Newmarket Town Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 2
Cambridgeshire Women’s S-Tech Premiership – 1 April 18
Despite all the recent bad weather, the top of the table clash between St Ives Town Ladies and Newmarket Town Ladies went ahead thanks to the fantastic 3G surface at Newmarket Town.
Prior to the game St Ives were top and held a 4 point advantage over the hosts with Netherton in second place on the same points total as the Ives. The game started a little scrappy at times, no doubt due to the fact that neither team wanted to concede an early goal that would put them under pressure. St Ives had a couple of half chances midway through the first half when Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson respectively were put through on goal, but on both occasions the Newmarket defence had time to recover and force a rushed attempt. Newmarket had half chances of their own, but their best chance went wide of the target with a shot across goal. In truth, both defences looked solid, and with the score at 0-0 as the game reached half time, it seemed like a stalemate could be on the cards unless one of these sides could come up with a momant of magic.
St Ives came out for the second half with a renewed energy and it was Katie Stancombe who came up with that moment of magic on 46 minutes, driving at the full back before shifting the ball onto her weaker left foot and firing an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box straight into the top corner of the goal. A fantastic goal that now gave the Ives something to defend. And defend was exactly what they had to do! Newmarket pressed forwards in numbers in search of the equaliser, but the Ives continued to defend superbly well. The first chance for the hosts came from a corner that almost found the player at the far post and narrowly bounced wide, and this was followed by another testing corner and two outstanding saves by Kira Markwell who got fingertips to keep out driving goal bound shots from the home side. As Newmarket continued to push forward and bombard the visiting defence, gaps began to open up at the other end. In injury time, the Ives finally secured the three points when substitute Connie Liddiard flicked the ball on for Hannah Seymour-Shove to beat the keeper to the bouncing ball before firing into the empty net. A hard fought win on the road for St Ives, and one where Newmarket can justifiably feel they did enough to take at least a point. Every player worked tirelessly for the team to see St Ives claim the win, but Player of the Match went to Kira Markwell for her outstanding saves, and Katie Stancombe for her wonder goal that set up this important win.
Report by Darren Marjoram