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Defeated at Bowers & Pitsea Ladies dents Newmarket Town Ladies' chances of a top two finish in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One


By Sports Newmarket


Newmarket Town Ladies’ hopes of finishing in the top two this season were severely dented by Sunday’s 3-0 loss away at second-placed Bowers & Pitsea Ladies.

Goals from Georgia Fraser, Sophie Dowman and Jennifer Lyttle scored the goals for Essex-based hosts, who are now six points ahead of Newmarket in the standings with a game in hand.

However, Newmarket boss Shane Lebbon felt his side’s performance warranted more.

NEWMARKET: Football - Newmarket Ladies v St Ives manager Shane Lebbon Picture Mark Westley. (8393990)
NEWMARKET: Football - Newmarket Ladies v St Ives manager Shane Lebbon Picture Mark Westley. (8393990)

“It was a very close and even game despite the scoreline,” he said. “A refereeing error cost us the first goal. The girl who scored was offside but the referee has over-ruled the assistant and that put us on a bit of downer.

“They went on to score a couple more but even the manager said afterwards a 3-3 draw would have been fair. The result did not do our performance justice.”

The result extended Newmarket’s winless run in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One to four matches, with their previous outings having ended in score draws.

They will seek to return to winning ways on Sunday when travel to Hertfordshire to take on fifth-placed Hoddesdon Town Owls Ladies (2pm).

The hosts go into the fixture on the back of four straight victories, during which time they have scored 18 goals.

When Newmarket hosted Hoddesdon earlier in the campaign at the Bloorie.com Stadium the sides played out a 2-2 draw, with Lauren Deller and Laura Bailey on target for the home team.

*A hat-trick apiece from Kaitlin Elsey and Eleanor McLeish helped Newmarket Under-16 Girls get the better of their Holbeach counterparts and move a step closer to winning the league title.

* Despite some second-half pressure Newmarket Town Under-14 Girls were beaten 2-0 by March Town, while Newmarket Town Under-12 Girls suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of Linton after battling back from three goals down.



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