Newmarket 2 – 3 Bardon Latrobe
Tinsley (2), Weston
On a cooler than usual Saturday afternoon Bardon took to the bobbly McCook Park looking for their second win of the season.
Both teams created chances in the first half and Newmarket took an early lead around the eleventh minute. Bardon continued to play attractive football with the impressive debutant Jamie Davies providing a platform to build on from the back.
In the midfield the metronomic Brent Bischoff competed for everything and his hard work paid off then he won the ball and played in Phil Tinsley for the equaliser on the 34’ minute mark.
After the break Bardon pushed on and although Newmarket took the lead early Weston levelled the scores two minutes later.
Bardon continued to push and looked the more likely side to win the game. The breakthrough came when Phil Tinsley grabbed his second of the game with a free kick from 35 yards.
Newmarket 3 – 2 Bardon Latrobe
With some continued absences through injury Bardon were forced to shuffle the pack again. Will McDermott was injured and replaced by Ant Powell, the captain, Stephen Jobbins started at centre-back to replace Ben Elliott and Aaron Sands came in at left back.
A typically frenetic start to the game saw Newmarket create the better early chances with their direct style. A header which struck the crossbar and a great save with his legs from Mitch Green in the first ten minutes kept the scores level.
Bardon began to settle and get the ball down, dominating possession with the impressive midfield trio of Crètois, Good and Jones taking charge of the game. Around 18’ minutes in Ant Powell used strength to win the ball before releasing Tim Good on the edge of the box. The midfielder took a touch and fired in around the Newmarket keeper.
Things got better for Bardon ten minutes later when Sean Jones hit a howitzer from 35 yards. The ball moving in the air and deceiving the keeper. Early goal of the season contender.
Jones nearly doubled his tally with a free kick from similar range but the post denied the midfielder his second of the game.
Things were looking good for Bardon until an unnecessary free kick was conceded on the edge of the box. Adrian Burke stepped up for Newmarket and curled a delightful free kick over the wall and into the bottom corner.
The second half kicked off and Newmarket raised the intensity. Competing hard and leaving their mark in several challenges. Newmarket’s Raymond Nsangue particularly impressed dominating the midfield battle.
A quick counter released the Newmarket striker a few minutes into the second half and they levelled the scores. Momentum had swung and when a Newmarket player found themselves through on goal five minutes later they took the lead in the game. There is no doubt that he was at least 2 yards offside but there was no Assistant Referee on that side.
Despite making some personnel changes Bardon were unable to replicate their first half performance and Newmarket saw out the game.