24th January Matches (L1’s & 3’s Reports)

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Norwich City 2’s: 3-2 to Norwich.
​It was a tough match between the Newmarket ladies 1 and Norwich City 2’s this past Saturday. The first half started off strong for Newmarket when Tania Fisher and Faye Andreou held a tight defense, helping to keep the ball out of their defensive end. Di Thomas had many great shots against Norwich; however Norwich was able to slip by earning one goal before the end of the first half.
​Heading into the second half, Newmarket player Calli Cannon tied the game when she picked off a pass that was made into the circle from a Norwich player. Shortly after the celebration, Norwich came back and earned their second goal of the game, changing the score 2-1. Newmarket turned up the heat when Claire McDonnell had a breakaway and took a difficult shot from the bottom left of Norwich’s circle, earning Newmarket’s second goal of the game.
​With the score 2-2, Norwich immediately came back and earned their third and final goal of the game. The ending score of the match was 3-1, Norwich. With Newmarket’s performance, better results were expected from Saturday’s match.
MOM: Claire McDonnell

DOD: Di Thomas

Newmarket Ladies 3’s v Haverhill 2’s. 2-0 to Haverhill.
Newmarket Ladies 3s produced their best performance of the season despite slipping to a 2v0 defeat against high flying Haverhill 2s. Haverhill brought an experienced team who’s skill could not be doubted, but they found Newmarket Ladies 3s a difficult nut to crack.
From the start Newmarket were tight on their opponents disrupting Haverhill’s game plan. The back line of Captain Rachel Pegg, Ela Maczkiewicz, Holly Woods and Phoebe Peacock backed up by their ever dependable keeper Claire Spiers smothered the Haverhill attack providing the midfield and strikers with a base to launch attacks from. 2 quick strikes from Haverhill gave them a barely deserved lead and many a lessor team may have cracked, this is not however the Ladies 3s way.
Newmarket’s second half performance was better than their first. They dominated possession with Helen Hansgate and Lydia Wilmot winning control of the midfield and feeding the strike partnership of Bea Jones and Hannah Fox. Chances came at both ends but flashed past the post or were turned away by Man of the Match Spiers. Newmarket had the better of the exchanges, but in the end they could not force the ball into the Haverhill goal and the score remained 2v0. At the final whistle Newmarket had tasted defeat, but the manner in which they had acquitted themselves has laid the base for bigger and better things to come.