Newmarket Ladies’ 1s vs Cambridge City Ladies’ 3s: 3-0 win to Cambridge City
Newmarket Ladies’ 2s vs Leadenham Ladies’ 1s: 5-0 win to Leadenham
Newmarket travelled for their first league game in 3NW to Leadenham this week, and welcomed back keeper Jess Boyle for the season after 3 years away gallivanting and being a typical ‘student’. With the sun shining down on the team (and a couple of Dick of the Day worthy nominations being gained for asking why there was so many planes flying on an RAF base), everyone knew things were going to be difficult from the previous season. Strong from the off, Leadenham unfortunately dominated possession but some hard fought discipline from Angel Fayers, Clodie Rolph and Lydia Wilmott in the midfield saw Town with a couple of opportunities to score. As Leadenham tried to sneak in a few cheeky breakthroughs, it was not unnoticed by the quick thinking minds of Sarah Ganiford, Tiff Seymour, Hannah Fox and Mel Podd in the defence, who managed to safely get away a few well deserved shots on goal from the opposition. Leadenham did however manage to sneak in a few short corners however, but the sharp reactions of Boyle stopped a few more shots going in until the opposition finally got the upper hand and managed to score a couple of goals. An unfortunate mix up just before the end of the first half saw Leadenham’s third of the game slot in to the back of the net, with the first half ending 3-0 to Leadenham.
After the half time pep talk from skipper Holly Woods, and a quick rejig to the formation (who doesn’t love a good movearound), Town came back stronger. Some spectacular play between Woods, Ganiford and Seymour around the back, and a pass through to Fayers who managed to find a gap in the Leadenham midfield to pass the ball cleanly and superbly into the awaiting hands of Olivia Haste upfront to get the ball into the attacking D. Being given an amazing few attempts on goal, and the Leadenham keeper also taking out one of her own defenders, the perseverance of the Town forwards and midfield unfortunately was not rewarded. Leadenham slotted in their fourth of the match from an almighty crack at the top of the D which bypassed the defenders and was unable to be stopped before sinking in to the back of the next. The fifth and final goal had to be worked for a little bit harder, with Rolph coming back to steal a few attempts away, and Woods, Seymour and Ganiford making gallant attempts to stop the ball from going in the goal, but unfortunately it just snuck past the eagerly anticipating defence and keeper and settled in the back of the net. Final result 5-0 to Leadenham.
However, the final score does not reflect Town’s performance what so ever. With a few regular players missing due to other commitments, plus a new league and new rules to play to, Town played to the best of their ability. Man of the Match went to Clodie Rolph who had some spectacular play in the midfield, whilst Dick of the Day was a bit of a closer call and eventually was awarded to Angel Fayers. Next week’s game is at home at 12:00 against March Town 1’s.
Newmarket Ladies’ 3s vs Cambridge South Ladies’ 3s: 6-1 win to Newmarket (Benedikz 3, Atherton, King, Abbersteen)
Newmarket 3s turned up for their opening game of the new season hoping to build on a strong finish to the end of the last. The final result of 6v1 seems to suggest that this could be a good season for the 3s with promotion possibly on the cards.
As they did last season South started strongly and put pressure onto the Newmarket back line causing some panic at times. Newmarket however dug deep and came through this opening period still level and soon took the lead through Bronnie King, who shortly after turned provider as her shot was saved by the South keeper only for old Southerner Vicky Benedikz to tap home.
Georgia Atherton added a third and all was looking good as half time approached. South though, showed they had far from given up when they caught Newmarket a little too high up the pitch, were ably rescued by an excellent save from regular shot stopper Claire Spiers who kept her cool, closed down the space and then dived to smother the chance. Phoebe Peacock ably followed up the save with a clearance and the danger was over for now.
The half time the team talk was based around keeping the 3s calm, concentrating for the full 70 minutes and continuing to play the same high quality team based hockey that has served them well of recent weeks.
The second half began with Benedikz returning up front alongside Atherton and Charlotte Abbersteen, captain Rach Pegg and King in the centre of midfield flanked by Jess Logan and Rebecca Barnes. Bridget Hall dropped back into a more defensive role alongside Peacock, Janie Harrington and Jane Dryland.
Once the second half got underway Benedikz quickly doubled her tally for the match knocking in her second rebound, before she proved she could score from further than 6 inches with a superb strike from just inside the D which deflected off the inside of the post leaving Souths keeper with no chance. Newmarkets 6th was scored by Abbersteen who reacted quickly to jab home an Emily Fairweather cross.
As the half progressed Newmarkets efforts had clearly taken their toll and the odd mistake crept in to their play. Whilst chances continued to be generated they were missing the finishing touch.
Despite being on the end of a heavy defeat South did not give up and gained their consolation when a strike took an unfortunate deflection and wrong footed Spiers (GK).
Whilst tougher tests lie ahead, this was a clear statement of intent to the rest of the Division that Newmarket 3s will be right up with the best at the end of the season and for 1 week at least, Newmarket Ladies 3s can look down on the rest of the division from the top spot.
Half Time 3-0
Final score 6-1
Man of the Match Bronnie King
Teddy Georgia Atherton for ably attempting to hit the goal but missing more than she would like to remember.
Team: Claire Spiers (GK), Rach Pegg (C), Phoebe Peacock, Janie Harrington, Jane Dryland, Bridget Hall, Jess Logan, Sophie Bell, Rebecca Barnes, Emily Fairweather, Rachel Hogg, Bronnie King, Georgia Atherton, Charlotte Abbersteen and Vicky Benedikz.
Newmarket Ladies’ 4s vs Cambridge South Ladies’ 2s: Postponed due to lack of a Newmarket captain
Newmarket Mens’ 1s vs Sudbury Mens’ 2s: 0-2 win to Newmarket (Holden, Pears)
Photography by Nicola Clark.
Newmarket Mens’ 2s vs Harleston Magpies Mens’ 4s: 3-2 win to Newmarket (Blades, Andreou, Wood)