Summer League 2017

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Newmarket Hockey Club – Summer League – 2017 – Your Questions Answered.

What is the idea of Summer League?

Summer League is intended to be a fun and relaxed hockey tournament, with mixed teams of mixed ability and ages.  The aim is to meet other Club members from outside your team, guide some of our youngsters along, have fun, have a run around, score a few goals.  We aim to accommodate all.

When is it?

Starts Wednesday, 7th June and runs for 6 weeks, until the 12th of July.

Starts at 7:00pm and will run until 9pm. **new time!

You don’t need to be able to make every session, just be sure to let your captain know.  If you need to leave earlier or can only arrive later, this is fine too.  Teams will have additional players to accommodate this.

How do I get involved?

Please let Mel Podd know.  Please can you either send me a Facebook message or email me on:  If you would like to play as a Goalie or are available to Umpire, please can you also mention this.

Who can take part?

Summer league is open to all Club members, Juniors over the age of 13 yrs, back-to-hockey players, friends, family, parents, and new-comers who would like to try hockey for the first time in a fun and relaxed manner.

We are looking for:  Players, Juniors, Goalies, Umpires, Spectators and helpers.

Who is running Summer League and can I help?

Summer League is run by Mel Podd.  There is a lot to do to bring you Summer League and any help will be appreciated!  They are a variety of tasks and if you would like to be involved in the running of a tournament, please contact me.

How much does it cost?

£20 payable in cash to Mel Podd on the first night.  Please don’t forget to bring your money!  It is £20 flat rate regardless of how many times you can attend.

What should we bring?

Usual Hockey stuff: stick, shin pads, water.  Gun shields and Shin pads are mandatory for all under 18s.  If you don’t have a hockey stick, we have some spare ones, please let Mel know, and we will make sure you have one.  For juniors, please be aware of the weather, we can expect rain and hopefully some sun, bring relevant items for this.

How do the teams work?

This is dependant on how many people confirm that they would like to play.  There are to be 7 players on pitch, and three of them must be ladies, at all times.  If we have goalies, this will count as a player.  Players can be borrowed from other teams if you are short on the night, provided this is agreed by your opposition’s captain.  The teams will be assigned shirt colours.

Captains will be elected by the team on the first night, and will be your contact point for the remainder of Summer League.  Please let them know if you cannot make a week, cannot get there for 7pm, or need to leave early etc.

What are the Rules?

The games are played on half pitches.  There will be two games on simultaneously.

Games will be umpired by two umpires, provided by teams that are not playing at the same time, or by an umpire who is not playing.

If we don’t have goalies:

All normal hockey rules apply, but as we don’t have goalies, there are no direct strikes on goal allowed, and no short corners.  The intention of this is to keep it safe for youngsters and new players.  In the event that we have 2 or more goalies who would like to play, see below.  Any goals scored from hard hits will be disallowed, and a 16 will be taken.

Infringements in the circle will have a long corner awarded.

There will not be any P-flicks etc, as players without goalie kits cannot safely defend against these.

If we have goalies:

All normal Hockey rules apply.  We will have strikes on goal, we will take short corners.

It will be the umpire’s discretion to implement these rules, and all umpire decisions will be final.

Who Umpires the games?

Each team is required to provide an umpire for the game after you play.  This is an ideal opportunity to give umpiring a go if you haven’t before.  Captains will be required to arrange/provide these for the next game to commence.  You can borrow one from another team.

What are Captains required to do?

Arrange the team on the night ready for play.  Be the team contact point.  Arrange an umpire as required for games when you are not playing.  Make sure that the score from games played gets to Mel.

Any queries, please contact Mel.

Looking forward to it!


Notice of AGM 16th June 2015

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Hi All

Notice of the Newmarket Hockey Club Annual General Meeting, to be held on Tuesday 16th June 2015, at 7:15pm, for 7:30pm, at The Exning Road Club.

