Week 1 Results – Winning Starts for M1s, M3s & L1s

Newmarket Men’s 1s: 4-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Away)
(Wade 2, Dawson, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s got off to a winning start in their first game in Divison 3NE this week. The team began slowly and soon went a goal down to a soft penalty flick to Dragons, but pulled the score level on the stroke of half time with a magnificent drag flick into the top left hand corner by Ollie Wade on his Town return. Newmarket improved after the break and quickly took the lead with a Josh Dawson strike, before Wade added to the scoreline with a well taken penalty stroke of his own. Dragons hit back from yet another stroke despite the best efforts of Scotland Over 50s International Martin McCourt who made some outstanding saves, but Mike Skelton put the result beyond doubt when he broke into the opposition ‘D’, played the ball off a Dragons stick and into the back of the net. Notable was an excellent performance by Ben Shepperson who also made his Town return, but Man of the Match went to McCourt for his huge contribution between the Newmarket sticks. DOTD was awarded to Simon Harrington – a lesson for all younger players here, if you decide to karate kick an opponent then at least make sure you don’t miss!

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Bell, Hosegood)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 2-0 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Home)
(Evans, H. Frost)

An excellent team performance capped off by a first senior goal for youngster Henry Frost. Man of the Match went to William Frost.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs Bourne Deeping 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 5-2 loss vs St Ives 2 (Away)
(Fox, Logan)

Newmarket travelled the A14, most of us narrowly missing the traffic chaos from a lorry accident to face St Ives on their ground.

It was in some respects a predictable result: St Ives are always well drilled, ruthless attackers with a sharp eye for a short corner. They scored quickly and Newmarket were forced to make positional changes early on, moving Angel Fayers, whose Newmarket years have been “upfront”, deep into defence, to use her vision and powerful strike to release the ball to our waiting forwards. It was from one of these passes that Hannah Fox and Emma Lankfer took the ball up the right flank and used short passes to beat St Ives defence and send in our first league goal of the season, the score sitting at 3-1. However St Ives came straight back and forced Jersey Bennett to test out her new keeping kit for speed and agility and by half time 2 more goals were scored by St Ives.
The customary St Ives second match ball was required. Newmarket had been well directed by Steph Howard and Jazz Wombwell from the back, but an advantage played ball had ended up sky high and in the hedge. Shortly after the new ball was brought into play, Newmarket made a fast break and Jess Logan drove towards the circle, St Ives’ goalie came out strongly, buying her defence some time to run back but Jess retrieved the ball from the goalie’s pads, beat the defenders just off the goal line and saw in Newmarket’s second goal, already a fifth of the total the team scored last season. Captain Zoe Bailey has promised chocolates when last year’s total is surpassed.
Man of the Match votes were shared between Steph Howard, Jess Logan and Jersey Bennett.
Next week Newmarket 2s are at home to Horncastle to continue their quest for points, goals and chocolate.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 3-3 draw vs Cambridge City 5 (Home)
(C. Wombwell 2, Excell)

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 0-4 loss vs St Neots 3 (Away)

Newmarket 4 travelled away for their very first league game ever this week to Longsands to face veterans St Neots 3. With a full team of 11 prised and ready to take up their latest challenge, and a welcome return of Helen and James Atkinson to the helm, Newmarket started game with first pushback. With some great work up front from Ellie Carr, Emily Fairweather, Millie Howe, Gabi Asker, Darcy Keates and Jess Farrow, Newmarket began to find their way into the attacking 23 and with some great passing into the D, unfortunately it was unrewarded as St Neots managed to claw the ball back from Newmarket’s grasp. With the back line of James Atkinson, skipper Jess Boyle, Sarah Ganiford and Jess Allen (making her debut for Newmarket) waiting eagerly for the ball, and goalkeeper Helen Atkinson on her toes ready, unfortunately St Neots managed to sneak a goal in from a reverse flick which should not have belonged in 4NW(S). Saints then also managed to sneak another goal in before half time, leading into the half time whistle 2-0 up.
With some courageous words at half time from Boyle and some helpful tips and advice, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for a goal or 2! Again with some great passes between the mid and forwards, and some fantastic running from Carr, Newmarket gained full possession in the attacking 23 with at least 3 or 4 attempts on goal which unfortunately couldn’t be put into the back of the net. When St Neots did make a reappearance in the defending 23, keeper Atkinson made some spectacular saves, which considering it was her first game back in god knows how long, were worthy of a bottle of champagne in my eyes! However, St Neots still managed to sneak in another 2 goals before the full time whistle blew, leaving the final score of the first game of the season at a 4-0 loss to Newmarket.
But (and this is a big but) the score line does not reflect on how the girls played one little bit! Everyone fought for their rights to be playing, and everyone played with 110%. For the first league game of a brand new team, I couldn’t be more proud of how the girls played and how dedicated they were to the cause. Man of the match was well won by Emily Fairweather who showed some spectacular play throughout the entire game despite getting walloped on the ankle by a rogue ball. Dick of the day was awarded to Sarah Ganiford for knocking out St Neots star player (so effectively could have been MoM worthy as well!).
Next week Newmarket take on Ely City 3 at Home at 11:00. All support is indeed welcome to help cheer on the first ever home game for the girls. #blueandyellowmachine