EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH WEST
Newmarket Ladies 1
St Neots Ladies 0
Newmarket Hockey Club Ladies made it back-to-back victories in Division Two North West after overcoming St Neots in a hard-fought 1-0 win.
The game started very strongly in Newmarket’s favour, allowing them to control the pitch for the first 15 minutes.
With a confident play down the line from Hayley Stoneman to Di Thomas, Newmarket were able to pull the ball back to the penalty spot where eager Claire Mcdonnell was ready to open the scoring.
St Neots came back, putting the entire Newmarket defence to the test, but they stood firm.
Some great plays from defence out wide to both Tracy Cockerill and Grace Evans kept the ball continuously moving back up the pitch towards the St Neots goal.
A stray hit up the pitch then enticed the visiting custodian out of her D, to kick the ball; which resulted in St Neots goalkeeper being sent off temporarily.
However, Newmarket were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage as the visitors defended stoutly.
Restored to their full quota of players, St Neots pushed Newmarket back with Kerry Anderson having to defend strongly to keep them at bay.
At the other end, Beth Wombwell had a number of short corner opportunities but was unable to convert as the home side settled for a narrow 1-0 victory.
n There was less success for Newmarket Ladies III who suffered a 3-1 defeat to Bury St Edmunds III in Division Four North West.
Newmarket started strongly with some efficient exchange of passes and supportive play. Charlotte Abbersteen demonstrated this brilliantly and combined well with left midfielder Charlotte Wyatt who competently linked the play from the defence to the attack down the left hand side.
Bury displayed some effective teamwork in their midfield and attack and it was the opposing team who scored the first goal of the match.
After the setback Sam Brooke was in command at the back demonstrating some excellent defensive skills, ably assisted by Donna and Tiff Seymour who performed some accurate clearances to the midfield.
Sophie Bell was in form playing right midfield and made crucial interceptions.
It was Bea Jones who capitalised on this and used her speed on the ball combined with great support from newcomer Georgia Rolls playing in the centre forward position to shoot the ball accurately into the right hand corner of the goal to equalise.
However, after the interval it was the away team who dominated the play in the latter part of the match.
Newmarket custodian Claire Spiers showed great resilience to the continued attack from the opposing team making a number of impressive saves.
However, Bury regained the lead with their second goal and despite the best efforts of Janie Harrington, Helen Hansgate and Verity MacMahon, they soon added a third to wrap up proceedings.