Cambridge University Ladies 3’s v Newmarket Ladies 1’s: 6-1 win to Newmarket
Newmarket tasted the sweetest of victories last weekend against a young, ambitious Cambridge University side. Both teams were set to take the promotion spot if they got three points from the match and it was to come down to mental strength as to who claimed the points. Newmarket were not phased by the occasion and every player fought for every ball giving them the extra edge.
The match was energetic and fast paced as expected with the Uni side immediately taking control and required lightning reactions from Jade Atkinson in goal to stop early chances going in. Captain Jazz Wombwell communicated well with her keeper and parried shots clear of the shooting zone. Newmarket settled into the game five minutes in – this broke Cambridge’s flow and Town were cutting out chances early and solid counter attacks flooded their defence. Beautiful manoeuvres from April Atkinson, Abbi Pass and Zoe Bailey saw Newmarket gallop to goal effortlessly letting the ball do the work.
Newmarket were brimming with confidence and it was only a matter of time before they converted – Beth Wombwell slipped her marker, drove hard into the D and smashed a shot in to goal getting her fourth of the season. Elation was to follow and Newmarket wanted to capitalise further to show their intent for victory. Town’s next goal came from the ever reliable Claire McDonnell – she was in no mood to mess as the ball broke free; she turned her marker and slotted home. Newmarket did not want to leave any chance for Cambridge Uni to get back in the match and were awarded a short corner. Sharp striker Faye Andreou took the chance top D and produced an unstoppable shot to give Town a 3-0 cushion going into half time.
Sensing there was plenty of fight and fitness left in their opposition Newmarket were in no mood to sit back on their lead but a slight sense of panic set in early in the first half as Uni got a goal back from close range. This shocked Town back into action and again they were forcing the play – accurate tackles and passing from Kerry Alderson, Gail Parkins and Lydia Evans meant Newmarket were constantly pushing forward. Grace Evans and Di Thomas were supporting each other well up front and after a fast run from McDonnell, Thomas was in on the keeper to deflect the ball in to goal. Thomas was in again on goal and after a lovely little chip beat the keeper the ball rattled off the post and the final defender fouled Beth Wombwell who was gunning to get on the lose ball. A penalty flick was awarded and Andreou stepped up to convert with confidence to surely take any hope away from Cambridge University.
Cambridge were however still playing a very strong game and pushed Town to the dying minutes of the game admirably. Newmarket sealled their victory as Thomas got her second – reverse sweeping right in front of the keeper making the final score 6-1.
The title race will be entirely in Newmarket’s hands as they must win next week against the tough defence of St Ives at home (2pm); all support very welcomed to ensure Town lift the trophy. The only way Newmarket can be removed from the top spot is if they lose their match and Cambridge City win against Cambridge South. Or if Cambridge South win by more than 8 goals with Town not getting any and losing. A thrilling end to a very positive season for Newmarket ladies 1’s.