Junior Update – Matches vs Cambridge Nomads

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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.

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

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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)

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

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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)

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

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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.

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

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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.

Umpiring – Your Club Needs You!

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Hi all,

Your club needs you to pick up a whistle and get umpiring.

Umpiring can be both rewarding and enjoyable. Whether you’re coming to the end of your playing days and want to remain an active part of the club or you’re 14 and are looking for a better understanding of the game, then umpiring is for you.

An increase in teams, whilst excellent for the club, has put extra strain on the existing pool of umpires and I am looking to recruit and qualify at least 7 new umpires by the end of next season.

What Newmarket offers its umpires:

Improved knowledge of the rules and regulations of the game;

The opportunity to develop yourself as an umpire to whatever level you wish;

Coaching and advice from already qualified umpires;

A course paid for by the club and your annual membership;

You can offset match fees against games umpired.

I would like to get you on the next available course, which is being held at Ely Hockey Club on Sunday 8th January 2017, from 9:00 till 16:30. There are both practical and theory elements to the course. Any budding umpire would have to complete an online rules test before attending, which can be found here: www.englandhockey.co.uk under officiate and volunteer, then umpiring, and finally umpire developers, assessors and coaches – click on the online test to complete.

The national governing body for hockey in England. Offers information, news, fixtures, results and tables.

It is clear that Newmarket has a small and committed pool of umpires, and I want to spread umpiring across a much larger pool and also offer the opportunity for you and the existing umpires to develop and improve the quality of your umpiring to whatever level you want to achieve.

Please can I have all replies back by the end of Sunday 6th November – to vickybenedikz@hotmail.co.uk

The club will pay for you to go on this course on the proviso that you complete your assessment game by the end of the 17/18 season. With this expectation the club may seek to be reimbursed should you not make yourself available for practice games and assessment.



Week 6 Results – First Home Win for Men’s 3s

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 5-0 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson, Holden, Jenkins, Wade, Wilson)


Newmarket continued their domestic swagger and made it 4 games unbeaten with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Sudbury on Saturday. The home side worked quickly into their stride with Michael Skelton forcing the first save of the game with a clean strike down the keeper’s left hand side. Josh Dawson was next to put pressure on the visitors, seeing his shot go wide. However, Newmarket continued to move the ball about at pace and finally saw their efforts rewarded as Skelton fed the ball to Matthew Holden, who drove it into the D to score the opener on his third attempt, having watched his first two shots saved. A quarter of an hour later and Newmarket had doubled their lead from a short corner that saw William Wilson’s first shot at goal parry straight back to him to flick into the the right hand side of the goal.

An unchanged defence of Louis Hrebeniak, Jordan Newnes, Wilson and Darren Jenkins successfully set up to frustrate the opposition strikers as they kept goalkeeper Martin McCourt to single save in the first half. Captain Holden was also able to hand Ollie Wade, who came on as a substitute against Pelicans the previous weekend, a starting berth in place of Chris Leggett.

Half time was fast approaching but the Blue & Yellows did manage to find a third. This time Sudbury lost possession of the ball deep in Newmarket’s half, allowing Skelton to break forward and find Wade, whose clever pass released the marauding Holden. He then fed Josh Dawson down the inside right channel, before a lovely crossed ball was collected and struck home by James Atkinson.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 15 minutes of the second half but Newnes did manage to drive forward, flashing a cross across the D and just out of the reach of Atkinson. However, the frustration did continue for Sudbury, as Ollie Wade got forward, and with a bit of smart skill, put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-0. Newmarket should have grabbed a fifth goal 10 minutes later, with Harry Bell squaring the ball to Atkinson, but he rifled his strike over the goal having slipped over a piece of Broccoli. Then, with 5 minutes remaining, Skelton, who was a thorn in the Sudbury side all game, found space to run into and pass to fullback Darren Jenkins to slot home from close range for his first senior goal.

The result sees Newmarket stay in third spot, tied on points with Bury St Edmunds after picking up 15 from six games.

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs I-ES 4 (Away)
(Lister, Trent)