On behalf of the Club Committee, I am pleased to invite you to attend the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Please find attached the agenda. The quorum for the AGM is eleven members. Members who are over 15 have individual single votes at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is an important constitutional gathering of Newmarket Hockey Club’s members to hear about the progress of the Club, recent and on-going developments and the many achievements of the various sections and their members during the past year.

The meeting also provides a forum for members to put forward their ideas for the future of the Club. The roles that make up the Club are as per the attached document. This also includes a detailed job description for each role.

The Roles are as follows:

The club will be managed through a General Committee consisting of:

a) Chair

b) Vice Chair

c) Secretary

d) Treasurer

e) Men’s Representative

f) Ladies’ Representative

g) Membership Officer

h) Volunteer Co-ordinator

i) Junior Rep

j) Development Co-ordinator

Only these posts will have the right to vote at meetings of the general committee.

The following positions within the committee do not carry voting rights:

a) Club Coach

b) Umpire Liaison Officer

c) Development Representative

d) Welfare Officer

e) Fixture/League Secretary

g) CRB officer

h) Facility Co-ordinator

i) Kit Officer

j) Social Sec

k) Project Officer

l) Fund Sec

m) Webmaster

n) Comms Co-ordinator

There are quite a few positions becoming vacant, including:



Ladies Rep

Volunteer co-ordinator

Umpire Liaison

Welfare Officer

CRB officer

Captain for Ladies 4th team

We have quite a few members who currently hold more than one role, and would be happy to share their work load! If you have thought about taking on a role at the Club, now is an excellent opportunity.

If you would like to discuss any roles and get some more information, please see the attached, and you are welcome to contact current serving members to discuss further any queries about the role or being on the committee: Di, Will, Alex, Mel, Anna, Dave, Adrian.

To officially register your interest, please email Anna Parker on:, or you can put yourself forward on the night.

In the event of more than one person putting themselves forward for a role, they will be given the opportunity to address the members on the night and tell them why they would like the role. The members will then vote to determine who will get the role. In addition, if you have any other business that you feel is relevant to the AGM, then please note that this should be submitted to the secretary, at the above address, at least seven days before the meeting. We would like to urge you to make every effort to attend and support your club. This is your opportunity to have your say and get involved in how your Club is run.

Yours sincerely

Anna Parker


NHC AGM 2015 Agenda

NHC Role Descriptions AGM 2015


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Newmarket Hockey Club are once again welcoming England Hockey’s initiative ‘Back To Hockey’ to the area and inviting men (16+) to come and give the sport a try either for the first time or after a long break. All levels and abilities welcome.

The free coached, relaxed sessions will be running every Wednesday for 6 weeks at Newmarket Leisure Centre astro, Exning Road from the 29th April from 7-8pm. Attendees will need to come in comfortable clothes and training shoes or astro boots, and it is advised to wear a gum shield, shin pads and to bring a drink. There will be some hockey sticks available to borrow or players are welcome to dust off their old ones!

Following these sessions the club will then be running a friendly Summer League of which attendees are very welcome to join in with.

It is an exciting time for the club as both the men’s, ladies and junior sections are looking to expand due to popularity both on and off the pitch.

