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The team for the League Cup (1st Leg) v Fulbourn Bluebirds:
Kate Bunch, Mel Talbot, Carol Le Roy, Lizzie Quigley, Michela Mayes, Lauren English, Shellie Burke, Joanne Turner, Chloe Hall, Kerry Murray, Rosey Turner.  We had no subs.
The score was 3 - 2 to Town
The scorers: Loz 4 mins and 25 mins.  Chloe 52 mins.
Newmarket Town Ladies were away to Fulbourn Bluebirds in the first leg of the League Cup. Town were struggling for players due to illness and injuries but managed to field 11.  The game started well for Town with a near post header from a corner courtesy of Lauren English after only 4 minutes. Town continued to dominate the midfield but with no real penetration near goal until a long range effort from Lauren English halfway through the half, made it 2 nil to Town.  Fulbourn responded shortly after to make it 2 1 at half time.  The second half drifted along with no real enthusiasm from the Town players and only a good individual effort from Chloe Hall gave Town a 3  1 lead. The Town keeper, Kate Bunch, was called upon to make some good saves and keep Town in the game.  Bluebirds fought hard and got a deserved second goal after 86 minutes to make the last few minutes of the game nervous for Town.
This was a game to forget and was the poorest performance by Town this season, although we won the game the spark for the team was definitely missing.  We look forward to the second leg next week and hope that this performance was a one off!
Game v Cam Rgrs
Team:    Claire, Joanna, Carol, Lizzie, Annie, Loz, Chloe, Sarah (Peck), 45  Shellie, Rosey, Junior.    Subs:Kate, Mel.
Score 4 - 0 to Town
Scorers:    Junior 21 mins, Shellie 52mins, Chloe 53 mins, Rosey 61 mins.
Player of the match:    Lizze
Newmarket Town Ladies were a little apprehensive for the visit of Cambridge Rangers to the Town ground on sunday following Rangers excellent win against Yaxley the previous week.  The fears were unfounded as Town started strong and could have scored a couple of times within the first 10 minutes.The game then settled down and was mainly fought in midfield.  After 21 minutes Town opened the scoring thanks to Kerry Murray, this was followed by several other chances that were well saved by the Rangers keeper.  Just before half time Rangers had a goal disallowed through offside.  After the break Town started to show their superior quality and the town keeper was little more than a spectator for most of the time, thanks mostly to good defending from Town's defence. After 52 minutes Town found the net again thanks to Shellie Burke who managed to score direct from the corner!.  This was followed very quickly by a strike from Chloe Hall making it 3.  The best goal was left to last and followed a combination of good passing and movement with Rosey Turner slotting the ball pass the Rangers keeper. The game finished 4 - 0. This was a good result for both Town and the League as this year no team is running away with the League, as in previous years, as all teams have suffered defeats.
Todays team at Yaxley:
Kate Bunch (new keeper), Leanne, Lizzie, Carol, Mel, Annie, Loz, Rosey, Joanne, Junior , Chloe
Subs Michaela (on at half time for Annie) Shellie ( on after 55 mins for Leanne)
Score 5 - 1 to Yaxley  goalscorer Loz, player of the match Mel.
Newmarket Town Ladies  travelled to play the newcomers to the League, Yaxley.  It was a bright hot sunny day that wouldn't have been out of place in July let alone October. The game got under way and soon the Town defenders were having to work hard as the stronger Yaxley players showed their superior quality and it wasn't long before Yaxley scored and after only 20 mins Town were 3 - 0 down. Town began to settle down and started playing the ball around and began moving forward with purpose although no real efforts on goal were made.  At least Town had belief in their play and were an even match for Yaxley and the game remained 3 - 0 at half time.
The second half started very similar to the first with Town not defending properly and soon 2 more goals were added by Yaxley and the score was now 5 - 0 after 55 mins.  At this point a sub was made with Shellie Burke replacing Leanne Parr and Town going 3 at the back.  This seemed to give the Town players belief again and we started to pressurise the Yaxley goal and at the same time keeping the defence tight.  Town gained reward for their increased pressure when Chloe Hall was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, up steps Lauren English, displaying her new boots, and rifles the ball into the roof of the net giving Town a goal that was deserved.  The game finished Yaxley 5 Town 1.

