Match Reports 26.10.2019

Newmarket I’s 3 – 3 Norwich City III’s

26/10/2019 Goalscorers: Donald, Holden and Wilson

Newmarket dominated the opening exchanges of the match looking for a sixth consecutive league victory. They started strongly and dominated the early exchanges but saw numerous chances go begging before Simon Donald deflected home at a penalty corner.

Norwich City were a young team with a few experienced heads, Newmarket thought they’d scored a second when Michael Skelton deflected home another corner only to be disappointed that the umpire disallowed the goal and asked the corner to be retaken. This seems to give Norwich City a boost and they became increasingly dangerous on the break.

Newmarket managed to miss a few more chances, through a combination of poor finishing and great goal keeping before Norwich City got an equaliser, the ball rebounding to a forward a few yards out who finished emphatically on his reverse passed James Atkinson in goal.

A minute later Newmarket conceded a second, Jordan Newnes was tackled trying to beat two men in the wrong part of the pitch leaving Simon Harrington with a three on one, Norwich worked the ball round him and the keeper to take the lead with their second shot of the match.

Newmarket went into half time 2-1 down and feeling that they should have been out of sight before Norwich had their opportunities but were determined to put it right.

Newmarket equalised without a minute of half time, William Wilson was composed in the left back possession, he fed Felix Allen on the left flank, who squared to Skelton, he played a one two with Simon Donald and found Matt Holden at the far post who pea rolled it home for a collectors item!

The game was now much more even, the two Norwich goals clearly gave the young Norwich team confidence, ads Newmarket pushed on for a winner they were more and more dangerous on the break running with the ball from deep. They scored a third, taking a free hint quickly in the Newmarket 25, running unchallenged into the D, the initial strike was blocked and rebounded to a Norwich player who finished.

Newmarket went on the front foot again, forcing a few corners Wilson equalised from a broken down corner, stopping and striking himself.

In the last five minutes both teams had chances to win the game, but overall Newmarket squandered many more chances, they probably had 25 opportunities during the match and should have scored more than the 3 that they did.

Man of the match was William Wilson and dick of the day Josh Dawson for his profligacy in front of goal. Next week the team are away at Pelicans in Kings Lynn, who after being promoted last season have come into a decent run of form.

Newmarket Ladies 2s 1-0 Shefford & Sandy

Half term saw Newmarket’s normal line up a bit sparse, including keeper, Bennett- seeing Atherton dust off her kit against top of the league Shefford and Sandy. A bounty of wins had trained us up for this game… it’s crunchie time. No picnic. 

A double decker of Swann sister goals got us the win and the first team to knock Shefford and Sandy off their unbeaten podium. 

What a dream… 1-0 teaser up quite early on from the kinder Swann, sat Newmarket in a healthy position. With Andreou holding the fort, aerialing to Mars and over her opposition, we had a few extra opportunities at goal. 

Harris and Excel held midfield and tracked back and forth with the tough seesaw of a game. What diam-onds.

Second half and at 1-0 up, we continued on strong and didn’t ripple under pressure, until a disappointing flake of a goal whispa’d in. A quick twirl back though for Newmarket after our second boost by the Eldest Swann sister just before the final whistle! 2-1 win for Newmarket with L.Swann MoM and Atherton DoD. 

Walking down quality street- Newmarket HC.

Newmarket Ladies 3s 0 – 0 Cambridge South 4s

Newmarket’s ladies 3rd XI took on top table challengers Cambs south 4s in the highly anticipated game. Both teams came into the game having won all five of their matches so far.
Newmarket worked their socks off defending to ensure no loss. The second half saw the team relax, dominate more and generate plenty of attacks, but against the experienced south defence, none of their attempts found the mark.   Goals proved elusive in the evenly matched fight for both sides, resulting in a final 0-0 draw.  
The draw sees the squad hold onto their top spot league position by goal difference.
Man of the match was a 3 way split between mids Callie Plumb, Sophie Kelly and Mel Podd
Next week sees the ladies take on at Neots at home at 4-30pm