Men’s 1s: 7-2 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Home)
(Dawson 3, B. Atkinson 2, Wade 2)
DAWSON LEADS NEWMARKET TO VICTORY
With the promotion charge all but over, skipper Matthew Holden took the opportunity to shuffle his pack and hand Will Frost his 1st Team debut, as well as giving young Ben Atkinson his first start. And they didn’t disappoint as Frost fed Ollie Wade on the run, who struck the ball straight at the keeper. As the ball rebounded, Atkinson was first to react to score his and the games first goal with a tap in from close range. 1-0.
It wasn’t long before Newmarket had scored their second as Josh Dawson raced past a static Lowestoft defender, with his trademark 3D skill, before striking the ball into the bottom left corner. 2-0.
The pressure told in the 25th minute as the navy and yellows went three ahead, with the clubs top goalscorer Ollie Wade drag flicking the ball into the top right corner. 3-0. Lowestoft responded well however, and piled the pressure on for the remainder of the half, but Newmarket held firm, down to some excellent defending by towns back four of Harry Bell, Jordan Newnes, Alex Andreou and Darren Jenkins.
But, 10 minutes later, Town got their 4th goal. Mark Pears slid the ball to the stick of Atkinson on the left wing, who burst past two Lowestoft players before taking aim from just outside the D and picking out Dawson at the far post to strike home. 4-0
Once the second half got underway, Newmarket wasted little time to make it 5-0, as Wade got his second through yet another short corner drag flick. The away side then managed to get a consolation goal in the 55th minute through a short corner of their own, which keeper Seth Bailey almost managed to save but only to see his save divert the ball into the goal. 5-1.
Two minutes later however and Frost was involved again, finding the unmarked Atkinson, with a sublime cross, in the centre of the D, to deflect the ball into the roof of the net. 6-1
But it was Josh Dawson who took the plaudits, completing his hat-trick by sprinting through on goal and striking the ball through the keepers legs to make it 7. Through some sloppy last minute defending however, the visitors managed to capitalise to add a second and ending the game at 7-2.
Men’s 2s: 0-4 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Away)
In stalwart goalkeeper Martin McCourt’s last game for the club, Town succumbed to a 0-4 defeat away to Harleston Magpies. Somewhat fittingly, the weather was decidedly Scottish for the duration of the match, the pitch being lashed with rain and wind throughout. The scoreline doesn’t really tell the story of the game as Newmarket missed a flick at 0-2 and had a dubious one awarded against them at 0-3, but the Blue & Yellow machine played well to a man and enjoyed the match as always. The Division 5 victory parade goes marching on.
Men’s 3s: Friendly – 2-1 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Home)
(H. Frost 2)
Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs St Neots 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-5 loss vs Cambridge City 4 (Home)
Ladies 2s, another match that has flown by without a win but we stayed strong against City 4s and challenged them when they became tired and out done, there was still no goal that came from this but plenty of opportunities as we carried the ball towards their D, with the score being 3-0 at half time we realised we were lacking in communication and formation, City had messed with us but with a stern talk at half time we were back on thinking terms. Graceful, elaborate and delicate, there was some great passing up the line and running by Olivia Haste and Laura Excell who committed themselves to the game and with Laura receiving man of the match. With the final whistle blown and the defenders standing in position for a short corner there was no way that the ball was going in the back of the goal, with the keeper Jersey Bennett living up to expectation the shot was defended and the game was over with the final score of 5-0.
Ladies’ 3s: 4-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Smith 2, Excell, Dryland)
Saturday saw the girls take on Ely 3s. The ladies were buoyed from their game the previous week and hoping to carry that spirit on into this game.
The game started well for Newmarket, with good possession, passing and positioning. But as in previous weeks, the goals were hard to come by, despite plenty of opportunities. The stale mate was broken after a series of back to back short corners.
The ladies went into half time 2-0 up and were pleased with their performance.
The second half start well, with sub Gabi on pitch now, and a few other team changes. Newmarket continued to dominate play. A further two goals week to be had out of the second half. One notably for Jane Dryland, her first of the season. The others were 2 for Laura Smith and 1 for Laura Excell.
Man of the match went to Sophie Bell again for her outstanding play at right back.
Teddy was awarded to Laura Excell for missing a perfect baseline cross ball.
Next week sees the ladies away to Cambridge South to play their 3rd team at 3pm.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Ely City 2 (Away)
Juniors: Tournament at Ely City Hockey Club
The Juniors attended a tournament this weekend. U10s entered 3 teams and competed in 6 competitive matches against teams from March and Ely. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves playing with mixed results across the teams.