Team    Rosey, Leanne, Carol, Lizzie, Joanne, Annie, Loz, Sophie, Zoe, Chloe, Junior    
Subs:    Michela (for Sophie 60 mins), Mel ( for Leanne 70 mins), Shellie (for Zoe 80 mins).
Goalscorers:    Zoe 2 mins, Loz 10 & 43 mins, Chloe 29 & 79 mins, Annie 31 mins, Junior 83 mins 
Another warm and pleasant sunday afternoon saw Newmarket Town Ladies entertained Milton Ladies at the town ground with Town Ladies winning 7 - 3. The game started very well for town with an early strike coming from an unusual source, Zoe Middleton, who scored her first goal for the club in 3 years. This settled Town down and they continued to dominate the game playing some good football with further goals coming from Lauren English x 2, Chloe Hall and Annie Sinadinou.  This meant at half time the score was 5 - 0 to Town.
The second half was a much different affair than the first with an injury to a Milton player stopping play for a lengthy period just after the start of the half. It seems that Town decided to go to sleep and soon Milton were playing some good football and after some poor defending Milton scored. This spurred on Milton and 5 minutes later they scored another goal courtesy of an own goal by Leanne Parr and 5 mins later a goalkeeping error gave Milton their third. By now the Town manager was  starting to get worried and following a couple of substitutions Town began to settle and started playing the football they had shown in the first half.  This brought rewards for Town with a further 2 goals by Chloe Hall and Kerry Murray and the game was now safe.  Town also welcomed back one of our more seasoned players, Shellie Burke, who has been injured for the last couple of months.  Shellie managed to play 10 minutes without any scares and will now slowly work herself back into the team.  This was definitely a game of 2 halves for Town and hopefully the consitentcy will return and allow the manager to have a keep his health and sanity!! 
Result Town lost 5 - 0
The team: Claire( her last game), Leanne, Carol, Zoe, Mel, Annie, Lizzie, Loz, Joanne, Chloe, Rosey:
Subs: Junior (shes back!!),Sophie Brocklesby, Mikela.
Subs on: 45 mins Sophie for Mel,  55 mins Mikela for Joanna, 65 mins Junior for Leanne.
Player of the match  Carol.
Town Ladies travelled to play Long Rd College at Cambridge with a little nervousness following the Colleges convincing 13 nil win over Milton the previous week.It would be a good test for Town in their rebuilding process.  Sadly the game couldn't have got of to a worse start with town conceding in the first 2 mins following a long range shot from the College team. This seem to have the effect of calming Towns nerves and although the game was dominated by the College, Town defended superbly to deny the College any further goals until the 34th minute when a high ball, with vicious spin on, deceived the Town goalie, Claire Knock, and managed to spin back over her head into the goal. During the first half Town only had a few flurries into the college penalty area, with the College keeper not really being tested. At the start of the second half, Towns manager, Sam Samuels, made a tactical change bringing on Sophie Brocklesby to strengthen the midfield, at the expense of Mel Talbot.  This seemed to improve things  for Town and the game became much more evenly matched.  The College scored a lucky third goal,the result of a ricochet following a clearance from Town defender Zoe Middleton. Follwing 2 more substitutions by Town  caution was thrown to the wind and Town played a 3 - 4 -3 formation resulting in much more attacking football for Town sadly this left the defence exposed and the college went on to score 2 more goals with the final score College 5 Town 0.  Overall the game was hard fought and entertaining and didn't accurately reflect the final score with Town deserving some reward for its endevours.  Long road have a very good team and will be extremely hard to beat during this season.
25 Aug
Although Town lost 1st friendley of season it was a very good match
and all team played very well! towns goal came from Becky and what a goal!!!:-)
2008/09 Fixtues now out!!:-)
see schedule for details
Sunday 7th Sept
Town's 5 goal thriller

The new season has arrived and Town Ladies start their new campaign under a new manager and coach, Sam Samuels and Kevin Knock respectively. The team also has a new look about it with over half of the team being new players, some playing competitive football for the first time. Our first outing was to Haddenham and with such a new team, and only 11 players, we didn't really know how we were going to perform. Our main aim was just to enjoy the game and build a new team. The ladies didn't let themselves down as we came away with a resounding 5 - 0 win against a good Haddenham team.

The game started a little scrappy but after only 9 mins the nerves were settled and Town opened the scoring with a well taken goal by new lady Chloe Shields. The game settled down and both teams had chances but it wasn't until the 45th min that Town added a second goal, scored by Rosey Turner. A welcome break at half time was enjoyed by all players and we all looked forward to a good 2nd half. Town continued to push forward and the speed of Anastasia (Annie) Sinadinou, another new recruit, down the right flank was too much for the Haddenham defence and a successful cross found Sarah who duly slotted the ball into the net to make the score 3 - 0. Two minutes later a repeat performance by Annie and this time Rosey Turner duly obliged to make it 4 - 0. The game was wrapped up in the 77th minute with a well deserved goal by Annie Sinadinou who was rightly given the player of the match award for Town.

The score could have been a lot more as both teams missed good oppurtunities. but good play by Lauren English in midfield, Carol Le Roy in defence and GK Claire Knock ensured that Town kept a clean sheet.

Overall an excellent result for Town and hopefully we will continue the winning ways when we meet Isleham at the Town ground next Sunday.

For any ladies out there we are still looking for 2 players to strenghten a squad which will loose players this month as 3 of our ladies go off to university.


Sam Samuels

Sunday 14th Sept


Newmarket Town Ladies 2nd match of the season was our first home game against Isleham. For this game Town managed to find 12 players and so had the luxury of a sub. The game started well with both teams trying to settle down on what was a hot sunny afternoon. The game was battled out in the midfield area with neither team troubling the oppositions goalkeeper very often.

Isleham scored after 21 mins with what was one of only a few efforts on goal.

The goal was well taken with a shot to the corner from the edge of the penalty box. The game never really settled down and remained a scrappy affair until the 45 min when Rebekah Finch scored from a very tight angle putting the ball into the roof of the net, to make the score 1 - 1.

At half time Town decided to make a substitution and move some of the players to different positions. This changed the game and for long periods during the 2nd half the ball remained in the Isleham half and the town goalkeeper became a mere spectator.

Town had 3 clear cut chances, 2 falling to Rebekah Finch and a header to Annie Sinadinou, all of which were very well saved by the Isleham keeper. Continued pressure, including numerous corners, couldn't break down the Isleham defence who were a credit to their team and the game finished 1 - 1.

Praise has to go to Isleham Goalkeeper who had a fanfastic game who made some very excellent saves at close range which kept her team in the game, Isleham can go away knowing that they have a very strong defence and should build on this.
Written by: Steve Bayliss  


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