12 February 2017

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

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)

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6 February 2017

- Week 16 Results – Comfortable Victories for 1st XIs

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)

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30 January 2017

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

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)


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28 January 2017

- Week 15 Fixtures – Men’s 2s Face Top of the League

Men’s 1s: Away to Ipswich 2 (11:00)

Men’s 2s: Home to Felixstowe 2 (15:00)

Men’s 3s: Away to Felixstowe 4 (11:15)

Ladies’ 1s: Away to Spalding 1 (12:30)

Ladies’ 2s: Home to City of Peterborough 3 (13:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Ely City 2 (11:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Away to Ely City 3 (10:30)

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22 January 2017

- Week 14 Results – Ladies’ 1s Leave it Late

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)

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20 January 2017

- Week 14 Fixtures – Early Pushbacks for 1st Teams

Men’s 1s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 2 (13:30)

Men’s 2s: Away to Bury St Edmunds 3 (12:00)

Men’s 3s: Home to Ipswich Cranes 2 (15:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to Royston 1 (12:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Huntingdon 1 (11:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Away to Cambridge City 5 (14:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Home to St Neots 3 (10:30)

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15 January 2017

- Week 13 Results – 3rd Team Youngsters Battle to Victory

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.

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4 December 2016

- Week 12 Results – Late Comebacks for 1st Teams

Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Wade 2, Skelton)


Newmarket scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to complete a remarkable fightback and beat Norwich Dragons 3-2 at home on Saturday.

The home side, who restored vice captain Jordan Newnes to their squad, albeit on the bench, were overrun in the early stages and fell behind when the visitors beat Martin McCourt by the near post with a fierce reverse hit.

After this neither side created much in the first half with only two real notable incidents, one from Mark Pears shooting just over the bar and another from Matthew Holden, seeing his shot tipped just wide. That looked as though it would be the only talking point as both teams laboured and struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

Fired up by the half time team talk, Newmarket started well and had two further chances to take the lead as Josh Dawson was played in on the right but on both occasions he saw shots blocked. Against the run of play, the Blue and Yellows’s defensive was exploited once more as Dragons broke free out wide to drill a cross into the ‘D’, only to see Newnes’s interception deflect the ball into the path of an unmarked player to further extend the lead, rounding McCourt and slotting home from close range.

But Newmarket stunned their opponents with a late rally as Ollie Wade pulled one back through a short corner, flicking the ball into the side netting, before setting up Michael Skelton’s equaliser five minutes later through a simple tap in bringing the scores level at 2-2. With Norwich Dragons on the back foot now, with minutes left on the clock, it was the hosts who won another short corner to seal all three points, as Wade flicked the ball into the top right corner for his second.

Men’s 2s: 1-7 loss vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Away)

Another away game for Newmarket Men’s 2s on the bouncy Dragon’s Den pitch. The opening minutes looked promising for Newmarket as they held sole possession for a good 3 minutes, moving the ball around, trying to find a gap in the defense but eventually the ball changed hands and that’s when Newmarket knew they were in for a hell of a ride.  The yellow side managed to hold off the dragons for a while with Simon Donald and Ollie Trent playing great in the middle of the field however it was not long before Norwich put their first ball into the goal. This did not phase Newmarket much as they had been making some attempts in the oppositions area using Captain Drew Wood and Ben Atkinson down the line to Matt Lister and Jonny Bunker upfront. But Dragons established themselves as the definite goal scoring threat as an attacking run round the defense brought them a goal after the ball rebounded off the keeper again. 2-0 and far from finished the home side continued to outrun and outgun Newmarket’s players, making it feel like they were constantly on the attack with the play comfortably staying in Newmarket’s half, raking in yet another goal. From the constant pressure Newmarket found a break and gained a short corner which was converted by Harrington after the proven short corner technique was used. 3-1 gave Newmarket a glimmer of hope which the dragons were quick to snuff out by creating a lapse in their concentration with a huge tumble including Ollie Trent who bounced twice then slid on his back to a halt, winding him in the process. He did (good on him) come back on and continue to play a decent game but while he was off Norwich scored yet again off a rebound to end the half. The second half started and Newmarket appeared to have a better idea about what they were doing however the Dragons did not let up keeping the pressure on and turning every Newmarket attack against them continuously working their way towards and into Newmarket’s area and scored another time after peppering the keeper who made over 5 consecutive saves before the ball was finally flicked up and over him bringing it to 5-1. The play continued to stay in Newmarket’s half with only occasional balls flicked, hit or charged into the opposing half. The final score was a devastating 7-1 after two more goals were scored from two simple short corners. It was an overall poor performance from Newmarket this week as not a single player left knowing they had played their best game and very broken defender Andy Baker’s absence was certainly noticed.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Bourne Deeping 1 (Away)
(G. Evans, L. Evans)

The girls were going to a must win game against Bourne Deeping. The first half was full of end to end hockey, with Newmarket ladies having multiple chances but unable to convert. The first half ended 0-0. The second half then got very exciting, with Bourne scoring a lucky goal which left Newmarket 1-0 down with 5 minutes to go. Luckily we won a short corner where Hayley Stoneman slipped left to Lydia Evans who flicked it in the left corner. 1-1 , 3 minutes to go. With 1 minute left , Hayley took a quick self pass which found Grace Evans who slipped it past the keeper to make it a 2-1 win to Newmarket . Great game, y’all should have been there!