The U13s entered 3 teams, 1 boys team and 2 girls teams competing in matches against Ely, St Ives and March. The prospect for the future is bright for Newmarket Hockey Club who see the last junior training next Sunday 10-11.30 for their end of season matches and awards.
For photos of this event, make sure to check out the Junior section in our Galleries area.12 March 2017
Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Home)
(Dawson, Holden, Pears)
NEWMARKET EDGE PAST IES
Newmarket, looking for their 14th win of the season, began the contest brightly, no doubt buoyed by their 4-1 loss to Bury St Edmunds the week before, and should have taken an early lead but it was IES who struck first. 0-1.
The hosts recovered well from that set-back, transferring the ball well between the back four of Harry Bell, Jordan Newnes, William Wilson and Darren Jenkins, and tiring out IES’s forward line. The visitors were then made to pay when Matthew Holden put Newmarket ahead with a composed tap in after a neat one-two with Ollie Wade. 1-1.
The home side then deservedly went ahead moments later after a brilliant bit of 3D skill by Josh Dawson who, in a tight space inside the ‘D’, lifted the ball over the defenders stick, pull it past another player, before planting a low shot into the bottom left corner – 2-1.
As the second half got under way, Town signalled their intent when Ollie Trent burst down the left, who passed the ball to Mark Pears to thwart home the third from the top of the ‘D’. 3-1.
IES were proving a constant danger however and were pressing the home side in the final 5 minutes of the game, forcing stand in keeper Seth Bailey into several saves. The visitors did manage to steal a second goal however through some sloppy defending in the middle of park, leaving the striker to drive freely into the ‘D’ and settling the score at 3-2.
Men’s 2s: 1-4 loss vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Away)
Your humble scribe must confess that he does not, in fact, remember any of this match – a somewhat convenient fact given the scoreline. However, this lack of accurate and descriptive reporting pales into insignificance when you consider the masterpiece that was Simon Harrington’s contribution, and it is of this that I shall paint a picture in vivid, glorious technicolour for the following five paragraphs. So strap in, take a gulp of your finest whisky/vodka/tap water (fill your boots Jimbo) and enjoy the extraordinary saga that is about to unfold.
Only able to expose us to a short burst of his brilliance due to our not being equipped with the necessary radiation shielding, our heavyweight hero duly trundles onto the pitch midway through the second half. At this point the scores are locked in an epic and entirely competitive state, and it is clear that the Blue & Yellow Machine are merely a hair’s breath away from running away with the match and, indeed, Division 5. Scarcely worth mentioning is the fact that we are in Divison 4 and 0-3 down.
Anyway, Harrington enters stage right and immediately bulldozes a path to his spiritual home, often referred to as stranded somewhere between the oppo D and centre circle. He then proceeds to snort in derision as, in an ill-advised bout of youthful exuberance, a sprightly Ipswich Cranian attempts to use his ‘speed’ and ‘agility’ (I understand we are not all acquainted with these values, so for definitions please see AJ7) to dribble past our legendary lawyer. Throwing back his noggin to the sky and uttering a guttural scream politely inquiring as to the legal validity of this particular Cranian’s ancestry, the lanky legend proceeds to relieve him of his hockey ball and begins a charge, comparable to a certain Atkinson when he spots a dance floor, towards the Ipswich circle. I was planning a pun relating to The Charge of the Light Brigade here, but I feel this description would be wholly misleading as, of all the adjectives I could choose to describe the subject of this fable, ‘light’ is definitely not one of them.
And so, dear reader, we pick up the action as Harrington nears the circle; he turns once, he turns twice, he trips over his own feet… no! It was but a cunning ploy to deceive us all! In fact, we are so incredibly deceived by this piece of tactical genius beyond the comprehension of mortals that we allow the ball to roll past us and into the back of our net for 0-4! Incredible! But is our rather rotund revolutionary deterred? Of course not! In an act of supreme and glorious vengeance, he finally takes matters onto his own stick. He picks up the ball outside the opposition D and sends one defender for a lovely cuppa. He sends the second for a delicious crumpet. He sends the third to the local McCourt Enterprises retirement home. He sends the first one, just back from his beverage, to go and fetch him one, how could you be so thoughtless, you scrawny little scoundrel you. He decides that enough is enough. He feints to shoot. The defenders cower in his righteous path. He jinks to the right; he swings, he misses. The goalkeeper regrets his life choices and offers up his pads in surrender. But Harrington knows no mercy; he’s a hard man, and if there’s one thing you can say about hard men, it’s that they’re hard. And often men.
