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Newmarket Town
Norwich United
Full time
P Cook (7'), A Bennett (27'), J George (62', 74')
Sat 25 Apr 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 114

98 and 99 NOT OUT!!

It's not the cricket season yet, still work to be done, 98 points and 99 goals with two games left, a very much harder century, than at a wicket..

The victory at the home of the jockeys was, a stepping stone to a double century of points and goals in the league, that achievement is as rare as rocking horse s**t..

The game kicked off on a lovely sunny day, more like cricket weather. The boys started playing up the slope but with the wind at their backs so the conditions were evened up.

The Planters came out playing neat and tidy football, keeping hold of the ball and switching from flank to flank. Hilts had gone for a real attacking set up, with three regularly up front, with Matt Blake and Paul Cook supported from midfield by Ben Thompson and Adam Hipperson. At the back Jamie Speller looked to be have been given a free rein, charging up the right wing. With Lee Mason suspended Adam Bennett stepped into the holding role in midfield.

With the Planters well on top it took just seven minutes for the boys playing in grey for the last time, to get on the score sheet. The ball was won in midfield down the right, lifted in to the box to Paul Cook who finished neatly 0 - 1 Planters. With United well in control it was seventeen minutes in before Duncan McAnally was called into action comfortably blocking a long range shot. On 20 minutes Adam Bennett was booked for a totally un necessary tackle, six minutes later as former Planter Darren Coe also saw yellow for a cynical tackle on Mathew Blake who was about to get a shot off from the edge of the box. Newmarket paid the price when Adam Bennett stepped up, his superb free kick was up and down over the wall and in off the inside of the post giving the keeper no chance 0 - 2 United. Darren Coe also paid personally injuring himself in the process, to be replaced after just half an hour.

Sellick who came on for Coe could have scored after with his first touch, with the ball given away in our own half put away he just wasn't good enough to beat Duncan. The boys were totally comfortable playing some lovely passing football. As the half time whistle approached the lads were a little too relaxed failing to clear the ball leaving Holder in space to put the ball past Duncan, the first goal we've conceded in six and a half games, over ten hours of football. 1 - 2.. Half Time..

The Planters came out for the second half, pressing down the slope, it took 5 minutes for Newmarket to get out of their own half, the Jockeys chasing shadows as the Planters were playing them off the park. Mathew Blake was put through by Adam Bennett, Lainton in the Goal pulled off a great stop to keep the Jockeys hopes alive. On 55 minutes Jamie George replaced Matt Blake.

Six minutes later Jamie George got on the score sheet, played through by Matthew Daniels, Jamie lifted the ball over Lainton 1 - 3 Greys.
Paul Cook was replaced by Gavin Lemmon on 68 minutes. Four minutes later some great one touch football put Ben Thompson away one on one with the keeper, Lainton again won the battle a great save keeping the ball out.

Just two minutes later the Newmarket goal was breached, a corner from Andrew Cusack into a really dangerous area, the defender struggled to clear, the ball fell to Jamie George on the edge of the box who smashed it home 1 - 4.

To their credit Newmarket never rolled over, working really hard to try to reduce the deficit, a brilliant ball over the top was picked up by Holder, Duncan came out quickly making himself big, holder lofted the ball over Duncan at full stretch got fingers to it and touched it away. Jamie George had the final big chance with two Greys free in the box Jamie took the shot his effort being pushed round the post, can't blame him for foregoing the pass he was on a hat trick after all. A good win for the team. Ben Thompson gets my man of the match for 90 minutes of non stop football, Jamie George deserves a mention for his brace in 35 minutes.

With two games left in the league what price achieving the two centuries? With regards to goals who will score the hundredth is the real question and two more points will hopefully come on Wednesday at Godmanchester Rovers.

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Key moments

Goal Paul Cook scores for Norwich United
Goal Adam Bennett scores for Norwich United
Goal Jamie George scores for Norwich United
Goal Jamie George scores for Norwich United
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As it happened

  • Newmarket Town
  • Norwich United
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  • Ben Thompson Assist 7:00'
  • Paul Cook Goal 7:00'
  • Adam Bennett Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Mathew Blake Assist 27:00'
  • Adam Bennett Goal 27:00'
  • Jamie George Sub On 55:00'
  • Mathew Blake Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jamie George Goal 62:00'
  • Matthew Daniels Assist 62:00'
  • Andrew Eastaugh Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Gavin Lemmon Sub On 68:00'
  • Paul Cook Sub Off 68:00'
  • Andrew Cusack Assist 74:00'
  • Jamie George Goal 74:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Norwich United 38 101
2. Godmanchester Rovers 38 75
3. Stanway Rovers 38 74
4. Kirkley & Pakefield 38 70
5. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 67
6. Newmarket Town 38 62
7. Hadleigh United 38 60

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