For more information please contact Will Wilson on 07795 103426 or

M1’s v Pelicans 2’s

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Newmarket Men’s 1st 3 – 4 Pelicans Men’s 2nd
Goals: Johnny Bunker, William Wilson, Mike Skelton
Newmarket lined up for their final home game of the season with Dave Worrall, James Atkinson and Captain Ed Griffith unavailable through injury, Vice-Captain Josh Dawson suspended following last week misdemeanour’s, Harry Bell, Ben Barclay (nee Gottfredsen) unavailable due to work commitments. First port of call would normally have been veteran former first teamer Simon Harrington but he was also injured or Alex Andreou who was trying something new and having fun somewhere.
Newmarket scraped together a 12 man squad for this 3rd versus 4th decider, giving a first start to second team captain Drew Wood and a third cap for Johnny Bunker and fourth for Louis Hrebeniak (I’m lucky Facebook exists so I check the spelling once a week, apparently it’s double barrelled and he only uses the easy bit….). What ensued was an enthralling but also exhausting 70 minutes of end to end hockey, which Pelicans just shaded by the odd goal on the day.
Newmarket went behind after about 10 minutes, conceding possession high up the pitch with insufficient defensive cover McCourt in the Newmarket goal was given no chance and Newmarket were a goal down, he was clearly on a much darker side of the pitch this week after last week superhuman effort!
Newmarket equalised soon afterwards, Hrebeniak putting in another composed display full of maturity at left back, worked the ball out of a tight corner, he found Skelton who sent McTaggart scampering down the left flank, and his cross was calmly dispatched by Johnny Bunker at the far post for his inaugural first team goal.
Newmarket committed a cardinal sin in allowing Pelicans to retake the lead minutes later, the right winger getting the better of Hrebeniak (for the first and last time) to cross to an unmarked centre forward to tap home.
Newmarket pressed for an equaliser, Mark Pears penetrated well from right back, Holden won a handful or penalty corners, which the keeper either blocked and when they could a defender cleared off the line, Newmarket were still vulnerable on the break though and fortunately McCourt was on hand to keep Town in the game.
At half time Newmarket were 2-1, coach Thorpe made a tactical re-shuffle, bringing Jordan Newnes back to centre back and pushing William Wilson into midfield. The game continued in a similar pattern to that of the first half, Newmarket having better possession but Pelicans always looking dangerous. They made it 3-1 when Newmarket reacted too slowly to a free hit and Pelicans star player beat 3 men and flicked passed the despairing McCourt (I’m sure if he continues to put in those sort of performances, the first team who incidentally weren’t playing today will surely pick him).
McTaggart managed to fall over all by himself and sprain his ankle, so Newmarket were now down to the bare 11, the team still pushed on, Wilson played a one two with Holden at the top of the D and thundered the ball in to make the score 2-3, as was to be the theme for the day Pelicans scored again. Newmarket continued to plough forward, Leggett squared for Wilson to hit first time and Mike Skelton deflected the ball passed the keeper from close range.
Newmarket almost clinched an equaliser when Leggett and Holden found Skelton in the D and his cross was just ahead of diving Bunker with the goal gaping. The final whistle went, Newmarket lost but had put in a team performance which deserved much more! Man of the match was that man Louis Hrebeniak, who is destined to be a first team regular for many years to come.

L3 Finish With A Win & Juniors Celebrate

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Newmarket Ladies 3 vs St Neots Ladies 3 HT: 1-0 FT: 1-0 Scorer: Georgia Atherton

When these two teams clashed earlier in the season, St Neots ran out comfortable winners, so this would be a good test to see how far the ladies have come on this season.

Newmarket arrived at the pitch an hour before push back and were well drilled and warmed up by the time the game started. This showed as Newmarket started strongly, dominating possession and finding particular success down the wings through Jones, Barnes and Hogg. Missing regular centre mid Hansgate, Bronnie King stepped into the role and looked like she had been playing there all season. Alongside Willmott and Bell she dominated the midfield battles feeding the ball wide and forward for the attackers. It was no surprise when the opening goal came that it was for Newmarket. A Saints attack was smothered in midfield and the ball played out to Jones, who strode confidently up the wing before crossing the ball perfectly onto the end of Georgia “The Goal Machine” Atherton’s stick, who slammed the ball high into the net. 1v0.
Newmarket had not allowed St Neots to play up to this point, but amongst their ranks they possessed a good number of experienced players and these slowly wrestled back some control. The back line of Spiers, Pegg, Harrington, Peacock, Fox whilst under pressure looked comfortable, however on several occasions Newmarket found themselves caught up the field as Saints counter-attacked. The worst of these left 3 St Neots players baring down on keeper Spiers’ goal. With the crowds fearing the worst a single Newmarket player sprinted back like a cheetah, mauling the ball carrier and coming away with the ball to set up another Newmarket attack, that player was Janie Harrington. Harrington went on to produce several other crucial tackles to keep out Saints on her way to picking up her well deserved man of match award.
At the final whistle Newmarket had won 1v0 against a team who had comfortably beaten them earlier in the season. The Ladies 3s should take this as a sign of how far they have come on over the course of the season. Under the guidance of coach Colin Seakins, Captain Vicky Benedikz (who has not missed a game despite being injured since October) and Vice Captain Pegg, a real spirit has been developed, individual skills have been honed and each player plays their hardest for the team.