Watching the ball depart Harrington’s stick like a Polaris missile destined for the Motherland actually brought a tear to this particular reporter’s eye. The ball whistled through the air, apparently unbound by the physical laws of gravity, and impacted the inside of the Ipswich goalnet with the force of Uncle Vlad’s favourite 25-megaton. But was Harrington carried away with this act of supreme skill? Did he celebrate his godlike tekkers? Did he inquire as to who was, in fact, our daddy?
It is up to me, my friends, to tell that his response was quite the opposite. The great man simply held up two fingers to the sky in a holy gesture older than the universe itself, the meaning of which is surely lost in the forever ebbing sands of time. And it was thus, his worship and homage to the Lord Almighty (who sometimes goes by the earthly name of Wilson) complete, Harrington departed the field of play to the angelic heraldry provided by the screams of a displeased child. Pure poetry in motion.
Also, there weren’t any showers.
Men’s 3s: 3-3 draw vs Watton 2 (Home)
(Andreou 2, J. Atkinson)
Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge Nomads 1 (Home)
(L. Evans, Stoneman)
Following from a 1-0 win at City of Peterborough last week with a depleted team Newmarket were back to full strength and upbeat for their home game to Cambridge Nomads.
Newmarket started the game with several strong waves of attack and soon settled into creating some strong moves down the right with birthday girl Emma ‘ Welshy’ Russell-Price making some great runs and passes in the D. Newmarket struggled to make anything of their chances with the Nomads keeper keeping the score at 0-0 for much of the first half. Newmarket kept up the pressure and with Grace Morris making some great attacks from the left these finally paid off when Newmarket were awarded a penalty flick when the ball was stopped on the line. Captain Lydia Evans keep here cool made the score 1-0 going into half term.
Newmarket knew that the game was within their grasp but some waves of Nomads attacks reminded them that they could not take their foot off the gas. They pulled together and work as a team, pushed hard and created wave after wave of attack, this finally paid off with the award of a corner. Hayley Stoneman was able to follow up on Evans’ strike to slot away second goal 5 mins from the end of play. This win leaves Newmarket still within reach of promotion joint on points with 2nd in the league but 3rd on goal difference with a game in hand. Newmarket have the top two teams still to play in the last three of the season, they go to St Neots this weekend with high hopes.
Ladies’ 2s: 0-13 loss vs Cambridge South 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 3s: 1-1 draw vs St Neots 3 (Away)
Saturday saw a very early start for the ladies, arriving bleary eyed in St Neots at 9am. We were also dismayed to find the sports centre completely locked up and a few pennies to spend.
The ladies started the game strong and in high spirits. We won first pushback, and flew from the first whistle! L Smith to Podd, back to Smith, onto Excell on the wing to find ourselves in St Neots’ D all within the first minutes of the game. Shots on goal taken, and rebounds picked up with none quite making the mark. This was to set the tone for game, in Newmarket dominated, attacked and held possession, but were struggling to get the ball over the line.
Early poor/biased umpiring saw the girls feeling a little rattled and frustrated.
Half time the and the ladies were convinced that with perseverance, this game was theirs.
2nd started as the first, but St Neots seemed to have gained some additional players over half time?
Newmarket found themselves in the St Neots D again, and this time the girls were not letting it slip away. Battling against keeper and defenders the ball rebounded several times, keeper slid, ball went under her seeing Lauras Excell and Smith, plus Soph Kelly all manically trying to get to it. The girls were ecstatic to break the stalemate and put 1 on the board.
St Neots shortly retaliated with a breakaway goal to even the score. Both teams battled on up to the last second of the game, with neither managing to come away with a win.
Overall this was a game that Newmarket dominated, but were just unable able to complete the task of getting more goals.
The ladies were very happy with their performance which saw a lot of excellent individual play.
Player of the match went to Sophie Bell for her outstanding play at right back.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-12 loss vs Cambridge City 5 (Home)6 March 2017
Men’s 1s: 1-4 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 1 (Away)
Men’s 2s: 0-5 loss vs UEA 2 (Home)
We lost 5-0.
We may be going down, but we’ll go down laughing.
Newmarket Men’s 2s suffered a defeat surely consigning them to relegation in the 3pm pushback against UEA 2s. The game started poorly for Town with an early short corner resulting in the home side going behind, before a Hrebeniak own goal doubled UEA’s advantage. Although Newmarket did manage to create a handful of chances throughout the match, notably from short corners, the away side’s quality showed and towards the end of the second half the strikers filled their boots – two goals on the break topped off with a classy/fluky/accidental (delete as appropriate) finish by a UEA midfielder through his own legs finally sunk Town and condemned them to a 12th defeat of the season and, surely, relegation. However, as always, a good time was had by all and we’ll only come back stronger.