Newmarket Men’s 2s were away at Ipswich to play against IES 4s. It is fair to mention that IES 4s team’s average age is slightly lower than the Men’s 2s but Newmarket’s more than make up for it in superior experience and class.  From the start whistle IES reacted quickly on the attack and were fast to claim their first (of many) short corners. Newmarket effortlessly defended the attack and gained possession of the ball, holding onto it like a favourite soft toy as they shared it around the players attempting to find a gap in IES’ fresh legged defence. After a couple more short corners (and an old school bully off taken by Harrington, who taught a lesson to the younger player that went against him) Newmarket poked a gap in the oppositions defence and after a lightning pass from the set up king Mark “Arsenal” Pears the ball was tucked into the inside of the bottom left post by Matt Lister. 1-0 to Newmarket. The rest of the game remained 50/50 in possession and effort,  a few more short corners and some impressive, not to mention important diving saves from the keeper, the first half ended at 1-0 to Newmarket.  The team talk consisted of compliments to Jonny “Smokey” Bunker, Ollie Trent and Matt Lister along with the comment from Simon Harrington that drew attention to “how long Seth has gone without doing something monumentally stupid”.  The second half was played very much on Newmarket’s side of the pitch allowing the experienced back line consisting of John Benna…Benndiktc…Benedicctsz…  B-E-N-E-D-I-K-Z and the reappearing Simon Harrington, Andrew Baker and Adrian Atkinson forming the Density’s child defensive line, who did a good job smothering IES’ repetitive attacks and having the goalkeeper’s back after he made some sliding saves that put him too far from the goal. However the keeper did also make some decent single, double and even triple saves that left him being pulled up by the helmet and exonerated as if he had just jumped on an exploding grenade. Eventually due to the rules of probability IES finally managed to score a levelling goal through an unorthodox short corner routine that bounced off the previously flawless goalkeeper’s foot and into the goal, spilling ink onto his well-maintained clean sheet. The shouts from the opposition clearly illustrated the achievement of getting a ball over the line especially considering the amount of attempts they had, a couple of which got tantalizingly close to the goal line only to be stopped by the a-flame keeper. Newmarket retaliated and after a surprising turn in Smokey Bunker’s ball pace and speed, he put a ball through to Ollie Trent who put the ball tactically on the reverse to place it into the taken aback keeper who was still trying to process the speed at which the attack had come at him. 2-1 in the latter part of the second half and IES did not like this one bit. The home side continued to bombard Newmarket’s defence and in the end fired a powerful shot into the backboard bringing it to 2-2 in the last third of the second half, it was at this point that the goalkeeper’s enjoyment of the game decreased slightly and all of Newmarket’s heads seemed to go down. The rest of the half showed some great play by Captain Drew Wood, spinning round the opposition like a South African leopard crossed with a Tasmanian devil passing the ball through to Ben Barclay who showed that, for him, hockey is not too dissimilar to walking. Unfortunately the game finished with a 2-2 draw but IES were definitely the beaten side, with an unbelievable 27 short corners in their favour but converting one on the score board. Now, I’ve done the math and that is a 3.7% success rate or for Newmarket a 96.3% chance of saving. Looking at those numbers you can now see why every person on the hockey pitch, including the oppo keeper,  congratulated the Newmarket keeper Seth Bailey who earned himself man of the match and another “fine” into the kitty. Newmarket were fairly evenly matched against IES and now have a good idea on all of the possible ways to give away a short corner, Density’s child could maybe write a dummies’ guide on how to award the opposition with one.

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 6-1 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Home)
(B. Atkinson 2, H. Frost 2, Andreou, Podd)

Newmarket Men’s 3s comprehensively beat Felixstowe 4s 6v1 in their first home league game. In front of a partisan home crowd, 2 goals apiece from Henry Frost and Ben Atkinson with further goals from Alex Andreou and Rory Podd were too much for Felixstowe as the 3s played their best hockey of the season.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 3-4 loss vs Alford & District 1 (Home)
(G. Evans 2, Thomas)

Having won two games on the bounce the Newmarket Ladies 1st team were feeling confident as they faced league levellers Alford & District 1s.

However the opening 10 minutes were the oppositions with 2 goals hitting the Newmarket backboards, showing the visitors were not afraid to travel.

Leading the retaliation charge-Grace Evans, Town’s in form striker swept a ball into the net from mid D with no hesitation.

Newmarket still looked a little loose on the ball and were not picking out teammates cleanly.

Battling commenced and Claire McDonnell made a swift run down the right wing. She found Di Thomas prowling the back line who then turned, passed 3 players and unleashed a shot the keeper could not reach.

This score line remained until five minutes in to the second half where Grace Evans finished superbly again – a move initiated by a confident defensive display from Gail Parkins, Faye Andreou, Rebecca Barnes and Stef Howard.

Emma Russell-Price, Lydia Evans, Calli Cannon and Hayley Stoneman worked hard to create forward momentum but Alford were able to break and force an equaliser.

