Solid win for the girls

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Newmarket Town Under-16s came away with a 2-0 win over Haddenham in the S-Tech Cambs Girls’ League in what was a solid performance in a match played with eight a side.

It did not take long for Town to break the deadlock when a nicely-angled pass found the run of Abbi Griffin, who got her toe on the ball to keep it under control before slotting it past the Haddenham keeper.

Haddenham looked dangerous on the break and were unlucky not to take the lead when first a well-driven shot was parried wide by Abi Smith, followed by a free-kick that hit the crossbar.

Moments after that, another effort wrongfooted Abi Smith from five yards out, but she managed to expertly shift her body to claw the ball out before Katie Webb hammered it away.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Olivia Page put in a fantastic shift on the right wing, battled away with the ball, broke through a challenge and slotted past the keeper.

The game continued in this vein with Town creating chances well saved by the keeper, but also Ella Blowes, Katie Webb and Gabby Kendall were holding strong at the back with Lucy Page working hard in the unusual position of left wing.

With 10 minutes to go, a bad injury to Blowes forced Town to finish the game with no substitutes as she was taken to hospital.

She later came away on crutches and will now be out of action for four-to-eight weeks.

The win moves Town into third place with three games in hand over the team in second and one in hand over leaders Bishop’s Stortford.

n Newmarket Town Under-16 Blue progressed to the semi-finals of the Brenda Ince Memorial Youth Cup after overcoming local rivals Cambridge City to win 3-2.

Town found themselves 3-0 to the good by half-time following a superb strike from Eamon Hatoum, a close-range tap-in from Jordan Foster and a textbook header at a corner from Harry Darling.

In the second half, Town eased off as City stepped up and pulled two goals back to set up a nervous last 10 minutes, but Town stood firm.