Newmarket Ladies’ 1s vs Wisbech Ladies’ 2s: 0-2 win to Wisbech
Newmarket had their first home game of the season against Wisbech 2s at 2pm. Playing a four, four, two formation Newmarket were playing a strong game. Wisbech managed to break through Newmarket’s defence and gain a short corner, which they then formed into the first goal of the match. Newmarket then fought back but unfortunately were unable to score goals in response. By the end of the first half the score was Newmarket 0, Wisbech 1. In the second half, Newmarket were more determined to get back into the game, with Di Thomas having a few cracks at goal but to no avail. The Wisbech goalie was on fine form and keeping all Newmarket’s shots out of the goal. Wisbech then managed to score again with a short corner, whereby they lifted the ball and, trying to stop it but instead deflecting high into the goal net, was Newmarket’s Zoe Bailey. Despite Newmarket having majority of the ball in attack, when the final whistle below Newmarket lost 0-2 to Wisbech.
Newmarket Ladies’ 2s vs March Town Ladies’ 1s: 5-1 win to Newmarket (Haste 2, Howard, Kelly, Wombwell)
Newmarket welcomed March Town onto home soil this week and with the unfortunate defeat at Leadenham behind them, Newmarket entered this game positive a win was in sight. Strong from the first whistle Newmarket dominated the midfield with some great play between this week’s midfield of Clodie Rolph, Hannah Kelly, Stef Howard and Vikki Waspe (who made her debut for the club this week) saw the first goal slotted past the March keeper after just 5 minutes by Kelly. With their heads now held high, Newmarket persevered with keeping play, but a quick break from the March midfield gave the defence a bit of work to do. However, with some spectacular movement and passing from the defence of Holly Woods, Hannah Rowley, Sarah Ganiford and Tiff Seymour, the ball was quickly and effectively played away back to the Newmarket midfield. With some great 1-2 passing, Newmarket’s second goal slotted in past the keeper by Stef Howard was a superb bit of play from Newmarket. Newmarket entered the half time break 2-0 up.
After a lot of praise from skipper Woods, Newmarket went into the second half with their heads held high and a strong force of determination with them. This determination saw Newmarket’s third goal slip past the March keeper just 6 minutes in to the half by defender Jazz Wombwell who decided she wanted a piece of goal action in this superb game Newmarket were having. March however, did manage to get a break away past the Newmarket midfield and with a lot of battling from the defence and a few cracking saves from keeper Jess Boyle, March finally managed to slot the ball through Boyle’s legs into the goal. However, March’s goal did not drop the heads of the Newmarket players. In fact it all but lifted their heads with the determination of winning the game. A great ball to Waspe, who had been everywhere during the game, managed to find the waiting stick of Olivia Haste in the attacking D who slotted not 1 but 2 goals past the March keeper before the end of the game, with the final whistle blowing and Newmarket celebrating their 5-1 victory over March.
Man of the Match was a unanimous vote and awarded to Vikki Waspe who had a phenomenal first game for Newmarket whilst Dick of the Day went to Jazz Wombwell for dropping her stick and trying to pick the ball up with her hands whilst still in play. Next week’s game is Away against St Ives 2’s at 11:00.
Newmarket Ladies’ 3s vs Huntingdon Ladies’ 2s: 1-3 win to Newmarket (Benedikz, Le Maire, Logan)
Newmarket Ladies 3s held on to top spot in Div 4NW(s) after a convincing 3v1 victory over Huntingdon 2s.
Newmarket started quickly pressuring Huntingdon from the push back. This early pressure culminated in Rachel Hogg taking a reverse stick shot which Vicky Benedikz deftly deflected between the keepers legs for a 1v0 lead.
Huntingdon stung by this early set back woke up and went about looking for an equaliser, but thanks to the diligence of the back line of Phoebe Peacock, Janie Harrington and Donna Seymour and keeper Claire Spiers dominance in dealing with 1 on 1s Huntingdon did not get the break through.
Half-Time: Newmarket 3s 1v0 Huntingdon 2s
Newmarket began the second half brightly and after applying pressure down the right, Man of the Match Jess Logan cut inside to score from a superb strike giving Newmarket breathing room in a closely fought encounter. 2 quickly became 3 as another attack saw Emily Fairweather, Benedikz and Sophie Bell all took aim only to be thwarted before Brooke Le Marie picked up the loose ball and slammed it into the corner of the goal. 3-0 job done.
Huntingdon continued to press hard in search of a route back into the game. Rebecca Barnes, Bell and Rach Pegg worked hard to contain Huntingdon’s very physical game play, which at times did verge on the excessive. As the game entered the final few minutes Huntingdon did pull one back through a well executed move, but it was too little too late for Huntingdon and Newmarket held on to remain at the top of the pile for the time being. Next weekend Newmarket play hosts to 2nd place St Ives in early season clash of the titans.
