Newmarket Ladies 2’s v Haverhill L2’s: 1-4
Newmarket ladies twos took on top of league, Haverhill’s second team in a much anticipated clash.
Haverhill struck hard from the off, getting their first in the back of the net within the first two minutes of play and battle commenced.
Town had been looking forward to the rematch between the two teams, and going head to head with them, particularly after a great performance the previous week. However, the opposition did seem to be sporting a few previously unseen players in their selection for the day.
Town was under pressure with the first goal down and sort to knuckle down and concentrate on blocking play. Mid fielder Cassie Edgar-Ayms dropped right back during play to strengthen the core defence which saw her fantastically clear a ball right across the D and out of the opposition’s reach. Becca Bunning, who collected player of the match, worked tirelessly throughout the game, working well with new team addition, Lou Barker.
Goalie and captain Sue Bullimore had the biggest work out that she has had all season and put in a some cracking dives and saves for the team.
Half time, two goals down and first team skipper Faye Andreou was on hand to dispense some good advice.
The second half saw town looking calmer and stronger, and while still fighting for every ball, making some good attacks into the D, which Tracy Cockerill, Grace Evans and Olivia Haste didn’t quite manage to convert.
Cassie Edgar Ayms found herself at odds with the umpire which saw her collect a yellow card, spend 2 mins off pitch, and collect the sporting “Nellie” of the day award.
A short corner came towns way late in the game, and despite some well oiled routines in the bag, failed to convert it. By this stage Haverhill had managed to put another two past Newmarket. Finally after some great joined up play through the mid field Cassie Edgar Ayms found herself in the D with the ball which she sent crashing into the goal box for town’s only goal of the day, and 5 minutes to spare!
Town fought to the end, and the feeling amongst the girls was that if they’d have had another 20 mins, they could have made more of a dent in the final score line. The game ended as a 4-1 loss, the ladies second loss of the season, but still sees them hold onto their 2nd place position in the league and holding their heads up high.
Next week sees the ladies take on Ely 2s, at ely.