Points shared at Walsham Le Willows

Newmarket came away from Summer Road with just a point after letting a  two goal slip away on Saturday. The Jockeys started off in confident  move and scored after just four minutes. Scott Paterson fed the ball out  to Deakan Napier who ran round the young left back, Ed Elers, to take
the ball to the line. He pulled the ball back to the onrushing Jordan Foster who shot through the keeper’s legs to give the visitors an early lead. The Jockeys kept up the pressure throughout the half by creating several good scoring opportunities. Jamie Thurlbourne came closest to increasing the lead with two free kicks – one going just wide and the other being headed away by a defender. Right on the stroke of half time the second goal came for the visitors when Lewis Whitehead was put through one on one with Craig Brand in goal for the hosts. The keeper managed to get one hand on Whitehead’s powerful shot but that was not enough to stop the ball falling into the net to give the Jockeys a well deserved two goal cushion going into the half time break.
Walsham moved Nathan Clarke up front in the second half to try to claw their way back into the game. This tactical move paid dividends after twenty five minutes when his forceful low shot drove past a diving Ben Nower. The Jockeys responded to this setback by peppering the Walsham
goal with shots from all angles but it was the hosts who had the best chance when Jack Brame’s header rebounded off the post. Three minutes later Ryan Gibbs got the equaliser as he shot from the edge of box through a crowd of players to score. Final Score: 2-2

The Jockeys remain in third spot in the League despite dropping points in this game. They now travel to FC Clacton next Saturday. Clacton may  be one place off the bottom of the table but they claimed a creditable 1-1 draw themselves yesterday when they played at Great Yarmouth. The Jockeys will however being going all out for the points next weekend to  keep themselves in contention at the top end of the table.

Graham Edwards

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