Ladies’ 2s: 0-8 loss vs St Ives 2 (Home)

L2s faced St Ives at Newmarket this week in the first of division 3NW’s return matches. St Ives are always a well drilled team with slick passing, confident strikes and a hunger for the win. This is reflected in their league table position: 3rd from top.
St Ives did not surprise us with their first half, driving Newmarket back into their own D, challenging our defence from the start. Bea Jones, most unfamiliar with the defensive realm of D and 25yd, used her stick skills and characteristic battling (how DOES she almost wrap herself round the player without giving a foul?) to hold the left side. However, when in the D, St Ives were hunting as a pack, they worked well to create penalty corner opportunities and their teamwork paid off, beating keeper and post defender for their first goal.
Newmarket then held St Ives in the zone between halfway and our 25yd, Grace Morris and Emma Lankfer (joint “men of the match”) working tirelessly to intercept cross pitch passes and forcing errors to gain Newmarket free hits. St Ives had real strength in re-capturing the ball though, overturning possession and preventing any real progress into their half. Newmarket did successfully defend a number of short corners, keeper Jersey Bennett bringing into play techniques taught by Sue Bullimore to command her corner-defending 4 of Hansgate, Heslop, Pegg and Bailey. Through open play and corner routines, at times foiled by strong keeping and defensive heroics, the first half was unfortunately a steady progress of goals to 6-0 to the visitors at half time whistle.
Perhaps L2s should start playing half a match before their actual match? Or eating sweets before pushback? Because once again the 2nd half was a transformation. Advice had come from supporting Men’s player Josh Dawson about how to create space around the wall that developed at free hits and exhortation from the defence to ALL players to mark up. Wherever. Whenever. This resulted in more strength of formation and confidence, breaks being made. St Ives only scored one more goal from open play.
Approx half way through 2nd half, Captain Zoe Bailey took a ball to the stomach (any students on module “abdominal muscles protect the vital organs” may contact her for first hand testimony and evidence), quick substitution was made to bring Laura Excell into midfield and Sarah Ganiford back into defence. A penalty flick was given due to a chaotic goal line scrabble involving a foot and an otherwise certain goal but this was the last time that the backboard sound was heard.
Newmarket really did hold their own in the second half, St Ives were not dominating the way they had previously. The final score was 8-0 but the L2s should not feel too disheartened even though it feels like a big drop from the dizzy heights of last week’s win. If our second half performance can be translated into a whole match then there are teams in this league we can win against. There will not be another 51 week interval between wins. Guaranteed.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-0 win vs Newmarket 4 (Home)
(Smith 3, Farrow, Podd)

This week saw the eagerly anticipated match between Newmarket’s ladies’ third team versus the ladies’ fourth team.

All the girls were really fired up and looking forward to this game, which would give them a chance to see how the training mates were getting on.

The game started well for Newmarket 4s with an aggressive first 10 minutes and the ladies threes found themselves under pressure. However the tide turned fairly quickly as the threes were awarded an early short corner which was executed with precision as practised and gave them an early lead. Ball injected by Laura Smith to Captain Mel Podd, who stopped and returned the ball to Laura for her to slap into the left hand side of the goal box.

This was to somewhat set a trend for the game as a second short corner was executed in the same manner, resulting in another goal for Laura Smith.
The third short corner to result in a goal, and on this occasion Mel Podd struck the ball from top D straight into the back board.

Another shot to come from a short corner, saw Laura Smith rebounding the ball between her and the keeper, a battle that would she finally managed to win, to take home her third of the day.

Not satisfied with three, Man of the Match Laura Smith, was then hunting for a fourth, sending an excellent ball into the D, which Jess Farrow managed to get a stick on the end of to claim as her own.

This was a good outing for both teams, with the day really been won by Newmarket three’s short corner routines. Very encouraging play was shown by Newmarket fours, in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game for both sides, and ultimately an over-all victory for the club as a whole.  Plenty of talent was on show, and at times, the midfield game was quite evenly matched.

Man of the match goes to Laura “hat trick” Smith, and Teddy was awarded to Sarah “not with your hand!” Ganiford for her mid-play catch of the ball!

Next week sees the ladies play their rearranged fixture against Haverhill, away.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Newmarket 3 (Away)

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4 December 2016

- Final Junior Training Cancelled

Junior Training is cancelled this morning as unfortunately the pitch is frozen.  Claire will be emailing you.  Very disappointing for all. Keep warm and have a great Christmas, and we will see you in the New Year!

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2 December 2016

- Week 12 Fixtures – Ladies’ 3s & 4s Face Off

Men’s 1s: Home to Norwich Dragons 2 (15:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to Norwich Dragons 3 (15:45)

Ladies’ 1s: Away to Bourne Deeping 1 (14:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Home to St Ives 2 (13:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Newmarket 4 (11:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Away to Newmarket 3 (11:00)

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