Man of the Match: Janie Harrington: Outstanding in defense. (Please note I have kept my word not to mention hangovers or dancing on bars…..)

Teddy: Rachael Pegg: Not content with captaining the winning side, Rachael decided that instead of heading straight to the pub, she would lead the Newmarket convoy on a sightseeing tour of St Neots and the surrounding villages, still managing to find time for a quick sprint down the A1 (lovely). Now some responsibility must fall on her navigator, but having been given the directions on paper and waved them in front of people, the teddy vote was secured.
Claire Spears, Rachael Pegg, Janie Harrington, Hannah Fox, Phoebe Peacock, Rachel Hogg, Bea Jones, Rebecca Barnes, Bronnie King, Lydia Willmott, Sophie Bell, Georgia Atherton, Charlotte Abbersteen, Emily Fairweather.

Yarmouth L1’s v Newmarket L1’s: 2-0 to Yarmouth

The final match for the ladies first team was one to cause little expectation due to missing a handful of regular players including Jade Atkinson in goal-Beth Wombwell gallantly stepped in to make an impressive debut at that position.

Never the less Town wanted to get a final 3 points to solidify their place in Div 2NE.

In fact Newmarket looked the stronger team throughout the match and were blocking well in defence through Loren Davenport but finding it tricky to link the midfield to the forwards. Di Thomas and Kerry Alderson were combining well in the first half with one touch play up the right of field. Calli Cannon and Anna Sambrook too was making well timed runs and switching the ball to Vicky Sievewright who owned the left flank. Donna Keates-Town’s high player used her pace and awareness to get shots goalwards.

April Atkinson had a storming game – playing her last for Newmarket before taking her University place in St Andrews in September-she will be very missed by her team.

The first half the deadlock was broken by a smashing short corner shot that was unstoppable from Yarmouth. In the second; a well worked move gave Yarmouth the space to get a shot inside the right post taking it to 2-0.

Gail Parkins wore the Captain’s armband in the absence of regular skipper Faye Andreou-she did a fine job at commanding the team also working with first team newcomer Lou Baker and reliable defender Zoe Bailey.

The final whistle was a short corner-Wombwell read it well and kicked it away to finish of a positive season for the ladies 1’s who cemented their place in a league they were newly promoted to. A great deal of thanks to coach Nic Thorpe.

