Week 19 Results – Convincing Victories for 1s Once Again

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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)

This weeks road trip for the 2s was a trip to Kings Lynn to face Pelican 1s, with an unfortunate 6-0 loss.
In the raining weather the 2s went out on the whistle with their heads up and faced challenges early on.
Early short corners were given to Pelicans, who were unable to get anything from them (perhaps due to the practice given to Newmarket in last weeks game), Jazz Freed, Steph Heslop, Charlotte Abbersteen and Steph Howard in rotation to form the back 3, all stepped up and managed to clear some Pelican shots away from the goal manned by the mighty Jersey Bennett.
Pelicans fast play and strong strikes into the back corner of the goal saw them snap up 5 goals in the first half.
With a team talk over half time, and reflecting on the play, Newmarket went out into the second half knowing what was needed to work on. Mids Emma Lankfer and captain Zoe Bailey worked some great passes along to the Newmarket D, supported strongly by newcomers Milou Ottolini and Jess Allen but unfortunately failed to reach the back of the goal by the forward line.
Multiple injuries hit Newmarket with Helen Hansgate and Steph Howard both taking strikes to the legs leaving large bruises to develop over the rest of the weekend.
With stronger play, as usual by Newmarket in the second half, a more equal half only saw one goal from Pelicans past the toes of Jersey.
Man of the Match went to Milou for excellent play along the wing and keeping strong throughout the game.
DOD went to Hannah Fox for slipping to the floor and staying sat on the floor after one fall
Next week L2s face Ely 1s at home, and feel confident to bounce back from these loses and put out a great fight to see what Ely have to offer.

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.

Week 18 Results – Relegation a Threat for Men’s 2s as 1s Win Convincingly

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Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Pears, Skelton)

Newmarket 1s went ahead after 10 minutes after picking up the ball deep inside their own half. Wilson flicked the ball skilfully to Skelton in midfield who charged towards Norwich territory before finding Dawson who slotted the ball past the keeper. Norwich did pull level midway through the first half, being awarded a penalty flick for a soft stick tackle in the D. Newmarket didn’t panic though and were ahead again with seconds left to play as Holden’s pass found Skelton at the near post to deflect the ball in. Norwich City’s number 191’s appeals for offside fell on deaf ears, as the away side went into the break as leaders. The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half, and gained that all-important two-goal cushion, this time through Mark Pears, who was fed by Holden, to strike a screamer past a helpless Norwich keeper. Holden completed his hat-trick of assists, as he drove the back line, finding Dawson with a pinpoint pass, who latched onto the ball to tap in from close range and complete a convincing 4-1 victory under the watchful eye of Head Coach Adnan Zakir.

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.

Nomads started strong, trying to set the pace for the game, but Newmarket fought strong from the offset.  Encouraging midfield play up the left hand side saw the ball moving in text-book triangles initiated from Janie Harrington at left back, past mids Mel Podd and Grace Morris up to flank Laura Smith.  Nomads were quick to react and made plenty of attempts in the Newmarket D. It wasn’t too soon into the half that Newmarket saw the first goal for in Nomads, just skimming past keeper Helen Atkinson.  Newmarket’s defence steeled themselves and fought hard at every step, intercepting midfield, and attacking Nomads as they entered Newmarket’s D. A unlikely short-shot went in when it was half trapped by Sarah Ganiford to limp into the goal, seeing the ladies going into half time 2-0 down.
The second half started strong, with Sophie Bell and Georgia Beau Rolls blitzing around and driving in to the Nomads D.  Jane Dryland picked up man of the match for her aggressive stance on moving up to right mid, driving play into the D, and putting in couple of shots herself.  Newmarket were not to be rewarded for their attacking efforts which saw the ladies being given long corners and a short corner.
While Nomads were somewhat under pressure at this point, they were also very quick to turn play around and move quickly into Newmarket’s D.  With James Atkinson now in goal, Newmarket were treated to a display of acrobatics as James leapt and slid around, blocking and frustrating Nomads. Tireless efforts were put on by all of the Newmarket side, managing to put the score out of their mind and keep their heads up until the final whistle.
Nomads were awarded a couple of short corners on the trot, and managed to convert one of them for their only goal of the half.
The game finished as a 3-0 loss for Newmarket, but the ladies really didn’t see it as a negative game at all and were very pleased with their performance.
Next week sees the ladies away to St Ives to take on their 3s side.

