28 November 2016

- Week 11 Results – Men’s 1s Dominate High-Flying Magpies as L2s Win Big

Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Harleston Magpies 3 (Home)
(Bell 2, Holden, Jenkins, Pears, Wilson)

Following last week’s resounding win in Lowestoft, Newmarket were missing Vice Captain and central defender Jordan Newnes, resulting in flamboyant midfielder Ollie Wade dutifully dropping into the back line. Town this week faced a team they had lost to twice to last season and this time they were sitting top of the table and unbeaten. The match was obviously going to be quite a battle so it was a good thing most of the squad arrived early enough to have their first proper warm up in weeks. However, somewhat predictably, Will Wilson didn’t, and his preparation consisted of a sprint (to the pitch), some shoulder rotations (dropping his stick bag at the gate), tackling (the match ball from of an unfortunate Magpies forward), dribbling (repeatedly around said hapless striker) and finally passing (aka belting the ball up field so he could do his laces up). Quite an entrance, and yet nothing on what was to come.

The game started with Newmarket playing with intensity and pressing high up in the opposition’s half. Town’s central midfield trio of Chris Leggett, Matt Holden and Josh Dawson were combining well and provided a couple of decent opportunities for Mike Skelton and wide players Harry Bell and Mark Pears. In this vein, Town were the first to strike, the goal coming from some fast combination play leading to right back Darren Jenkins crashing home only his second ever goal for the firsts and sparking wild celebrations among the assembled partisan hordes (seriously, there were actually quite a few!).

The second goal came soon after and again involved fluid movement from Dawson, Leggett and Skelton, with left winger Bell dispatching the ball against the backboard from a tight angle and sending the team into dreamland. At this point, Newmarket’s back line hadn’t really been troubled too often, with Ollie Wade and ‘Warmup’ Wilson providing good cover down the centre whilst transferring the ball from flank to flank as often as possible. Any attacks a stunned Magpies front line could mount were soon foiled, the aforementioned dynamic duo regaining possession and feeding the ball out to full backs Jenkins and Louis Hrebeniak who looked to take the ball forwards with gusto.

Newmarket continued to give the top of the table side a right royal runaround, but they did hit a stumbling block when Harleston broke into the ‘D’, made good use of a couple of mildly/extremely fortunate deflections and managed to nick one goal back via a tap in at the far post. However, Newmarket were not about to let this spoil their day and went straight back on the attack, pressing the visiting team’s defensive line so high that Harleston mistakes and Town turnovers were fifteen to the dozen. This showed when some great play by Wade and Skelton won a penalty stroke, which was the cue for his-flickness Will Wilson to trundle forwards and step up to the plate. It is a tribute to the measure of the man that Newmarket were too busy squabbling over who had won the ball back to watch him take it, so certain were they he’d score. And score he did, of course – in his 25 years of playing league hockey he has never missed a flick, except of course against ‘safe feet’ Hrebeniak at training. I’m having that. 3-1.

Then came an extended spell of Magpies pressure, including the only short corner conceded by Town in the game, a ‘tactical’ foot off Hrebeniak (you’re not in goal now, sunshine) following a fast Harleston break. However, the back line held firm and did not concede again, although Martin ‘Armbands’ McCourt had plenty of swimming lessons around his goalmouth and made a number of excellent saves, one of which was nothing short of outstanding. It was actually on the counter from this that Newmarket continued their fast breaking play and won a short corner with Pears cutting in from the right flank. Injector Leggett moved the ball out to stopper Skelton who laid the ball off for Wade to drag flick, the shot was palmed away by the keeper but only as far as skipper Holden, who gleefully crashed the ball past the helpless defenders and high into the Magpies net. An absolute blockbuster that sent Newmarket in 4-1 up at half time, and a dazed Harleston side trudging over to their dugout wondering exactly what had hit them (in the case of a certain left winger, it was in fact Wilson’s backside).

At half time, Captain Holden, Wilson and Wade talked about keeping the intensity going, as Harleston simply couldn’t compete with Newmarket’s superior pressing. However, the next goal would be key against a side with such undoubted quality in their ranks.

The second half started in the manner that Town had ended the first, showing off the fast paced, attacking style of hockey the team have become known for under the watchful eye of new coach Adnan Zakir. Newmarket then began to use the width more by moving the ball quickly from side to side via the deep midfielders and centre backs Wilson & Wade. This was some of the best hockey a Newmarket side had played for a long time and the spectators were enjoying the entertaining match on show. After a period of frantic play in the midfield and a magnificent overhead goal line clearance by Chris Leggett, Newmarket made another of their trademark counter-attacking moves via Hrebeniak, who took the ball forwards and found Holden who in turn fed Skelton. In an outrageous display of quality, Skelton slid a perfectly timed ball to Bell at the top of the ‘D’ who brilliantly rounded the keeper and tapped home for 5-1. Harleston couldn’t believe how well their opposition were playing (Newmarket couldn’t quite work it out themselves, but weren’t complaining) and found themselves another goal down a few minutes later. Dawson moved into space, then slid the ball perfectly into the path of a Pears darting run. He turns, he shoots, he scores! A well deserved goal to round off an excellent performance by Newmarket’s resident ginger ninja and to settle the score at 6-1.

The last few minutes were nothing more than a formality for Magpies who, recognising they were simply outclassed by Town on the day, shut up shop and played out the remaining moments camped on the edge of their ‘D’. However, with both teams tiring, few further chances were created and the game finished 6-1.

This is a game Newmarket should look to as a benchmark on how well they can play when they put their minds to it. A huge improvement is obvious when you compare the team to earlier parts of the season, and the lads have turned out each week with a slight improvement on the last. Lots of positives can be taken from the performance with huge amounts of possession for the team, but even more can be achieved with further work on pressing. However, everyone in the team should be proud of this match as it showcased some of the best hockey Newmarket have played in recent memory.

Next week, Newmarket Men’s 1s are at home for a 15:00 pushback. All are welcome to watch us take on Norwich Dragons 2s in our final game before Christmas – and if this performance is anything to go by, head on down to see some fantastic attacking hockey and three more points for your local side.

Joint effort, Hrebeniak & Holden. We miss you Newnes!!