DOTD jointly went to Ollie ‘hide & seek’ Trent and Louis ‘bigfoot’ Hrebeniak for his Messi-esque cool-as-you-like backheel into his own net.
MOTM went to 2s debutante Mike Landshoff for a terrific performance at right back – although, as he wasn’t around to pay the associated fine, Andy ‘daylight robbery’ Baker defaulted this prestigious award to Simon Donald for his glorious and richly deserving tally of one vote.
Men’s 3s: 2-0 win vs Norwich Dragons 6 (Away)
Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs City of Peterborough 2 (Away)
Ladies’ 2s: 1-6 loss vs Ely City 1 (Home)
Ladies’ 3s: 0-1 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)
Saturday saw the Ladies 3rd XI take on Royston 2s at home. The game started rather abruptly for Newmarket as Royston scored. Newmarket rallied and fought on to hold Royston to their 1-0 lead. Half time change of tactics saw Newmarket create better opportunities for holding possession and driving up pitch, but for the most part it was a game in which Newmarket were defending. The team worked well together and defended well to hold Royston to the their 1-0 tally.
Man of the match went deserved to centre back Rachel Pegg and midfielder Jane Dryland.
Next week sees the ladies away to St Neots.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-13 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Away)
2 March 2017
Men’s 1s: Away to Bury St Edmunds 1 (12:00)
Men’s 2s: Home to UEA 2 (15:00)
Men’s 3s: Away to Norwich Dragons 6 (15:45)
Ladies’ 1s: Away to City of Peterborough (11:30)
Ladies’ 2s: Home to Ely City 1 (13:00)
Ladies’ 3s: Home to Royston 2 (11:00)
Ladies’ 4s: Away to Cambridge Nomads 2 (14:00)28 February 2017
Men’s 1s: 10-4 win vs North Norfolk 1 (Home)
(Atkinson 3, Wade 3, Skelton 2, Dawson, Holden)
After last week’s great win at Norwich, Town were missing holding midfielder Chris Leggett with Newmarket this week facing a team that has in recent seasons given a strong contest.
The game started with Newmarket playing with high intensity and pressing high up within the oppositions half, good chances coming from every angle, Mark Pears on the right and Ollie Wade on the left. Town’s central midfield trio of Mike Skelton, Matt Holden & Josh Dawson were providing opportunities as well for James Atkinson and the other front line players. Town were the first to strike and there first goal came via some fluid movement involving Dawson to Atkinson precisely guiding the ball into the net at a tight angle. (1-0). Newmarket’s back line hadn’t really been troubled too often with Jordan Newnes & Will Wilson providing cover down the centre and Darren Jenkins and Hrebeniak giving cover down the flanks. Town’s second goal came after shortly after the first and was with some positive fast ball play, leading to Holden scoring a woeful effort goal. (2-0). Newmarket we’re giving the seaside team a run around but they hit a stumbling block as North Norfolk broke into the ‘D’ and nicked one goal back. (2-1). Newmarket were not to be undone and went back on the attack pressuring the visiting team defensive line, some great play by Harry Bell and a goal scored by Dawson with a great placing into the net. (3-1). Skelton scored the fourth via a rebounded shot by skipper Holden, beautifully picked up from 2 yards to finish into the bottom corner. (4-1). An incident involving a Newmarket player ended in a yellow card, town to 10 men on the pitch. North Norfolk men still trying to fight managed to capitalised on some errors from the Newmarket players giving themselves hope leading into half time with the away attacker slotting past Scotland over 50’s keeper Martin McCourt. (4-2)
At half time, Captain Holden felt the last 10 mins of the half we’re a bit flat as his side looked as if they had done the job already. Town needed to have the attitude as if the game was 0-0.
