Saturday 9th April 2016 – Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Goddy Rovers 4 Newmarket Town 1
MOM: Tom Spark (Goddy Rovers)
Goals: Tom Spark 2, Mike Hyem, Luke Brown
Although the result suggests a comfortable afternoon for us, it was anything but.
Parr served the last of his 2 game ban, whilst Jordan Traynier wasn’t risked with a troublesome groin , McDonald did however return after illness in midweek.
On a pitch that hardly leant itself to free flowing football we struggled to click into gear in a bitty opening period. The only chance of note falling to Charlie Bowen who fluffed a free header on 5 minutes from a Hall set play.
With young Luke Brown continuing to impress and improve upfront, everything good seemed to flow through him. On 20 minutes TOM SPARK broke the away teams resistance with a low drive that flew in from the edge of the box after good work from Luke Brown.
The visitors offered a threat on the break and were deservedly level on 35 minutes when Chadwick turned Bowen in the box before wrong footing Conroy at his near post to equalise.
At half time we asked the boys to move the ball a bit quicker but to also be patient and wait for opportunities to penetrate the visitors two low blocks.
Thankfully we started much better and brighter and started knocking on the door from the off. Brown should have scored after brilliant approach play involving Hall and Hyem, but choked his shot wide. Spark had another effort blocked before the breakthrough.
On the hour Thurlbourne was caught on the edge of his box by Spark who cut the ball back to Brown, who in return set SPARK again, and he made no mistake curling a low left foot effort into the far corner.
For 15 minutes we were very good and moved the ball swiftly taking advantage of the away team having to commit more numbers forward in search of a second equaliser.
The goal of the game came with a four man move, Brown was slipped in by Hyem, from here he nutmegged a recovering defender before drawing the keeper and coolly slotting home to give us the cushion we were after.
More chances came and went to bury the game, whilst at the other end Conroy earned his corn twice. Firstly after McDonald inexplicably headed a Newmarket player clean through on goal. Luckily Conroy made a great stop, palming over a fierce drive. From the resulting corner he made another good stop with his right boot.
On 89 minutes Brown again provided,after dropping short to collect, before sending a sumptuous pass over the centre back to MICKY HYEM who controlled perfectly before slotting into the corner to give a slightly generous reflection to a patchy performance.
With the games coming thick and fast we face a massive test against Felixstowe who sit one place below us on Wednesday night for what is going to be a really closely contested match up.
We hope to have your support.
See you at the far post!