Week 5 Results – Wins All Round for Men as Ladies 1s Upstage Uni

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 7-3 win vs Pelicans 2 (Away)
(Atkinson 2, Dawson 2, Shepperson, Skelton, Wilson)


Unchanged Newmarket ran Pelicans ragged in Kings Lynn, keeping them within touching distance of top spot, with a 7-3 away win. Pelicans went into the game with a great balance of youth and experience, but that positive vibe was extremely short-lived, with Ben Shepperson turning home the opener inside two minutes after a deflection of the keepers pads. Things went from bad to worse for the home side five minutes later, as William Wilson slammed the ball into the D, which deflected off a Pelicans stick into the air, that was then collected by James Atkinson who, with a sweet strike, made it 2-0. However, Pelicans did manage to score against the run of play, as attack broke down in the middle of the pitch, opening up lots of space for an opposition player to push past keeper Martin McCourt. It was a lifeline for the home side, but they never looked like getting back afloat, with Josh Dawson restoring Newmarket’s two goal advantage on the 20 minute mark with a team goal of the season contender. The ball was played out of defence by Jordan Newnes, picking out Shepperson on the wing, who with a quick one-two pass with Michael Skelton gave the ball to Atkinson on the move, and then square the ball past the keeper to Dawson to fire into an open net. 3-1 to the visitors. Confidence was growing with every minute as Wilson saw a trademark short corner rattle into the bottom right hand corner to make it 4-1. Newmarket were made to sweat again however, as the hosts added another goal, picking out a free running player at the left side of the post who casually slotted the ball in. After exchanging passes with Atkinson for the third goal, it was now Dawson to return the favour. A beautiful counter attack was executed, as Chris Leggett got the ball in midfield and gave it to Dawson, driving it into the D and playing a diagonal pass past the keeper for Atkinson, who ghosted into the area unmarked, to sweep home and bringing the first half to an end. The second half got under way but Pelicans struggled to claw their way back into the game as Newmarket started exactly as they did in the first half. This time Ollie Wade taking the short corner, with a perfectly weighted pass for Dawson to nip in and score his second of the game. Newmarket’s dominance shone throughout the game and shortly after the 6th came the 7th goal, this time captain Matt Holden hitting the ball into the D and Skelton deflecting it into the roof of the net. Ben Shepperson was then shown a red card for a cynical challenge, bringing play to a short halt with both teams getting out their handbags during a fiery encounter. It left Newmarket hanging on in the last 20 minutes as the hosts pulled one back, but the visiting side held firm to move up to third in the league, level on points with second.

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 7-3 win vs Pelicans 3 (Home)
(Hosegood 2, Pears 2, Bunker, Trent, Wood)

Due to the sheer quality of the game and the role played by the match reporter before he knew he would be match reporter this week, please forgive historical inaccuracies and any under playing of the gloriousness of goals. Safe to say this match was thoroughly enjoyed by all the team and all the goals and saves were genuinely impressive.

This weekend Newmarket Men’s 2s lined up against Pelicans 2s and started like the horses out the gates at the local races. The Pelicans where clearly not prepared for the amazing start that caught all of the 11 opposing players on the back foot. Taking advantage of this, Newmarket quickly moved the ball between the attacking players, around the dazed Pelican defenders and onto William “Windmill” Hosegood’s stick who fired a killer shot straight into and almost through the goal. Newmarket were 1-0 up within the first (counted) 35 seconds. Yes that is 35 seconds, which is 8 seconds faster than the 400m world record set in the 2016 Olympics. Pelicans had no time to recover from the lightning first goal as Newmarket were back at it again, with fast passes and some quality team work the ball found itself hitting Pelicans backboard again after only 2 minutes from the starting whistle, this time shot from Ollie Trent, his first senior goal for the club.

An amazing effort from Newmarket with all players seeming to be tuned into the same victorious radio channel, soon it was birthday boy Mark “Arsenal” Pears’ turn to make an appearance on the score sheet with an incredible reverse stick shot placed into the opposition’s goal, 3 goals past the Pelican’s goal-keeper in the first 12minutes of the game. The rest of the half consisted of some great play from Trent, Beardon , and Simon Donald who worked well with the defensive backline, again made up of the Good the Bad and the Ugly; Harrington, Baker and the unusually quiet Atkinson (who’s who can be fought out by amongst said three). Matt Smith did a great job of suppressing Pelicans attacks down the right wing. Despite Newmarket’s incredible play the Pelicans found a break and after they managed to dodge the defensive lunges made by Newmarket’s backline leaving the keeper with a two on one situation, which he would like to mention are ridiculously difficult to save. As you would expect from a two on one, a goal was converted in the closing minutes of the first half after the keeper made the arguably wrong decision to stay and try to block the shot instead of closing the player down. The score stayed at 3-1 to Newmarket thorough till half time despite Pelicans efforts through attacking shot corners which were blocked by the keeper gaining himself a slice of redemption and compliments from a Pelicans player.

The halftime team talk consisted of nothing but adulation for the superior team and their admirable play made as they took their well-deserved break to prepare themselves for the next half of exceptional hockey.