The second half started and Town took to a half court press tactic due to a man down. Town now playing with a man down still managed to break away with Skelton picking out Atkinson, using Pears for a one-two pass smashed home his second of the match (5-1). North Norfolk not giving up capitalised on a miss pass and force a goal to give themselves a slim hope. (5-2) Town not happy and still with only 10 on the pitch force a penalty corner, up steps Wade and with his ever-improving drag flick forced a goal via the oppo keeper’s left side. (6-2). On came Dawson from the sin bin and, back to the full team, Newmarket still using the half court press managed to win another penalty corner. Wade stepped up to the plate again, this time finding the keeper’s other side. (7-2). Unfortunately, the away team didn’t think a 5 goal gap was fair and created two goals of their own. (7-4) Newmarket were playing some good hockey with some very good transfers from left to right in which Pears and Bell created a cracking ball from the wide right picking out Skelton to get his second of the game. (8-4). The game ticked on and the visiting team were now finding it hard to compete with such a fluid Newmarket team, Wilson fed through Dawson, Holden and Skelton again winning another penalty corner. Once again up came Wade to claim his hat trick of drag flicks, smashing the ball high into the net. (9-4) The last goal of a solid good performance came via 17-year-old Atkinson also for his third goal, who drew in the North Norfolk defence only to unleash hell with a cracking shot into the back board. (10-4) The games last minute were played out with both teams tiring out and no new chances created. The game finished 10-4.
Newmarket Men’s 1st XI showed a huge improvement compared to previously played games since 2016 and have looked every week to have a slight improvement under the watchful eye of coach Adnan Zakir. Lots of positives with large amounts of possession in the game but much more can be done with pressing and transfers.
Everyone in the team should be proud of the game as it was some of the best hockey Newmarket has played.
Next week Newmarket Men’s 1st XI are away at Culford School playing BSE 1’s @ 12:00 and all are welcome to come along for a high flying top of the table clash.
Men’s 2s: 1-2 loss vs Norwich Dragons 4 (Away)
Ladies’ 1s: 4-1 win vs Wisbech Town 2 (Home)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Pelicans 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 3s: 0-3 loss vs St Ives 3 (Away)
Saturday saw the Ladies’ 3s heading out to take on st Ives 3s. The ladies knew that they would be in for a tough game, and St Ives didn’t disappoint.
St Ives started strong, catching the Newmarket side, who included a few guests, slightly unready to put one past keeper James Atkinson in the first few minutes. Newmarket then got their heads in the game, and managed to hold St Ives for most of the half, excepting a solid strike on goal, which centre back Phoebe Peacock tried to block on her the reverse stick, sending it over the keepers head and into the back of the net.
Newmarket created plenty of positive play during, with mid fielders Jane Dryland, Sophie Bell and Hannah Rowley working hard to create drives up pitch.
The second half started very similar to the first, as St Ives came storming to score within the first minute of the half. Newmarket again, got themselves together to hold St Ives for the rest of the half, ending the game as a 3-0 loss.
Man of the match went to Phoebe Peacock for her outstanding play slotting into centre back.
Next week sees the ladies take on Royston 2s at home at 11am.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-8 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Home)
The Ladies’ 4s played a challenging game against Bury St Edmunds 3s. With a full team playing at their hardest with their spirits high, they kept Bury on their toes throughout the game. There were many of great saves made by Jersey Bennett and the defence. With the score at half time at 0-4 the ladies weren’t letting their hopes die, they came back stronger than in the first half managing to move the ball into Bury’s half. Unfortunately, even with all the girls hard work they were defeated 0-8 to top of the league. Man of the match was well deserved for keeper Bennett, whilst this weeks Dick of the day went to Jess Farrow for tripping over her own feet! Next week the Ladies 4s are away to Cambridge Nomads 2.19 February 2017
Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Pears, Skelton)
Men’s 2s: 3-4 loss vs Norwich City 5 (Home)
(Wade 2, Harrington)
Newmarket Men’s 2s eventually went down 4-3 to Norwich City in a feisty encounter which saw numerous cards, including several yellows and a City red card for violent conduct.
A much-altered 2s side that saw the return of talismanic skipper Drew Wood and keeper Seth Bailey found itself 2-0 down within minutes, the tactical switch to three-at-the-back somewhat backfiring on the home side. Despite this early setback, Newmarket battled on and found goals via Ollie Wade and a Simon Harrington set piece. Wade further went on to strike the frame of the goal twice and saw another effort ruled out, but failed to add to his tally. City managed to grab a further two goals before tensions boiled over and a spate of yellow cards followed, three to Newmarket and a red card which was shown to a Norwich player for violent conduct. This late fracas unfortunately ruined the game somewhat, and the score ended up an unchanged 4-3 to City meaning relegation is now a real threat to the 2s. Man of the Match went to Matt Smith for a solid performance out wide, while the highlight of the day was a no doubt a touching gesture from Harrington and Louis Hrebeniak to fluorescent midfielder Simon Donald. This tear-jerking gift took the form of a delightful personalised redecoration of his stick to reflect his true feelings toward midfield colleague and ginger soulmate Andrew Beardon. We wish you the greatest happiness together. #FriendGingerFriend
Ladies’ 2s: 0-8 loss vs Horncastle 1 (Away)
Newmarket Ladies 2s suffered from a defeat with the score line ending on an 8-0 loss.
