Mens 1’s v Royston

Newmarket Mens 1st XI 2 – 2 Royston Mens 1st XI
Following 3 successive promotions Newmarket looked forward to entertaining opponents for an equivalent league as they continue the build up to the start of league season on 21 September 2013.
With keeper Chris Routs detained on a personal matter and skipper Will Wilson collecting Routs kit, Newmarket started with a makeshift keeper back line. Royston started the game well, dominating possession and territory and really forcing Newmarket back. The worked a couple a couple of chances which we well saved by second team keeper John Luke Peagram.
Once Routs and Wilson had returned to the pitch, they promptly when and conceded following an individual error on our own 25 yard line. Royston reacted fastest to the foot to draw Routs and finish into the corner.
Newmarket showed good spirit, with coach Nic Thorpe rotating the squad, Alex Andreou, James Wrinch, Chris Leggett and Ollie Wade started to dominate the midfield and orchestrate some attacks of their own. From one break Mark Pears was found on the half way line, he beat the defender with his first touch and played a one two with matt Holden, before drawing the keeper and squaring to Holden for a tap in.
Royston scored next, a defensive mistake conceding possession, from which Royston won a penalty corner, Jordan Newnes closed down well but unfortunately the flick deflected of his stick into the bottom corner.
Newmarket came back again and dominated the rest of the match, Ed Griffith’s and Josh Dawson contact movement created spaces and Newmarket capitalised when Wilson’s 40 yard pass was deflected in at the far post by Dawson.
Newmarket tried in vain to score a winner, Wade and Wilson had efforts cleared on the line and Griffiths missed from a yard when it looked impossible not to score. Pears hit the outside of the post and was fouled a yard out denying a clear goal scoring opportunity which may have been a penalty flick most other weeks and rampaging right back Dave Worrall twice went close on the far post.
With last year’s player of the season Mike Skelton concluding the Cricket Season and new signing Dr Adam Tozer unavailable (hopefully Mrs Tozer will allow him out to play next week), captain Wilson called James Atkinson and Darren Jenkins up from the second time. Forward Atkinson found space well, used the ball intelligently and worked hard for the team, showing great promise for the future. Centre back Jenkins market his man almost of the game and when he got the ball either tackled him or channelled him back out of the 25. If both continue to develop this season the club will have plenty of selection dilemmas.
Man of the man was centre back Simon Harrington who tackled & switched possession well, he was run close by the rejuvenated Holden and the evergreen Wrinch. Next week Newmarket are away against Chelmsford 2’s who finished 1 place above Royston, hopefully the game will be as close and beneficial as this one!