Newmarket Ladies suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to a Lowestoft Ladies side on the periphery of the East Women’s League Division Two North East promotion battle.
Despite that, Newmarket played well and had more quick and accurate passes than in previous games.
The difference proved to
be how clinical Lowestoft were as the visitors utilised every opportunity they had to score.
Newmarket’s Claire McDonnell, Di Thomas, and Denise Wagner had a few shots on goal that could not be finished and the first half ended with a 4-0 Lowestoft lead.
On a corner shot taken from the top of the circle, Lowestoft earned their fifth goal via a deflection after half-time.
Soon after, Newmarket got one back when Lydia Evans took a shot towards goal from outside the circle and one of Lowestoft’s players inadvertently clipped the ball with her stick and into the net.
Newmarket II overcame Cambs South III in Division Four North West (South), while Newmarket III drew 1-1 with Ely City II in the same division.
From the first whistle Newmarket took control of possession and, as they had done so many times this season, generated plenty of chances when moving forward with the ball.
A typical third-team move started at the back, flowed up the wing through player-of-the-match Bronnie King and ended on the stick of Beth Wombwell, who finished superbly into the corner.
It was as if Wombwell, playing her first match since the birth of her son, had never been away.
Chances continued to be generated, but Ely came more into the game and it was not too much of a surprise when they levelled.
An injury-ravaged Newmarket Men I were defeated 1-0 at Harleston Magpies IV in East Men’s League Division Three North East.
With regular goalkeeper Martin McCourt out, the team welcomed promising youngster Seth Baily into the side for a debut he can be proud of.
Newmarket dominated possession and territory, but Harleston’s quick forward line and aerial passing ability made them a danger on the break and from one such counter-attack they scored.
Louis Hrebinank, playing his second match, had a composed game at left midfield, while Jordan Newnes stepped in at centre-back to produce a near-faultless display.
Newnes thoroughly deserved his man-of-the-match award, although Mark Pears also played very well at right-back.
Newmarket II saw off Watton 2-1 in Division Four North East.