With 2 goals going in within the first 10 minutes, one from open play and one from penalty corner, Newmarket defence were called to stand strong. Steph Heslop, back from injury, found her bossy in Centre Back and Hannah Rowley, back from injury and supporting developing L4s, caught on to the rehearsed play of Horncastle, marking tightly but falling foul of ball-to-foot manoeuvres.
With the pressure on, the use of small and quick passes were necessary to make sure the ball kept moving, with lovely one-twos being played between Zoe Bailey (the ever-so-fearless captain) and rising star Milou Ottolini, the ball did make it to the forwards in the opposition D several times but Newmarket lacked finish and Horncastle were quicker on the turn-around.
Newmarket should thank Horncastle for the penalty corner defence routines they were able to practice. 18 times. There were goal line saves from Jess Allen, making just her second appearance in L2 defence but looking totally at home, and Phoebe “Phlick” Peacock once again showing her dedication to interception and 3D skills when it mattered: the crowd were entertained; the gasps were more akin to a firework display than a hockey game. We cannot forget the grace and skill of goal keeper Jersey Bennett who with her acrobatic talent, saved the day more than once or twice. Her Man of the Match was well deserved as not only her physical presence but mental strength meant that she ensured the penalty stroke was sent just wide of the post in the 2nd half.
This defeat will not get the better of the L2s, they will bounce back, the will to fight is strong and they are more ready than ever to face Pelicans!
Ladies’ 3s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Away)
This week saw the Newmarket Ladies’ 3s side take on top of league Cambridge Nomads 2s.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-13 loss vs St Ives 3 (Home)
Skipper Jess Boyle was justifiably very proud of her Ladies’ 4s as, despite succumbing to a heavy defeat against second placed St Ives, they fought so valiantly that it was impossible to award Man of the Match as everyone played so well. With only ten players on the pitch for the whole of the match, the girls really showed how to put up a top quality fight against all odds. Next week NHC L4s face top of the league Bury St Edmunds at home in another tough clash.12 February 2017
Men’s 1s: 6-6 draw vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Wade 3, J. Atkinson, Holden, Skelton)
An exciting game in which at one point Newmarket were 6-2 to the good ended in a high scoring draw as the blue & yellow machine travelled to Sudbury in the lunchtime pushback.
Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs I-ES 4 (Home)
Newmarket Men’s 2s produced a commanding display at home to Ipswich East Suffolk and can count themselves very unlucky not to come away with all three points. After going a goal down early on, Simon Harrington equalised for the home side from a trademark penalty corner before Will Hosegood swept Newmarket into the lead. However, a string of smart saves from Town goalkeeper and Man of the Match Laurence Chapman was not enough to prevent I-ES snaffling an equaliser before half time, courtesy of a deflected penalty corner.
When a team is at the bottom of the league, luck seldom falls their way, and this was apparent in the second half as Town saw a couple of goals disallowed in unfortunate fashion. Spurred on by this, Newmarket pushed forwards, at some points leaving only Louis ‘one man red army’ Hrebeniak back and relying on the brilliance of Chapman to keep them level. However, despite the high pressure being applied to the opposition by the home side and in particular fluorescent midfield duo Andrew Beardon and Simon ‘ginger friend!’ Donald, the match finished 2-2 and so Newmarket remain three points adrift.
Men’s 3s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Away)
(H. Frost, Walker)
In the early pushback of the day, Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Culford to face top of the table Bury 6s. The game started poorly when stand-in and severely under-padded keeper Hrebeniak had the ball put through his legs by an enterprising Bury winger, but Town stood strong and managed to claim the lead through Jordan Walker’s deflection and a poacher’s effort from Henry Frost. Unfortunately for the away side, a string of seemingly harsh penalty corners followed and, despite the best efforts of all concerned, the ball found its way into the bottom corner on the rebound.
The second half was mainly fought in the midfield with a few moments of desperate defending at both ends, but the match finished 2-2 – a useful away point for the blue & yellow machine. Notable were good performances from irrepressible Welshman Dave Worrall and blast-from-the-past Greg Cummins, but the real stars of the show were once again the youngsters – full backs Rory Podd and Will Frost played with great maturity and showed that the future is indeed bright for Newmarket Hockey Club.