Men’s 2s: 4-6 loss vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Away)
(B. Atkinson, Baker, Harrington, Lister)

A long trek to Lowestoft for the Newmarket side for a very important match to stay in the league against bottom of the table. It was clear that the home side had an abundance of sand as their pitch was barely visible under the piles of it and I’m not fully exaggerating. The home side were definitely used to the surface as Newmarket saw them accelerate quickly and before long two of the opposition had managed to tap a ball around defender Andy Baker resulting in a two on one with the keeper which resulted in their first goal. The home side being used to their sandpit was an undisputed advantage; accelerating and stopping (and gripping) much better than Newmarket side. The ball was then chased around the pitch with both sides sliding everywhere however Lowestoft were creating forms of attacks on a more regular basis. However Newmarket managed to find a break into the oppositions area gaining a short corner which was set up with Captain Drew Wood injecting. An unorthodox play then followed as he flicked it over everyone in the area over to Andy Baker who controlled the ball and fired it onto the backboard to score the leveling 1-1 goal. The ball was again contested for with right back Marc ‘Mungo’ Prentice making a great effort and some goal line saves which were greatly appreciated by the whole team. But the home side persisted and again with a burst of speed from the attackers found themselves free of defenders and a clear shot into the back post making it 2-1 in the closing minutes of the first half. This did not mean that either teams let up on their intensity due to the home side being reasonably equally matched to Newmarket on their pitch and Newmarket desperately needing the win. The halftime whistle sounded and the teams then had the time to clear their boots of sand and whatever else ready for the second half.

With the first half being so close and Newmarket as a collective feeling and knowing their standard of hockey was far superior to that of Railway, the second half began with high intensity from the trailing side. Ollie Trent weaved in and out of their defence, creating space for fellow midfielders Pete Booth, Drew Wood and Ben Atkinson to attack both on the wings and through the centre of the park, leading to the words “No one’s marking number !£@$%&* 4” being uttered on numerous occasions. Soon after the commencing of the second half Simon Harrington created a break in the middle channel utilizing the players in the middle, with linked passes through to the area, successfully beating Railways defence and picking out the back of the net. 2-2. Lowestoft reacted quickly driving with considerable pace at Newmarket’s defence to the top of the D getting away a quick shot which slipped respectably into the bottom corner. 3-2. Could this be game over? Not as far as Jonny Bunker was concerned. He approached the top of the D, neatly beating 2 Railway defenders, but scuffing the shot which fortunately rebounded off the keeper’s pads onto Ben Atkinson’s stick to be crashed into the Lowestoft backboard. 3-3. Maybe it could be done? Certainly by Simon Harrington’s thoughts it could be. Soon after the restart whistle Newmarket regained possession playing it neatly round the back then a 50 yard pass was picked out to find Matthew Lister who turned Railways last defender to get off an early top D strike clattering into the bottom corner with the keeper still standing dazed when the next centre pass was taken. 4-3. It definitely could be done! Railway decided otherwise with Andy Baker getting taken out by a Lowestoft foot follow through, resulting in broken bone and a substitute with 7 minutes to go. After this Newmarket were in horror as to what had just happened and Railway in the closing minutes capitalised on this putting past 3 quick goals to make the closing score an untrue reflection of a game NHC should have won any other day.
Final score 6-4

Men’s 3s: 0-5 loss vs Watton 2 (Away)
(Match Conceded)

Ladies’ 1s: 3-3 draw vs Cambridge City 3 (Away)
(G. Evans 3)

Ladies’ 2s: 12-0 win vs Wisbech Town 3 (Home)
(Fox 5, Lankfer 2, Russell 2, Fayers, Jones, Wombwell)

Coach Chris Evans is ecstatic over Newmarket L2s performance this weekend. A consolidation of the improving hockey since September, a chance to remind the squad how goals are scored resulting in a 2nd win.
Within the first minute Newmarket had advanced to Wisbech’s D and Zoe Bailey had attempted a strike to left post. Although not successful, the atmosphere of possibility raised Newmarket’s game, all players were winning possession of the ball by strong tackles, excellent anticipation and interception of passes. Wisbech’s defence were kept busy and Newmarket were calm, finding space and passing to each other confidently: after 10 mins Hannah Fox saw in the first of Newmarket’s goals from a sweep near the left post.
Newmarket’s defence felt confident enough to advance well into the opposition’s half. This proved very useful for possession, for side-line passes to switch across field and for sprint practice when Wisbech did make breaks using their fast right wing players.
Newmarket were undoubtedly in control of the game, scoring 3 more goals in the first half: Bea Jones, Katie Russell and a second for Hannah Fox. At half time, the team were reminded to keep the structure, to communicate and move into spaces to provide multi directional options for the ball carrier.
The report writer is conscious that Wisbech are a developing team, that it is disheartening to receive this type of scoreline (we do know, we have been there oh so recently too) but credit should be given to our other goal scorers: Emma Lankfer from a strike just inside the D that exhibited perfect angles to send to ball across defence, keeper and slamming against the inside left post, another from a solid top D strike on a penalty corner and a third attempt which met a Wisbech defender’s foot on the goal-line and gave her a temporary limp and Newmarket a penalty stroke. Angel Fayers stepped up and planted the ball with the force of someone determined to get her name on the team’s goal score roll. Angel also sent a strike across goal in match play which was undoubtedly going in but Man of the Match Hannah Fox, wishing to make sure (some would say “poaching”) just added the extra touch to ensure the goal; she did this again to a fast slap shot from Lydia Willmott shortly after, then scored her 5th goal, details of which have disappeared into a dizzy winning fog, and then went on to assist relative newcomer Charlie Wombwell’s first Newmarket senior goal. Charlie paid forward this favour and assisted Katie Russell to her second goal of the match.
The entire field worked tirelessly, excellent teamwork was shown on pitch by covering players who seized opportunities to travel up the pitch and by rotating subsitutions on the forward and midfield line. The longest time between goals was 11 minutes and the shortest time was less than 1 minute. Wisbech were a cheerful opposition, the match was good natured and L2s have much to look forward to in the next half of their season. Next week, a home fixture, is against St Ives who may not be ready for the transformation in skill and team play from Newmarket L2s since their first meeting 12 weeks ago.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-9 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Home)

This week saw the ladies third team take on Bury Saint Edmunds threes who are sitting pretty near the top of the table.

After last weeks cancellation due to frost the ladies threes were disappointed to wake up Saturday morning to find frost and fog again. Quick checks of the pitch from early on lead to many conversations as to whether the pitch was okay to play on and secondly with the fog if visibility was good enough. The final decision was made with barely 10 minutes in hand, to go ahead, before the game started.

