Norwich City IV’s 3 – 4 Newmarket Men’s 1st Team
Fixture: 21 September 2019, Goal Scorers: Michael Skelton x 2, William Wilson x 2.
Newmarket started the season travelling up the A11 to Norwich, a trip they’ll make many times this season with half the 12 team league based in Norwich.
It was a glorious Indian Summers day as Newmarket’s youthful bare 11 watched Norwich City’s 15 man squad go through a rigorous warmup.
What played out was a competitive game of hockey for the first game of the season. Newmarket retained the majority of possession but Norwich were always dangerous on the break.
Newmarket took the lead through the evergreen Michael Skelton, he linked up well with Josh Dawson, returning after an unfortunate incident with a rope ladder some 22 months earlier, before rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net.
Newmarket soon made it two, Ben Dykes beat a couple of players from Centre back before slipping the ball left to Veteran William Wilson, he played the ball down the line into the path of Dawson, he turned and played a one two with Skelton before be fouled in front of goal. A penalty flick was awarded which Wilson duly despatched.
Newmarket where looking comfortable but were hit on the break just before half time the ball deflected in the Newmarket D and the right winger knocked home on the reverse passed the out rushing James Atkinson in goal.
Newmarket started the second half 2-1 up but Norwich game out with renewed vigour and equalised shortly after halftime. Newmarket continued to look dangerous with Felix Allen playing well on the right flank and veterans Matt Holden, Chris Leggett and Alex Andreou looking strong in possession. The worked the ball well and Newmarket won a penalty corner, Wilson’s initial strike was saved, but he was first to the rebound to put Newmarket back in front.
As the game reached a finale, Mark Pears (returning from a season away) and Jordan Newnes looked resolute despite coming under more and more pressure. With minutes remaining Norwich managed to break the deadlock with a piece of individual brilliance, with a man beating 3 players and thundering a reverse stick shot in at the near post.
Newmarket didn’t seem prepared to accept a draw, forcing a penalty corner at the other end, Wilson though the hat trick was inevitable but his strike was cleared off the line. From the resulting corner Andreou found holder in the D, he beat a couple of men and found Skelton who finished under the keeper to claim victory at the death.
Nest week the team are at home to UEA 2’s at 15:00, supporters are always welcome
Newmarket Mens 2s 1 vs 3 Sudbury 3s
In the unexpected heat yesterday the Men’s 2’s battled against Sudbury Men’s 3’s.
This was Ollie Trent’s first match as Captain and other then forgetting the half time Jelly Babies pulled the “Thin on the ground” team together to provide Sudbury with an evenly matched game.
Newmarket took the first half to settle down which unfortunately meant a 2-0 deficit at the end of this half, Newmarket then battled well in the second half getting an early goal supplied by Peter Terrett and a few shots saved by a good Sudbury Keeper. Much improvement was made in the second half by Newmarket and looked well in the game however Sudbury scored near full time to make the final score 3-1 in Sudbury’s favour.
Man of the match went to Simon Hurst for all the great effort he made in right midfield.
Colchester 4s 0 – 2 Newmarket 3s
League newcomers Colchester 4 were the opposition for Newmarket M3’s on Saturday and Colchester Garrison the venue. With such a military background, it was fitting that such a young team of gladiators were welcomed with a 21 gun salute, but no one told the locals.
Undaunted, the blue and yellow machine got off to a great start playing some good passing hockey. Youngsters Hugh Griffiths and Toby Gould in their first competitive senior matches settled in well and made a solid contribution. Matt Lewis in his first match for the Club was a revelation and covered more ground than Tarmac! Newmarket edged the first half overall and went into the break with a 1 nil lead thanks to a penalty corner converted by Booth.
The second half was a tough battle and Newmarket were put under a lot of pressure. Thankfully the Colchester attack struggled to convert but it was the Daring Duo of ‘The Panther’ in goal and Vinno in central defence that made the difference, playing alongside each other for the first time in 15 years.
Man of the Match Wozza (The Panther) was bouncing around like a 16 year old on steroids, saving drag flicks, low shots, high shots and everything the Colchester attack could muster, he and the rest of the back 4 (Griffiths, Hammer, Vinno and Clarke) keeping a clean sheet. Despite the pressure Newmarket made their own attacking opportunities with youngsters Alex Clarke and Ollie Brown combining well down the right flank. Jordan Walker played well in the centre of the pitch and mid-way through the second half found Booth in the D who nutmegged a defender and found the goal to claim his brace. A solid start to the season and next week we play Bury 6 at home who also won their opening match.
Cambridge City 6s 0 vs 3 Newmarket Ladies 2s
Newmarket travelled to Wilberforce Road for a late afternoon
pushback. Strong in numbers and in players, the ladies took the first half to
settle into playing together. Half time talk reminded us that the first goal
scorers get the psychological upper hand.
The first goal came from a short corner strike by Faye Andreou which bounced up from keeper’s pads and Captain Zoe Bailey, who had injected and moved in on the post, connected with the ball to rebound it into the net.
Our second goal was from open play, Robyn Henry-Jones carrying the ball from half way line, supported by Hannah Fox perfectly positioned on the edge of the D for sending the ball in and Lucie Swann pouncing on the GK and defenders to put the ball over the line.
Cambridge City, with all their young legs, made the next part of the game theirs, worrying our defenders and bringing keeper Jersey Bennett into play but Newmarket sealed a their 3 points with a third goal, again a skirmish in front of the keeper that she thought she’d cleared, only for Georgia Atherton to appear out of nowhere on the left of the D and strike a sleek shot to the far right post.
Next week’s match is part of Newmarket Hockey Club’s “ladies day” : we play at home at 12 v Saffron Walden and Div 5NW(S) “top of the table ” clash between L3 and L4 precedes us at 10.30.
Newmarket 3s 3 vs 0 Wisbech Town 3s
Newmarkets ladies 3s start off the season in style with a 3 –
0 win against Wisbech at home. The ladies started strong creating lots of
attacks from the very beginning of the game and managed to find Rachel Hogg on
the left post to slot in for both their first and second goals ahead of
half-time. The day was to prove very hot and the heat took it toll on the
girls turning the second half an endurance sport.
Newmarket continue to create attacks in a game that they dominated and sunk a third in the second half from a short corner strike slot slotted in by Mel Podd. There were plenty of other attempts but Wisbech’s defence and goalkeeper put in a worthy performance.
Man of the match went to welshy Emma Russel price for her non stop hardwork.
Next week sees the ladies take on Newmarket’s 4th team at home