Fans’ favourite Newmarket boxer Pat McAleese brought down the curtain on his time in the ring in style by going the whole six rounds with former WBU British and Commonwealth champion Tony Oakey in front of a sell-out crowd in the town on Saturday.
Newmarket Leisure Centre was reverberating to chants of ‘Pat! Pat! Pat!’ As the 28-year-old did enough to ear a drawn verdict against Portsmouth’s Oakey, who wore headgear which protected his nose, reportedly because of an expensive operation to fix it.
McAleese received a blow to his nose in the opening round, meaning he had to conted with it bleeding for the rest of the bout.
But despite complaining after to the Journal of not being able to see much through his unfamiliar head gear, he finished with a late flourish to draw the contest.
In the football mid-table Soham Town Rangers lost 2-0 at league leaders Needham Market after a Sam Newson brace in Ryman League Division One North.
Newmarket Town won 2-1 at home to Whitton United in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with Steve Holder and Ross Paterson scoring for The Jockeys, while they ended the game with 10 men with Jake Wayne receiving a second yellow card.
Mildenhall Town suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at long-time league leaders Norwich United, while bottom side Ely City were without a game.
Fifth-placed Norwich City are just a point off the top of a congested Sky Bet Championship table after winning 4-1 at struggling Millwall thanks to goals from Jonny Howson (two), Gary Hooper and Wes Hoolahan.
Ipswich Town remain one place and one point outside the play-offs after failing to leapfrog sixth-placed Brentford.
Daryl Murphy’s 22nd goal of the season had the Tractor Boys in front at Portman Road early on, but Jonathan Douglas earned Brentford a point.
In the rugby third-placed Newmarket’s Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division One match at Woodbridge was awarded to the home team with the match not starting.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Newmarket Journal print edition.