The Jockeys moved up to within one point of second place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table following this totally dominant display against lowly Wivenhoe Town. The home side created only a handful of chances to score whereas the free-flowing attacking style of the Jockeys enabled them to rack up a very impressive tally of goals.
The first goal came in just the fourth minute when Jack Watson passed the ball to Lewis Whitehead on the edge of the box. His centre found Austen Diaper unmarked in front of goal and he simply tapped the ball into the net. Eight minutes later the Jockeys doubled their lead Lewis Whitehead fired the ball from out on the left. The ball was heading into the goal but it took a wicked deflection off a defender to give the home keeper, Ben Gallifant, no chance of stopping the ball.
The home side’s first chance of the game came in the twenty fourth minute when Joe McCracken chipped the ball over the advancing Ben Nower to score. Within a minute however the Jockeys restored their two goal advantage when Paul Betson volleyed the ball from out on the left into the net. Six minutes later Charlie Bowen was knocked to the ground inside the penalty area in a clumsy challenge. Skipper Jack Watson stepped up to score from the resulting penalty. Lewis Whitehead then had two great chances to score in quick succession but sadly each time his shot went just over the bar. However the Jockeys increased their lead with minutes remaining in the first half when Simon Swinton cleverly rounded a defender and found Austen Diaper who scored his second goal of the game. Half Time Score: Wivenhoe 1 Newmarket 5
The Jockeys started the second half in an equally determined mood with some great flowing football. Within three minutes Jack Watson laid on a perfect pass to Lewis Whitehead who received the ball out on the left. He then evaded two defenders before rounding the home keeper to score. Fifteen minutes later Deakan Napier put in a cross from the right which Austen Diaper headed expertly into the net to complete his hat trick of goals. On the half hour Napier once again turned provider as he weaved his way through several defenders before passing the ball to Lewis Whitehead who also completed a hat trick of goals. Within a minute Deakan Napier turned from provider to scorer when he lobbed the ball over Ben Gallifant and into the net. With just a few minutes remaining on the clock Austen Diaper ran down the wing and passed the ball to Paul Betson who scored his second goal of the game. Final Score Wivenhoe 1 Newmarket 10
This was a very painful afternoon for the home supporters but the travelling fans and officials went home to Suffolk in jubilant mood. The Jockeys had dominated the game from start to finished, played some truly entertaining, attacking football and scored some high quality goals. With both Gorleston and Felixstowe & Walton losing Newmarket moved up to within one point of second place in the League table. The Jockeys move on to play two games over Easter. They are at home to Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday and then make the short trip to Ely on Easter Monday.
Man of the Match: Paul Betson for his all round brilliant performance and for his brace of goals.
Match report by Graham Edwards