Men’s 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 1 (Home)
BURY STEAL LATE WIN AT NEWMARKET
Bury St Edmunds ended Newmarkets winning run in Division 3NE with a dramatic 2-1 win.
The game started at a very high tempo as both teams were keen to add to their promising league campaign. The hosts struggled against a resolute defence early on, and were kept largely at bay. But Newmarket were trying to carve Bury St Edmunds open, every time they went forward, but the visiting keeper was alert to block several efforts. However, Bury also carried a constant threat of their own and opened the scoring during a well worked short corner routine, slotting home a tame shot from close range.
The home side found it hard to get back into the game, having three players carded and leave the pitch; 1. Louis Hrebeniak – for breathing, 2. Oliver Wade – for blinking, 3. Michael Skelton – for scratching his chest. Further cards followed unnecessarily several minutes later for things such as coughing and running etc. bringing a miserable first half to an end.
As the second half got under way, Newmarket were huffing and puffing for an equaliser, as Skelton deflected a ball just wide and Atkinson flicking over the bar. However, hope was restored as Newmarket were awarded a penalty flick after seeing a short corner strike stopped on the line by the opposition defender. William Wilson stepped up and, despite the pressurised situation, kept his cool to fire powerfully into the net.
Unfortunately Newmarket were punished in the closing stages of the game, after Bury managed to burst into the D and rattle the back of the net with a fierce strike.
The result means that Newmarket stay in 3rd, 3 points adrift of second placed Bury St Edmunds, looking to get back to winning ways next weekend away to IES.
Men’s 2s: 3-6 loss vs UEA 2 (Away)
After lunch as a team in Red lodge, a race against the clock began to reach the pitch to play UEA 2s. Newmarket made it just in time to have a 10 minute warm up and then begin the match. The warm UEA side set off with blistering pace as if happy hour had just been announced at their local boozer. Newmarket did not seem prepared for this level of energy as UEA attacked Newmarket’s area and after a nimble player partially dodged the sliding Newmarket keeper, scored from a penalty flick seeing Newmarket’s heads drop in the opening minutes of the game. After some more young-legged attacks that left Newmarket’s (let’s say experienced) traditional trio of defenders (who you should all know by now) a little out of breath and some monumentally stupid mistakes from the goalkeeper whose warm up consisted of the first 15 minutes of the game, who let in far more balls than he ever should have, to let the score increase from 1-0 to 2-0 to 3-0 with effective ease from the UEA attackers. However, it is noted that none were scored from the number of penalty corners they had gained. At this point Newmarket had had enough and with some great midfield work from James McTaggart and line-running from left winger and Captain Drew Wood, the Men’s 2s had earned a short corner. Newmarket had clearly prepared a lesson plan for UEA as Simon Harrington showed them how to actually convert a short corner bringing the score up to 3-1. The university team clearly disliked being taught outside of lessons and showed their distaste through more attacks and runs onto balls that Newmarket thought were far gone over the base or side lines. Some more crafty connections and sly skills lead to yet another goal to UEA. Out from no-one knows where Newmarket managed to find a crack in UEAs defence and made a break for a strike on goal, however UEA put an end to it with a monster fowl in their area meaning Newmarket had the opportunity for a goal from a penalty flick. This flick was beautifully converted by Professor Simon Harrington who launched the ball into the top left corner giving the goalkeeper no time to react or even blink as the score went to 4-2. UEAs persisting attacks resulted in yet another goal bringing it to 5-2 and tirelessly continued make runs up until the halftime whistle blew. Some of Newmarket’s players walked to the halftime talk with tails between their legs with the three consecutive goals scored against them still vivid in their minds but set up again after the 11 spoke over what needed to be done with clear vision on what to do, despite the wind and rain trying its best to limit visibility to half the pitch. The now warm (although wet and cold) Newmarket started the second half as if they were a completely different, not to mention better team, with better passes, stronger tackles especially from the likes of Ollie Trent, Oscar Kenny and Ben Atkinson that complemented the defensive backline consisting of Matt “too new for me to risk a nickname yet” Smith, Andy “punch bag” Baker, Simon “prof” Harrington and Adrian “look at my steps” Atkinson who held a much stronger line than in the first half. Seth Bailey also managed to find his head, put his helmet on and get it back in the game and finally make some much needed saves. The change in team and increase of moral eventually saw some attacks on UEA’s area and after a huge slide from the keeper that Tag managed to survive with all limbs still intact and full working order gave Newmarket another chance to score from a penalty flick. Once again Prof Harrington stepped up and released the ball onto the left post which sang with admiration as the ball reached the top corner of the goal once again making it 5-3. With only 2 goals between them UEA decided that yet more attacking play was required which lead to some drama in Newmarket’s area. After the ball was cleared from a slide from the keeper which left both a UEA player on the floor and the already injured Andy Baker on the goal line it re-found itself on a UEA stick at the top of the D. The thought that crossed everyone’s mind was something along the lines of “Andy’s on the floor, he’s got to pull his shot or at least dribble with it until he’s up” but the UEA player (completely invisible to the Newmarket keeper due to the kafuffle in the area) followed through with his strike which hit the backboard and luckily not the Newmarket defender. 6-3 was the concluded score at the end of the game, with only a 1-1 score in the second half. Newmarket left the pitch beaten on the score sheet but not defeated in spirt as the teams overall game was genuinely very good and UEA’s performance was definitely the best we have seen all season. With a decent warm up, decent conditions and time to let lunch go down Newmarket will unquestionably stand a fighting chance for a win next time the teams meet.
