Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland Ladies 1’s: 4-1 win to Newmarket
Another solid performance from the Newmarket ladies 1st team ensured a place for them in the league cup final.
They were facing closest rivals in their group Rutland Ladies 1’s and Town needed to draw or win to be sure of booking a cup final place. There was no hesitation for Newmarket as they worked impressively from the off. Superior confidence from the backline and lightning attacks down the wing put all the pressure on Rutland to defend. Despite this the team struggled to find their first goal; however this did not panic the team and after 23 minutes they were rewarded for their patience when Claire McDonnell made one of her trademark central runs, beat 2 defenders and smashed into goal.
Newmarket’s second goal came just before half time; this time it was Di Thomas who was on target after a brilliant run from Kerry Alderson-she showed strength to shrug off a defender to find Thomas in front of the keeper.
Sensing a comeback Newmarket were keen to increase their lead and try and impress the home fans. Angel Fayers was next to capitalise for Town-she dropped her marker and got a stick to the ball far post after a pinpoint cross from Hayley Stoneman.
The final goal for Town was involvement from the whole team ending with a shot from McDonnell that Thomas deflected to go beyond the Keeper’s reach. Rutland did have the last goal of the game however-and heavily loaded attack that caught Newmarket out after an attacking move broke down. The score was to remain 4-1 sealing the cup final place.
Current standings makes it look as though Newmarket will face local rivals Cambridge South in the league cup final at the end of March.
Cambridge City Men’s IV XI 1 – 8 Newmarket Men’s I XI
Due to the snow and a successful east area indoor competition participated in by literally tens of people Newmarket played their first competitive game for 8 weeks.
With an exciting new style warmup led by veteran Simon Harrington and his much more able assistant Josh Dawson, the following is a link to his groundbreaking routine “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grTUr9S-csc&sns=em” Newmarket were nicely warmed up, it was a shame they then stood about in the cold biting wind for 20 minutes before they could get on the pitch.
Cambridge started well applying pressure high up the pitch, for the first ten minutes Newmarket looked rusty and conceded possession too easily, but by the tenth minute they started to assert themselves, taking the lead soon after when Mike Skelton played Josh Dawson inside the full back to beat the keeper from a tight angle.
Cambridge city hadn’t read the script and equalised from a penalty corner, Chris Routs blocked the initial effort, Simon Harrington and Dave Worrall both tried to clear from the pads, only passing back to the forward at the top of the D, Worrall deflecting his second effort passed Routs into the corner.
Newmarket were in a battle and upped their intensity and work rate in response, Skelton soon made it 2-1, deflecting Dawson’s cross first time into the far corner. Alex Andreou then saw yellow for a couple of competitive challenges and Chris Leggett joined him in the sin bin for retaliating by shoving his opposite number. Going down to nine didn’t seem to affect the game, Newmarket still dominated and scored the third while 2 men light, Dawson scoring from a trade mark penalty corner.
At half time coach Nic Thorpe and Will Wilson were disappointed with the behaviour and asked for an improvement, it didn’t arrive but the team continued with their own brand of furious frantic hockey, scoring another five unanswered goals and having another man, Ollie Wade, sin binned for the sort of handbags you might expect to see in the primary school playground. There were positives, the goals were all well worked and taken.
The fourth was similar to the second, this time Dawson beat the left back and drove the line, squaring for Skelton to score.
The fifth was scored by Harry Bell who collected the ball on the halfway line and powerfully drove past the last man into the D, slotting the ball calmly into the far corner.
The sixth was similar to the first, Bell collecting James Wrinch’s pass on the halfway, driving into the space created by Skelton’s movement and finishing through the keepers legs.
Wilson scored the seventh with a powerful strike into the bottom right corner from a penalty corner.
Bell scored the eighth after a free flowing passing move, Skelton’s strike was saved by the keeper and Bell fired home the rebound.
