Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Away)
(Bell 2, Skelton, Wilson)
Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Wood 2, Andreou, Donald, Harrington)
As St Andrew’s Day drew near, the mens 2s faced Lowestoft Railway, and none other than William Wallace (yes, 1297 and all that) got a nomination for man of the match. Lots of those though, and like the 1297 version, valiant effort, but beaten o the honours, this time by Pete Sargeant.
To the main news then: 5 to us; 0 to them. Donaldson 1; Harrington 2; Wood 1; Andreou (or did it deflect off Bunker’s stick) 1.
“That belongs in the national league” said Lowestoft after one of the goals: Newmarket back line to Lowestoft backboard in 8 seconds (honest – I was counting), via 7 Newmarket players. There’s skill in these sticks, for sure.
Special mention to our indomitable skipper, lion no less, on the left. What’s this? A cross to the top of the D; time; a view of goal; remember last week’s coach’s corner; or don’t; a swing (swipe/swish – call it what you will); a miss. The 1 in 100 was last week. He took the derision (friendly, of course) well.
Special mention (again) to our skipper, lion no less, on the left. What great work he does, on and off the pitch. But what’s this? He’s free on the left, in the D. The pass; the 1st touch (he remembered!); the goalwards glance; the 2nd touch (to be sure); the time; the space; the 3rd touch (to be double sure); the look; the time; the 4th touch; a 5th (to get a bit closer). How many touches were there before that shot? Your correspondent can’t really remember, but that wasn’t his goal. He did secure the honours though: entertainer (and numpty) of the day.
The men’s 2s march on.
Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Home)
Newmarket Men’s 3s went down 1-4 to Sudbury 4s at home this weekend, but a top class debut performance from young goalkeeper Eli Bailey ensured the score did not rise any higher.
Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs UEA 1 (Away)
Ladies’ 2s: 4-4 draw vs St Ives 3 (Away)
(Bailey, Fox, Haird, Logan)
25th November and the Ladies 2s take on top of the league St Ives. With a chill in the air we ladies were ready for the challenge and a challenge it was, the scoreline made for a very happy captain.
Keeping our form and moving as a unit allowed the ball to be passed from player to player with ease and speed. The first goal came from Hannah Fox guarding the P-spot and using her characteristic sweep to find the back board soundly within the first 10 minutes. Soon after, the second goal from nobody other than the captain herself Zoe Bailey, deftly deflecting the ball struck by Emma Russell-Price from a short corner routine, chipping the ball over the keeper’s kicker. St Ives made some substitutes and came back fighting, winning and scoring from short corners to bring the score to 3-2 by the end of the first half, as Newmarket started to lose their communication and their shape.
Starting the second half, we were ready to win, Sue Bullimore from her vantage point in goal, suggesting a slight change of positions, taken on board by coach, and this injected some life back into our attacks. St Ives scored once again so were 4-2 up but Newmarket dug deeper than they have done all season: Two more fabulous goals were put in the back of the net, one from Jess Logan and the equaliser from Sarah Haird (so far voted our goal of the season as it was struck from such a narrow angle, and singing in off the far post). Newmarket were so lifted by this, they pushed forward again as a unit, keeping the ball in St Ives’ half and won a short corner in the final 2 minutes of the game. This unfortunately did not meet with success.
At the final whistle the tight battle ended in a draw, breaking our losing streak of the last couple of weeks and though we did not move up the leaderboard, we are ready and full of confidence for next week.
Man of the Match was Jess Logan for being everywhere at break neck speed and Dick of the Day resoundingly awarded to Phoebe Peacock for clumsily dropping her stick during a tackle.
Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Ladies’ 4s: 0-7 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)