Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Huntingdon Ladies 1’s. 5 – 0 win to Newmarket
With every point and goal at stake Newmarket Ladies 1’s needed to take the opportunity to get a victory away from mid table Huntingdon and they certainly did in confident style.
Immediately Newmarket were a force to be reckoned with and they were planting wave after wave of attack on the away sides’ defence. Despite this Huntingdon’s keeper was alert to the challenges and cut out a large majority of scoring chances.
Newmarket were combining well and using the width of the pitch – something that had been lacking in previous games. Town were able to push Zoe Bailey, Jazz Wombwell, Faye Andreou and Gail Parkins up from the back to pen the ball positively. With great support play from Kerry Alderson and April Atkinson – the ball was travelling swiftly up field and creating a short corner. Claire McDonnell took a top D strike and Di Thomas deflected in and openned her account for the day.
With intent to score further Lydia Evans was a driving force up the centre of the field distributing well and supporting Beth Wombwell who made some superb runs. Huntingdon were still looking dangerous and taking advantage of the gap between Town’s midfield and defence. They were allowed space to take on Jade Atkinson in goal but she stood firm to deflect every chance away.
Abbi Pass got her first of the season for the first team. After a beautiful move around the back the ball came to Pass who dribbled it along the left wing and effortlessly placed to ball home.
Thomas got her second shortly after combinging well with Beth Wombwell, the ball nestling in the back of goal after a close range shot. Thomas managed to convery again about five minutes later after a goal-mouth scramble giving her a hatrick for the match and scoring her 15th of the season.
Newmarket continued in similar fashion after the break but the urgency seemed to leave the team and chances were squandered more often than not. However knowing the win was in the bag allowed for the ladies to work on positioning and they played some beautiful, free flowing hockey.
Short corners were however being awarded both ends but the gaps in midfield were diminished and Town had the fitness, and support of the home crowd to push them on.
Beth Wombwell got on the scoresheet. After a solid exchange of passes across the midfield McDonnell found Wombwell at the top of the D, she took one step and shot the ball into the bottom right corner sealing the victory for Newmarket.
Newmarket have a slip date this weekend and then go on to face Cambridge Uni and St Ives. Town must get 6 points to ensure they become league champions.