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Newmarket Academy march on into the ESFA Under-16 Small Schools Cup semi-finals

Newmarket Academy’s head of PE and team manager Lee Crick has praised the commitment shown by every member of his Year 11 Boys squad after they reached the semi-finals of the ESFA Under-16 Small Schools Cup.

The team had already gone further than any side in the school’s history in a national competition before they travelled to face Richmond-based Ibstock Place School in the quarter-finals last Wednesday.

And while goals from Jack Turner and Nathan Doyle sealed a 2-0 win and extended their interest in the tournament, Crick was eager to highlight the collective effort.

Newmarket Academy Year 11 (27839338)
Newmarket Academy Year 11 (27839338)

“The boys just keep on winning. They are doing brilliantly and have massively exceeded expectations,” he said.

“They conceded a lot of possession against Ibstock but only gave up two or three chances. They were solid defensively and deserved to go through overall.

“It was superb commitment from every single player. We took 13 players and because it was roll on, roll off subs, everyone one of them played a key part. It was an all-round professional performance.”

The school’s semi-final opponents are not currently known, with a couple of the quarter-final ties still be concluded in the coming days.

When the draw is eventually finalised, Crick is hoping his team will get home advantage.

“We have had so much support, and not just from our school – others locally have sent good luck messages,” he said. “Other clubs and organisations have also been very supportive.

“It would be great to be at home. That way more students, staff and families can come along to support – the boys deserve that.”

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