Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Away)
(Wade 3, Dawson, Leggett, Skelton)
Newmarket travelled to Lowestoft and won 6-1. A hat-trick from Ollie Wade and goals from Michael Skelton, Josh Dawson and Chris Leggett secured all three points.
Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Home)
Harleston Magpies 4s made their way to Newmarket this Saturday and caught the Men’s 2s indulging in an extensive warm up. However this warm up did not seem to be completely effective against the icy wind blowing across the pitch. Un-phased the magpies let loose a series of relentless attacks which as the logic of probability would have it lead to some results on the score sheet. The first goal came from a short corner which was bobbled over the keeper in a chaotic fluke. Another of the goals came from a one v one with the keeper which could be argued if the young skilful upfront player had not had previous experience with the keeper, wouldn’t have gone in. The opposing side was 2-0 within the first quarter of the game which inspired Newmarket to focus and make an intimidating run into the magpie’s area, utilizing the midfield duo of James McTaggart and Simon Donald who worked well together being backed up by kingpin Simon Harrington who managed to get the ball onto the oppositions backboard but unfortunately after a whistle was blown for a foul meaning the goal was disallowed however did prove to everyone on pitch that is was possible to find a gab in the constantly advancing magpies. The ball was jostled for by both teams with players such as Greg Cummins who was graciously accepted onto the pitch sporting the old school quarters shirt and Andy Baker making contributions to the defensive line making a great effort. Newmarket held their own well despite not quite playing like their usual selves but let in another goal towards the end of the first half making it 3-0 at halftime. It was brought to attention that Newmarket were definitely not playing to the best of their ability however they did find it difficult to flourish under the constant pressure of the Harleston team, especially the fast quick witted opposition attackers. With the well needed break Newmarket set back onto the pitch as an almost completely different side. Ben Atkinson made great runs down the right wing taking on and coming out on top of players twice his size (and age) who created opportunities for a finish in the area. Finally Newmarket set up an attacking short to let the previously rehearsed and effective proven short corner routine come into play. The ball was beautifully injected onto captain Drew Wood’s stick leaving a dead still ball to be slipped right to Andy. B by Harrington who then received it again on the P-spot to place it into the bottom left corner of the goal to bring the Newmarket score off the nil mark for 3-1. Despite both sides best efforts no more goals were scored in that half leaving it a 1-0 to Newmarket and 3-1 for the final score. From the last few weeks it shows that the Men’s 2s side perform best after a 35min warm up in the first half as yet again the opposition did not score in the second half. Perhaps a last goal wins policy should be adopted for next match.
Men’s 3s: 5-3 win vs Norwich Dragons 6 (Home)
(Booth 2, Bunker 2, Walker)
Ladies’ 2s: 3-1 win vs Cambridge City 4 (Away)
(Russell, Stoneman, Unc.)
We Won! WE WON! We Won!
All the hard work of the entire squad has finally paid off, our improving (apart from last week’s encounter with top of league) trend throughout this season has ended our 51 week losing streak with a magnificent team performance. The venue allowed some of our emerging players, who have to juggle school and club commitments, to field and whatever everyone else ate for lunch should be compulsory on match days.
There was communication, a genuine desire to meet the ball before the opposition, there was tidy passing, there was confidence on the ball and space making off the ball, everything that coach Chris Evans and Captain Zoe Bailey have ever asked for and it resulted in a goal struck from just inside the D after 20 mins by Hayley Stoneman, this clipped the inside of the post and physics worked in Newmarket’s favour sending the ball to the opposite corner of the goal and putting us ahead, dizzily, categorically, ahead in the first half.
City fought back, there was attack and counter attack, lots of mid field action calling Man of the Match Grace Morris to chase down and channel players on to the waiting sticks of Jazz Freed, Helen Hansgate and Steph Heslop.
The sweets at half time did not compare to the sweet feeling of being ahead, with a clean sheet for keeper Jersey Bennett who’d not had a quiet game. More of the same please.
City came back from half time with more link play and a definite charge on our D, winning short corners and scoring from one of these by drilling a strike to the lower right corner which beat keeper and two post defenders at full stretch. The moment was caught on camera.
Newmarket could have lost their command of the game at this point but the teamwork truly kicked in. Some positional substitutions were made, placing Angel Fayers back on the forward line that she so enjoys and working with Hannah Kelly, blistering runs were made up the right side of the pitch, placing Katie Russell in perfect position to score Newmarket’s 2nd goal. Newmarket were not content and there followed attacks on the left flank and centrally, no-one is really sure who struck the ball that glanced off a City stick to bring the score-line to Newmarket 3- Camb City 1.
Next week the team aim to do something not seen since the glorious season of 2014-5: two wins in a row. Support at this home match, 1pm push back, would be greatly appreciated.
The Ladies’ 1s, 3s & 4s games were postponed this week due to adverse weather conditions making the earlier games unplayable. The following games will be replayed at a later date yet to be confirmed:
Ladies’ 1s: Home to St Neots 1
Ladies’ 3s: Away to Haverhill Ladies 2
Ladies’ 4s: Home to Huntingdon 2