Senior Pre-Season Training 2017/18

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The dates for the start of our pre-season training sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 8th August – 7:30-9:30pm
Wednesday 9th August – 7:00-9:00pm

These sessions will continue weekly thereafter.

More news to follow regarding exciting developments in the format of training next season. Stay tuned!

Proposed Leagues for next season

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Proposed Divisions for the 2017-18 season: The proposed divisions for the 2017-18 season are now published. To see them please click on the Pre-season tab on the left hand side of this page and you will see they can be accessed by clicking the link towards the top of the page. As previously written there have been significant changes particularly to the EML SW quadrant due to clubs leaving, reducing the number of teams and also an imbalance in relegation from higher divisions. Also in the EML NE quadrant we are looking to pursue and follow a proposal agreed with a number of clubs in the bottom divisions. In the EWL NW quadrant due to number of entries there is now a Division 5NWS. Obviously if there are any questions please send them to the East League Secretary Neil Liversedge ( in the first instance. Fixtures, based on these leagues will now be prepared and we hope to have them available by 5th July.


Summer League 2017 – Details & Teams

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Summer League teams and order of play:
Hey folks, hope you are all raring to go for Summer League 2017.
Teams are below.
Notes for the first night:
Bring your Money!! £20 cash
We are not playing with goalies this year.
Therefore: 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. 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.
There are to be 7 players on pitch, and three of them must be ladies, at all times.
Teams: This year we have 7 teams. This is to cater for the numbers, not to make the teams too big, and we have a longer time slot to accommodate additional games (7pm to 9pm). Some nights you will have 3 games, and a minimum of 2 games per night.
NB: if you thought that you were playing and don’t see your name, please let me know ASAP and I will get you into a team. If you have not let me know up to now, but would like to play, similarly, please contact Mel Podd.

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!


Week 24 Results – Historic Promotion for Ladies’ 1s

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Ladies’ 1s: 3-1 win vs Long Sutton 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, L. Evans, Thomas)

With only a point required to secure promotion, in what was to be Newmarket Ladies biggest game in their history, the job was quite simple – do not lose! To add pressure to the situation, if visitors Long Sutton win, it would be them who’d overtake Newmarket in 2nd place and go up. Newmarket had lost the reverse fixture 3-0, and were once again stunned by the visitors early on, as they went ahead inside three minutes. The ball was whipped into to the centre of the ‘D’ only for the Long Sutton striker to latch on with the slightest of touches, to put an unstoppable finish past keeper Sue Bullimore. The home side had been rattled and Long Sutton did not let up in the proceeding minutes, lashing a shot just wide of the post from the right-hand side. Slowly but surely, the hosts started to find their feet though as Grace Evans tested the away keeper in the 23rd minute, but her close range slap shot at the far post was an easy collection before Hayley Stoneman curled her shot just wide eight minutes later. Now growing in confidence, Newmarket got the all important chance they needed, winning a penalty flick through a short corner that was stopped on the line. Ignoring the importance and magnitude of this flick, Captain Lydia Evans didn’t disappoint as she confidently flicked the ball into the side netting. 1-1. Late into the first half, the game was momentarily stopped, as Grace Morris was at the receiving end of a lifted ball, with the youngster requiring medical attention on the side line. Then, four minutes later, Grace Evans put the home side ahead out of nowhere. The ball into her was difficult to control, but she pulled it down brilliantly, drove into space before firing into the bottom corner, pointing and dedicating the goal to the injured Morris . 2-1. After the break, the Yellows could have put further daylight between them and the away side, but their keeper pulled off a fantastic stop to deny Claire McDonnell a goal. Long Sutton were still a constant threat, but for all their possession and chances, Town’s back four of Rebecca Barnes, Rebecca Bunning, Gail Parkins and Kerry Alderson were in fact only forced to make meaningful tackles on a handful of occasions. The mercurial midfield of Lydia Evans, Claire McDonnell, Hayley Stoneman and Jess Logan appeared to be at their best, combining well together and putting the away team under constant pressure. And with 14 minutes from time came the chance that Newmarket’s pressure merited through another short corner, as Lydia Evans fizzed the ball to the right hand post for Di Thomas to deflect into the roof of the net, securing the all-important win. The result sees the Newmarket Ladies 1st XI go up into Division 1 for the first time in their history.