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.

Week 17 Results – Ladies’ 3s Beat Huntingdon on High Scoring Saturday

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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)
(Harrington, Hosegood)

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)
(Benedikz, Ottolini)

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)

Week 16 Results – Comfortable Victories for 1st XIs

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Men’s 1s: 4-0 win vs Pelicans 2 (Home)
(Holden 2, Skelton, Wilson)

Men’s 2s: 2-9 loss vs Pelicans 3 (Away)
(Bunker, Harrington)

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)
(Logan, Stoneman)

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)

Week 15 Results – Men’s 2s Cause Upset as M3s Win Big

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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)


Week 14 Results – Ladies’ 1s Leave it Late

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Men’s 1s: 1-1 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s laboured to draw against Bury 2s this weekend. The away team took an early lead after a speculative effort sneaked past Town goalkeeper Martin McCourt and the home side struggled to find a way back into the match. Notable were chances for James Atkinson and skipper Matt Holden, but the score remained 0-1 until half time as Newmarket tried to shake off the rust and find their rhythm. A short while into the second half left midfielder Ollie Wade was forced off with a head injury, but just when it seemed Newmarket were sunk, the home side were awarded a penalty stroke following a flurry of Will Wilson short corners. However, Wilson’s effort was well saved by the Bury keeper, who then went on to make a number of outstanding saves to deny Town any reward for their continued efforts. Eventually though, the Bury resistance was broken, as Atkinson skipped through the defence to chip home from a tight angle with five minutes remaining. This seemed to spark the match into life and the game flowed from end to end for the final few, but the score finished tied at an exhausting 1-1.

Men’s 2s: Match Postponed vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)

Men’s 3s: 6-2 win vs Ipswich Cranes 2 (Home)
(Walker 4, Benedikz 2)

MoM: Joe Boneham, in possession was not afraid to run at and beat defenders, in defence harried the Cranes players with the sort of energy we all need to show every week.
Captains pick: Jonny Bunker, effortlessly settled into the centre mid role with Peter Booth and provided plenty of through balls for the strikers to feed off.
Newmarket Men’s 3s won for the second time since Christmas and in so doing so, eased to the top of Div 7NE.
Newmarket took a while to get going and Cranes were quick to capitalise when a miss hit 16 landed at the feet of their striker who made a quick 1-2 and plonked the ball in the back of our net. Newmarket responded quickly when Jonny Bunker broke from midfield and found Jordan Walker in the D who showing unusual speed of movement slotted in the equaliser. Cranes went ahead again shortly after, through a scuffed shot that somehow crept in under keeper Seth Bailey. Again Bunker and Walker combined to level up the game before halftime. Newmarket had the greater proportion of shots and possession, but through being a bit slack at times had allowed Cranes to stay in the game.
Half Time; 2-2
Fortunately, the second half was probably the best hockey we have ever played. The backline, consisting of Bailey (GK), Chris Evans, Charlie Cummings, Will Frost and Simon Everitt, tightened up and didn’t concede another goal. The new centre pairing of Peter Booth and Jonny Bunker looked like they had been playing together for years, with Booth playing a slightly more defensive role and Bunker providing strong attacking runs with accurate distribution. The wings of Henry Frost, Rory Podd and Man of the Match Joe Boneham constantly attacked the Cranes backline providing crosses and chances to Walker and Benedikz who in popular parlance “filled their boots”. Walker completed his hat-trick before Benedikz tapped home twice from close range. Another Walker goal completed the scoring.
Credit has to go to Ipswich Cranes who needed 4 double ups to even field a team and played the whole game in a friendly, but competitive way.
Victory leaves the 3s top of the league and boasting the longest unbeaten run in the division (7) and the club.