We knew it was going to be a tough game and a tough game was delivered. while all started off well, shortly into the first half saw vice captain Sarah Ganiford being sent off with a green card. Newmarket quickly rearranged to fill the gap. Bury broke early getting two goals however Newmarket continue to fight and an early break saw the girls awarded a short corner. During the short corner the ball was taken in, seeing Laura Smith picking up a rebound which she popped straight into the back of the box. Rachel Pegg took a nasty blow to the foot which saw her limping off field. Halftime saw the ladies at 4-1 down. Play in the second half was interrupted by Sarah Ganiford taking a stick to the face and having to be taken off with a nosebleed.  Following Sarah’s exit Newmarket were unable to get their defence to settle down and bury  took advantage leaving the final score as a 9-1 loss. The girls as a whole were very disappointed with the game.  Onwards and upwards though as they take on Newmarket 4s at home next week.

Man of the match went to goalie jersey Bennett who despite the scoreline put in plenty of top drawer saves!

Ladies’ 4s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 2 (Away)

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25 November 2016

- Week 11 Fixtures – Men’s 1s Face Top of the League

Men’s 1s: Home to Harleston Magpies 3 (15:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to Lowestoft Railway 2 (14:30)

Men’s 3s: 0-5 loss vs Watton 2 (Away)
(Match Conceded)

Ladies’ 1s: Away to Cambridge City 3 (14:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Home to Wisbech Town 3 (13:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 3 (11:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Away to Royston 2 (11:30)

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25 November 2016

- Week 10 Results – Games Postponed as L2s Beat City

Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Away)
(Wade 3, Dawson, Leggett, Skelton)

Newmarket travelled to Lowestoft and won 6-1. A hat-trick from Ollie Wade and goals from Michael Skelton, Josh Dawson and Chris Leggett secured all three points.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Home)

Harleston Magpies 4s made their way to Newmarket this Saturday and caught the Men’s 2s indulging in an extensive warm up. However this warm up did not seem to be completely effective against the icy wind blowing across the pitch. Un-phased the magpies let loose a series of relentless attacks which as the logic of probability would have it lead to some results on the score sheet. The first goal came from a short corner which was bobbled over the keeper in a chaotic fluke. Another of the goals came from a one v one with the keeper which could be argued if the young skilful upfront player had not had previous experience with the keeper, wouldn’t have gone in. The opposing side was 2-0 within the first quarter of the game which inspired Newmarket to focus and make an intimidating run into the magpie’s area, utilizing the midfield duo of James McTaggart and Simon Donald who worked well together being backed up by kingpin Simon Harrington who managed to get the ball onto the oppositions backboard but unfortunately after a whistle was blown for a foul meaning the goal was disallowed however did prove to everyone on pitch that is was possible to find a gab in the constantly advancing magpies. The ball was jostled for by both teams with players such as Greg Cummins who was graciously accepted onto the pitch sporting the old school quarters shirt and Andy Baker making contributions to the defensive line making a great effort. Newmarket held their own well despite not quite playing like their usual selves but let in another goal towards the end of the first half making it 3-0 at halftime. It was brought to attention that Newmarket were definitely not playing to the best of their ability however they did find it difficult to flourish under the constant pressure of the Harleston team, especially the fast quick witted opposition attackers. With the well needed break Newmarket set back onto the pitch as an almost completely different side. Ben Atkinson made great runs down the right wing taking on and coming out on top of players twice his size (and age) who created opportunities for a finish in the area. Finally Newmarket set up an attacking short to let the previously rehearsed and effective proven short corner routine come into play. The ball was beautifully injected onto captain Drew Wood’s stick leaving a dead still ball to be slipped right to Andy. B by Harrington who then received it again on the P-spot to place it into the bottom left corner of the goal to bring the Newmarket score off the nil mark for 3-1. Despite both sides best efforts no more goals were scored in that half leaving it a 1-0 to Newmarket and 3-1 for the final score. From the last few weeks it shows that the Men’s 2s side perform best after a 35min warm up in the first half as yet again the opposition did not score in the second half. Perhaps a last goal wins policy should be adopted for next match.

Men’s 3s: 5-3 win vs Norwich Dragons 6 (Home)
(Booth 2, Bunker 2, Walker)

Ladies’ 2s: 3-1 win vs Cambridge City 4 (Away)
(Russell, Stoneman, Unc.)

We Won! WE WON! We Won!
All the hard work of the entire squad has finally paid off, our improving (apart from last week’s encounter with top of league) trend throughout this season has ended our 51 week losing streak with a magnificent team performance. The venue allowed some of our emerging players, who have to juggle school and club commitments, to field and whatever everyone else ate for lunch should be compulsory on match days.
There was communication, a genuine desire to meet the ball before the opposition, there was tidy passing, there was confidence on the ball and space making off the ball, everything that coach Chris Evans and Captain Zoe Bailey have ever asked for and it resulted in a goal struck from just inside the D after 20 mins by Hayley Stoneman, this clipped the inside of the post and physics worked in Newmarket’s favour sending the ball to the opposite corner of the goal and putting us ahead, dizzily, categorically, ahead in the first half.
City fought back, there was attack and counter attack, lots of mid field action calling Man of the Match Grace Morris to chase down and channel players on to the waiting sticks of Jazz Freed, Helen Hansgate and Steph Heslop.
The sweets at half time did not compare to the sweet feeling of being ahead, with a clean sheet for keeper Jersey Bennett who’d not had a quiet game. More of the same please.
City came back from half time with more link play and a definite charge on our D, winning short corners and scoring from one of these by drilling a strike to the lower right corner which beat keeper and two post defenders at full stretch. The moment was caught on camera.
Newmarket could have lost their command of the game at this point but the teamwork truly kicked in. Some positional substitutions were made, placing Angel Fayers back on the forward line that she so enjoys and working with Hannah Kelly, blistering runs were made up the right side of the pitch, placing Katie Russell in perfect position to score Newmarket’s 2nd goal. Newmarket were not content and there followed attacks on the left flank and centrally, no-one is really sure who struck the ball that glanced off a City stick to bring the score-line to Newmarket 3- Camb City 1.
Next week the team aim to do something not seen since the glorious season of 2014-5: two wins in a row. Support at this home match, 1pm push back, would be greatly appreciated.

