Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Away)
(Holden, Pears, Skelton, Wade, Wilson)
NEWMARKET END UNBEATEN IES HOME RECORD!
Newmarket got back to winning ways with a deserved 5-2 victory over IES, who were yet to loose at home this season!
This record was also set to continue as the hosts took the lead in the 10th minute after Jordan Newnes, who for a second time in two weeks, suicidally past the ball onto the strikers stick leaving him with a one on one situation with veteran keeper Martin McCourt who unfortunately was unable to stop IES from putting the ball into the net. They should of added another moments later, but their short corner drag flick was kept out by Darren Jenkins’s excellent save on the line with the reverse side of his stick.
Knowing that pressure was building Newmarket managed to win a short corner down the other end which Ollie Wade converted down the bottom left corner to equalise. However, IES replied immediately with a short corner of their own just minutes later taking a slight deflection before hitting the back board. 2-1 to IES.
Newmarket threatened again though, when Louis Hrebeniak crossed to Chris Leggett whose mis-hit shot squared Mark Pears to smash the ball into the net and equalise for a second time. The visitors finally moved ahead late in the first half, as Pears was released by Skelton, who slipped the ball to Matthew Holden, to score his second goal of the season.
The visitors remained on top after the break, with Wade forcing the opposition keeper to tip over a deflected shot while Skelton volleyed just wide. Newmarket were creating chances now, and further extended their lead with a sweet Skelton strike. The in-form striker reacted quickest to a loose ball, feeding a quick one-two to Jonny ‘Smokey’ Bunker, to strike home.
IES went desperately close late in the second half, having beaten McCourt, but Newnes’s diving tackle, which got the slightest of touches on a fierce shot, managed to divert the ball onto the post.
Newmarket eventually made the game safe deep into the game when Wilson converted another fine short corner down the bottom right corner.
Men’s 2s: 4-3 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Home)
(Harrington 2, J. Atkinson, Trent)
After two losses Newmarket went onto the pitch expecting a positive result, having played cranes in the pre-season and lost Newmarket were again hoping for a different result. Ipswich cranes firsts were third in the table before coming to Newmarket so were expecting at least a draw. Ipswich attached quickly from the whistle and scored from a short corner within the first five minutes and then again from another 1v1 with the Keeper. Bearing in mind the 2-0 scoreline was within the first 10 minutes of the game Newmarket heads were clearly not in the right place to play a game of hockey. However these early two goals were the 3pm wake up call that Newmarket needed forming a counter attack which left the opposition backboard singing but nothing more as their goal was disallowed. Cranes fast and determined upfront players continued to put the yellows defence under pressure and yielded yet another goal bringing the score to 3-0. This only provoked Newmarket further and after a great attack consisting of some quality straightforward simple passes that found their way through the Cranes defense and onto James Atkinson’s stick who placed it onto the oppositions backboard resulting this time in both the sound and the mark on the scoreboard bringing it to 3-1. Both Ipswich and Newmarket continued to contest for the ball both making a variety of errors in their play but the half went to the Cranes both in performance and points due to their never ending pressure on the regular 4 defenders (Matt Smith, Simon Harrington, Andrew Baker and Adrian Atkinson) who were often assisted by Andrew Beardon who did a great job of smothering the Cranes attacks and forwarding the ball through to the likes of James McTaggart and captain Drew Wood who also both had a decent game. The ball equally contested for until Newmarket found another break that resulted in an attacking short. The previously rehearsed routine came into action as the ball was injected onto Drew’s stick who stopped it dead to allow Harrington to slip it right to Andy Baker who then passes it once again back to Harrington around the p-spot area who finished it off with a strike past the goalkeeper and into the goal. The score was now 3-2 and Newmarket still held their own against Cranes as the first half came to an end with Ipswich 1sts still 3-2 up. At halftime it was brought to attention that despite having scored a goal the home side were not playing to their usual high standard of hockey and after couple changes were made to the position of players Newmarket set themselves up for the second half. Cranes did not let up on their ferocious attacks and continued to make quick runs into Newmarket’s half and area only to be stopped largely by the likes of the two Andrews and Harrington not to mention the other defenders. On the Newmarket attack players such as Ollie Trent, James Atkinson and Ben Atkinson did well making runs into the oppositions half to receive the ball fired from a defensive stick. The keeper also managed to play his part of the game and control his area of the pitch clearing balls out to Newmarket players instead of the ever present Ipswich forwards. In a lapse of pressure from Cranes the home side found themselves once again in the oppositions area and setting up for another attacking short corner. The attacking short was played exactly the same as last time as “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and was played through like clockwork as the equalising goal was scored once again by Harrington. From an aggressive change in play you could tell that Ipswich were not happy with the new score, but increased aggression caused the previously tight Cranes play to leave an opportunity for newmarket to exploit, which they did through great determination from Ben Atkinson running down the right wing to put the ball into the area via multiple short passes and eventually onto Ollie Trent’s reverse stick resulting in another Newmarket goal and a score of 4-3 in the closing end of the second half. Cheers of relief were let out from the yellow team after the high intensity finishing minutes came to an end and the realisation that they not let in a single goal in the second half resulting in an amazing comeback from 3-2 in the first half to 3-4 in the second. A great show of determination and composure from the home team in the second half that proved that the Men’s 2s were a force to be reckoned with.
Men’s 3s: 1-1 draw vs UEA 4 (Away)
Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 draw vs Cambridge Nomads 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 2s: 1-7 loss vs Cambridge South 1 (Home)
Predictably beaten by top of the league team Cambridge South 1, Newmarket Ladies 2s should not feel too disheartened by their performance this week: there were moments of inspired, glorious hockey; solid defending of short corners meaning that South’s routines did not score directly, neat passes engineered from midfielder Emma Russell-Price who linked so well with all the team, a stunning goal from Man of the Match Hannah Fox who had received a full pelt pass from defender Angel Fayers, ran into the D and sank the ball into the bottom left corner. There were near misses from Charlie Wombwell and attacks which seemed to take the opposition by surprise but lacked the finish to overturn the score in our favour.
There were also moments that we’d rather close our eyes and forget: 2 defensive short corners played without a goalie due to injury, balls that hit opposition posts and pads, weather to make a penguin want a warm bath.
The final score was 7-1 to the visitors and though Newmarket remain at the bottom end of the table, the team’s hockey is improving week on week and the goal tally is creeping up. Captain Zoe Bailey is sure the team can prove themselves worthy of this league by pulling themselves out of the relegation zone before the Christmas break.
Ladies’ 3s: 5-2 win vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Podd 2, Carr, Farrow, Haste)
Despite horrible weather conditions Newmarket, relentless pouring rain, the Ladies 3s were in it for the long game and secured a win.
Unfortunately an early break from Cambridge saw them go one up yet Newmarket bounced back and secured a quick leveller with a strong stroke at the top of the D from Mel Podd during a short corner.
Newmarket continued to pressure the Cambridge defence and secured another goal from Ellie Carr. although Cambridge levelled the score at half time with a lucky deflection in the wet conditions.
After half time Newmarket came out strong with some opportunist pick ups by the defence and midfield, feeding it into the circle well. It wasn’t long before another short corner set play saw Mel score another convincing goal to go 3-2 up.
Goals from Jess/Olivia took the score to 5-2 at the final whistle. In spite of the rain, it was a great performance for the team with some equally positive individual performances too.
Credit to MoM: Ellie Carr
Next week sees the ladies away to take on Haverhill 2s.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)