Newmarket 2’s 11 – 0 Bourne Deeping

Newmarket went into this game knowing that had already secured the promotion they had chased hard all season so this game had no pressure for them to win so with the relaxed feel they soon got into their game that had proved too much for oppositions all season. Newmarket great passing game had Bourne under pressure from the start with this pressure Bourne soon gave away a short corner Cassie Ayms superb strike snuck inside the post out of reach of the goalie. 4 minutes later Ayms shot was saved only for Abbi Pass to calmly deflect it to Olivia Haste who neatly slotted it over the line. Newmarket kept Bourne in their own half most of the game to keep the attacks flowing. Goalie Sue Bullimore’s quick thinking from a ball running through kicked the ball out wide to Hollly Woods to set up a superb move from the back, passed to Becca Bunning to pass out wide to Abbi Pass who run the far line to get a cross in to Olivia Haste to slot in another goal. Quick movement from Stef Howard to realese Tracy Cockerill who danced her way into the D to score. Another good cross from Pass found Cockeril with plenty of space to slot home another. The sixth goal of the first half came from another superb short corner strike again from Ayms.
Newmarket soon found the net again after the start of the second half with Ayms intercepting a 16-yard hit out to score a great solo effort shooting from the edge of the D to score at the far post. Newmarket set pieces from short corners led Mel Podd’s strike from a short corner notched up another goal. Newmarket relentlessly pilled the pressure on to get another short for Ayms to bring her goal tally for season to 31. A long pass into the D found Holly Woods with a 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper slotted the ball between the keeper’s feet to score. The final goal came from a shoot at goal that was deflected onto the stick of Haste who calmly slotted the ball home to bring Newmarket’s tally of 138. Newmarket has achieved a lot this year and is looking forward to the challenge of going up next season. They are joint top goal scorers of the east leagues with 138 goals and only conceding 10 goals in 22 games making them the 3rd lowest conceding team. They have also set new club records with highest goals scored in one game with 20 and most individual player scoring in one game with 8 by Ayms. Captain Sue Bullimore said she was very proud of what they have achieved this year and it has been a fantastic team effort from everyone. Everyone has played their part in what has been a season to remember. Player goes to Olivia Haste who has come so much from the beginning of season and who has become a reliable goal scorer. Nelly goes to Sarah Ganiford for missing to open goals but harsh as she is more use to defending a goal than scoring.

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI   4 – 1   Harleston Magpies 3rdXI

With both team unable to be promoted or relegated this game had all the hall marks of an end of season dead rubber, until the first whistle blew.

Magpies had travelled to play hockey who controlled possession and successfully pressed high. On a day that many Englishman were left disappointed that 15 William Wallis’s hadn’t taken to the field at Murrayfield, fortunately we had our own in goal. Celebrating his recent inclusion in the most recent Scotland over 50’s international squad, Martin McCourt must have consumed his own body weight in Weetabix and Readybrek. He was simply unbeatable and at times during the first half kept Newmarket in the game.

As the half wore on and Magpies became disheartened with the Jedi style force field in front of the Newmarket goal, Newmarket started to get a foot hold in the game. With Louis Hrebieniak commanding at left back, marking well and using the ball intelligently, finding Chris Leggett and Michael Skelton who provided a platform for the rest of the team. Skelton duly broke the deadlock surprisingly from the top of the D, collecting a pass from Matthew Holden and dispatching down the middle of the goal. The Harleston keeper felt things just hit McCourt, but his team must have wished McCourt was in their goal!

William Wilson soon doubled the advantage dispatching a penalty corner into the bottom right corner. At half time Newmarket were two goals to the good, a score line that was a little harsh on Magpies.

The second half was a scrappier affair, Johnny Bunker grew into the game, beating his opponent a couple of time on the right flank and showing promise for the future.  Magpies pulled a goal back before the game was marred with a series of interruptions.

Magpies lost a centre forward to a nasty head injury when the ball deflected onto his forehead form his own stick (we wish him a speedy recovery). Magpies then lost a couple of players to the sin bin for decent. Newmarket failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage, as Magpies returned to the full complement stand in skipper Dawson clearly felt that 22 men was too many of the this pitch, the red mist descended and he quite rightly received a red card for retaliating after the whistle.

Now with a player less Newmarket woke up, Skelton brilliant picked a ball in the air on his reverse and played in Holden. The goal shy veteran beat the keeper and with the goal gaping shocked his team mates by firing down the middle of the goal. With minutes left on the clock the game was settled as a contest but Newmarket had time to add a fourth. In a carbon copy of the first Skelton this time intercepted a pass in midfield, played in Holden who beat the keeper and fire home, proving that lightening can sometimes strike twice!

Man of the match was Martin McCourt for a heroic performance, Dick of the Day was Josh Dawson, who will enjoy at least a 30 day ban most of which will be spent like a footballer in Las Vegas and Hawaii!