Ladies’ 1s: 2-6 loss vs Alford & District 1 (Away)
(L. Evans, Thomas)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Haverhill Ladies 1 (Home)
Newmarket Ladies 2s take the hit of a 6-0 loss against Haverhill on the cheek. But looking at the emerging team they had, with members coming up from the 3s and 4s they held their own with the use of tactical passes from Sophie Kelly and Grace Morris (who without question deserved her “man of the match”), the two youngsters made a statement by battling hard and standing strong against Haverhill’s giants, with the fact that Newmarket only gave away 1 goal in the second half proving themselves of being worthy of staying in their current league. Statistically if you could score a league on second halves only, Newmarket would be mid table. Once again the defence gave the opposition a run for their money and made every goal worth the fight, this was thanks to the centre back and ring leader Jazz Freed, along with the keeper Jersey Bennett, who encouraged the team from the back with support and fighting talk. All pumped up and ready for another week the Ladies 2s will be back and ready to fight again, next week taking their breakfast to Horncastle for a frost-postponed match.
Ladies’ 3s: 2-1 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
The ladies were on tenderhooks Saturday morning to find out if poor weather would again put halt to play. Happily the all clear was given, for the game to go ahead. It was a bitterly cold day and was snowing for much of the game.
Hunts arrived with 10 men, but were certainly not going to give in easily. The game started strong for both sides with breakaways. Newmarket were looking strong up front with Vicky Benedikz supporting play from the forwards, and was rewarded for her efforts, picking up a rebound and slotting it neatly into the goal for Newmarket’s first. A short 4 minutes later saw Sophie Kelly drive up the right hand side, passing across goal to be picked by Milou Ottolini and played into goal for her first for the Ladies 3rd team.
Half time saw the ladies and coach happy with their performance and keen to hold onto their 2-0 lead. Hunts came into the second half fighting hard. Plenty of opportunities were created on both sides, with only Hunts managing to convert one of them.
The ladies were very happy to take a win away from a visibly frustrated opposition.
Man of the Match went to Janie Harrington.
Next week sees the ladies play their rearranged fixture against Cambridge Nomads, away at 11am.
Ladies’ 4s: Match Postponed vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)6 February 2017
Men’s 1s: 4-0 win vs Pelicans 2 (Home)
(Holden 2, Skelton, Wilson)
Men’s 2s: 2-9 loss vs Pelicans 3 (Away)
Men’s 3s: Friendly – 5-1 win vs Bury 7 (Away)
(Unc. 2, Booth, Kenny, Podd)
Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge University 3 (Home)
NEWMARKET MARCH ON WITH THIRD SUCCESSIVE VICTORY Both teams had half chances in what was a frenetic start to proceedings. The opposition goalkeeper had to be at her best to deny Jess Logan at the foot of her post, after Stoneman and Evans had combined to tee up the Newmarket youngster. The pressure told in the 20th minute however, as Captain Evans showed her class to feed a long through ball to Logan, who out-sprinted the defender, glided past another, and calmly slot past the keeper and put Town ahead 1-0. Despite Newmarket’s lead, Cambridge Uni looked a settled side and frustrated the hosts throughout a difficult first half. The Yellows improved after the break, and almost doubled their lead, when Claire McDonnell drove into the D, who pulled the ball back to top goalscorer Grace Evans, to only see her shot slapped wide of the goal. The visitors retained a threat on the counter and they twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, but a strong back four of Alderson, Parkins, Bunning & Fayers managed to keep the away side at bay. As the second half wore on, Newmarket managed to win a short corner with Thomas pushing the ball out to Stoneman, who fed it to McDonnell, only to receive the ball straight back to fire home the second goal of the game, putting Newmarket ahead 2-0 and capping of an excellent short corner routine. Next week sees the ladies 1s make the long trip to Skegness to take on Alford & District.
Ladies’ 2s: 1-5 loss vs Spalding 2 (Away)
Newmarket L2s took a defeat but should not be defeated after their performance in this match. Scoring first, they really surprised their opponents. A 16 yd hit neatly played between newly positioned Charlotte Abbersteen and regular full back Phoebe Peacock made its way up the Right side of the pitch to Centre Mid Helen Hansgate who fed the ball to Laura Excell. Laura held the ball with skill and passed across the D to find Hannah Fox, ready in front of the keeper to send the ball to the back board. This goal in itself monumentous as it brings Hannah Fox’s 2016-7 goal tally equal to the entire squads’ total for 2015-6.
Buoyed by having the upper hand, Newmarket’s 2nd XI showed energy and commitment in their marking and often beat Spalding to the 50:50 balls, Spalding’s attacks were seen off and lots of mid field play characterised the first half. Spalding tried to overload the attack and this paid off firstly with a goal from open play and then winning a penalty corner shortly before the end of the first half. The penalty corner resulted in “a hell of a strike” deserving admiration and bringing the score to 2-1 at half time.
