost when Ipswich eventually beat routs on his right post. Ipswich scored a second down Newmarket left, slack marking allowing them to play 2 long balls into Newmarket’s D where the unmarked centre forward scored his second!
This did stir a bit of a reaction, Matt Holden made a cameo of the bench, Ipswich had a couple of men sin binned and Adam Tozer joined the bin, meaning there was on 21 players on the pitch for a large chunk of the second half. On a warm day as the teams tired Newmarket forced a succession of penalty corner, Josh Dawson uncharacteristically deflecting one over and having another blocked.
It was all Newmarket now, Tozer scored the equalizer following up on his reverse stick after the initial strike was saved, Newmarket rushed to get the ball out of the net and almost won it when Ed Griffith’s deflection was saved on the far post.
It wasn’t our best day but the team fought and scrapped for the result remaining unbeaten in the league this season. Jordan Newnes had a solid second half at centre back, Dave Worrall played well at right back, but man of the match was Chris Routs in goal, purely for given away possession less than anybody else! Dick of the day could have been one of many in what wasn’t our finest hour, but Adam Tozer ridiculous aeroplane goal celebration clinched it!
Next week we host top of the table Norwich City 2’s when the unbeaten record will face a severe examination. With Mike Skelton and James Wrinch returning from holiday and Matt Holden fully recovered from injury we are hoping for an improvement on this week’s performance!