EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Newmarket II 4
North Norfolk 1
Four well-worked goals saw Newmarket return to winning ways on Saturday and avenge a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.
With Lee Blades ill and Matt Holden unavailable, Newmarket started with James Atkinson and Jonny Bunker up front and the two youngsters set about terrorising the away side’s backline.
Bunker’s pace took him clear on three occasions, but last-ditch tackles and some good goalkeeping kept the scores level.
Newmarket broke the deadlock through a passage of good play from three of the team’s more senior members.
Adrian Atkinson’s pinpoint pass found Simon Harrington and he in turn fed Alex Andreou, who rifled the ball home.
James Atkinson played a pivotal part in helping Newmarket double their lead when winning the foul that led to their second goal.
Chris Evans pushed the ball to the top of the D where Harrington controlled it, drew the onrushing goalkeeper and crashed it home.
After setting up Harrington for Newmarket’s second goal, Evans was the catalyst behind their third.
Receiving a pass from Andreou, Evans with his back to goal, played the pass of the game.
Reading the bounce of the ball, he used the top edge of his stick to deflect it high over his shoulder and into the path of James Atkinson, who did the rest.
His first touch took him past the full-back, his next into the D and his third put the ball in the top left corner.
Town saved their best goal until last.
After an attack down the right, the ball was crossed into Evans.
Sensing Wood behind him and in a better position, Evans feinted to meet the ball before lifting his stick at the very last minute.
It was the classic dummy, read only by Wood, who gave it the finish it deserved.
North Norfolk scored late on in the game before a near-frozen pitch ended the match a few minutes early.
n Newmarket followed up their big win away to Harleston Magpies III with another convincing victory away from home on Saturday in Division Three North East, this time against Sudbury II.
Ed Griffiths and Harry Bell scored a brace apiece, while Mark Pears and Jordan Newnes also struck to give the Exning Road side a 6-1 victory to make it six wins from their last seven league outings.
n All three of Newmarket women’s teams saw their home matches called off due to frozen pitches.