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Newmarket Men's first team beaten 3-2 in East League Division 3NE encounter against UEA

For the second East Men’s League Division 3NE encounter in a row, Newmarket’s first team suffered a 3-2 defeat on Saturday.

Hosting UEA I were their conquerors on this occasion, dishing out a result that has left Newmarket bottom of the table after eight matches.

The home team started brightly but they were kept up by a resolute Newmarket side, who almost broke the deadlock through Alex Andreou’s effort from a tight angle.

Newmarket Men's II v Norwich Dragons 5s..Pic135 – Simon Donald....Picture Mark Westley. (5372112)
Newmarket Men's II v Norwich Dragons 5s..Pic135 – Simon Donald....Picture Mark Westley. (5372112)

The scoreline remained goal-less heading into the break, while shortly after the restart Newmarket’s Ollie Wade was guilty of missing a good chance when he swept a shot against the post from eight yards out.

However, the visitors soon edged themselves in front when Darren Jenkins released Simon Donald, who beat two defenders and then slotted the ball between the UEA goalkeeper’s legs.

Soon after, Newmarket lost Andreou and Jordan Newnes to green cards and UEA made their numerical advantage count by scoring an equaliser.

As soon as Newmarket got back to their full compliment of players they regained the lead via a short corner, with Donald the man on the scoresheet again.

But UEA responded with a short corner of their own and when Newmarket were again reduced to nine players – Will Wilson and Wade dismissed – the hosts scored again to secure all three points.

Newmarket play host to Norwich Dragons II on Saturday (3pm).

* In the East Women’s League Division 2NW, second-from-bottom Newmarket I were beaten 5-1 away at Cambridge South I.

Tracy Cockerill was on target for the first team, who are at home to sixth-placed Cambridge City IV on Saturday (12pm).

* Newmarket Ladies II are fifth in Division NW(S) following their 4-0 defeat on the road at Sudbury II.

The hosts beat Newmarket goalkeeper Jess Boyle twice early on, followed by another goal just before the break.

Sudbury’s last goal came moments before the end, leaving Newmarket to focus on Saturday’s home encounter against Royston II (1.30pm).

* A brace from Charlotte Abersteen earned Newmarket Ladies III a 2-0 win from their home game against Wisbech Town III.

Next up in Division 5NW(S) is a trip to Cambridge City VI on Saturday (3.30pm).