Ladies’ 2s: 0-4 loss vs Huntingdon 1 (Away)

“So long and thanks for all the fish”
Huntingdon 1s helped Newmarket L2s say farewell to 3NW with true grace and style, familiar faces greeted us after our journey through chocolate box villages to Sharnbrook.
In an uncharacteristically even “game of two halves”, Newmarket held Huntingdon to 4-0 loss, there were good goals, scrappy goals and disallowed goals.
Newmarket once again were able to show their ability to defend short corners, with Hunts scoring only one goal from these multiple opportunities. Newmarket did give Huntingdon defence and GK a little action: a solid performance from midfielder Emma Lankfer, in her last match for Town (university life, hockey and oh yes degree is calling) afforded Sophie Kelly some near misses. Hannah Fox showed determination in both halves, utilising passes and carrying the ball to opposition D with confidence. Zoe Bailey found the keeper’s pads with a reverse stick sweep at full stretch but nothing quite got between the posts.
Coach would like to thank all ladies who have played for L2s squad this season for their efforts in training, their persistence in defeats and to remind them that in 2017-18, the only way is up.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-9 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)

Saturday saw the ladies with an early start heading to Cambridge to take on Cambridge south 2s in the rematch, which would be their final game of the season.
The ladies knew that South would be coming hard at them, and they were not wrong. The game equally started strong for both sides with Newmarket battling and fighting for every ball. The score was held at 0-0 for the first 20 minutes of the game, with every Newmarket player absolutely giving 100%.
Although South managed to put 3 into Newmarket’s goal by half time, they were evidently shaken by how difficult Newmarket were making it for them, through good tackles and interceptions.
Captain Mel Podd and coach Colin Seakins were very pleased with the teams performance against a side that were determined to put away as many goals as possible on the day.
Man of the match went to Callie Plumb for her epic midfield play.
The team were able to go home with heads held high, knowing the despite the score line, we had made them work hard for their win.
It was a great end to the season for the Ladies’ 3s.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs St Neots 3 (Home)
(Match Conceded)

Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)
(J. Atkinson 2)

Week 23 Results – Thomas Hattrick Sets Up Grandstand Finish for Ladies’ 1s in Epic City Clash

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Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs Harleston Magpies 3 (Away)

The less said about this one, the better.

See you next season. #wolfpaktakeover

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Lowestoft Conceded)

Mr Baker is not impressed.

Ladies’ 1s: 4-3 win vs Cambridge City 3 (Home)
(Thomas 3, L. Evans)

After losing to league leaders St Neots last week, Newmarket Ladies 1st team had an epic battle to face knowing they had to beat second placed Cambridge City to still have a chance of being promoted to the first division.
With the home crowd support and a positive frame of mind Town were up for the 3 point battle.
City were looking the most threatening in the first ten minutes, especially on the break.
Newmarket youthful forwards Jess Logan and Grace Evans provided pace up front for Town to release quick balls through midfield. After a tussle in the D Newmarket were awarded a short corner. Injector Di Thomas passed straight to Lydia Evan who unleashed a bullet of a shot in to the bottom left hand corner-her third goal in as many weeks.
Now with the wind in their sails Newmarket relaxed and after good intercepting from Becka Bunning and Becca Barnes, Claire McDonnell raced up the pitch with the ball. She squared to Beth Wombwell and Thomas arrived in front of the keeper to deflect her shot home.
Cambridge were not going to give up and after half time found the two goals they needed-one from a very skilful short corner play.
Hayley Stoneman played a key role in generating the play for Newmarket in midfield and worked tirelessly with Gail Parkins to get the ball out of the danger zone. Jersey Bennett made her first team debut in the Town goal and displayed neat, controlled keeping.
Coach Nick Thorpe made an inspired substitution – switching Thomas to a forward role making the defence think. Within the space of 5 minutes of continued pressure on the Cambridge defence, Thomas scored twice – a close range slap in to goal and a trademark reverse stick flick giving her a hattrick during the match and Town a two goal cushion.
With five minutes remaining the play looked frantic and it took all Newmarket’s energy to keep Cambridge at bay. With two minutes remaining City scored but it was not enough to take a share of the points.
Newmarket’s final game of the season is against Long Sutton at home next week, and if Town draw or win – this will be enough to give them second in the league and promotion to division 1. However if Long Sutton win, they will get the promotion spot-so a very competitive game awaits the side.