The last game of the season is at home on Saturday 28thagainst Pelicans 2nd XI, 1pm push back. Supporters are always welcome.

Junior End of Season Celebration Event:

The Newmarket Junior players have worked very hard at Junior Training which is on Sundays at 10:30am at the Leisure Centre Astro and the club wanted to have a celebration of this by inviting Ely Hockey club juniors along for some friendly match play. All tried very hard and played in a fair and skilful way.
Prize winners from this season for Newmarket Juniors were presented at the event:

Best Attendee: U10’s Mellie Benedikz U15’s Ben Atkinson

Most Improved: U10s Hugh Griffiths U15s Henry Frost

Star Player: U10’s Millie Hansgate U15’s Jess Logan

Thank you to Claire McDonnell the Club’s Junior Coordinator for organizing and all the coaches and officials as well as supporters and parents for attending.

Anyone interested in finding out about junior hockey or the club please contact Di Thomas on 07947 378578.

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Results 14/03/15

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Newmarket Ladies 2’s gain promotion – result 3-1 away win over Wisbech 3’s

A long journey saw Newmarket ladies 2s travel to Wisbech for a 4pm start…..they didn’t go all that way to lose was the attitude the team had. Newmarket knew today’s game would be totally different and a more competitive game compared to last weeks goal fest.

The team dynamics were spot on this week with some changes to the side, which gave Newmarket a strong team against Wisbech who had the potential to ruin Newmarket’s promotion prospects. Newmarket started out hard and fast, which saw Town play a very good passing game, which meant they kept their shape well which resulted in a well worked move to set up Tracy Cockeril to open the scoring and this seemed to settle the nerves of Newmarket who knew how important today’s game would be in there promotion chase.

Unfortunately Wisbech had other ideas and wanted to spoil Newmarket’s day by attacking hard but Newmarket defence of Becca Bunning, Stef Howard, Sarah Ganiford, Holly Wells and Lou Barker stood up to the challenge and thwarted the attempts. Wisbech continued to the pressure which resulted in a short corner and they levelled the score.

This discipline continued throughout the 1st half, during which built up to Newmarket’s goal, where Cassie Ayms found herself at the top of the Wisbech D in space, giving her time to fire the ball at the goal keeper which was deflected in to the goal by Tracy Cockeril in what is becoming a Newmarket 2s trademark for goal scoring. Newmarket started the second half with the same grit and determination to finish the game off. Anna Sambrook received some great balls out wide who continuously ran down the wing piling the pressure on the Wisbech defence. This resulted in a great pass to Hannah Kelly who laid the ball of the Beth Wombwell at the top of the D who was being marked by the Wisbech defence and somehow with no space managed to turn and get of a great shoot off scoring a impressive goal giving Newmarket the 3-1 win and the promotion they deserved.

Newmarket stepped it up and showed the hockey they are capable of in a crucial game and now look forward to next week at home which will be a celebration of the seasons achievements which include scoring to date 127 goals and only conceding 10 which is a fantastic achievement for the team.

Newmarket captain Sue Bullimore said “it’s been a great season. The team have done everything and more of what I have asked of them, I’m very proud of them.”

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Framlingham Ladies 1’s. 3-1 win to Newmarket

​It was a well deserved win for the Newmarket Ladies 1’s against Framlingham this Saturday. With quick, accurate passes and communication – Claire McDonnell was able to score the first goal for Newmarket about 15 minutes into the game. The assist came from Calli Cannon. Newmarket’s Denise Wagner scored the second goal off a shot from the middle of the circle. The first half ended with a 2-0 Newmarket lead.
​In the second half Framlingham scored their first and only goal of the game off an open play from the right side. Newmarket stepped up their play dominating Framlingham’s defensive end creating many opportunities to score, unfortunately none of which the ladies were able to capitalize on. From a interception taken by Di Thomas, Donna Keates earned the third and final goal for Newmarket, off the rebound from the goalie.
​For the remainder of the game, Framlingham were unable to break through Newmarket’s strong defense. April Atkinson, Faye Andreou and Zoe Bailey were on top of their game, playing strong and making smart passing decisions. The game ended with a 3-1 Newmarket victory.

