Newmarket Town swept aside fellow title contenders Gorleston FC to set up a dream Thurlow Nunn Cup Final in May against local rivals Mildenhall Town. The Jockeys dominated the semi-final with a comprehensive display throughout the full ninety minutes leaving the Greens with just one decent scoring chance which they sadly totally fluffed.
The Jockeys first scoring opportunity came straight from the kick off when the lively Deakan Napier ran at the defence and agonisingly shot just wide. The game continued at a furious pace with end to end football being played by both teams. On fifteen minutes Lewis Whitehead had a glorious chance to score but his powerful header went just over the bar. The visitors did not have long to wait before taking the lead however. At the mid point of the first half the hard working full back Kyle Ingram took a long throw back to his keeper. Austen Diaper closed down the goalkeeper’s clearance and blocked the ball straight to skipper Jack Watson. He squared the ball into the path of the onrushing Jamie Thurlboune who drove the ball forcefully into the bottom corner of the net. Minutes later Thurlbourne could have scored again with two great chances. Firstly his his free kick from twenty five yards out was desperately cleared off the line by a defender then moments later another of his powerful shots was brilliantly saved by the young Gorleston goalkeeper George Parkin.
Half Time Score Gorleston 0 Newmarket Town 1
Ten minutes after the restart the energetic Deakan Napier again ran at the defence in typical fashion and hit an absolute screamer from just outside the box to double the Jockey’s lead. His celebration was something to remember as he dived at full pelt into the arms of the Jockey’s Manager, Kevin Grainger and almost knocked him over! Three minutes later Gorleston’s big centre back George Yusaff held back Lewis Whitehead as he rushed towards the goal. George Parkin could not hold onto Jamie Thurlbourne’s powerful free kick and Lewis Whitehead was on hand to tap the ball into the net.
Gorleston’s only real scoring chance came towards the end of the game when Ben Nower slipped over on the greasy wet surface but a Gorleston player inexplicably shot wide of an empty net!
Final Score Gorleston FC 0 Newmarket Town 3
Newmarket Man of the Mach: Jamie Thurlbourne.
Match report by Graham Edwards.
The Jockeys are back in action after a short break when they travel to Long Melford on Friday in a League encounter.