City of Peterborough Men’s 5th XI 2 – 4 Newmarket Men’s 1st XI
After last week’s set back at home to Cambridge South 1’s Newmarket travelled to Peterborough for an early evening game knowing a win would all but mathematically ensure promotion.
With Josh Dawson finally out of Addenbrookes after the hand injury sustained last week, James Wrinch out for the season with a hamstring injury and Alex Andreou smashing plates at somebody’s nuptial celebrations. Newmarket were grateful that our very own day walker Mark Pears was back from a week’s holiday under the parasol in the Canaries.
Newmarket started like they were all on holiday, Peterborough deservedly took the lead through an attack down Newmarket right hand side with the ball squared to an unmarked player at the back post for a tap in. Newmarket responded well, winning a couple of penalty corners which were saved, Mike Skelton drew a couple of saves from the keeper and almost scored with a superb reverse stick strike.
Newmarket’s pressure eventually told, Matt Holden playing out of position in left midfield played a one two with Skelton, only for the defender to stick tackle as he was about to shoot, a penalty flick was awarded that captain Wilson duly despatched to the bottom left corner.
Newmarket almost took the lead a moment later, Harry Bell made a strong run from the right flank, Wilson found him but the keeper was out sharply to smoother. Mark Pears came off the bench and almost made an immediate impact, turning his man on the halfway and driving into the D only for the keeper to block again. The whistle went for half time with the scores level.
The second half continued in the same fashion, there was a good battle between two skilful players in Peterborough’s midfield and Chris Leggett and Ollie Wade. Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes marked well at centre back meaning that Peterborough often ran the ball conceding possession back to Newmarket.
Mark Pears and Ed Griffiths were looking lively upfront and the later won a penalty corner, Harrington went for the far post and the defender on the line deflected it in. This was a determined Peterborough team who won a series of penalties corners of their own, the first few were easily dealt with by keeper Chris Routs, but the last deflected off Newnes stick and flew in above Dave Worrall’s head on the line, the scores were level again,
Newmarket kept possession well and recycled the ball round the back setting rampaging right back Worrall free, determined to register his goal for the season he burst into the D and unleashed a shoot on goal only for poacher extraordinaire Skelton to deflect it over the otherwise excellent keeper into the net, Newmarket were in front again.
Newmarket soon scored the fourth that their performance deserved, the penalty corner routine broke down, Harrington showed great composure to beat the run and pick out Chris Leggett to sweep home at the near post, game set and match.
Newmarket played much better than last week against a Peterborough side who are always better than their league position. Matt Holden was outstanding for the first 50 minutes as he continues to recover from his heel injury, Mark Pears played well up front and Ed Griffith had his best game for the club. It was a great team performance, but in the absence of a vote this weeks the skipper awards it to Holden.
Dick of the day was close, Newnes thought a warm up might be better if he left the hockey balls in the car, Leggett gave the no missing team sheet to a local tramp, but the winner for the fourth week on the trot was Simon Harrington for getting his handbag out as a 18 year old had pushed him and said something not very nice too him! (he also lost the dick of the day outfit last week).
Next week the team travel to Wisbech to play their 3rd XI, they are 6 points ahead of third place Cambridge South and 27 goals better with 2 games to go. Barring a disaster of biblical proportions that third consecutive promotion is in the bag!
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v St Ives Ladies 2’s: 3-0 win to St Ives
The ladies’ 1’s were looking a little lack lustre as mid table St Ives managed to outplay and score 3 goals past Town.
Despite Newmarket showing early signs of taking control of the game St Ives had more conviction around the goal mouth and seemed to use intelligent passing to draw in Newmarket players. Early chances feel to Town through short corners and overload of the St Ives defence but no efforts hit the target.
The defence of Jazz Wombwell, Zoe Bailey and Louise Downs had a great deal of work to do and Jade Atkinson was a crucial factor in keeping the score lower in the Newmarket goal.
The first half St Ives nudged ahead a goal from open play and the second half their confidence grew resulting in a further 2 goals after playing a very physical game. Newmarket resigned to defeat very early on and were unable to lift the tempo and play their own game.
The loss means the team have no chance of being in the top promotion sport but could potentially come second. However Newmarket are facing Cambridge South next weekend in the League Cup Final so hope to end the season on a high.
Newmarket Ladies 2s v’s Ely Ladies 2s – Saturday 16th March 2013 – At Newmarket
Newmarket Ladies 2s faced Ely Ladies 2s at home on Saturday. The early part of the first half was evenly matched and it was a fast paced game from push back and both teams had several shots on goal but none that got past the keeper. There were a few key players missing for Newmarket including captain Zoe Bailey but it did not deter Newmarket and the latter part of the second half saw Newmarket’s Loren Davenport score from a pass from Sarah Ganiford who was in defence through the midfield to Ruth Godden up to Davenport upfront which gave her the first of what was to be a hat trick for her. This sent Newmarket into the half time break with their heads up and ready to keep the lead.
The second half saw Newmarket missing Tracy Cockerill who had unfortunately been injured in the first half and Holly Woods who had kindly offered to accompany Cockerill to hospital therefore was also absent from the pitch. There was no stopping Newmarket however and it was not long into the second half that Nicola Boyle, who had a great game as did Anna Parker a long side her, had sent the ball from another hit out to the other half of the pitch which gave Davenport the opportunity to smack the ball past the keeper once more. There was some great play in the middle from Donna Keates who was trying out the position of a half for the first time and Harriet Briggs showed no let up when winning back the ball for Newmarket on several occasions. Verity MacMahon on the right wing had some good runs through and despite missing the shot on more occasions than she should have, she found her way round the keeper eventually and found a third goal for Newmarket. Ely kept fighting however but the second half definitely went Newmarket’s way and Loren Davenport sealed the 4-0 victory with another great goal on the deflection from a short corner. Next week Newmarket ladies 2s are unusually playing at home on Sunday instead of Saturday and all supporters are more than welcome!