Hockey Round Up

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI  3 – 4  Spalding Men’s 1st XI

Having felt that they dropped points over the first 4 games of the season, Newmarket hosted high flyer Spalding treating the game as a top of the table clash. With Spading having defeated fellow pace setters Norwich City the previous week they new it wouldn’t be an easy task.

The job was made harder when a ball was lifted into Newnes leg (above the knee) in the D with barley seconds on the clock. Their star player despatched a penalty corner low to Chris Routs right hand post to take an early lead.

Spalding pressed very high up the pitch which left them vulnerable when Newmarket were able to break free. Newmarket won a penalty corner, where a training ground routine manoeuvred the defence left Alex Andreou free at the top of the D to rifle the ball into the far corner.

The game was now end to end, Newmarket’s defence of Dave Worrall, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Will Wilson were getting stretched and the scorer of the first goal scored again after breaking a couple of tackles and firing an unstoppable reverse stick strike into the goal.

Newmarket again came back, with space on the flanks for Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson, they were able to find forwards Mike Skelton and matt Holden, the later of which made some space in the D, picked Andreou out at the top of the D, who thundered an unstoppable strike into the bottom right corner. The scores were level again.

During the next phases of possession James Wrinch and Andreou retained possession well and Newmarket looked like they might take the lead, only to be hit on the counter by that man again, who beat a couple of the defenders, the keeper and the despairing dive on the line. The whistle went for half time with Spalding 3-2 in front.

In the second half the game continued in a similar fashion, very end to end to end, Newmarket keeper Routs was the busier making 2 or 3 great saves, especially one with the helmet. Spalding scored a fourth goal at the far post with a cross that really should have been dealt with.

With around 15 minutes to go Spalding had a man sin binned (I can’t remember what for) but despite winning a few penalty corners Newmarket were unable to capitalise. They did however when Spalding came back up to the full compliment of 11, Skelton finding Ed Griffiths on the base line who pulled the ball back for Wade to fire into an empty net.

Newmarket were now on the front foot and looked the more likely to score the next goal, but unfortunately the whistle beat them and Spalding had won. Newmarket faced a very strong team who providing they keep that man fit with be in the mix for the title at the end of the season, but they were made to work very hard for it by a very competitive Newmarket side.

Man of the match was Mike Skelton, for tireless work upfront, frequently disposing the defender and starting Newmarket attacks. Jordan Newnes was awarded dick of the day, for some erratic distribution.

Newmarket face Norwich Dragons away next weekend, but having given the top 2 a real game over the last few weeks, they know they should be looking to take points of everybody!

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Haverhill 2’s. 4 – 0 win to Newmarket

Scorers: April Atkinson, Di Thomas, Claire McDonnell, Faye Andreou

Hungry for another win, the ladies 1st team squad travelled to Haverhill – a side they have not had to face for a few seasons. Being the first competitive league game against unknown opposition the scene was set for Town to ensure they took control from the off.

This was so and Newmarket were able to execute accurate passing to get round their opposition. Chances started to appear for Town particularly using wide players Abbi Pass and April Atkinson. Good work down the right flank from Zoe Bailey took Newmarket forward. She passed to Claire McDonnell who drove the ball to the line and pulled it back, with no hesitation April Atkinson got in front of her marker and swept the ball into goal.

Newmarket were now in full flow and could feel more goals were on the cards. After good build up play McDonnell was able to wade through the middle of the pitch. Di Thomas was in front of the keeper and managed to deflect the shot into the bottom left corner.

Not to be outdone McDonnell was next to hit the target again through her own driving efforts, taking the ball left of the keeper she reverse flicked over her foot to get Town’s third.

Haverhill were still fighting and gave Newmarket heart stopping moments as they got a stream of short corners. All the direct shots were stopped cooly by Faye Andreou, Jazz Wombwell and Gail Parkins and released out to Lydia Evans and Becca Swift.

The second half was as competitive as the first with Haverhill producing strong passing from their back line out to their wingers. Equally Newmarket were comfortable using the back and round option.

As in their previous game Newmarket were lacking urgency in putting shots away in second half play something that will need to change in future games.

Haverhill again looked dangerous as they had a string of short corners but none found the target. Kerry Alderson used her pace to carry the ball upfield and forced a short corner to Newmarket. After a textbook link up with Beth Wombwell Andreou could pick her spot with ease and scored her third of the season notching Town’s game tally to 4.

The ladies 1’s face Cambridge Nomads next week, 2pm at home, a side who have yet to get off the league points mark.

Ladies 3s Match Report, 19 Oct’13, Huntingdon 2s, Win 2-0
Scorers: Brooke LeMaire(1), Grace Evans(1)

This was a game that saw Newmarket setting the pace. The game was mostly played in the mid-field, leaving Goalie Sue B, without too much work to do.

An early break-away saw Newmarket’s forwards all in Huntingdons D, with a shot on goal from Olivia Haste, which was blocked by the keeper.

Just before half time, saw some great joined up play from Anna Cole, through to Phoebe Peacock, Hannah Kelly and onto Brooke LeMaire which she just managed to push in past the keeper, to grab Newmarket’s first goal of the game, and season. It was Brooke first goal for Newmarket and is expected to be the first of many.

Newmarket started the second half feeling strong and confident after their 1st half goal. It was not too long before Harriett Briggs played a lovely through ball, picked up by Grace Evans and converted for Newmarket’s second goal of the game.

Huntingdon really tried hard to take control of the game back, and the final push saw some serious attempts on their part of get a score on the board, however it was too little, too late, as Newmarket’s defence held strong. The final whistle saw a delighted Newmarket hold their 2-0 score-line and with that, their first win of the season.

Man of match was awarded to Phoebe Peacock. Despite it being her first game for Newmarket as a senior, she remained calm, confident and dependable throughout the game and proved to be the team’s secret weapon.

There was plenty of solid play through the midfield under the steady hands of Olivia Haste, and the backline consisting of dependable players, Anna Parker, Maddy Rule and Anna Cole is one that Huntingdon just couldn’t break through.

Captain Mel Podd was delighted with the teams result, their first win of the season, and happy to take home the 3 points.

Next week sees the ladies 3s take on Ely 3s, at home at 12pm.