Wisbech Town 4’s 2-5 Newmarket 2’s
Fourth place Newmarket 2’s travelled to fifth place Wisbech 4’s for a late morning push back on Saturday with Newmarket knowing a win would move them eight points clear of their opponents. With a few regular team members missing including no out and out goal scorer, rugby player Jack Boyle made his debut and Jonny Bunker made a rare appearance which was also his 1st since recovering from a broken ankle. Both teams started well but it was home side Wisbech who took the lead inside five minutes, with a man failing to be picked up at the back post. But away side Newmarket began to dominate and frustrate their opposition with some great quick attacking play and passing of the ball, but found they were up against an in form keeper. Wisbech began to dive in and were giving away free hits all over the pitch, with Newmarket dominating they were frustrated and this was shown by constant hitting away of the ball once free hits were given against them, they were warned anymore and cards would be shown. But it took centre back Darren Jenkins who supposedly caught a player in the region of the body every man feels painful once knocked, to use abusive language which got him a green card, he then later shoved Jenkins in an off the ball challenge and used more foul language to get a yellow card. A few minutes later another Wisbech player was sent off after hitting the ball away, but Newmarket despite the domination failed to capitalise with two extra men on the pitch. But the second half started just like the first, this time it was Newmarket’s turn to score, from a short corner combination of Ben Gottredsen and Jordan Newnes which Newnes buried into the left bottom corner. Another quickly followed from a short corner again which Gottredsen scored off a rebounded shot. Against the run of play and with a rare shot it was 2-2, Wisbech had equalised and it was looking like another one of those games. But with 17 minutes still to go there was plenty of time for a winner & with the half time tactical change still working & the rolling subs of the front men working a treat there was a real chance. Gottredsen had a shot stopped on the line by a defender, with what a goalkeeper would have been proud of. This resulted in a penalty flick being awarded to Newmarket, and it was centre back Newnes who was playing out of position on the left wing who stepped up, who cooly flicked the ball into the top left corner, 3-2 to Newmarket. There was soon another goal after Rob Green went past 3 players to stroke home the fourth, and was involved again when assisting a fifth goal for Gottredsen who was played in by Green, then had to beat a man before flicking it past the keeper. Even without regular players there was a real team spirit and determination to win. Only being fourth on goal difference and two points off 2nd place, with the 3 teams ahead still to play, Newmarket have a real chance of promotion which is what they deserve. It was a great team performance all round and if the team continues to perform like this for the remaining five games, they will gain promotion.
Squad: Seth Bailey, Pete Boyle (C), Adrian Atkinson, Darren Jenkins, Jason Lynch, Peter Reed, Ben Gottfredsen, Jordan Newnes, Rob Green, Jordan Walker, Adam Gallop, Jack Boyle & Jonny Bunker.