Team: Rach Pegg (C), Claire Spiers, Janie Harrington, Phoebe Peacock, Donna Seymour, Jess logan, Rebecca Barnes, Sophie Bell, Vicky Benedikz, Brooke Le Maire, Emily Fairweather and Rachel Hogg.
Scorers: Vicky Benedikz, Jess Logan and Brooke Le Marie
Man of the Match: Jess Logan for tireless attacks down the right and for scoring a superb goal.
Newmarket Mens’ 1s vs Felixstowe Mens’ 2s: 5-1 win to Newmarket (Bell 2, McTaggart, Pears, Wilson)
Newmarket’s men started the first home game of the 2015-16 season against newly promoted Felixstowe who had opened with an impressive 5-2 victory last week. Newmarket without injured regulars Skelton, Worrall, Atkinson & Griffiths, the still suspended Josh Dawson and otherwise engaged Chris Leggett are a work in progress this season. With skipper Matthew Holden declaring himself available despite getting married the day before he has helped set the tone for the levels of commitment he demands!
From the outset the game was contested in the Felixstowe half. Newmarket started well, Harry Bell, James McTaggart and debutant Sam Smith running strongly with the ball from midfield getting up to support forwards Matthew Holden and Mark Pears. That said Felixstowe could play some hockey themselves and often worked the ball out of defence well and kept Newmarket’s back line of Louis Hrebeniak, Jordan Newnes, Darren Jenkins and Simon Harrington on their toes with the latter making several important tackles. The veteran centre back has had a new lease of life this season, with his life coach having sorted out his nutritional intake and the coot camps clearly making a difference to his physical appearance.
Half way through the first half Newmarket broke the deadlock, Will Wilson took a quick free hit and was tackled in the 25 by a defender who hadn’t attempted to retreat 5 yards and a penalty corner was given. Wilson despatched to the bottom right corner, one nil to Newmarket, which is how it stayed until half time.
The second half Newmarket went up a gear, retaining possession and moving the ball well all over the pitch, stretching Felixstowe and creating plenty of opportunities. There was an interruption when impressive debutant Sam Smith took a ball to the face and headed off to A&E, he’d been town’s best player up to that point, but Newmarket didn’t let up. Jenkins found Bell in the D and he finished with a reverse stick rocket through the keepers legs.
Bell then scored the third, finishing a good team move, McTaggart added the fourth from the top of the D thundering one in the bottom corner of the goal. Felixstowe reminded Newmarket they were still in the game by hitting them on the break and working the ball round the D well to leave Martin McCourt in goal with little chance.
Newmarket put the seal on a fine team performance with a fifth, Jenkins fed Wilson who fed Sub Jonny Bunker, his perfectly weighted pass set Holden free down the left, and his cross set up Pears at the far post for a tap in.
Next week, Newmarket travel Norwich City, with captain Holden on holiday and Pears working Town hope some of this week’s absentees will be able to play. What is certain though is when the injured and suspended return, captain Holden will scratch his head working out who his best 11 is!
Newmarket Mens’ 2s vs Bury St Edmunds Mens’ 2s: 3-0 win to Bury St Edmunds
After picking up 3 points in the opening game of the season, the Men’s 2’s travelled to Bury in a cautiously optimistic mood. The conditions were near perfect although that optimism was dented before the start when it became clear our squad of 11 (including 2 juniors, Oscar Kenny and Ollie Trent, playing their first full senior matches) would be facing 15. The early exchanges were fairly even with both teams having chances. Newmarket had an opportunity to take the lead when Lee Blades drove into the ‘D’ drawing the keeper out and laying a perfect pass into the path of Oscar Kenny who, faced with an open goal, managed to defy all the known laws of physics by squeezing the ball to the outside of the right post. There was a moments silence as we recognised that DoD had just been awarded, but Kenny dusted himself down and continued to throw everything he had into his first full senior game. Bury took the lead ahead of half time and at 1:0 down going into the break it seemed as if the tide was slowly turning against Newmarket. And so it was in the second half as Bury regularly rested players, held the ball well and created several chances. Newmarket keeper Seth Bailey earned Man of the Match with some jaw dropping saves, including a penalty flick, and he came close to saving another just before time. But Newmarket conceded a further 2 goals making it 3:0 on the day. With many new faces in the team and several injuries affecting the squad, it will take some time for the group to gel, but there’s a great deal of potential as we look forward to next weeks home game against Norwich City 5s.