Newmarket Ladies beat Pelicans to boost East Women's League Division Two North West survival hopes
Newmarket Ladies boosted their survival hopes in East Women’s League Division Two North West after beating Pelicans 2-1 on Saturday.
Newmarket were missing influential midfielder Beth Wombwell, which meant they took just a bare 11 players to King’s Lynn, at the weekend.
However, it was the visitors who came closest to scoring 11 minutes in, as Di Farrell-Thomas’ lob bounced back off the goalkeeper.
Tracy Cockerill then lashed wide, Lucy Swann thudded a shot straight off the back line, before the deadlock was broken after 15 minutes.
Faye Andreou hit a vicious strike from a short corner past the goalkeeper and against the back board to put the visitors in front.
Pelicans pulled level shortly after, as they smartly moved the ball from the 25 metre line, into the D, and slammed home just inside the bottom right corner.
It took several brave blocks from stopper Jersey Bennett in the first half to ensure the teams went in level at half time.
Pelicans’ impressive lone striker posed a constant threat throughout the second half, but was unable to break the Newmarket back line for a second time.
The visitors put their bottom-place position in the league behind them, as they battled to find a winner, which they converted in dramatic fashion.
Unsung hero Becca Barnes fizzed a delightful through ball to Lydia Evans, who drove it to the top of the D and hit a ferocious shot into the left corner.
The victory leaves Newmarket two points adrift of safety with five games to go.
l In Division Four North West (South), Newmarket Ladies II were well-beaten by champions Cambridge South II.
Cambridge, who have yet to drop a point all season on their way to winning the title, scored an unanswered six goals to keep up their perfect record, while Newmarket (4th) must now focus on their fight for second place.