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Match Report: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th February

Saturday 16th February

Ladies 1s v Loughborough Students

Newark Ladies 1st team had a very early start on Saturday, with a mid-table clash against promotion hopefuls the Loughborough Students. Not sure if it was complacency on the part of the visitors but Newark were rampant in the first 10 minutes, raising a few visitors’ eyebrows.

The students finally got to grips with the home force and the game became very open with chances at both ends, however the score remained 0 – 0 at the interval.

With Newark fielding a makeshift defence, Trish Trafford was the only regular member but Rachael Vickers and Ellie Peachment were absolute rocks keeping the Students at bay. Di Jones returned to the first team for the first time in years and was outstanding in goal, throwing herself around like a teenager.

Just 12 minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken as, a game of “pinball” in front of goal ended with the ball crossing the Newark line.

Newark raised their game - Pask, Harris and Coe all came close to scoring. = With just 8 mins to go, Hannah broke free and went 1 on 1 with the keeper, beat the keeper but sadly for Newark put the ball wide.

A fabulous performance from the 1s, sadly not the result but with possession at 60% - 40% in Newark’s favour the future looks promising

Ladies 2s v SBUs

Newark ladies 2’s set out knowing that nothing but an away win would do against bottom of the table SBU 2, to keep their hopes of promotion on course. The 2’s started positively with much of the pressure in the first 15 minutes, resulting in a short corner deflected towards goal, but not hitting the target. Sara Jackson was working hard from her position in the centre of the field and was involved in most of Newark’s build up play and at one point stretching well out on the Right to keep the ball in play to maintain possession.

Felicity stepped up to the 2’s for the first time, having a great game linking up well with Sara down the right resulting and another short corner to Newark. This time Newark moved the ball right to felicity, but again the SBU defence stood strong. Newark won a string of short corners with Sara slapping the ball towards goal, but straight at the keeper’s pads.

Newark’s pressure eventually capitalised, again from a short corner, with Jackson slipping the ball out left and short to Dani Croson, who struck the ball sweetly and directly low into the SBU goal - rattling the back board to make it 1-0 to the away side.

SBU were dangerous on the break, however Amy Couch got the measure of their attack, stepping well in front of them to win back possession on a number of occasions. Newark ended the first half how they started it, with a driving run from Sarah down the right, carrying the ball to the base line, pulling the ball back the oncoming shanked Bradley, who was unlucky to convert on her favoured reverse. The rebound came out dangerously up off the SBU keepers’ pads, resulting in another Newark short. They repeated their goal scoring effort, pushing out to Dani, who hit the ball too high into the net, with the goal rightly disallowed by the umpire. GK Lily stepped up confidently at the end of the first half, to smother the ball in a 1v1 after the SBU attack managed to slip the ball through the Newark defence to keep the score at 1-0 at half time.

SBU started out the stronger in the 2nd half, but service soon resumed for Newark, with Sara driving into the D slipping the ball left to Bradley who shot directly at the keeper, with the follow up coming straight out to her, she managed to push the ball strongly and accurately towards goal, finding an SBU foot blocking the ball on the line resulting in a penalty flick to Newark. Up stepped defender come forward, Croson, who confidently put the ball left of the SBU keeper to make it 2-0 to Newark.

SBU followed with a long period of pressure on goal and were unlucky not to covert past dean in goal and the Newark defence led by Lindsey at centre back. SBU’s effort was eventually rewarded when they scored a scrappy goal after a goalmouth scramble to bring the score back to a nail biting 2-1.

Newark managed to get the ball back under control and finished strongly, with Rachael bickers, slipping he ball through to terrier Bea in the D, who was unlucky to find the keepers pads with a low strike. The keeper could do nothing but trap the ball between her pads and the ground, resulting in another Newark short, which came out nicely to the top, only to be sent straight back to taker Jackson, who put the ball just wide.

Amy finished with a flourish, dangerously running the ball up to the baseline on the right, pulling the ball back towards Shanade, who was unlucky not to connect. Newark won a string of shorts in the dying minutes, and although they worked the ball nicely, they were unable to find a way passed the strong SBU keeper. The final whistle went to the relief of Newark, who secured a valuable 3 points giving them a 5-point cushion over 3rd in the league Beeston, with 4 games left to play.

Ladies 3s v North Notts

After losing to North Notts 7-0 earlier in the season, Newark were under pressure going into the home match, with the added worry of being in the relegation zone with only 4 games left to move up the table. Despite losing a couple of key players to the 2s this week, the ladies relished the challenge and a ferocious game was played by both sides throughout. In the first few minutes, Newark applied the pressure on North Notts, but the strong defence kept the home side from taking a shot on goal and moved the ball up to the attackers in retaliation.

The Newark defence had learned some tough lessons from the last North Notts encounter, and man-marked several key players, which infuriated the N Notts midfield who were unable to feed the ball through to