Routine win for Newmarket increases the pressure on leaders




Newmarket 5 Rutland 1

Newmarket maintained pressure on league leaders Wisbech with a routine victory over a young Rutland side on Saturday.

After frustrating Rutland during large parts of the first half, Newmarket scored two quick-fire goals just before half-time.

A great team goal finished off in style by Chris Leggett opened the scoring, before Mark Pears rattled home Ollie Wade’s reverse stick pass against the stanchion in the far corner.

Rutland did finally bring keeper Chris Routs into action just before half-time, but Newmarket continued to pick them off at ease in the second half.

The third goal was another free-flowing move, which resulted in Pears tapping into an empty net.

Newmarket added a fourth from a slick penalty corner, deflected in by Leggett to seal a well-deserved brace.

Skelton scored the fifth late on, but in truth if it was not for some outstanding saves from the keeper and a comical miss by the otherwise outstanding Dawson it should have been many more.

Rutland grabbed a late consolation goal from a penalty corner, as Newmarket prepare to make the short journey to Ely on Saturday in their push for a third straight title.



Newmarket 1 Wisbech II 1

Di Thomas rescued a point for Newmarket during their rescheduled clash with Wisbech at the weekend.

Wisbech looked sharp in the first half, taking advantage of quick breaks, calling Louise Downs, Jasmine Wombwell and Zoe Bailey into action in defence.

Beth Wombwell was hungry for a goal, but unfortunately for her the visiting custodian had other ideas, twice denying her with smart saves.

After a goalless first half, Wisbech opened up the scoring five minutes into the second period when pouncing on a loose ball before driving it into the D and hitting the target.

The goal acted as a wake-up call for Newmarket and a brilliant manoeuvre by Kerry Alderson created space for Claire McDonnell to receive the ball.

She crossed into the D and, despite deflections, Thomas managed to get on the end of it and level matters.

There were tense moments where Town were under pressure in the defending D and Jade Atkinson in goal kept her side fighting, but there were to be no more goals.