Newmarket Town piled the pressure on the other teams at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League with another emphatic win when they played Godmanchester Rovers at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday. The Jockeys could have scored even more goals had it not been for the brilliant goalkeeping of Evan Jeckells who made several superb saves on the day.
The first half saw end to end football which warmed the hearts of the spectators on another cold February afternoon. Early on both Deakan Napier for the Jockeys and Arran Mackay for the Rovers had good chances to score before Lewis Whitehead took a free kick just outside the box following a hand ball by a defender. Whitehead picked up the rebound off the defensive wall and eventually found Jack Watson who immediately crossed the ball back to Austen Diaper. His fierce shot looked destined for the net but Evan Jeckells managed to get a hand to the ball to deflect it away for a corner.*
Three minutes later Jeckells could do nothing however to stop a great 30 yard shot from the Jockeys skipper, Jack Watson. Ten minutes before half time the home side doubled their advantage when Lewis Whitehead crossed the ball to Deakan Napier who turned and slammed the ball home. Half Time Score 2-0.
Shortly after the restart Godmanchester’s Reece King was put through with a delightful pass from midfield giving Austen Diaper little chance of saving a goal for the visitors. Moments later Jamie Thurlbourne restored the Jockeys two goal lead with a cracking shot from way out wide on the left which sailed into the net leaving even Jeckells clutching at thin air. This was surely a contender for goal of the season for the Jockeys. In the sixtieth minute Deakan Napier took a short corner to Jamie Thurlbourne and his cross found Charlie Bowen who firmly headed into the net. With less than 10 minutes remaining both sides were still pressing forward aggressively and this lead to a late flurry of goals. Austen Diaper scored first for the home side but this was quickly followed by a goal for the hard working Godmanchester centre forward, Arran Mackay. In the dying moments Lewis Whitehead completed the rout for the Jockeys when he took the ball in typical fashion past a defender and right to the line. He then scored from what looked like an impossibly tight angle. Final Score Newmarket 6 Godmanchester 2
What was most impressive about this result was the fact that the six home goals came from six different players demonstrating that the Jockeys have firepower right throughout their team. Following this victory and news that both Mildenhall and Felixstowe had lost the Jockeys moved up to second place in the League table. Newmarket now take a two week break from the action with no fixture next Saturday. The Jockeys next entertain Fakenham Town at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday 25th February .
Match report from Graham Edwards
* a short video of this passage of play is available on the Newmarket Town official Twitter feed.