The Ladies’ 1s, 3s & 4s games were postponed this week due to adverse weather conditions making the earlier games unplayable. The following games will be replayed at a later date yet to be confirmed:

Ladies’ 1s: Home to St Neots 1

Ladies’ 3s: Away to Haverhill Ladies 2

Ladies’ 4s: Home to Huntingdon 2


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17 November 2016

- Week 10 Fixtures – Ladies’ 1s Battle for Third

Men’s 1s: Away to Lowestoft Railway 1 (14:30)

Men’s 2s: Home to Harleston Magpies 4 (13:30)

Men’s 3s: Home to Norwich Dragons 6 (15:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to St Neots 1 (12:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Cambridge City 4 (14:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Away to Haverhill Ladies 2 (10:30)

Ladies’ 4s: Home to Huntingdon 2 (10:30)

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17 November 2016

- Junior Update – Matches vs Cambridge Nomads

Great morning with the juniors playing their second matches of the season against Cambridge Nomads. Over 25 children representing the club in U13 age groups and winning some of their matches, well done to them all and thanks to all the coaches and helpers. If anyone fancies giving hockey a try then it’s on Sunday morning 10.10-11.30 for the juniors, Ladies are Tuesday 7.30 – 9pm and Men are 7-8.30pm at the leisure centre.

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17 November 2016

- Week 9 Results – Tremendous Comeback for Men’s 2s

Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Away)
(Holden, Pears, Skelton, Wade, Wilson)


Newmarket got back to winning ways with a deserved 5-2 victory over IES, who were yet to loose at home this season!

This record was also set to continue as the hosts took the lead in the 10th minute after Jordan Newnes, who for a second time in two weeks, suicidally past the ball onto the strikers stick leaving him with a one on one situation with veteran keeper Martin McCourt who unfortunately was unable to stop IES from putting the ball into the net. They should of added another moments later, but their short corner drag flick was kept out by Darren Jenkins’s excellent save on the line with the reverse side of his stick.

Knowing that pressure was building Newmarket managed to win a short corner down the other end which Ollie Wade converted down the bottom left corner to equalise. However, IES replied immediately with a short corner of their own just minutes later taking a slight deflection before hitting the back board. 2-1 to IES.

Newmarket threatened again though, when Louis Hrebeniak crossed to Chris Leggett whose mis-hit shot squared Mark Pears to smash the ball into the net and equalise for a second time. The visitors finally moved ahead late in the first half, as Pears was released by Skelton, who slipped the ball to Matthew Holden, to score his second goal of the season.

The visitors remained on top after the break, with Wade forcing the opposition keeper to tip over a deflected shot while Skelton volleyed just wide. Newmarket were creating chances now, and further extended their lead with a sweet Skelton strike. The in-form striker reacted quickest to a loose ball, feeding a quick one-two to Jonny ‘Smokey’ Bunker, to strike home.

IES went desperately close late in the second half, having beaten McCourt, but Newnes’s diving tackle, which got the slightest of touches on a fierce shot, managed to divert the ball onto the post.

Newmarket eventually made the game safe deep into the game when Wilson converted another fine short corner down the bottom right corner.

Men’s 2s: 4-3 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Home)
(Harrington 2, J. Atkinson, Trent)

After two losses Newmarket went onto the pitch expecting  a positive result, having played cranes in the pre-season and lost Newmarket were again hoping for a different result.  Ipswich cranes firsts were third in the table before coming to Newmarket so were expecting at least a draw.  Ipswich attached quickly from the whistle and scored from a short corner within the first five minutes and then again from another 1v1 with the Keeper. Bearing in mind the 2-0 scoreline was within the first 10 minutes of the game Newmarket heads were clearly not in the right place to play a game of hockey.  However these early two goals were the 3pm wake up call that Newmarket needed forming a counter attack which left the opposition backboard singing but nothing more as their goal was disallowed.  Cranes fast and determined upfront players continued to put the yellows defence under pressure and yielded yet another goal bringing the score to 3-0. This only provoked Newmarket further and after a great attack consisting of some quality straightforward simple passes that found their way through the Cranes defense and onto James Atkinson’s stick who placed it onto the oppositions backboard resulting this time in both the sound and the mark on the scoreboard bringing it to 3-1. Both Ipswich and Newmarket continued to contest for the ball both making a variety of errors in their play but the half went to the Cranes both in performance and points due to their never ending pressure on the regular 4 defenders (Matt Smith, Simon Harrington, Andrew Baker and Adrian Atkinson) who were often assisted by Andrew Beardon who did a great job of smothering the Cranes attacks and forwarding the ball through to the likes of James McTaggart and captain Drew Wood who also both had a decent game. The ball equally contested for until Newmarket found another break that resulted in an attacking short. The previously rehearsed routine came into action as the ball was injected onto Drew’s stick who stopped it dead to allow Harrington to slip it right to Andy Baker who then passes it once again back to Harrington around the p-spot area who finished it off with a strike past the goalkeeper and into the goal. The score was now 3-2 and Newmarket still held their own against Cranes as the first half came to an end with Ipswich 1sts still 3-2 up. At halftime it was brought to attention that despite having scored a goal the home side were not playing to their usual high standard of hockey  and after couple changes were made to the position of players Newmarket set themselves up for the second half. Cranes did not let up on their ferocious attacks and continued to make quick runs into Newmarket’s half and area only to be stopped largely by the likes of the two Andrews and Harrington not to mention the other defenders. On the Newmarket attack players such as Ollie Trent, James Atkinson and Ben Atkinson did well making runs into the oppositions half to receive the ball fired from a defensive stick. The keeper also managed to play his part of the game and control his area of the pitch clearing balls out to Newmarket players instead of the ever present Ipswich forwards. In a lapse of pressure from Cranes the home side found themselves once again in the oppositions area and setting up for another attacking short corner. The attacking short was played exactly the same as last time as “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and was played through like clockwork as the equalising goal was scored once again by Harrington. From an aggressive change in play you could tell that Ipswich were not happy with the new score, but increased aggression caused the previously tight Cranes play to leave an opportunity for newmarket to exploit, which they did through great determination from Ben Atkinson running down the right wing to put the ball into the area via multiple short passes and eventually onto Ollie Trent’s reverse stick resulting in another Newmarket goal and a score of 4-3 in the closing end of the second half. Cheers of relief were let out from the yellow team after the high intensity finishing minutes came to an end and the realisation that they not let in a single goal in the second half resulting in an amazing comeback from 3-2 in the first half to 3-4 in the second. A great show of determination and composure from the home team in the second half that proved that the Men’s 2s were a force to be reckoned with.

