Men’s 1s: 2-3 loss vs I-ES 3 (Home)
We scored 2 goals, but I-ES scored 3 goals. This meant that I-ES won and we didn’t, because they scored one more goal than we did.
Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Felixstowe 3 (Away)
(Baker, Bell, Harrington)
Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs I-ES 6 (Away)
Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs St Neots 1 (Home)
Ladies’ 2s: 1-0 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)
Newmarket Ladies 2s are proving unstoppable with a third win in a row, this week against Sudbury, score-line 1-0.
We knew that the match was going to be tough and only little mistakes were going to be the difference between a win or a loss, we started strong with 2v1s being played and space being filled, the ball was carried well and support was strong, although nearer the end of the second half the team started to panic, trying to welly the ball up the pitch. Sudbury made full use of their sweeper, who whilst directing their defence at all times, made faultless tackles on every single Newmarket attacker and took on SUPERDEFENDER role by making a save from behind her keeper, not only on the goal line but deflected skilfully from shoulder height to safety.
At half time, coach Chris reminded the team to make the ball do the work and with a little bit of yelling from the main back two Jazz Freed and Sam Brooke, we were then re-energised and determined not to leave the pitch on a draw, but so were Sudbury, causing Sue Bullimore to be left abandoned and pull a blinder of a save when the ball, picked up by Sudbury on an attempted welly, made a fast break and knocked the ball on target for goal. Sue used her head in more ways than one, her helmet sending the ball over the top of the goal, the cage and the trees. Newmarket regained dominance, forcing several unsuccessful penalty corners. The little mistake that made the biggest difference came when Sarah Haird and Haley Tydeman, Zoe Bailey and Hannah Fox moved forward in a square on Sudbury’s D, the keeper stepped out of goal to deflect the shot but misjudged the force required to beat these four and was stunned to find the ball being picked up on the end of Hayley Tydeman’s stick and despite the keeper’s valiant attempt to dive and cover the far corner, Tydeman dribbled the ball firmly into the goal to put Newmarket 1-0 up.
The game was tense, play moved from one end to the other on more fast breaks, Newmarket claimed more penalty corners but couldn’t convert, although Tydeman’s strike was strong, the ball which found the back of the net was also initially struck high and rightly disallowed. Tensions mounted but Newmarket L2s held Sudbury off, keeping Newmarket 2nd in the table, on goal difference. They remain the only team in 4NW(S), and of only 2 teams from Prem to Div5, to have not conceded a goal this season. Newmarket breed good goal keepers!
Dick of the Day went to Coach Chris for causing Captain Zoe Bailey to stand on the sideline for the final 8 minutes of the game and Man of the match went to Sarah Haird who had a cracking game, was everywhere in terms of support and carried the ball to put pressure on the Sudbury’s strong defence.
Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Le Maire, Swann)
Saturday saw Newmarket with an early start and at pushback still looking a little sluggish, while bury looked quite strong. With a few regulars unavailable and no subs, a few players were slotted into different positions. Settling down into the first half, mqrket became more confident in their play and started some good attacks and drives into the D.
Half time saw the scoreline at 0-0, with the girls feeling that they had more possession and some definite opportunities.
2nd half the girls started confidently and putting bury under pressure. Plenty of good linked up play on both flanks with new partnerships of Brooke Le Maire and Sophie Kelly, and on the other side, Milou Ottolini and Lucie Swann. A break on the right hand side, driven down the D and crossed to Swann at the left post, stopped and played into the goal to put Newmarket up 1-0. Also Lucie’s first goal for the club. A similar drive found Brooke Le Maire at top D to sink Newmarket’s second.
Bury fought on and made plenty of their own credible shots on goal. Helen Atkinson worked tirelessly in defence. Georgia Atherton took man of the match for the second week running, putting in a Stirling performance in goal this time and ultimately keeping Newmarket in the game.
Teddy went to Scarlet for her very long walk to fetch her car!
Next week sees the ladies take on camb south 4s at home at 11.
Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Westly 4, A. Howe)