Ladies’ 2s: 3-0 win vs Wisbech Town 3 (Away)
(Bailey 2, Fox)

L2s travelled to Wisbech for a long awaited “clash of titans with a small t”. The fate of both teams is sealed. Relegation awaits, the pressure off, and a lovely game of hockey was played. Support was good natured from both sides and Wisbech did not disappoint with teas: fantastic cake and genuine chat and banter between experienced players and emerging talent alike.
Man of the Match was shared between Emma Lankfer and Captain Zoe Bailey for creating 2 of the 3 winning goals. The first fed by Emma to Zoe waiting just wide of left post, a Wisbech defender caused the ball to elevate and Bailey used 3D skills to control the ball, shooting when it was just off the ground to the inside of far right post. Newmarket’s Milou Ottolini battled well in midfield and took this attitude within the opposition D to win many short corners. Hannah Fox converted one of these opportunities sending the ball between the posts when so many had swerved wide. Wisbech’s defence held strong and the third goal came long into in the 2nd half after long corner. Taken by Steph Heslop, passed to Emma Lankfer who carried the ball to the top of the D, making the shot and Bailey (possibly “poaching”) connected a reverse stick to bring the score to 3-0.
Next week L2s travel to Huntingdon for elevenses, playing a match postponed by the frosts of earlier in the year.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-2 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Away)

Saturday saw the Ladies 3s in sunny and very warm Cambridge to take on Cambridge South 3s, in an usually late game.
The game started well for the ladies with plenty of good possession and strong drives down pitch. Megan Pithers and Gabi Asker joined the ladies for the day and were both commended on their fantastic work rate and effort that they put in. Laura Excell drove down the left wing playing the ball back into Gabi and into the D. Short corners were awarded to the ladies but unfortunately Newmarket had trouble finding anything that wasn’t either wide of the posts or a goalkeepers pad. Laura Excell received a ball to the knee from a keepers kick that saw her take some time on the sidelines.
In a game that was dominated by Newmarket, South had 2 breakaway runs into Town’s D and on both occasions slipped the ball past keeper Helen Atkinson to take us to 2-0 down.
The second half started with sub Mel Cummins permanently stationed at the left post, and the ladies creating many more opportunities. A short corner routine saw Jane Dryland with the ball at top D, sending a strike deep into the back of the goal to bring the score to 2-1.
Town battled on fearlessly to try and win more and try to get the elusive goals. Georgia Atherton had a great game as sweeper collecting, intercepting and sending any stray balls back up pitch. With time running out for Town, another flurry of shot corners saw the girls desperately trying to even the score, to no avail.
Coach Colin Seakins was very happy with the ladies performance which was not reflected by the scoreline, stating it was some of the best hockey he’d seen from the ladies.
Man of the match went to Laura Excell, for her tireless work throughout the game. A close second was Sophie Bell who put some incredible crosses in from midfield and just improves week on week.
Teddy was awarded to the ladies who put each others skirts on by mistake and had to change in the field!!
Next week sees the ladies back at long road to take on Cambridge South 2s at 10:30am, for their final game of the season.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-12 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Home)

Week 22 Results – Big Wins for Men’s 1s & Ladies’ 3s

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Men’s 1s: 7-2 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Home)
(Dawson 3, B. Atkinson 2, Wade 2)


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)

Newmarket M3s rounded off their first season with their 13th win of the campaign, 2v1 over Cambridge South 4s. Newmarket were missing 3 or 4 players through injury and call ups and our first half showing reflected this with a disjointed performance, where South looked as likely to score as Newmarket.
Fortunately Newmarket struck first when Henry Frost crept in at the back post to tap home. HT 1v0 to Newmarket.
In the second half Newmarket looked a lot better, they regained their shape, passes became more accurate and the defense solidified. The game was increasingly played in Souths half and the when the second goal came it was no more than they deserved. It came via the stick of Frost again who again deflected home from close range. South pulled one back with the final shot of the game, but it was too little too late.
It has been an outstanding first season for the Mens 3s with 13 wins from their 20 games. The team came together with the aim of nurturing youth and giving them experience before passing them up through the teams. To this aim we have been a great success with 6 youngsters starting in the 3s before stepping up to play for the higher teams. In addition we have put in a league campaign that saw us very unlucky to miss out on promotion and have nurtured and maintained an excellent team atmosphere through out.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs St Neots 1 (Away)
(L. Evans)

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.

