Men’s 1s: 6-3 win vs UEA 2 (Away)
(Skelton 3, Dawson 2, J. Atkinson)
Newmarket Men’s 1s travelled to the University of East Anglia with their unbeaten record at stake and, for the first time in living memory, vast hordes of heroic fellows in yellow & blue (i.e. 2 subs). This was fortuitous in that the opposition were of course all fighting fit students, but experience triumphed over youth and saw Town run out 6-3 winners with their unbeaten record intact.
Newmarket started brightly when James Atkinson struck inside three minutes, a delightful overhead finish from point blank range after good work by Josh Dawson and Mike Skelton. This lead was soon doubled when Skelton deflected home and Town looked on top, but UEA bit back with a flurry of chances and short corners that three times brought the best out of goalkeeper Seth Bailey. However, spurred on by a partisan home crowd, UEA were soon level; the first a goal of real quality as Uni’s left winger jinked into the D and dinked past Bailey to find the side netting, the second a quick counter and tap in at the far post. Not to be deterred, Dawson put Newmarket back in front, before Louis Hrebeniak picked out Rob Green at the far post whose shot was deflected home by Skelton. 4-2 at the break and Newmarket good value for it.
The second half was just as tightly contested and began with a UEA goal, a short corner drag flick deceiving Bailey finding the net for 4-3. However, Newmarket’s fresh legs from the bench soon told, and Dawson notched up another before the superb Skelton completed his “3 yards out” hat trick and silenced the home support. A supreme performance from Town’s Dingo in the D (a Dingo is a bit like a fox but rhymes better with D according to Wise Bungle).
The game finished 6-3 and Newmarket take home a well-deserved 3 points to carry their 100% record into their home clash with I-ES next week.
Men’s 2s: 4-2 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Home)
(Hosegood 2, Baker, Beardon)
Men’s 3s: 2-3 loss vs Ipswich 4 (Away)
The M3’s travelled to Ipswich today for what turned out to be a huge test. Ipswich fielded a team of 13 experienced men, the nearest teenager was downtown shopping with his mum. We fielded a team of teenagers with only 4 players over the age of 20, one of those in his first competitive match. It was a hard fought game and we played some good hockey but could only manage a 3:2 loss. MoM was Simon Everitt who ran himself ragged. Goal scorers were Peter Booth and Henry Frost and honourable mentions go to Charlie Cummins, Chris Heslop, Oliver Brown and Rory Podd who all knew they’d be in a game of hockey today. Also David Carr in his first senior hockey match and Mark ‘Langers’ Langlands who, in his first competitive hockey match said “I’m blowing a bit” after also running himself into the ground. Lots of good stuff to build on this season.
Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bedford 2 (Away)
Newmarket ladies started well with first push back giving them confidence, they kept possession as they pushed on Bedford. Bedford fought back and one a penalty corner which was defended multiple times by goalkeeper jersey Bennett. Unfortunately, they scored after a poor decision against Newmarket which should have been a hit out for Newmarket at the edge of the d. Until half time the score stayed at 1-0 to Bedford and Newmarket succeeded in keeping possession of the ball and passing it round. After a motivating half time talk Alex passed a great ball up deep into Bedford’s half which Grace Evans got on top of and scored a great goal in the corner. Bedford managed to scrape some more penalty corners in the second half which Newmarket’s defence kept away and in the final minutes Beth wombwell won a penalty corner however Newmarket were unsuccessful in scoring. After this Bedford managed to score a goal after they brought the ball deep onto the baseline to be pushed onto the penalty spot and slipped in. The final whistle blew with a score of 2-1 to Bedford.
Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Home)
(Hansgate 2, Fox, Freed, Rolls)
Ladies 2s continued their winning streak by playing Haverhill this Saturday, with an end score of 5-0, the team came out in strong formation and did nothing but work together to achieve the end result. The first goal came from Hannah Fox who score within the first 2 minutes, surprising herself immensely but putting a smile on everyone’s faces, from then the desire to win grew stronger, the ladies were in it to win it. Within the first half 2 more goals were scored: one from Georgia (Beau) Rolls who also claimed Man of the Match for playing ever so effortlessly, making the game seem simple, playing lovely 1-2s with Welshy “who needs sleep?” (runner up for MOM), both of them seeming in perfect harmony.
Helen Hansgate as always did nothing but sweat as she once again showed her integrity for the game and watched it pay off. By half time the girls 3-0 up, pumped and ready for more.
2nd half and the girls continued to play the game, changing formation and using the back four to facilitate the full width of the pitch, everyone was supporting everyone else, positioning was fabulous. From this 2nd half we claimed two more goals, one again from “Hungry” Helen Hansgate and the final one from defender Jazz Freed. Her clear run forward to support her team at a penalty corner to be played to completion after fulltime (which resulted in a second penalty corner) made a clear statement that no matter what your position you can still claim your moment!
Dick of the Day went to Sam Brooke for making a fierce yell down the line, but not quite being able follow through with the required hit, whether it was down to the fact she was wearing her husband’s boxers we’ll never know! Perhaps a kit check is in order next week ahead of Top of the Table clash with Sudbury?
Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Newmarket 4 (Away)
(Atherton, Le Maire)
The Ladies’ 3s finally had their first league game and got off to a great start, taking on Newmarket’s Ladies 4s.
The 3s started warily as they knew full well that the 4s are not to be under estimated.
The first half was very evenly matched, as both sides settled down.
Half time saw a rousing team talk with the 3s clear that they had to take control of the game.
2nd half saw the 3s play with more determination and starting to build some good play and attacks.
The deadlock was finally broken by Brooke Le Maire, scoring the first for the 3s. A second followed shortly when the 3s were awarded a short corner. Injected by Milou Ottolini, out to Georgia Atherton, who struck from top to sink the second goal.
Over all a good first outing, with much to work on, but taking home the all important 3 points.
Man of the match and teddy both awarded to Georgia Atherton.
Next week sees the ladies away to Bury 4s.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-2 loss vs Newmarket 3 (Home)