Missed chances prove costly as Newmarket draw at home

SHARING THE SPOILS: Donna Keates, yellow shirt, tussles for possession during Newmarket I  1-1 draw with Bury St Edmunds II on Saturday
SHARING THE SPOILS: Donna Keates, yellow shirt, tussles for possession during Newmarket I 1-1 draw with Bury St Edmunds II on Saturday
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EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

NORTH EAST

Newmarket 1

Bury St Edmunds II 1

Newmarket were left to rue a host of missed opportunities after being held to their first draw of the season against Bury St Edmunds II.

After a goalless first half, it was Bury who registered the first goal of the game after the break when awarded a short corner, which their striker slammed home.

Newmarket were finally rewarded for their persistence when Claire McDonnell intercepted in the D and brushed the ball home.

The hosts should have put the game to bed — both Di Thomas and Calli Cannon had one-on-one chances with the keeper, while Vicky Sievewright went incredibly close to putting Town in front after a cross from McDonnell, but the ball skipped just wide.

Bury were close to taking all the spoils after their goal scorer nearly hit the target again in open play, but keeper Jade Atkinson stood her ground, punching the ball away to safety.

n In the East Division Four North West (South) Newmarket II followed up their record breaking win with a 5-0 victory away to Cambridge City V.

Hannah Kelly found the back of the net twice, with further goals coming from Lydia Evans, Holly Woods and Stephanie Anderson.

In the same division, there was no joy for Newmarket III who went down 3-0 to Wisbech III.

Newmarket men’s first string made it back-to-back league wins when getting the better of Lowestoft Railway 5-4.

The hosts started brightly running the ball with purpose from midfield, but Newmarket took the lead with a swift passing movement down the left flank, culminating with Ed Griffiths forcing the ball home, but Lowestoft equalised almost immediately.

Will Wilson converted a penalty to restore Newmarket’s lead before Griffiths spent some time off the field for reacting badly to a tackle.

Lowestoft pegged another back, but Newmarket restored their lead once again prior to the break through James Atkinson.

Lowestoft equalised for the third time early on in what was to be a bad-tempered second half.

Newmarket worked hard and scored a fourth goal through Josh Dawson, with Wilson slotting home a fifth.

With a few minutes left Lowestoft pulled one back, but Newmarket held on for the victory.

Newmarket II brushed aside Pelicans III 5-0 to extend their winning run in Division Four North East to four matches.

Among the scorers for the Exning Road side were top goal scorer Will Hosegood and Charlie Wright.