Newmarket ladies 1’s v Rutland 1’s- 1-1 draw.
Newmarket travelled to Uppingham to face current league leaders Rutland. With the result being crucial to both teams there was an anticipation of a heated game. Sadly the freezing temperatures appeared to have more effect than the desire to win as Newmarket appeared static in comparison to their opposition.
Rutland took advantage of Newmarket backing off the ball and surged forward. With close control around the D Rutland were off the mark after a skilful low shot.
Newmarket were struggling to maintain shape, despite this the defence were calling and working hard for each other.
Before half time Rutland had a key opportunity to extend their lead as they had 3 short corners in a row to look to convert but Newmarket recovered well and kept their opposition within a goal’s reach.
The second half started as frostily as the first with little movement from either teams. Tempers were starting to flair as the play got scrappy. Newmarket had hardly had any chances in front of goal but were picking up the play and breaking down Rutland’s attacks. Sadly a Rutland key player was injured and had to leave the pitch and this lead to insecurity for the rest of her teammates. Newmarket finally took control and were looking likely to score. Beth Wombwell and Hayley Stoneman combined well centrally and crossed to captain Gail Parkins. She smashed a hit goalwards but the keeper got a foot to it. Di Thomas picked up the rebound and reverse flicked over the keeper’s foot bottom left to produce a goal that meant a point for each team.
At last Newmarket were in full flow, however time ran out and the draw leaves the league winners undecided with 4 teams able to take the promotion spot with a handful of games left.
Player of the match was Faye Andreou for playing her first game for Newmarket 1st team and making exemplary tackles. Next week the ladies 1’s are away to Huntingdon.
Newmarket Ladies 2s v Cambridge South Ladies 2s
The ladies 2s travelled to Cambridge South this weekend hoping for the win which has eluded them for the past few weeks.
Newmarket dominated the posession from the onset showing some great play but it was Cambridge who managed to sneak in a run to goal however and get past keeper Sue Bullimore to grab the first goal, leaving Newmarket trailing and this was despite some skillfull tackles by Holly Woods and Maddie Rule who both had good games on Saturday.
It was the strong passes between woman of the match Cassie Edgar-Ayms in the centre to captain Zoe Bailey and Ruth Godden which gave Bailey the chance to equalize which she did in style.
Shortly before the second half however Cambridge found their way to another goal despite strong defending from Anna Parker and Sarah Ganiford and so it was 2-1 to Cambridge going into the second half.
New team member Kerry O’ Hara who has previously been playing for Birmingham Uni medics team showed her skills on the right wing and found Newmarkets second goal. Sam Brooke had fed some great balls up the pitch with Harriet Briggs also providing opportunities and it was really when the scores were 2 a piece that the pace really seemed to quicken with both teams fighting for the win.
Vicky Sievewright is most definitely a player heading in the right direction and had a brilliant second half with some great runs. Despite good shots on goal from Cassie Edgar-Ayms from short corners and Verity MacMahon and Loren Davenport in the latter stages, another goal was not to be, leaving Newmarket even more hungry for a win as they face Rutland at home this coming week end.
Newmarket Men’s 1st XI 12 vs 0 Alford & District Men’s 1st XI
Goals – Mike Skelton x 4, Josh Dawson x 3, Harry Bell x 2, Ed Griffiths, Chris Leggett, Ollie Wade.
Newmarket faced a youthful inexperienced side in this routine victory as they march on towards their third successive promotion.
The team retained possession much better than previous weeks even though the temptation to play the ball forward quicker was always there. With the ball being played round in triangles, Alford had no answer to Newmarket’s passing game, playing some outstanding hockey at times leaving keeper Chris Routs a spectator on the bitterly cold day!
Exact details of all the goals escape me, but I believe every goal came from a David Worrall assist, who didn’t whinge much this week, unfortunately Ollie Wade took over the baton with distinction. Wonderful Whinging Welsh Wingback Worrall also pulled of a terrific goal line save from an Alford penalty corner, with Keeper Routs flapping about of the floor Worrall raised his stick to above his shoulder to top edge a drag flick of the bar.
Jordan Newnes strode forward from centre back and scored with an absolute thunderbolt into the roof of the net, he wheeled away celebrating like Stevie G at Anfield, shame he was out of the D by a good 20 yards.
Newnes centre back partner Simon Harrington “of counting crows fame” found himself in the opposing D and pulled out the slowest 360 with running commentary known to man,
Josh Dawson got 2 from penalty corners and another from open play to seal a hat trick but dodge buying a jug.
Alex Andreou had a sound game in centre midfield, and even tracked back a couple of times.
Chris Leggett and Harry Bell showed bags on energy in midfield breaking to support attacks and scoring 2 and 1 respectively.
Ed Griffiths deflected the Wade’s ridiculous shot from a tight angle in at the far post, Wade claimed the assist the crowd knew different.
Mike Skelton was man of the match for a 4 goal second half demonstration of outstanding finishing, every goal was different! #1 a fine reverse stick volley, #2 a diving deflection at the far post, #3 collecting a broken down penalty corner a striking from the top of the D, #4 set free by Andreou’s defence splitting pass, rounding the keeper and finishing from a tight angle.
There will be sterner tests to come in the last 5 games, with the team to still host third placed Cambridge South 1’s and first placed Wisbech 2’s, but if they can retain possession like they did today, then the right results should be attainable.
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