Stalemate could not have been more different than 6-6 thriller

STALEMATE: Di Thomas in action for Newmarket Ladies during their goalless draw with Ipswich III on Saturday
STALEMATE: Di Thomas in action for Newmarket Ladies during their goalless draw with Ipswich III on Saturday
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Newmarket’s return fixture with Ipswich in East Women’s League Division Two North East could not have been a more different draw to the 6-6 result played out earlier in the campaign.

Both teams seemed to struggle with desire to win the ball and losing possession before getting it to the forward line as the encounter petered out into a goalless draw.

The first half ebbed away with few chances on goal for either team.

Newmarket did get shots on target, but Ipswich had a strong keeper between the posts and she read everything that went towards her.

Lydia Evans and Claire McDonnell had great shots from the top of the circle, one even deflecting off Calli Cannon’s stick to the left post, missing the net by inches.

Goalkeeper Jade Atkinson stopped many great shots taken by Ipswich, some with the help of Tania Fisher.

There was little left to be said for the second half as Newmarket ran out of time to deliver the goods and a final chance from Donna Keats went just wide.

Newmarket II maintained their Division Four North West (South) promotion hopes with a 2-0 victory at City of Peterborough IV.

Tracy Cockeril and Cassie Ayms combined for the opening goal on 29 minutes when the latter fired home a rebound.

Newmarket held strong with the back four of Becca Bunning, Stef Howard, Sarah Ganiford amd Mel Podd stopping everything that came their way and pushing Peterborough back over the halfway line.

The second goal came from a manoeuvre that started at the back, with Bunning, Beth Wombwell, Abbi Pass and Clodie Rolph combining for Stefanie Anderson to slot home.

Newmarket III edged out Huntingdon II in Division Four North West (South) thanks to a player-of-the-match display from Bronnie King and Helen Hansgate’s solitary strike.

Newmarket Men’s promotion hopes were dented in East Men’s League Division Three North with a 4-1 defeat at Norwich City III, while Newmarket II drew 4-4 with Bury St Edmunds II.