Men’s 3s: 1-1 draw vs UEA 4 (Away)

A second half goal from Jordan Walker salvaged a 1v1 draw for Newmarket Men’s 3s in a hard fought game away to UEA 4s.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 draw vs Cambridge Nomads 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 1-7 loss vs Cambridge South 1 (Home)

Predictably beaten by top of the league team Cambridge South 1, Newmarket Ladies 2s should not feel too disheartened by their performance this week: there were moments of inspired, glorious hockey; solid defending of short corners meaning that South’s routines did not score directly, neat passes engineered from midfielder Emma Russell-Price who linked so well with all the team, a stunning goal from Man of the Match Hannah Fox who had received a full pelt pass from defender Angel Fayers, ran into the D and sank the ball into the bottom left corner. There were near misses from Charlie Wombwell and attacks which seemed to take the opposition by surprise but lacked the finish to overturn the score in our favour.
There were also moments that we’d rather close our eyes and forget: 2 defensive short corners played without a goalie due to injury, balls that hit opposition posts and pads, weather to make a penguin want a warm bath.
The final score was 7-1 to the visitors and though Newmarket remain at the bottom end of the table, the team’s hockey is improving week on week and the goal tally is creeping up. Captain Zoe Bailey is sure the team can prove themselves worthy of this league by pulling themselves out of the relegation zone before the Christmas break.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-2 win vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Podd 2, Carr, Farrow, Haste)

Despite horrible weather conditions Newmarket, relentless pouring rain, the Ladies 3s were in it for the long game and secured a win.

Unfortunately an early break from Cambridge saw them go one up yet Newmarket bounced back and secured a quick leveller with a strong stroke at the top of the D from Mel Podd during a short corner.
Newmarket continued to pressure the Cambridge defence and secured another goal from Ellie Carr. although Cambridge levelled the score at half time with a lucky deflection in the wet conditions.
After half time Newmarket came out strong with some opportunist pick ups by the defence and midfield, feeding it into the circle well. It wasn’t long before another short corner set play saw Mel score another convincing goal to go 3-2 up.
Goals from Jess/Olivia took the score to 5-2 at the final whistle. In spite of the rain, it was a great performance for the team with some equally positive individual performances too.
Credit to MoM: Ellie Carr
Next week sees the ladies away to take on Haverhill 2s.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)

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10 November 2016

- Week 9 Fixtures – Ladies Face Cambridge

Men’s 1s: Away to I-ES 3 (12:00)

Men’s 2s: Home to Ipswich Cranes 1 (15:00)

Men’s 3s: Away to UEA 4 (16:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Away to Cambridge Nomads 1 (11:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Home to Cambridge South 1 (13:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Cambridge South 3 (11:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Away to Cambridge South 2 (10:30)

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7 November 2016

- Week 8 Results – Comeback Victory for Ladies’ 1s as L3s Win Big

Men’s 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 1 (Home)


Bury St Edmunds ended Newmarkets winning run in Division 3NE with a dramatic 2-1 win.

The game started at a very high tempo as both teams were keen to add to their promising league campaign. The hosts struggled against a resolute defence early on, and were kept largely at bay. But Newmarket were trying to carve Bury St Edmunds open, every time they went forward, but the visiting keeper was alert to block several efforts. However, Bury also carried a constant threat of their own and opened the scoring during a well worked short corner routine, slotting home a tame shot from close range.

The home side found it hard to get back into the game, having three players carded and leave the pitch; 1. Louis Hrebeniak – for breathing, 2. Oliver Wade – for blinking, 3. Michael Skelton – for scratching his chest. Further cards followed unnecessarily several minutes later for things such as coughing and running etc. bringing a miserable first half to an end.

As the second half got under way, Newmarket were huffing and puffing for an equaliser, as Skelton deflected a ball just wide and Atkinson flicking over the bar. However, hope was restored as Newmarket were awarded a penalty flick after seeing a short corner strike stopped on the line by the opposition defender. William Wilson stepped up and, despite the pressurised situation, kept his cool to fire powerfully into the net.

Unfortunately Newmarket were punished in the closing stages of the game, after Bury managed to burst into the D and rattle the back of the net with a fierce strike.

The result means that Newmarket stay in 3rd, 3 points adrift of second placed Bury St Edmunds, looking to get back to winning ways next weekend away to IES.

Men’s 2s: 3-6 loss vs UEA 2 (Away)
(Harrington 3)

After lunch as a team in Red lodge, a race against the clock began to reach the pitch to play UEA 2s. Newmarket made it just in time to have a 10 minute warm up and then begin the match. The warm UEA side set off with blistering pace as if happy hour had just been announced at their local boozer. Newmarket did not seem prepared for this level of energy as UEA attacked Newmarket’s area and after a nimble player partially dodged the sliding Newmarket keeper, scored from a penalty flick seeing Newmarket’s heads drop in the opening minutes of the game. After some more young-legged attacks that left Newmarket’s (let’s say experienced) traditional trio of defenders (who you should all know by now) a little out of breath and some monumentally stupid mistakes from the goalkeeper whose warm up consisted of the first 15 minutes of the game, who let in far more balls than he ever should have, to let the score increase from 1-0 to 2-0 to 3-0 with effective ease from the UEA attackers. However, it is noted that none were scored from the number of penalty corners they had gained. At this point Newmarket had had enough and with some great midfield work from James McTaggart and line-running from left winger and Captain Drew Wood, the Men’s 2s had earned a short corner. Newmarket had clearly prepared a lesson plan for UEA as Simon Harrington showed them how to actually convert a short corner bringing the score up to 3-1. The university team clearly disliked being taught outside of lessons and showed their distaste through more attacks and runs onto balls that Newmarket thought were far gone over the base or side lines. Some more crafty connections and sly skills lead to yet another goal to UEA. Out from no-one knows where Newmarket managed to find a crack in UEAs defence and made a break for a strike on goal, however UEA put an end to it with a monster fowl in their area meaning Newmarket had the opportunity for a goal from a penalty flick. This flick was beautifully converted by Professor Simon Harrington who launched the ball into the top left corner giving the goalkeeper no time to react or even blink as the score went to 4-2. UEAs persisting attacks resulted in yet another goal bringing it to 5-2 and tirelessly continued make runs up until the halftime whistle blew. Some of Newmarket’s players walked to the halftime talk with tails between their legs with the three consecutive goals scored against them still vivid in their minds but set up again after the 11 spoke over what needed to be done with clear vision on what to do, despite the wind and rain trying its best to limit visibility to half the pitch. The now warm (although wet and cold) Newmarket started the second half as if they were a completely different, not to mention better team, with better passes, stronger tackles especially from the likes of Ollie Trent, Oscar Kenny and Ben Atkinson that complemented the defensive backline consisting of Matt “too new for me to risk a nickname yet” Smith, Andy “punch bag” Baker, Simon “prof” Harrington and Adrian “look at my steps” Atkinson who held a much stronger line than in the first half. Seth Bailey also managed to find his head, put his helmet on and get it back in the game and finally make some much needed saves. The change in team and increase of moral eventually saw some attacks on UEA’s area and after a huge slide from the keeper that Tag managed to survive with all limbs still intact and full working order gave Newmarket another chance to score from a penalty flick. Once again Prof Harrington stepped up and released the ball onto the left post which sang with admiration as the ball reached the top corner of the goal once again making it 5-3. With only 2 goals between them UEA decided that yet more attacking play was required which lead to some drama in Newmarket’s area. After the ball was cleared from a slide from the keeper which left both a UEA player on the floor and the already injured Andy Baker on the goal line it re-found itself on a UEA stick at the top of the D. The thought that crossed everyone’s mind was something along the lines of “Andy’s on the floor, he’s got to pull his shot or at least dribble with it until he’s up” but the UEA player (completely invisible to the Newmarket keeper due to the kafuffle in the area) followed through with his strike which hit the backboard and luckily not the Newmarket defender. 6-3 was the concluded score at the end of the game, with only a 1-1 score in the second half. Newmarket left the pitch beaten on the score sheet but not defeated in spirt as the teams overall game was genuinely very good and UEA’s performance was definitely the best we have seen all season. With a decent warm up, decent conditions and time to let lunch go down Newmarket will unquestionably stand a fighting chance for a win next time the teams meet.