It was a competitive game in which tempers sometimes boiled over, a few players let the club down with the conduct, which will need to be addressed for the rest of the season, but most players played well and the whole side demonstrated great team spirit, it just has to be channelled correctly.
Jordan Newnes played particularly well at centre back, Josh Dawson was outstanding on the right wing, but for a devastating performance of pace and power Harry Bell was man of the match. Chris Leggett somehow pipped Simon Harrington to dick of the day, through a combination of a yellow card and forgetting the teamsheet!
Next weeks game is at home to Rutland first team, 3:30 start at the Leisure Centre, supporters always welcome!
Norwich Dragons Mens 1’s 4 vs 1 Newmarket Men’s 1’s
Newmarket made the trip to Norwich to face a team from the league above in a friendly before the second half of the season. Without keeper Chis Routs, inspirational forward Mike Skelton and James “Mr Glass” Wrinch Newmarket were depleted but played their part in a competitive engaging encounter.
Newmarket started well, but gradually the dragons effective press meant Newmarket struggled to get the ball out often conceding possession in their own half or missing a colleague with an ambitious long ball. Eventually the dragons punished Newmarket with the Rupert Snelling finishing low into the far corner.
The dragons soon doubled their lead from the spot, Jordan Newnes broke down an attack but unfortunately the ball broke to dragons, outnumbered at the back Dave Worrall made a block with the ball bouncing back to a forward whose lifted effort struck him on the line, a flick was awarded which Snelling converted.
Newmarket raised their game and started to play shorter quicker passes, Alex Andreou, Harry Bell and Ollie Wade began to dominate in the middle and Newmarket forced some penalty corners of their own, unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise.
At half time Newmarket were 2 goals down and it was soon 3 after skipper Will Wilson played a careless sideline ball giving the dragons 3 on 1 which they duly converted. Newmarket fought their way back into the game as Matt Holden rounded of a free flowing move by bearing the keeper to pull a goal back. With flu victim Leggett making an appearance from the bench the team dominated for the next 20 minutes.
Dawson went close from a penalty corner, wade’s flick deflected wide and Ed Griffiths went close after a surging run from Wilson at. Left back played him in. Unfortunately the chances went begging and with the clock running down Newmarket were hit on the break conceding the fourth.
This was a great test against a team we could be facing next season, Jordan Newnes was outstanding at centre back and Harry Bell played well in midfield. Some players still need to be fitter but this game should give all the players the confidence that they can compete next season.
Next weeks game is away against Wisbech 3’s, the team will need to collect maximum points to keep the pressure on pace setting Wisbech 2’s.
Newmarket Ladies 2s V’s Peterborough Ladies 2s – Away at Peterborough
Newmarket ladies 2s travelled to Peterborough for a cup game on Saturday but with some key players missing, they knew they had a challenge on their hands. Peterborough showed from the onset that they were not to be reckoned with and scored 2 early goals within the first 15 minutes. Despite playing better than they had when they had faced the same team prior to Christmas, Newmarket couldn’t get into their rhythm and pull back the score, meaning the first half ended 4-0 to Peterborough. Newmarket captain Zoe Bailey had a fantastic game and ensured her team didn’t give up despite it being 7-0 to Peterborough by the middle of the second half. There were chances for Newmarket and woman of the match for Newmarket was Sarah Gainford who showed some great play. The passing could have been stronger on Newmarket’s part and Peterborough were often quicker on the ball. The final score was 9-0 to Peterborough.
Newmarket Ladies 3’s v Peterborough:
Newmarket’s defenders Emma Clark and Anna Cole kept Newmarket’s Keeper fairly relaxed this week regularly seeing off Peterborough efforts to raise their score line. Peterborough’s first goal occurred after a foot in the D for which Newmarket’s defenders forgot to play to the whistle. Peterborough’s second goal in the second half was well deserved as it was pushed in at an alternative angle after an initial save by Keeper Helen Atkinson. In the final minutes of the second half Newmarket finally earned themselves a short corner and player Mel Podd scored effortlessly with a classic stop and shoot routine.