Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Yarmouth Ladies 1’s: 2 – 0 to NKT
Saturday produced a well deserved win for the Newmarket Ladies 1st team. Donna Keates led Newmarket in the first half against Yarmouth, with the first goal of the game. Denise Wagner had the assist, from a shot saved by the goalie that Keates was able to pick up and finish. Newmarket was able to keep a strong offensive lead over Yarmouth throughout the first half.
One player who demonstrated a strong offensive first half was Claire McDonnell, with many promising shots on goal. The second half started off with speed, with Newmarket continually fouling for not giving Yarmouth five yards on free hits. This resulted in a green card for forward, Di Thomas, and a yellow card for midfielder, Kerry Alderson. However, Newmarket cracked on with the second goal against Yarmouth, shot by McDonnell, with another assist from Wagner. The ladies did a great job in the second half maintaining smooth passes, and really working to block it up on free hits from Yarmouth. The second half ended with a 2-0 Newmarket victory over Yarmouth. Newmarket ladies had one heck of a great game and, despite the whole five yards debacle; all the players seemed on top of their game.
The team hopes to see more success from the Ladies 1’s on the upcoming Saturday home game! Newmarket are currently 7th out of 12 in the league table but with the additional 3 points from the corrected game against Ipswich – Town are actually 5th. These points are added at the end of the season.
Newmarket 2nd XI 3 Felixstowe 2nd XI 7
With the first half of the season over Newmarket’s 2nd XI has now seen all the Div 4 North East has to offer and can take real pride in the way they have acquitted themselves under new skipper Drew Wood. Considered by some no more than a mixture of has-beens and reprobates Newmarket’s reserves find themselves in the upper half of a really quite competitive league.
This week they welcomed table topping Felixstowe. The vistor’s are nailed on champions having conceded just 10 goals all season and with Chris Evans, Will Hosegood and Matt Holden all missing it was always going to take something special to get anything out of the game.
Town started brightly and in fact took the lead when Lee Blades bundled home following good work from Alex Andreou. The goal seemed to spark ‘Stowe into life and for the next 20 minutes Newmarket just could not live with their pace and movement. The centre forward rolled Big John Benedikz all too easily for the 1st and when Simon Harrington got caught on the ball and hopelessly out of position Town were 2 down. A combination of silly errors and individual brilliance saw the game at 5-1 come half time.
Coach Nick Thorpe, who had not travelled with the 1st XI this week, was on hand to advise at half time and Town came out after the break a different side. Harrington picked up their dangerous forward and youngsters Charlie Wright, Ollie Trent and Louis Hrebeniak were introduced. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Full of running and happy just to be playing league hockey these 3 summed up everything that 2nd XI hockey should be about.
Again it was Town who struck first when Harrington drilled a short to Wood who deflected home.
Town were competitive all half. Andreou and Pete Reed started to get to grips with the centre of the park while Marc Prentice and James Atkinson sured up the flanks.
Felixstowe restored their 4 goal lead before Wood broke free. He was hauled down and a stroke was awarded. Harrington stepped up and made no mistake as the ball flew into the top left hand corner. It was his 5th of the season. 2 more than Andreau.
Felxistowe scored once more before the final whistle. Having been outclassed in the first half Town can take real pride in the way they came back and matched the league leaders man for man and goal for goal in the second half.
As I look back on a very enjoyable 1st half of the season a few players stand out. Atkinson has been reborn at right back and young Seth Bailey has made real progress in the Town goal. This week he was faultless, making several key saves and now a genuine threat to McCourts 1st XI place. However it is Damo Rompkowski who has really caught the eye. Having never played the game before last year – Chopper has forced his way in to the team and has become a firm favourite with the home crowd for his total commitment and determination which has seen him dominate opposing players with far more hockey on their CV’s.
Well done boys, and a big thank you to Drew. An excellent half season, long may it continue.
Ladies 3’s v St Neots 3’s: 4-0 to St Neots
With hopes up from last weeks win the L3 went out fighting knowing it would be a hard battle but with everyone’s heart in the game we were determined to win.