Men’s 3s: 3-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Home)
(Benedikz, Lister, Walker)

Another impressive display saw Newmarket 3s move up to second in 7NE with a 3v0 win against Bury 6s. Goals from Matt Lister, John Benedikz and Jordan Walker coupled with a first clean sheet, helped Newmarket move up to 2nd in the league 1 point behind the league leaders with 2 games in hand.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs City of Peterborough 2 (Home)
(G. Evans, Stoneman)


A last minute strike from Hayley Stoneman sealed a 2-1 win for Newmarket against Peterborough on Saturday afternoon. It was a frantic opening five minutes to the game, with Grace Evans posing the most danger with her pace and movement and the young striker played a wonderful reverse pass into the path of Claire McDonnell but she was unable to make the most of it and blasted wide. Down the other end, Peterborough were also hoping to continue their early season form, finding one of their wingers out wide who turned superbly before passing to an unmarked striker, but could only hit a stinging shot to warm the palms of keeper Sue Bullimore. Despite Newmarket’s bright start, they were soon rocked in the 25th minute against the run of play. Peterborough taking a long corner early, driving the ball to the top of the D and hitting it straight at Bullimore, who unfortunately deflected it into the path of a Peterborough striker to calmly slot home. Knowing they needed to improve in the second half, the home side came out, determined to reduce the deficit and get back into the game. The introduction of Di Thomas was giving the visiting defence something different to think about, chasing down every ball, and providing support for midfielders Lydia Evans, Claire McDonnell, Steph Howard and Kerry Alderson. The hosts eventually started to settle into the second half, and it was them who were controlling possession now. With 5 minutes left on the clock, Newmarket were finally rewarded, winning a free hit just outside the D. This time Hayley Stoneman hitting the ball straight towards the keeper and Grace Evans deflecting the ball into the bottom left corner, 1-1. With only minutes left, Newmarket managed to win a short corner. Calli Cannon pushed the ball to Faye Andreou, who stopped it for Stoneman to hit a rasping shot straight towards the left corner, taking a slight touch on the way, and to hit the back board, sealing all three points for the home side. The win sees Newmarket go fourth in Division 2NW looking carry on their impressive form away to Cambridge Nomads.

Ladies’ 2s: 1-3 loss vs Ely City 1 (Away)

Spirits were high in the Newmarket Ladies 2s team, having supported our Ladies 3s at the same venue to their emphatic win; they were excited to get started, despite feeling near frozen due to Ely-Specific-Wind-Chill-Factor. Newmarket’s forwards consisting of Hannah Fox, Hannah Kelly and Zoe Bailey, began to put pressure on Ely from the onset of the game but this didn’t stop Ely from making an early break through to score a goal giving them the lead.
However, Newmarket were eager to level so the midfield, consisting of Emma Lankfer, newly positioned Angel Fayers, Helen Hansgate and Grace Morris continued to work the ball up the pitch, gaining possession of the ball further. Lankfer making a lovely run down the wing, crossing the ball into a perfectly positioned Hannah Fox who slotted the ball firmly into the goal with her one touch hit to put the score 1-1. A significant goal in Newmarket L2’s 2016-7 season as it equalled their entire goal total for 2015-6.
The goal put Newmarket in a determined mind-set despite some confusing decisions being made from the Ely umpires, motivating Newmarket to score more goals. The Newmarket defence; Jazz Freed, Steph Heslop, Phoebe Peacock and Sam Brooke; worked hard to feed the ball out to the midfields but were unsuccessful resulting in two more goals being scored by Ely – ending the first half at 3-1 to Ely.
The half time talk consisted of customary sweets, celebratory chocolates and a motivational speech from coach Chris, Newmarket went into the second half wanting to score. More runs were made down the wings by Bailey, Morris and Kelly but were stopped by the Ely defence therefore not reaching Fox in time who was perfectly positioned once again. Newmarket continued to try and gain possession back from Ely, keeping the second half to 0-0 and felt unfortunate to end the game at 3-1.
Man of the Match went to a draw between Phoebe Peacock, Emma Lankfer and Steph Heslop for their excellent determination in the game. DoD went to Hannah Kelly for her flying tumbles with two of the Ely players. With an equal amount of goals scored last season in the first 3 months of this season, the only way is up for Newmarket, with a tough game ahead next weekend at home. If the weather continues in the same vain, Captain Zoe Bailey is tempted to bring a giant flask of hot chocolate to keep subs warm when not on pitch.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Benedikz, Farrow, Haste, Poe, Smith)

Ladies’ 4s: 0-4 loss vs Ely City 2 (Home)

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3 November 2016

- Week 8 Fixtures – Top of the Table Clash for Men’s 1s

Men’s 1s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 1 (13:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to UEA 2 (14:30)

Men’s 3s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 6 (15:00)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to City of Peterborough 2 (12:00)

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Ely City 4 (12:00)

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

Ladies’ 4s: Home to Ely City 2 (10:30)

In other news this week:

CHRISTMAS PARTY – now confirmed to be at the White Hart Hotel in Newmarket, on the 17th December, for £22 a head. There will be a Noah’s Ark fancy dress theme – animals will be picked out of a hat. There will also be the customary 3 course meal for which menus are being circulated, please pay your money to Loren.