Men’s 3s: 3-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Home)
(Benedikz, Lister, Walker)
Another impressive display saw Newmarket 3s move up to second in 7NE with a 3v0 win against Bury 6s. Goals from Matt Lister, John Benedikz and Jordan Walker coupled with a first clean sheet, helped Newmarket move up to 2nd in the league 1 point behind the league leaders with 2 games in hand.
Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs City of Peterborough 2 (Home)
(G. Evans, Stoneman)
STONEMAN BREAKS PETERBOROUGH HEARTS
A last minute strike from Hayley Stoneman sealed a 2-1 win for Newmarket against Peterborough on Saturday afternoon. It was a frantic opening five minutes to the game, with Grace Evans posing the most danger with her pace and movement and the young striker played a wonderful reverse pass into the path of Claire McDonnell but she was unable to make the most of it and blasted wide. Down the other end, Peterborough were also hoping to continue their early season form, finding one of their wingers out wide who turned superbly before passing to an unmarked striker, but could only hit a stinging shot to warm the palms of keeper Sue Bullimore. Despite Newmarket’s bright start, they were soon rocked in the 25th minute against the run of play. Peterborough taking a long corner early, driving the ball to the top of the D and hitting it straight at Bullimore, who unfortunately deflected it into the path of a Peterborough striker to calmly slot home. Knowing they needed to improve in the second half, the home side came out, determined to reduce the deficit and get back into the game. The introduction of Di Thomas was giving the visiting defence something different to think about, chasing down every ball, and providing support for midfielders Lydia Evans, Claire McDonnell, Steph Howard and Kerry Alderson. The hosts eventually started to settle into the second half, and it was them who were controlling possession now. With 5 minutes left on the clock, Newmarket were finally rewarded, winning a free hit just outside the D. This time Hayley Stoneman hitting the ball straight towards the keeper and Grace Evans deflecting the ball into the bottom left corner, 1-1. With only minutes left, Newmarket managed to win a short corner. Calli Cannon pushed the ball to Faye Andreou, who stopped it for Stoneman to hit a rasping shot straight towards the left corner, taking a slight touch on the way, and to hit the back board, sealing all three points for the home side. The win sees Newmarket go fourth in Division 2NW looking carry on their impressive form away to Cambridge Nomads.
Ladies’ 2s: 1-3 loss vs Ely City 1 (Away)
Spirits were high in the Newmarket Ladies 2s team, having supported our Ladies 3s at the same venue to their emphatic win; they were excited to get started, despite feeling near frozen due to Ely-Specific-Wind-Chill-Factor. Newmarket’s forwards consisting of Hannah Fox, Hannah Kelly and Zoe Bailey, began to put pressure on Ely from the onset of the game but this didn’t stop Ely from making an early break through to score a goal giving them the lead.
However, Newmarket were eager to level so the midfield, consisting of Emma Lankfer, newly positioned Angel Fayers, Helen Hansgate and Grace Morris continued to work the ball up the pitch, gaining possession of the ball further. Lankfer making a lovely run down the wing, crossing the ball into a perfectly positioned Hannah Fox who slotted the ball firmly into the goal with her one touch hit to put the score 1-1. A significant goal in Newmarket L2’s 2016-7 season as it equalled their entire goal total for 2015-6.
The goal put Newmarket in a determined mind-set despite some confusing decisions being made from the Ely umpires, motivating Newmarket to score more goals. The Newmarket defence; Jazz Freed, Steph Heslop, Phoebe Peacock and Sam Brooke; worked hard to feed the ball out to the midfields but were unsuccessful resulting in two more goals being scored by Ely – ending the first half at 3-1 to Ely.
The half time talk consisted of customary sweets, celebratory chocolates and a motivational speech from coach Chris, Newmarket went into the second half wanting to score. More runs were made down the wings by Bailey, Morris and Kelly but were stopped by the Ely defence therefore not reaching Fox in time who was perfectly positioned once again. Newmarket continued to try and gain possession back from Ely, keeping the second half to 0-0 and felt unfortunate to end the game at 3-1.
Man of the Match went to a draw between Phoebe Peacock, Emma Lankfer and Steph Heslop for their excellent determination in the game. DoD went to Hannah Kelly for her flying tumbles with two of the Ely players. With an equal amount of goals scored last season in the first 3 months of this season, the only way is up for Newmarket, with a tough game ahead next weekend at home. If the weather continues in the same vain, Captain Zoe Bailey is tempted to bring a giant flask of hot chocolate to keep subs warm when not on pitch.
Ladies’ 3s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Benedikz, Farrow, Haste, Poe, Smith)
Ladies’ 4s: 0-4 loss vs Ely City 2 (Home)