Newmarket L3s vs Cambridge South L3 HT: 1-1 FT: 4-1 Scorers: Georgia Atherton 2, Emily Fairweather and Helen Hansgate
Newmarket fielded possibly their most skilled and athletic and best looking team of the year, but enough about the umpires (words from John B!) there was a game of hockey to be played.
Having beaten South once this season hopes were high of a repeat performance. Newmarket have been playing well over past weeks but have struggled to find the back of the net, this week they were looking to remedy that.
Newmarket started slowly and South took full advantage taking a surprise but deserved 1v0 lead midway through the first half. It was only the hard work of the back line Pegg, Peacock, Fox, Barnes, Harrington and Maczkiewicz and some sharp saves from keeper Spiers that kept Newmarket in contention, but once the goal went in Newmarket upped their game, dominating the rest of the half. Midfield duo Hansgate and Wilmott out-fought their opposite numbers and Jones and Fairweather regularly out paced their markers to run through onto the South defence. By half time it was no surprise that Atherton had levelled things up and Newmarket were looking good for the win.
Half time however seemed to derail Newmarket a little. South came out from from the break and once again generated several great chances to retake the lead. Newmarket however were not going to slip behind again. Fairweather gave Newmarket the lead and the hard working Atherton warranted the rest of team clubbing together to find her a stick and some socks by adding her second and Newmarket’s third before Hansgate’s short corner put the icing on the cake.
Newmarket played well to record their 5th win of the season and with 2 games left still have a great shot at finishing 7th. 
MoM: Atherton for a well taken brace and Hansgate for another domineering central midfield performance
Teddy: Atherton: A stick is generally needed to play hockey.


Crunch Time For All Teams

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Newmarket Ladies 3s vs Bourne Deeping L2 – HT 0-1 FT 1-1 Scorer Georgia Atherton

3’s Take All 3 Points

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Newmarket Ladies 3 vs Huntington L3 HT: 0-0 FT: 1-0 Scorer Helen Hansgate

