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Newmarket Town rack up six goals in Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup win over Wisbech St Mary



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Job done – that is the best way to sum up Newmarket Town's evening in the first round of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup at home against Wisbech St Mary.

In a lot of ways the Jockeys were on a hiding to nothing at the Tristel Stadium given that their lower-level visitors sat bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North with 15 defeats and a draw from their 16 outings so far in 2021/22.

Yet while there was periods of the game in which Newmarket became sloppy in and out possession, overall they done a professional enough night's work to run out winners by a 6-1 margin.

Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley
Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley

Lewis Whitehead had already tested Tyler Key with a chipped shot when in the 10th minute he was fouled inside the box by the Wisbech goalkeeper. Whitehead dusted himself down and duly dispatched the resultant spot kick with minimal fuss to get the scoreboard rolling.

And it was the same player that went on to double the hosts' advantage with 28 minutes on the referee's watch. Much of the hard work was done down the left flank by a charging Jack Whiting, whose squared pass was smartly dummied by Joe Bennett for Whitehead to sweep in from 12 yards out.

A third goal almost followed nine minutes shy of the break when Ben Robinson wriggled free of a trio of Wisbech challenges before standing a cross up towards the back post, only for captain James Seymour to crash his close-range header against the crossbar.

Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley
Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley

Whiting and Seymour were both off target when well placed early in the second half – and then almost out of nowhere Wisbech halved the deficit in the 58th minute. Newmarket centre-back Jon Carver pushed out looking to win back possession, but the ball was shifted quickly and the space he vacated was filled by Evander Jose, who lashed a rising shot beyond Alex Archer's reach.

Jose sent a headed effort wide a few moments later, but in the 72nd minute the outcome was pretty much settled. There was plenty of fortune about Newmarket's third goal of the tie as the ricochet from a 50/50 challenge fell kindly for substitute Ben Landshoff, but the young forward still showed good composure to bend his shot beyond Key's reach.

Goal number four came from another substitute six minutes later. Dan Hobbs – formerly of Soham Town Rangers and St Neots Town – marked his Newmarket debut with a brace against Long Melford on Saturday, and he scored again this evening – although there was more than a hint of a cross about his attempt from the near the left byline.

Newmarket were now looking like they could score with every attack and the fifth goal arrived in the 82nd minute. The lively Landshoff committed Jose into making a foul inside the area and Whitehead completed his hat-trick from the spot.

Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley
Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley

And the scoring was completed in stoppage time when Scott Paterson – who also hit the crossbar a few seconds before – saw a low cross turned into his own net by Wisbech defender Jordan Goult.

The routine victory has seen Michael Shinn's men advance through into the second round of the county competition, where they will host fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit March Town United on January 25.

Newmarket: Archer, Paterson, Whiting, Bennett, Seymour, Carver, B Robinson, J Robinson (Lake 46'), Whitehead, Swallow (Landshoff 46'), Cole (Hobbs 73')

Suffolk News Man of the Match – Lewis Whitehead: Hard to look beyond the player that scored half of Newmarket's goals, although it should be said Joe Bennett did well in midfield.

Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley
Match action from Newmarket Town's win over Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Mark Westley