Newmarket Town 5 Wroxham 1
A goal that could be set for the history books as one of the fastest as Newmarket took a 1-0 lead after just 36 seconds. The goal came after a failed clearance by Wroxham’s Mark Shadrack which landed kindly for Austin Diaper who’s effort nestled past Will Viner.
The next 10 minutes seemed to be a case of stopping & starting for Wroxham as they looked to get into the game. With 15 minutes on the clock Skipper Craig Bussens made a great run down the left hand channel from his own half before unleashing a strike which the keeper parried only as far as Ben Fowkes but the number 10 put his effort wide. Fowkes missed a belter of an opportunity when he was played through by Cook but he fired high & wide.
Best moment all round for Wroxham fell with 15 minutes left of the first half when after great build up play Pete Wiltshire collected a beauty of a pass from Adam Smith but the number 9 smashed his effort over the crossbar from 8 yards.
It wasn’t anyone’s day in the travelling white of Wroxham as Fowkes missed another great opportunity putting his header wide after an inviting cross by Matt Cook. Cook found the back of the net but was unfortunate to see his spectacular effort ruled out for offside
Out of nowhere it was 2-0 Newmarket as a penalty was rewarded against Will Viner making no contact to the Jockeys striker. Skipper Jack Watson slotted home. The final chance of the half for Wroxham fell to Sommerfield who saw his effort smash against the crossbar with a thunderous header.
Newmarket looked threatening once again straight from the second half restart as they beat Viner to the ball and looked certain to kill the game off but experienced defender Mark Shadrack put his whole body on the line to deny any further damage at this stage. Will Viner sprung into action on the 55th minute mark to deny Watson of his second of the game with a great save diving down low to the put the ball out for a corner.
Just a few minutes later this strike couldn’t be stopped to make it 3-0 and surely game over. Wroxham looked to make something of the remaining 30 minutes and came close with from a Swatman free kick and a thunderous strike from Ben Fowkes and there was more excitement as Wilkinson made his debut with some great runs weaving in and out of defenders creating four chances in the space of 15 minutes. But Wroxham couldn’t find a goal until the magician Robbie Sweeney had produced a moment striking a dead ball from 22 yards. Straight from the restart Newmarket made it 4-1 to kill any thoughts of a comeback.
After all 3 subs made Wroxham went down to ten as Adam Smith hobbled off with no further subs laving the Yachtsmen with ten men and unable to prevent further damage as Newmarket made if 5-1 in the final minute.