Week 13 Results – 3rd Team Youngsters Battle to Victory

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

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

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

Week 12 Results – Late Comebacks for 1st Teams

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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)

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

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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)

Week 10 Results – Games Postponed as L2s Beat City

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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