The second half saw more of the same but with Spalding bringing forward all their players, forcing Newmarket onto the back foot and capitalising on Newmarket errors. Emma Lankfer showed great maturity in her mid field position but Newmarket’s fitness and concentration and lack of subs let them down towards the end of the second half and the home team brought the score to 5-1.
Ladies’ 3s: Result Unconfirmed vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)
Ladies’ 4s: 0-1 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)30 January 2017
Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Ipswich 2 (Away)
(Bell, Pears, Wade)
Newmarket Men’s 1s went down 5-3 to an Ipswich tactical masterclass in which the home side only managed to field 10 players. Despite taking the lead three times, Newmarket struggled to hold onto their advantage on each occasion and eventually felt the sucker punch when Ipswich slotted home twice late on to seal the three points. An extremely disappointing away performance at the spiritual home of Town Head Coach Adnan Zakir, who will surely have plenty to say at training this week.
Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs Felixstowe 2 (Home)
(Andreou 2, Donald)
Despite the absence of talismanic skipper Drew Wood, Newmarket Men’s 2s pulled off a major upset in defeating top of the league Felixstowe 2s. A fine defensive performance topped off with great goals from Alex Andreou and Simon Donald meant the game was already won when Felixstowe fired home a short corner consolation with the last hit of the game. Man of the Match went to everyone’s favourite Eastern European “Andy Baker”, while special mention should also go to damaged defender “Louis Hrebeniak” for his team selection and tactical nous from the sidelines. He’s nearly as wise as Bungle!
Men’s 3s: 10-0 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)
(Evans 3, Walker 3, Benedikz, Booth, G. Cummins, H. Frost)
Jordan Walker made it 7 goals in 2 games as Newmarket Men’s 3s hit 10, for the first time, in their victory over Felixstowe’s development side. Hat-tricks from Walker and Chris Evans and further goals from Henry Frost, Greg Cummings. Peter Booth and John Benedikz completed the rout. Newmarket are playing a confident and attacking game, which has led to an unbeaten run of 8 games and to their leading Div 7NE with 4 games to play.
Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Spalding 1 (Away)
(G. Evans 2)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-1 loss vs City of Peterborough 3 (Home)
Newmarket L2s should hold their heads high after their performance in this match. Holding Peterborough for all the first half and most of the 2nd 0-0, the squad were animated, communicative but lacked finish.
Grace Morris (voted Man of the Match) was ubiquitous and confident in mid field. Neither team could score from penalty corners. There were exciting tumbles and tussles in both circles. Unfortunately one of these added to the season’s injury list as, during the first half, turning over her ankle took Centre Back Faye Andreou out of the game and off to A & E. Jersey Bennett had possibly one of the best matches of her senior career: ball to helmet: check; ball off every padding possible: check; one-on-one: check; test ability to fly: check; penalty flick saved: check.
Peterborough capitalised on a ball that hadn’t been cleared soundly and a skilful player lifted the ball to finally change the scoreline in their favour.
It was a great shame not to pick up points on this return to league matches but Coach Chris Evans is confident that if this standard of play continues Newmarket L2s can pull themselves safe of the relegation zone.
Ladies’ 3s: 0-0 draw vs Ely City 2 (Home)
This week we were without Captain but we eagerly led by the Vice with the help of Colin following his return from illness. Unfortunately, we lost Rachel Pegg to umpiring but gained Helen Hansgate to fill the gap.
After last week’s performance the team were riding high and were again able to field a large strong squad.
Ely City started strong and caught the team unprepared but they soon got into gear and responded hard to the determined attach by City.
Newmarket had some great moves taking the ball around pitch and at half time it was nil-nil.
Ely came back in the 2nd half but Newmarket kept their cool and attacked the City goal, narrowly missing out on a goal.
Ely pushed hard into the dying minutes of the game but Newmarket keep them at bay with the final result winning the team a point in the league.
There were some amazing performances by Janie Harrington and Callie Plumb with Janie going on to win man of the match.
Ladies’ 4s: 4-2 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Asker 2, Howe 2)
28 January 2017
Men’s 1s: Away to Ipswich 2 (11:00)
Men’s 2s: Home to Felixstowe 2 (15:00)
Men’s 3s: Away to Felixstowe 4 (11:15)
Ladies’ 1s: Away to Spalding 1 (12:30)
Ladies’ 2s: Home to City of Peterborough 3 (13:00)
Ladies’ 3s: Home to Ely City 2 (11:00)
Ladies’ 4s: Away to Ely City 3 (10:30)