Week 21 Results – Men’s 3s Narrowly Miss Out on Promotion

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Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Home)
(Dawson, Holden, Pears)


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)

The Men’s 3s conclude their first ever league campaign in third spot. Despite winning the most games and scoring the most goals in the league and playing some outstanding hockey along the way, promotion was missed out on a technicality.
Watton 2s were tough opposition and went ahead early before 2 goals before half time from Alex Andreou seemed to put Newmarket back on course. A third for Newmarket via the reverse stick of James Atkinson just after half time, put Newmarket further in control, but Watton continued to produce chances, pulling 1 back midway through the half and breaking Newmarket hearts with a 68th minute equaliser.
At the start of the season the aim was to get a 3s team out every week, develop youth and to provide a game to all who wanted one. The season has been a success far beyond expected and the disappointment in missing out on a promotion spot only shows how far we have come.

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)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s once again were put in a sticky position when facing Cambridge South 1s, who currently hold the top of the leader board. The Ladies’ 2s went into the game with their heads not quite screwed on, leading to the team becoming downhearted quite quickly, causing lack of communication and loss of our strong mind set.
After some strong half time words from the coach, Chris Evans, the way we were playing was put into perspective, we had to up our game and make South really earn their final goal score, spirits were lifted and communication was back, we were moving faster. Emma Lankfer, Katie and Emily Russell holding midfield and passing the ball up the wings to make it to the D, a goal didn’t go in but fortunately the more energy we had, the more South lacked.
Our rotating defence practised short corner routines again, spicing things up for the opposition with some novel combinations: Callie Plumb and Jess Allen proved their worth in fitness and skills, Phoebe “Phlick” Peacock taking desperate measures at times, some she saved, some she lost, one (in honouring her nickname) she let Jersey face.
Walking away with the score 13-0 was a downer, but once again goalie Jersey Bennett gained man of the match title, letting in only 13 out of many many shots.
Captain Zoe Bailey is looking forward to meeting Cambridge City 4s at home next week: a match we won in the first half of the season and a chance for L2s to remember how it feels to be in the game.

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)

Week 20 Results – Ladies’ 1s Go Marching On at ‘Borough

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Men’s 1s: 1-4 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 1 (Away)

Men’s 2s: 0-5 loss vs UEA 2 (Home)

We came.

We saw.

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)
(Andreou, Benedikz)

Newmarket Men’s 3s continued their pursuit of promotion with an excellent 2v0 win away to Norwich Dragons 6s. The timely return to winning after not doing so for 2 games means that should they win at home to Watton next week, promotion will be confirmed.
Goals from Alex Andreou and John Benedikz, gave Newmarket 3s the edge in a hard fought victory. The whole teamed upped its performance on previous weeks but with Will Frost and Simon Everett producing man of the match performances it shows we did not have it all our own way.
A good game was had by all fielding a team of John Benedikz, Peter Booth, Will Frost, Henry Frost, Simon Everitt, Chris Evans, Jordan Walker, Ben Atkinson, Seth Bailey, Alex Andreou, Rory Podd and Oscar Kenny.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs City of Peterborough 2 (Away)
(G. Evans)

Ladies’ 2s: 1-6 loss vs Ely City 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s were at the rear end of a 6-1 loss against Ely 1s this weekend, with the first half seeming to rush over our heads as the team gathered in what was happening. By the end of the first half the score was 4-1 with an amazing goal scored by Laura Excell and assisted by Hannah Fox, team spirit was high going into the second half. The defence worked hard, sticking close to their players, Sam Brooke was outstanding and really brought the defence together. She thoroughly deserved her man of the match votes. Milou Ottilini, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox put into action this week’s training drill, making passes up the left wing with pace and the opposition seemed baffled at times. Keeper Jersey kept everyone in check, her voice getting louder with every game, by the end of the season, she will shout and we think the opposition defence will do as directed.

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)