Ladies’ 1s: 4-3 win vs Royston 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, Logan, McDonnell, Thomas)

This weeks fixture saw the Ladies 1s play Royston at home with a 4-3 victory. Newmarket scored 2 early goals in quick succession, the first goal worked up the pitch by Hayley Stoneman and planted in the back of the net by Jess Logan. The second goal was then hit into the goal by Claire McDonnell, the intensity of play subsided in the late parts of the first half but went into the second half with a 2-0 lead. Royston then fought back and gained two goals one of which was gained from a short corner. After a fighting battle in the D Newmarket edged back into the lead with a marvellous 3rd goal, scored by Grace Evans. Royston drew level again in the final 10 minutes, but failed to hold onto the draw as Newmarket stole a late goal, scored by Di Thomas, taking them to a 4-3 victory.

Ladies’ 2s: Match Postponed vs Huntingdon 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 3s: 2-1 win vs Cambridge City 5 (Away)
(Excell, Kelly)

The Ladies’ 3rd team were pleased to find themselves with an afternoon game which wasn’t cancelled by the frost!
Cambridge City 5s started strong, and Newmarket found them in their D within the first 30 seconds of the game. However that was to change quickly around as Newmarket took back possession, driving up pitch.
The ladies took advantage of their extra players with quick substitutions, keeping players fresh and focused.  The pitch was noted as extremely slippy as all players at some point fell foul. Capt Mel Podd was disappointed after receiving a fantastic ball from Jane Dryland just outside the D, only to slip while trying to play it in.
With the ball played up the right hand side of the pitch to Sophie Kelly, driving along the base line, and just at the goal line, a little tap in saw the first goal for Newmarket. There was some uncertainly as to who it exactly touched last as city’s keeper tried to stop the ball.
Half time talk saw the ladies feeling pleased with their performance, but anxious to keep their lead up.
Second half saw the ladies working hard again. A second goal for town came from Laura Excell, and at that point the ladies were starting to think that they may get away with a win, as city had less than 10 mins to get on the score sheet at all. City then won a short corner penalty, putting a very slick routine into the top corner for their first of the game.
Newmarket did not let their heads go down, although both Podd and Pegg could be heard frantically asking umpire how much time was left! It was only 4 mins, and there was no need for worry, as Newmarket fought on to the very last second.
This was a very good win for the girls against a tough side that have only lost 2 games prior to this one all season.  This was one of the best performances the ladies have put on all season and gives them plenty of expectation for some good results in their up coming games.
Captain and ladies very happy!
Man of the match went to Sophie Kelly, who scored her first league goal for the team and in only her second game is fast becoming a super star.
Teddy was awarded to Twiggles, who ran on pitch during previous game, causes umpires to halt play. (Janie Harrington’s dog!)
Next week sees the ladies take on Ely 2s at home at 11am.

Ladies’ 4s: Match Postponed vs St Neots 3 (Home)

Week 13 Results – 3rd Team Youngsters Battle to Victory

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This week saw a spate of match cancellations due to the freezing weather conditions taking its toll on pitches up and down the country. The only game of the day involving an NHC team was the Men’s 3s – all other matches were postponed with new dates pending.

Men’s 3s: 3-2 win vs Norfolk Nomads 2 (Home)
(Bailey, Hrebeniak, Podd)

The Men’s 3s took on Norfolk Nomads 2s at home in the 3pm push back. Goals from Louis Hrebeniak, Rory Podd and a fantastic late winner from Seth Bailey saw Town run out 3-2 victors in a feisty encounter watched by a partisan crowd – this was a battling performance from a very young team and our youngsters should be extremely proud of their performances. Keep working hard lads!! Massive thanks to all who turned up to support.