The first half was a forgettable affair as the 0v0 scoreline may suggest, Newmarket played some good hockey but were guilty of gifting the ball to Huntingdon on far too many occasions. Both sides manufactured a few chances but neither side looked like troubling the score board.
Following a half-time pep talk from Captain Benedikz, Newmarket returned to the field determined to hold onto possession and generate more chances.
The second half was just what the doctor ordered. Newmarket fought for every ball, tackled hard, made good runs and were rewarded after 44 minutes when Helen Hansgate picked up a rebound from her own shot and despatched it beyond the despairing keeper.
The rest of the half continued with Newmarket having the better of the exchanges but as is preferable when you are 1v0 up no further goals were scored by either side.
The win was no more than Newmarket deserved and meant they have done the double over a good Huntingdon team. With games against the bottom 2 and a real 6 pointer against Bourne Deeping this weekend Newmarket 3s have every chance of finishing in an excellent 7th place.
MOM: Bronnie King
Teddy: Georgia Atherton for some very brave shots at goal but sadly losing her feet,  in addition for nominating herself.
Team: Claire Spiers, Rach Pegg, Janie Harrington, Rebecca Barnes, Phoebe Peacock, Helen Hansgate, Hannah Fox, Bronnie King, Sophie Bell, Emily Fairweather, Rachel Hogg, Bea Jones, Georgia Atherton and Charlotte Abbersteen
Newmarket 2’s 2-0 Peterborough 4’s
Newmarket travelled to Peterborough for the dreaded 4pm pushback and was eager to get the game going but had to wait and this didn’t deter Newmarket for the task in hand of winning another crucial game to secure the promotion they was chasing hard.  Travelling with  a huge squad Newmarket knew they could put the pressure on straight away from the start and tried to get things going but it was a bit slow maybe. 
Newmarket could have done with an afternoon nap before the game as it was seeming the late game didn’t agree with them. Despite Newmarket putting Peterborough under some huge pressure they stood firm and took everything Newmarket threw at them, normally this would be enough for the opposition to crumble and the goals would start to flow but not today. 
Most of the first half was spent in Peterborough’s half  with some good passing to try and create that opportunity to get the goal and this came 29 mins in the first half when up stepped the dynamic duo of Tracy Cockerill and Cassie Ayms who opened the Peterborough defence, Cockerill weaved her way through to get a great shoot at goal only to be saved by the goalie but Ayms picked up the rebound who fired home the first goal to much relief of the team.  Newmarket gladly went into the half time break 1-0 nil up.  Knowing they had to start stronger in the second half but it was Peterborough who came out strong chasing a upset but Newmarket held strong with the back four of Becca Bunning, Stef Howard, Sarah Ganiford amd Mel Podd stopping everything that came there way and pushing Peterborough back over the half way line.  
The second goal came from a manoeuvre that started at the back with Bunning making a great tackle to get the ball to Beth Wombwell who’s slick pass picked out Abbi Pass who ran down the wing to put a great cross into the circle for Clodie Rolph to got the shot at goal only for Stefanie Anderson to slot it home on the back post.  
Newmarket defence only conceded one short corner and goalie Sue Bullimore didn’t even touch the ball once and was disappointed with only a 2-0 victory from a game they dominated for the whole 70 minutes of play but it’s another 3 points closer to promotion, Stef Howard got player of the Match for her solid work in defence whilst Anna Sambrook got Nellie for a clumsy fall over her own feet and stick. Newmarket are at home to Ely 3’s at 1pm.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Ipswich Ladies 3’s. 0 – 0
Last time Newmarket met Ipswich 3’s away – it was a high scoring, high paced game that although ended a 6 – 6 draw Town were awarded the points as Ipswich were found out of fielding players of an ‘illegal’ level.
This match had an entirely different feel as both teams seemed to struggle with desire to win the ball and losing possession before getting it to the forward line.
The first half ebbed away with little chances on goal for either team. Newmarket did get shots on target but Ipswich had a strong keeper between the posts and she read everything that came towards her very well. Unfortunately for Newmarket, Ipswich marked tightly making it difficult for them to lose their player. However with this happening in the defensive circle, Town took advantage, earning penalty corners for the ball going into their opposition’s feet.  Both Lydia Evans and Claire McDonnell had great shots in from the top of the circle, one even deflecting off Calli Cannon’s stick to the left post missing the net by inches.
Claire McDonnell was wearing the Captain’s armband with Faye Andreou taking a scheduled leave from he pitch and she was just as vocal at manning her troops – Newmarket however were not meeting the ball before Ipswich and playing a little too centrally.
Top goalie Jade Atkinson  stopped many great shots taken from Ipswich, some with the help of Tania Fisher who played an amazing game in defense. The play was back to back from both defensive ends however neither team was able to score, ending the half 0-0. With fresh legs and two rolling substitutes, Newmarket came out strong in the second half.
With a slight change to formation Town were playing a more tactical game and utilizing their wing runners. Sensing a victory was possible Newmarket pilled on the pressure and this started to rile Ipswich causing a player to see a green card for backchat to the umpire.
There was definitely more impulsion shown in the Newmarket players with good movement from Calli Cannon and April Atkinson who was playing an unfamiliar position. Loren Davenport too was adjusting to playing a central role and distributing well to Lydia Evans and Zoe Bailey.
There was little left to be said for the second half as Newmarket ran out of time to deliver the goods, a final chance from Donna Keats went just wide as she grappled to get to the ball before the keeper and the match ended 0 – 0 and the home side had to feel that had missed out on a couple of points.