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.