FIREWORKS SOCIAL – this Saturday! Meet at Five Bells Burwell at 6.30pm or meet at the fireworks at Burwell Cricket Ground. Small fireworks at 7pm, main ones at 7.30pm. Open to all members, junior and senior (and of course friends/family members) Older ones can go for drinks after if they so wish. Contact Loren for full details.

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31 October 2016

- Week 7 Results – 1st Teams Grab Wins on the Road

Men’s 1s: 5-1 win vs North Norfolk 1 (Away)
(J. Atkinson 3, Wade 2)


Slick Newmarket kept pace with the top of Division 3NE with a thrilling 5-1 victory over North Norfolk on Saturday afternoon.

It only took 45 seconds for the game to burst into life. James Atkinson was the first to strike after some fantastic Newmarket passing play, with Chris Leggett playing in Josh Dawson on the right of the D. He took one touch to put the ball into the path of Atkinson who fired home. Despite the scoreline, North Norfolk’s keeper did well under plenty of Newmarket pressure, pushing a fierce Matthew Holden strike out for a long corner.

Newmarket went further ahead 20 minutes later as Atkinson nabbed his second goal in style. Darren Jenkins and Holden exchanging a clever one-two pass, to feed Atkinson at the top of the D, finding himself completely unmarked, to under-cut a looping ball over the keeper and bringing the first half to an end.

Although the home side came out after half-time looking for a response, they weren’t able to breach the organised back-line of Hrebeniak, Newnes, Wilson and Jenkins. They also drove several shots just wide with the home side growing in frustration.

It took the Blue and Yellows a while to grow into the second half, but the away side – who had not lost a game in four matches prior to the trip to Cromer – found their spark in the 55th minute. Debutant Matt Lister was deliberately brought down just behind the 23 meter line forcing the umpire to issue a short corner, which Wade converted. This time Leggett pushed the ball out to Wilson, who found Wade in a lot of space in a training-ground routine, only to see his strike rattle the back board to further extend their lead.

North Norfolk did manage to take advantage of some shambolic defending by Jordan Newnes (it wasn’t quite that bad -L), as he cleared the ball onto the stick of the opposition striker who calmly flicked over Martin McCourt. Newnes however, atoned for his mistake just 5 minutes later, as he drilled the ball across half the pitch to find Wade. He managed to dance past two defenders and reverse hit the ball powerfully into the far right hand corner and for his second of the game.

Atkinson sealed the victory with minutes left. Harry Bell picked out Holden at the top of the D with a sublime through ball, and the former Prem A star had his shot palmed away, but Atkinson collected the ball and put it over the outcoming keeper to add the fifth and to complete his hat-trick.

Men’s 2s: 1-2 loss vs Norwich Dragons 4 (Home)

Norwich Dragons were Newmarket’s Men’s 2s opponents this week. With similar points to Newmarket and after the Men’s 2s past games the home side was ready to try to add another win to their name. Newmarket were the first to achieve a short corner, within the first 5 minutes, but unfortunately yielded few results other than the gained knowledge that it was possible to work their way into the dragons den. Throughout the first half Newmarket did not venture into the den often. Norwich were quick to retaliate from the short corner, regularly using their upfront players to put pressure on men’s 2s defensive line consisting again of John B. and the Three Amigos, Simon Acosar-ington, Andrew Panadero and Ayuda Atkinson (other translation services are available) backed up by keeper Seth Bailey who kept out a couple shots from attacking short corners. Unfortunately for the match report the first half of hockey was rather uneventful so it is therefore difficult to present in an exciting manner but like the previous games of the season great connections were made from the defence through to Simon Donald and then again to Jonny (had-his-warm-up-cigarette) Smokey Bunker, Mark-the-set-up-king “Arsenal” Pears. After more short corners from both sides that resulted in no mark on the score sheet, the first half finished at 0-0. Newmarket knew that they had made multiple opportunities to score and after a few daft punk lyrics “harder, better, faster, stronger” they were ready to start the second half. A few more minutes of humdrum hockey passed and finally Newmarket made a break that was worth something. Using a combination of Bunker’s pace, Trent’s positioning and Arsenal’s modest assisting ability the ball made it over the Dragons goal line after a casual tap off Ollie Trent’s stick making it 1-0 to Newmarket. This angered the Dragons who dug their claws into the astro and launched forward attacking more frequently and as the rules of probability would have it they finally found a gap in Newmarket’s fatiguing defence and scored the levelling goal. Both teams continued to contest for the ball, with special commitment from Captain Drew Wood who made his signature diving shot to the bottom left corner that unluckily missed the goal by inches. It must have been the sun in Newmarket’s eyes that saw another of Norwich’s balls slip past the defence and onto the backboard making it 2-1 towards the end of the second half. Although disheartened, Newmarket continued to fight for the ball making some good runs using the left and right channels up until the final whistle. The home side walked off the pitch feeling the weight of a defeat much greater than a 1 goal difference, disappointed in their performance and determined to rise phoenix like at the Dragon’s own den in the new year.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Wisbech Town 2 (Away)
(G. Evans, Kelly)

Newmarket travelled to the fens with a depleted team due to injury and holidays. Newmarket however where confident that they kept their shape and concentration that they could beat Wisbech who were sitting several places below them in the table.

The first half started of with Wisbech pressing hard. Newmarket took the pressure well not panicing but keeping their shape and by 10mins in where pushing back and started to consistently penetrate the Wisbech half. Some good passes between Hayley Stoneman and Tania Fisher in midfield allowed the forwards to create the space in the d. Newmarket had several chances and it was only a matter of time before an attack resulted in a goal by a perfectly angled shot from Hannah Kelly on her debut for the 1’s.  The goal settled Newmarket who began to push well as a whole team with Faye Andreou leading from the back giving some solid passes to create some great attacking moves. With the score 1 – 0 at halftime Newmarket knew a win was on the cards if they could continue the second half with the same pace and commitment.

