By Mal Bean
Saturday 23/03/2019, home to Bedale, last 8 of the Lou Moore Trophy.
We lost this game 6 – 3, giving away stupid goals, what was worse, was when the goals were actually conceded. The first half was definitely one to forget.
We started nervously, but had the first chance on 6 mins when a cross found DAN, his header easily saved.
10 mins and Dale with a save, point blank from 6 yards.
15 mins and Adam fouled 18 yards out, Puckers’ free kick saved.
16 minutes and we were 1 – 0 down, a hopeful cross into the box, Dale called, no pressure, the ball came off his hands and dropped into the empty net. Just what we did not need!!
23 mins and a Newmarket corner, Puckers with a ‘peach’ of a corner, the ball cleared to Dan, a quick 1 – 2 with Liam J. Dan’s shot just over.
Bedale were dangerous, catching us on the break, which happened on 25 mins, forcing a fine save from Dale.
33 mins and an angled cross by Ryan towards Liam J. his leap, just missing the ball at the back post.
35 mins and Marcus yellow carded for a dangerous tackle!
We conceded 3 goals in the last 5 minutes of the first half, which basically killed the game.
40 mins. we lost possession in midfield, Bedale broke down the right, the cross hooked away by Woody, a Bedale midfielder controlled the ball and cut in past JQ then shot, far corner, decent strike. 2 – 0.
43 mins and JQ with a clearance off our goal-line for a corner. The corner, we allowed a free header, 3 – 0. (We talked about this before going out onto the pitch!!!)
44 mins. We were now under the cosh, Woody with another block on our goal-line, the ball fell to their right wing, crossed in for a tap in.....4 – 0.
Half time 4 – 0. Heated discussion at half time shall we say!!!
Nothing to lose we went for it. We were better, but still conceded silly goals.
49 mins and Ryan with a chance at the back post, fluffed his shot.
It is fair to say that the linesman, and at times the referee were having a ‘bit of a nightmare’. The ‘liners’ flag was up and down so many times at one point nobody knew what was happening!!
55 mins and 4 – 1 a corner taken by Leon, straight on PUCKERS’ head.......bullet header!!!
64 minutes and even worse for Newmarket when Liam J jumped for a ball and landed heavily. The last time I saw an ankle that swollen was in the ‘Elephant House’ at Flamingo Land. Nasty. Speedy recovery Liam.
75 mins and Puckers went in hard with a Bedale player, whose boot and studs were rather high. Red card for Bedale, Puckers – yellow carded for crying out!!
84 mins and Jon Q. with a goal from out of the blue, Newmarket with a bit of hope.
But yet again, we conceded 2 in a 3 minute spell, in the 90th when we gave the ball away in defence, and the 92nd when Bedale attacked down our left, there didn’t look to be any danger, until the ball was played across to the back post, to a man totally free for a tap in. We had so many men there, it beggars belief.
90 + 4 mins. 6 – 3, Hodgey with a cross into the ‘danger area’, turned in by a Bedale defender.
Full time = 6 – 3.
MOM = ADAM.
The team = Dale, Callum, Liam J (Capt.) Woody and Jon Q.,
Dan, Marcus, Adam, Puckers and Leon.
Ryan up front.
Subs = Andy D. on for ‘red mist’, I mean Marcus. Hodgey on for Liam J. and Mikey B on for Leon.
Disappointing day shall we say.
30/03 – Redcar Town home (L).
06/04 – Grangetown B. C. home. (Cup)
10/04 – Boro Rangers away. WEDNESDAY 6pm K.O. (L).
13/04 – Fishburn away.
Monday 15/04 – Thornaby away. EVENING KICK OFF.
We need to start getting a consistent team out lads. I cannot remember when we had the same team out twice!! Don’t let the season just fade away!!!