EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE
Cambridge City III 3
Newmarket Ladies began their Division Two North West campaign with a 3-0 defeat on the road at Cambridge City III on Saturday.
With new captain Tania Fisher at the helm and a change of defence due to a loss of players, the team went into their season opener on the back foot.
After a hard fought battle in the first-half Newmarket trailed by a goal at the break and, despite a better performance in the second-half, Cambridge scored two more goals to run out 3-0 winners.
An unfortunate deflection from Newmarket’s Kerry Alderson led to one of the goals, as goalkeeper Sue Bullimore was left feeling rattled by the hosts.
Hayley Stoneman had a great breakaway in the second-half, however her feet went a bit faster than the rest of her as she lost her balance before she could pass the ball.
Di Thomas had a standout performance while Grace Evans and Lydia Evans both impressed, but none of them could prevent three penalty corners being wasted by the visitors during their opening game defeat.
n In Division Three North West, Newmarket Ladies II were also beaten at the weekend as they slipped to a 5-0 defeat at Leadenham.
Newmarket welcomed back goalkeeper Jess Boyle after three years away, but it was the hosts who dominated possession and took a 3-0 lead into the interval.
Town came back stronger in the second-half following a half-time pep talk from captain Holly Woods, but the perseverance of Sarah Ganiford, Tiff Seymour, Angel Fayers and Olivia Haste was not rewarded with a goal.
Leadenham added two more goals as they sealed a 5-0 victory, however Newmarket will feel the scoreline did not reflect their performance which had seen them missing several regular players.
n Newmarket Ladies III began their Division Four North West South campaign with a 6-1 victory over local rivals Cambridge South III.
Vicky Benediz scored a hat-trick for Newmarket, while Charlotte Abbersteen, Georgia Atherton and Bronnie King were also on target to send them to the top of the table.