EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Newmarket Men remain level on points with leaders Bury St Edmunds after thrashing Lowestoft Railway 13-1 at home on Saturday.
Having been beaten 1-0 by bottom club Harleston Magpies IV the previous week, Newmarket bounced back in fine style.
A sweeping team move involving Mark Pears, man-of-the-match Chris Leggett, William Wilson, Alex Andreou and James McTaggart set up the opener for Josh Dawson.
A flurry of goals followed and Lowestoft lost a player to injury at 5-1 down, reducing them to 10 men.
Ten of the team’s goals came from open play with Dawson, Mike Skelton, Andreou and Leggett scoring two each and Matthew Holden and McTaggart one apiece.
Wilson bagged himself a set-piece hat-trick with two penalty corner strikes and a penalty flick after a goal-bound effort was stopped on the line by a foot.
Goals from Lee Blades and William Hosegood were not enough for Newmarket Men II as they went down 7-2 at Pelicans III in Division Four North East.
Newmarket Ladies won a nine-goal thriller at Bury St Edmunds II in East Women’s League Division Two North East.
Claire McDonnell’s perfectly-timed run on to Di Thomas’ quick free-hit resulted in the opening goal from McDonnell.
Captain Faye Andreou unleashed a strike into the bottom left corner to double Newmarket’s lead around the 10-minute-mark.
Solid work from Tania Fisher, Zoe Bailey and April Atkinson meant Lydia Evans and Loren Davenport could remain wide to receive throughballs.
Another textbook strike from Andreou gave Town a 3-0 cushion, but Bury grabbed their first goal just before the break.
Vicky Sievewright worked incredibly hard to get ahead of her player and Donna Keates tirelessly ran up front fighting for every ball.
McDonnell capitalized again not long after half-time — receiving the ball from a terrific run from Atkinson, but Bury fought back to 4-2.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Sambrook scored on her first-team debut and Andreou completed her hat-trick to take the game beyond Bury, who pulled another back late on.
Newmarket Ladies II won 5-0 at home to Cambridge City V with goals from Cassie Ayms, Angel Fayers (two), Mel Podd and Olivia Haste, but Newmarket Ladies III slipped to an undeserved 2-0 defeat at high flying Wisbech Town III — both in Division Four North West (South).