Newmarket Town jump up to third in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One North
Newmarket Town Women moved up to third in Division One North of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League thanks to Sunday’s narrow 2-1 home win at the expense of AFC Sudbury Ladies.
It was the hosting Jockeys that broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when captain Beth Woodfield slotted home from a Jess Linger corner.
It remained 1-0 to the home side heading into the break, but AFC equalised early in the second half to restore parity.
However, Newmarket soon regained control of proceedings and they scored what turned out to be the winner in the 65th minute.
Linger’s free-kick into the box floated everybody before Woodfield headed in, although it was adjudged to have already crossed the line before the skipper applied the finishing touch.
Kevin Parsons’ side went out to see out the remainder of the game to pick up just their second victory from their previous six outings.
Newmarket will be at the Tristel Stadium again on Sunday when fifth-placed Needham Market Women will be their visitors (2pm).
* Newmarket Town Women’s Development side advanced into the semi-finals of the Cambridgeshire Junior Invitation Cup following their 4-1 win at neighbouring Burwell Tigers Ladies.
Faced with a tricky pitch and missing five regular squad members through injury, Newmarket were well aware that a repeat of the 8-0 win they inflicted on Tigers in the league was always going to be tough to repeat.
Nevertheless, they got the job done in a professional manner – helped by an early goal from Hannah Rogers.
One soon became two courtesy of Lauren Roberts before Leah Harper added a third before half-time.
Burwell pulled a goal back after the restart, but the final say went to Newmarket as Talia Irvine swivelled and fired into the bottom corner.
The team will return to S-Tech Women’s Championship action on Sunday at league-leading Cambridge Rangers (11am).
* Newmarket Town Under-13 Girls gained revenge on the only side to beat them this season as the hammered their Chatteris counterparts 7-0.
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