The second half opened with Wisbech scoring within the first 5mins after a break from their 23 caught the Newmarket defence off guard. The goal prompted Newmarket to up their work rate and they soon consistently  found themselves in the Wisbech D winning half a dozen short corners. Unable to convert the corners it was to take some great passes and some patience before Grace Evans added herself to the score sheet. Newmarket knew if they could close ranks and keep the formation tight the game was theirs. Newmarket kept their heads and some solid work from all meant the final score of 2-1 gave Newmarket the points they deserved.

Newmarket now sit comfortably, exactly mid table and go into next weeks game at home against  City of Peter bough who sit 2pts above them in the tables with a positivity and ready for their next win.

Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Pelicans 1 (Home)
(Cannon, Lankfer)

Newmarket L2s took a bite of the victory cake this weekend, chewed it and somehow spat it out. It is apparent that our taste buds still need a little education…
Pelicans were the visitors to Newmarket home pitch this weekend and from their first push back, Newmarket won the 50:50 balls and were on the attack. Certainly not the afternoon nap which had been so disastrous last week. Working the ball up the right side of the pitch, Bea Jones passed to Calli Cannon who shot the ball so hard that though the goalie got a pad to the ball, it still crossed the line and Hannah Fox who had been ready on the back post could celebrate Newmarket taking a lead 1-0. Scoring before the opposition? Unheard of, as yet, this season.
Pelicans’ coach exhorted them to hunt in pairs and they did. Newmarket just kept digging deeper and through neat passing perplexed their opposition, making another break and from the top of the D another shot was successfully deflected by Pelicans’ keeper but Emma Lankfer swooped onto the rebound and saw it home.
Pelicans’ feathers thoroughly ruffled, they showed they were capable of fast breaks too and with all of Newmarket’s defence the wrong side of the D, were 3-on-1 with Newmarket’s keeper. Jersey Bennett saved the day and Captain Zoe Bailey hugged the young guardian of the score line for showing her mettle in a two stage save.
Newmarket’s concentration lapsed a little and the next time Pelicans made a break, they were able to beat all 11 players. Nevertheless Newmarket entered half time break from the giddy heights of 2-1 up. It bears repeating: 2-1 UP
Coach Chris Evans said it was the best hockey he has seen the 2s play for a couple of seasons, “just keep it up”
Pelicans’ coach must have used the half time break to metamorphose his players from Pelicans to velociraptors. In the second half, not a single ball was released from a home free hit as they pounced on Newmarket’s every attempt, hunting not only in pairs but triads. They equalised by blocking a 16yd hit and transferring quickly within their triplicity to score.
Newmarket continued to show skills, individually and as a team. Grace Morris ran in all directions without flagging, cutting passes, hassling attackers, channelling and tackling in a way which won her joint Man of the Match with Jersey.
At 2-3 down after a successful Pelicans penalty corner came a Newmarket break into the sunny end of the pitch but left the team wondering what a beautiful thing advantage is when a decisive umpire was faster than Zoe Bailey to assess a foot foul and the sweep that guided the ball into the bottom left hand corner was disallowed. The foot foul resulted in a penalty corner but the shot was released from outside the D, did not meet the post attacker, bounced off the post and the corner was judged to be finished; sadly marking the end of Newmarket’s attack for the day.
A last goal came from Pelicans fitter side but Newmarket L2s can hold their heads high: another reduction in their match goal difference, 90% of last season’s goal tally under their belts and promising improvements to areas of their play that will see a win before long.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-0 win vs St Neots 3 (Home)

The ladies’ 3s faced St Neots 3rd team on Saturday morning. Newmarket started strong with plenty of good joined up play between the mids and forwards. While St Neots made quick work of circling back, Newmarket’s defence and goalie were on top form, and efforts proved unfruitful for them. Newmarket found themselves with quite a few attacking short corners. Newmarket were to be rewarded for their efforts as Sam Brooke took the ball along the base line to slot into the goal between the keepers legs.
Half time saw the girls 1-0 up and feeling strong and buoyed by their performance.
During the second half there was plenty of attempts from both sides to add some goals, but attempts on both sides proved futile. St Neots became increasingly frustrated as shot after shot was either blocked by Newmarket’s defence or goalie.
The game ended as a 1-0 win for Newmarket’s ladies, which they were delighted with, and one of the ladies strongest performances for the season so far. Goalie Jersey Bennett took man of the match for a flawless performance.
Next week sees the ladies take on Ely 3s at Ely.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Cambridge City 5 (Away)

After the potential of this game being conceded during the week due to lack of players, Newmarket scraped a team of 11 together to venture off to the lovely grounds at Wilberforce Road to face Cambridge City 5. With thanks to Mel Podd and Charlie Wombwell for playing 2 games to make sure Newmarket had the 11 they need, the girls started off strong wanting to win the game. With some great work from Emily Fairweather, Milly Howe, Milou Ottolini and Sophie Kelly in the midfield, City had to work hard to get past them into the defence. With constructive shouting from skipper Jess Boyle in the goal (yes she went back to her roots this week) the defence of Sarah Gainford, Helen Atkinson, Mel Podd and Jess Allen were more than a match for City’s forwards. Unfortunately however, City managed to slot a goal past Boyle and went 1-0 up. Things got a little shaky towards the half time whistle with City getting a lot of shots towards the goal. A final short corner awarded to City left Newmarket fighting to stop another goal going in. And fight they did! A spectacular performance from Allen on the post stopped the ball from fully crossing the line, and luckily enough the umpire didn’t see it hit her foot on the line either otherwise a full blown crisis of a penalty flick would have had to be saved… Crisis averted!!
With a appraising team talk at half time from Boyle, and a couple of added extra pointers from coach Twm Wade, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for a goal or two! Some great play down the widths from Atkinson in defence saw Wombwell and Kelly attacking the oppositions 23 pretty quickly, but alas no goal found. Some interception work from Howe found Brooke Le Maire awaiting the ball down the right hand side but again no goal found (bugger!). City managed to gain 4 goals in the second half, one of which should never have been allowed as it was a dangerous reverse in the defending D but never mind. The girls held their head high and look forward to going into next week’s game rearing to go.
Man of the match was closely awarded by just 1 vote by Sarah Ganiford who had a phenomenal game in defence. Dick of the day was awarded for a second time to Emily Fairweather for walking out her house and forgetting her stick… Again! Next week Newmarket face Ely City 2 at home at 10:30. All spectators welcome to cheer on the ever growing ladies 4 team.

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