The game failing to flow; particularly in the second half and produced as much a mental test as physical. It was Alford who got the final chalk on the board after intercepting in midfield and firing in from close range. This was enough to take away all 3 points and the opportunity of Newmarket sitting top three in the table.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 3-6 loss vs Haverhill 1 (Away)
(Bailey, Fox, Jones)

Newsflash! 3 goals in one match. 3! Goals! In one match!
Ok, so the opposition insisted on scoring more but only 3 more. That’s our best goal difference all season!
It seems L2s have remembered how it feels to hear ball against back board. Long may it continue!
If exclamation marks are rationed, I may be in trouble. One very happy captain (!!!!!)
Haverhill did, quite frankly catch Newmarket blinking, let alone napping and scored within seconds of pushback. For the first half, every loose ball was met by a Haverhill player, forcing Newmarket’s back 4 (realistically 3, we had a fidget) to defend hard. Some attacks were met outside circle, a fair few dealt with in the D but sometimes crowding Keeper Jersey Bennett so clear saves could not be made. It was one such attack which led to Haverhill’s second goal as the ball, initially blocked, was put in on a rebound and rose off a stick above the defender and dropped just under the cross bar and out of Jersey’s reach.
Haverhill’s players circled our hit outs well, capitalising on a short stop and scoring once more. Steph Heslop and Jazz Wombwell persisted in attempting to release the ball from defence and from one such release, Hannah Kelly worked the ball up the right side of the pitch, passing to Bea Jones, who just inside the D, struck the ball keenly between Haverhill’s keeper’s pads bring the score to 3-1 just before half time.
Newmarket emerged from their half time talk like a different team: determined, feisty, communicating, passing, moving, supporting. Must have been the previous night’s partying wearing off for some or a really special batch of sweets. Special mention must go to Emily Russell who was a dynamo in centre of attack, chasing back when Haverhill broke our attack, putting herself in prime positions and placing the ball for her team mates, Hannah Fox was first to use this assistance, seeing home a ball from the penalty spot.
Newmarket found a new liking for the opposition’s D and though Haverhill did break and score twice more: Newmarket L2s did not give up. Helen Hansgate owned midfield, intercepting Haverhill cross-pitch passes and finding Emily Russell who took the ball back up the field, passing and receiving from Lydia Willmott on the edge of the D and feeding the ball again to the penalty spot, where Newmarket attackers and Haverhill defenders pinballed until Captain Zoe Bailey, with her back to the GK dropped low to guide the ball under her left elbow in a forceful spinning push. Time stood still and then Newmarket cheers erupted as the score-line improved to 5-3.
Haverhill retaliated with one last goal but the fact remains L2s have now scored 70% of their last season’s goal tally, have a top goal scorer (streaking ahead with 2) and have reduced their match goal difference for another week running. Onwards and upwards.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 1-1 draw vs Royston 2 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s drew 1v1 with Royston 2s. After an even first half Royston took the lead with a rapid counter attack. From this point on Newmarket dominated both possession and chances with their efforts rewarded with an equaliser from Laura Excell.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 1-9 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Home)

After an unfortunate away loss to Bury last week, Newmarket ventured into this week’s home game against Cambridge Nomads with their heads held high. Still sitting mid table, Newmarket knew that losing this game would cost valuable points which they did not want! After losing regulars Gabi Asker, Emily Fairweather and Gerogia Atherton for multiple reasons, taking the team to just 11 players, it was time for Darcy Keates and newbie Anne Romanivk to make their mark on the ever progressing ladies 4s team.
After gaining first pushback, Newmarket dominated the first 15 minutes. With some great midfield work from Millie Howe, Milou Ottolini, Darcy Keates and Anne Romanivk, Newmarket began to find their way into the attacking 23. Unfortunately however, the Nomads defence were just as strong and managed to claim composure and venture their way right back up the pitch into the watchful eyes of the back 4 of Jess Allen, Janie Harrington, captain Jess Boyle and Helen Atkinson, plus the ever eager eyed James Atkinson, whose sole purpose of the game was to try and take out as many if not more players than he did at Bury last week (3 in counting if I’m not mistaken!). Nomads managed to sneak in an early goal against Newmarket, but this was soon counteracted from a superb 16 yard hit out from Boyle which managed to deflect not only off a Newmarket stick but a Nomads stick into the awaiting path of Sophie Kelly who had a clear run on her own up towards the keeper. Her shot on goal thwarted by the Nomads goalkeeper but rebounded spectacularly off Howe making the score 1-1 with roughly 10 minutes to go before half time. Nomads managed to score another before the half time whistle making the score 2-1 but a lot of scrappiness and captains overruling umpires decisions (no not Newmarket captain obviously!) lead to this goal being given.
After a productive half time team talk by skipper Boyle, and a goalie change seeing Helen Atkinson don the kit, Newmarket held their heads high hoping they could at least scrape a goal back to draw and potentially even win. This however was not the case! As Newmarket struggled on with all 11 players blowing so hard they could knock down the 3 little pigs house made of bricks, Nomads managed to thwart each and every single player and stick another 7 goals past H. Atkinson in the second half, leaving the final score 9-1 loss to Newmarket.
Man of the Match went to Sophie Kelly for some spectacular play! Dick of the Day was awarded to Helen Atkinson for a cracking dive towards the goal which could only be described as leaving her like a turtle on its back.  Next week the ladies 4’s face Cambridge City away at 3:00.