Clacton, despite being second from bottom in the League had high hopes following a four match home winning streak when they entertained third placed Newmarket Town at the Rush Green Bowl on Saturday. However it was the visitors who controlled the game throughout resulting in a comprehensive 6-0 victory over the Seasiders.
On a difficult uneven muddy surface the Jockeys got off to another flying start. In the 5th minute an attempted home clearance fell to Deakan Napier to slot home the first goal for Newmarket. In the 10th minute a clumsy challenge on Austen Diaper was adjudged a foul. Jack Watson’s well placed penalty was expertly saved by the Seasiders’ goalkeeper, Paddi Hawkins. In the 18th minute Hawkins was on hand again, tipping Austen Diaper’s goal effort round the post for a corner. Clacton’s first attempt at goal in the 30th minute saw Louie Newland’s attempted lob go over the bar. Newmarket added a second on the 40th minute when Lewis Whitehead rifled home through a crowded penalty area.
Three goals in four minutes midway through the second half sealed the Seasiders fate. Jamie Thurlbourne’s 55th minute superbly struck trademark free kick curled majestically into the bottom left hand corner of the goal for the visitor’s third. Lewis Whitehead converted a Deakan Napier cross in the 56th min. Two minutes later Whitehead was the provider as Scott Paterson added the fifth. In the 71st minute the Seasiders’ keeper, Paddi Hawkins dribbling prowess in his own area let him down as he gave the ball to Lewis Whitehead who had a simple task of adding the Jockey’s sixth and his own well earned hat trick. Whitehead is now the leading goalscorer in the Thurlow Nunn League with 22 goals in all competitions so far this season.
Despite only one real goal attempt, Clacton persevered throughout to play a passing game, but a mixture of unforced errors and clever effective inter-play from Newmarket resulted in a 6-0 victory to the Jockey’s.
The Jockeys next game is against the current leaders of the First Division, Coggeshall Town in the League Challenge Cup. The game takes place at Coggeshall on Tuesday evening with a 7.45pm kick off.