Newmarket Town Ladies record home victory over Hertford Town in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One
Newmarket Town Ladies marked their youth day at the Bloorie.com Stadium by recording a 3-1 win over Hertford Town on Sunday.
A large selection of players from the club’s under-9, under-10, under-14 and under-16 squads attended the event, which included a question and answer session with first-team players Jess Linger, Brooke Wickens and Yasmin Woodfield.
And they were treated to a winning performance by the senior team, securing a fifth straight victory in all competitions in the process.
Hosting Newmarket broke the deadlock midway through the first half when their leading goalscorer Wickens charged down an attempted clearance which looped up over the Hertford goalkeeper and bounced into the net.
Town had the chance to double their advantage in the 34th minute when Annabel Cuthbert was upended inside the box, but Laura Bailey struck the post with the resultant spot kick.
Buoyed by that miss, Hertford started to push forward and they managed to get themselves level before the break when Newmarket goalkeeper Dominika Szary was beaten by a lofted effort.
Eight minutes into the second half Bailey was given the chance to atone for her earlier miss when Wickens was fouled inside the box, and on this occasion she converted to put Newmarket back in front. And the points were secured in the first minute of stoppage time when Sarah O’Rourke slotted home after good work from left-back Katie Webb.
The win has moved third-placed Newmarket to within three points of second spot in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One ahead of the short trip to Histon on March 10 (2pm). Newmarket won the reverse fixture in January, 5-0.
* Despite having a tough season out on the pitch, Newmarket Girls Under-14s have stuck together, with the next campaign promising to show plenty of improvement.
The team has recently been supported by Newmarket company Shoe Doctor, who have provided the team with new boot bags.