Score – 1:0 loss
The third game of the season saw Newmarket Ladies 2 side travel to California (if only) Road to take on St Ives Ladies 3. With the fuel crisis still rampaging, and the ladies’ side somewhat depleted since last season, the Ladies 2’s made the decision to head to St Ives with just 9 players to show St Ives that we mean business no matter how many players we had!
With donuts in hand for a sugar kick courtesy of Stef Heslop and a pre-game pep talk from coach Sue Bullimore, the Ladies 2’s were ready to fight. With the team having two less than St Ives they knew they would have to conserve energy so switched their brains back to Tuesday nights training session of short quick passes and triangles between players. With some great play between the backs of Jo Graham-Thompson, Stef Heslop, Sue Bullimore and Becca Alexander passing back and round on countless occasions, Newmarket soon gained their dominance of the pitch. Linking up with Tracy Cockerill, Helen Hansgate and Emily Sargeant in the midfield, they tackled their way into St Ives’s defending 23 pretty hard and fast to show they meant business! The lone ranger of Maisy Swann up front frustrating the St Ives defence gave Newmarket countless occasions to score, and even gain a short corner at one point in the first half, but unfortunately no goals came. A momentary lapse of judgement from keeper Jess Boyle towards the end of the first half allowed St Ives to score their first and only goal of the entire game ending the first half 1-0.
A positive half time team talk from coach Sue and honorary 2s sideline coach for the day, chairman Pete Sargeant, plus another sugar fix courtesy of Percy Pigs and the 2s were ready to fight for another 35 minutes. Again, some great link up play down the left-hand side from, well everyone, saw the 2s gain control of the pitch once again and dominate over the 11-woman St Ives. With the weather setting in and the rain beginning to fall St Ives managed to make a quick break and infiltrate the Newmarket 23 earning themselves a short corner. The decision to box made by the Newmarket defence meant St Ives’ efforts for another goal were thwarted and St Ives could not add to their goal tally. As the full-time whistle blew, St Ives were left shocked at their mere 1-0 win over a 9 woman Newmarket, whilst Newmarket held their head up high and a buzzing feeling coursing through their veins.
Next week is Derby Day for the Ladies 2s as they face Ely City 2s at home at 11:30. Can they top their efforts from Saturday’s match?