North Norfolk 1st XI 2 – 3 Newmarket 1st XI
19/10/2019 Goalscorers: Skelton x 2, Harrington
The two teams with 100% records in division 3NE faced off at Cromer High School. Newmarket were without Centre-back Jordan Newnes and defensive destroyer Louis Hrebeniak as they looked for a fourth successive clean sheet, which would have been the first since the 1980’s. With Oliver Wade dropping into central defence and Chris Leggett returning the team expected to get a result.
The game started at a frantic pace but soon settled into a rhythm which played out for the rest of the match. Newmarket had the majority of possession, working the ball round the back well and North Norfolk defended deep and were dangerous on the break.
North Norfolk took the lead from one such break, Newmarket over committed and conceded possession outside the opposite D. North Norfolk broke swiftly and Wade made a good challenge but was unlucky as the ball rebounded passed him, the forward rounded keeper James Atkinson and slotted home to take the lead.
Newmarket went back on the front foot, Josh Dawson was causing the North Norfolk defence all sorts of trouble and a couple of times was fouled just inside the D when almost clean through. Penalty corners were awarded both times. The keeper saved the initial strike, Simon Harrington calmly controlled the rebound and flicked passed the keeper.
North Norfolk took the lead for a second time, again Newmarket conceded possession as they were building an attack. The defence scrambled back, Atkinson made a save and William Wilson managed to knock the the ball over his own line whilst under pressure.
Newmarket continued to look dangerous, Simon Donald and Michael Skelton were easy to find on the middle of the park, Ben Dykes rampaged forward from right back and Felix Allen found space and committed men on the right wing. North Norfolk held firm and went into the half time break 2-1 ahead.
Newmarket went straight on top the attack at the start of the second half. The won a corner after a minute, the normal routine broke down but Harrington worked right to Dawson, he found Donald on the far post who squared for Skelton on the line to tap home from a foot out.
The game then became scrappy, Harrington and Leggett both received a yellow card sin bin and North Norfolk also lost two for bad challenges. Newmarket managed to cut out the mistakes that lead to the two goals they conceded first half and restricted the opposition to few opportunities from open play and only gave away a couple of penalty corners, which were defended well.
At the other end they forced a dozen corners, but wasted most of the chances until Harrington found Skelton at the near post to deflect through the keepers legs. Dawson very nearly made it four from another free flowing move, rounding the keeper and unluckily putting wide on his reverse.
The game finished 3-2, a score which flattered North Norfolk, Newmarket feel like they gave away the two goals and should have scored many more than the three they did. Man of the Match was Ollie Wade, for a solid display at centre-back. Dick of the Day was Simon Harrington for the Cruyff turn that led to the yellow card.
Next week the team are at home of North City 3’s at 15:00, well behaved supporters as always are welcome.
Royston 2s 0 – 10 Newmarket Ladies 2s
Newmarket Ladies 2s played against Royston 2s at home on Saturday. Hoping to carry on the gold medal status from the last two wins, Newmarket went in with the mentality of making it a triple jump of wins.
Newmarket started very strongly, gaining an attacking short corner within the first few minutes with Andreou scoring with archery accuracy and shotgun speed to gain the advantage. Newmarket then had the majority of the possession, unrelenting on the offense and sharing the goals between Swann, Fox, Bailey, Atherton and Brown. At half time the score line stood at a strong 6-0.
Second half saw more fight from Royston. They wrestled the ball to their attacking 25 more often but not giving keeper Jersey Bennett the chance to play handball or football. Rees, from her podium of man of the two previous matches scored 2 goals, Brown and Swann doubled theirs. As the final whistle went Newmarket had a decathlon final score of 10-0, raising them to 2nd in their league and ready for the heavyweight showdown away next week against top of the table Shefford and Sandy.
Newmarket Ladies 3s 4 – 0 Ely City 3s
Newmarket Ladies 3rd 11 took on Ely 3s at home.
The ladies started strong, but it took a while for the to settle down. Continued attacks saw the first for newmarket scored by Rachel Hogg as a tap-in. A penalty flick was awarded to Newmarket which Jazz Freed put to bed for newmarkets 2nd of the half.
The 2nd half of the game saw the ladies settle down and start playing some better hockey, with good passing and positional play.
Amy Kiddie was delighted to score her first league goal for the club when a base line slip found her at top D for a slap in. Not to be content with that Amy scored another within the next minute, as she dribbled all the way up pitch from an interception of Ely’s restart centre pass. Final score 4-0 and the ladies 5th win out of 5 games.
Amy’s brace earned her man of the match.
Next week sees the ladies take on fellow top table team Cambridge South 4s.