Newmarket’s second half mirrored the quality of the first, however Pelicans must have received one extensive talking-to at half time as they managed to score another goal bringing it to 3-2 through an impressive volley shot after 3 air touches in the D. Newmarket’s fatigued keeper removed his hand pads and applauded. Play immediately transferred to the inspired Captain Drew Wood and he finally made his bottom right corner goal (3 matches in the making) to bring the score to 4-2 but unfortunately this goal marked the beginning of Newmarket’s down period of play and another Pelican break into the area and Pelican goal bringing it to 4-3. The Pelicans continued their aggressive attacks and drove another ball into Newmarket’s area and after a save which left Newmarket’s keeper down and out, an opposing player lined up the killer shot to score the levelling goal. Against all odds, wonder man Andrew Baker made it back in time to hook the attackers descending stick, preventing the goal. An initial short corner was given but after a discussion between the umpires a penalty flick was awarded. All eyes were turned to the keeper as he placed himself on the line and prepared himself for the incoming ball. The full weight of Newmarket’s expectation to keep them in the game felt as he centralised on the goal line, he read the book of body language that the Pelicans flicker had presented him with and with cat like reflexes, greeted the flying ball with his left hand deflecting it towards the stampede of yellow that embraced the exhilarated keeper. This was the turning point of the game, giving new fire to Newmarket’s bellies that saw another 3 goals scored, all of which had an involvement from the birthday boy Arsenal, first by Jonny (not-so-Smokey-as-he-forgot-his-warm-up-cigarette-which-definitely-has-an-effect-on-his-game) Bunker whose speedy running and slipping in of Arsenal’s cross saved Trent from DoD, making it look like a plan to miss an easy goal and wrong-foot the keeper for 5-3. With that Pelicans retaliated and weaselled their 4th and final ball over the Newmarket goal line. But this only provoked Newmarket’s onslaught of attacks with another ball rocketed from Arsenal to Windmill Hosegood bringing the score to 6-4, and then the final icing on the birthday cake was Arsenal’s finishing goal to make the score 7-4 in the last few minutes of the game.

Newmarket Men’s 2s gave an Olympian like performance with all players worthy of a Man of Match vote but in the end it went to Keeper Seth Bailey for amongst other things, the flick save which turned the tables of the game. DOD went to Andrew Baker for his foul that awarded the flick but did save what would have been the equalizing goal. Some say that it was Arsenal’s birthday wish that won the game but one certain thing is the fact that some of Newmarket’s Men’s 2s had just played the best game of their hockey career and together the Men’s 2s team played best game of this season so far.

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 2-1 win vs Ipswich Cranes 2 (Away)
(Lister, Walker)

Newmarket travelled away for the second week in a row, this time to the ever beautiful and sun-bathed town of Ipswich, famous of course for The Tractor Boys and …….…. Tractors……..maybe.

Anyway this week’s game promised to be good as Newmarket had raised a full team and even managed a couple of subs, with an even mix of age and experience and youth and enthusiasm.

After an initial panic on the fact that apparently Cranes also play in yellow, I have to thank Gainsborough Leisure Centre for digging up 13 non yellow bibs for us to use.

The first half began with Cranes on the front foot and Newmarket looked very shaky and stand in keeper Jack Rossiter was called into action on several occasions. Newmarket had some possession but gave it away far too easily. The first goal arrived in a way I have been trying to get us to attack all season, Cranes got in around the back of Newmarket’s defence and rather than pulling the ball back slotted home at the near post. To say this goal galvanised Newmarket to greater efforts would be an over statement as for one day only Newmarket looked tired from the first to the last minute. Fortunately what Newmarket do have is lots of players willing to take on defenders and when Matt Lister was switched from midfield to upfront, he repaid the move with a winding run past 4 or 5 defenders before striking the ball sweetly into the bottom corner of the goal from 10 yards out. 1v1 against the overall run of play definitely, but who cares about that. There was just enough time left for Dunc Freed to pick up his first card on his return to playing after 34 minutes for probably dissent.

Half time 1v1

After a half time feast of Jelly Babies and water Newmarket came out and still looked knackered. Honestly what do teenage boys get up to tire themselves out so much? The game was quite stretched from the start and the backline (at varying times) of W. Frost, Benedikz, Prentice and Everitt alongside the returning legend that is Freed soaked up a lot of pressure minimising the amount of work that keeper Rossiter had to do. As the game wore on Cranes did us a big favour and got tired, this allowed Jordan Walker to score – no idea how, but I am sure it was quite special.

2v1 to Newmarket with 20 minutes to go and the game became very end to end with Cranes having the better of the possession, but Newmarket looked more likely to score. Wide midfielders Atkinson and H Frost continually drove the ball at the Cranes defence and the centre mid of Kenny and Booth provided both a shield for the defence and depth to the attacks.

At the final whistle Newmarket had held out for their first ever league win and points. It is a good sign when a team can play below its best and still come away with a win and truth be told Cranes may have deserved a point, so long as we don’t do that every week.

Man of the Match: Matt Lister for terrifying the Cranes defence with his mazy runs and a goal.

Captains Pick: Oscar Kenny – Who in game where all his colleagues looked knackered from start to finish, injected some much needed energy into midfield for 70 mins.

DoD – Rory Podd, not sure why he got this other than having the back problems of a 70 year old at 15. I feel I dodged a bullet on this after the mix up with the shirts.

Team: Jack Rossiter, John Benedikz, Will Frost, Simon Everitt, Duncan Freed, Mungo Prentice, Rory Podd, Henry Frost, Peter Booth, Oscar Kenny, Ben Atkinson, Matt Lister, Jordan Walker.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 4-1 win vs Cambridge University 3 (Away)
(G. Evans 2, Stoneman, Thomas)

This week saw Newmarket ladies 1st team away to currently bottom of the league Cambridge university ladies 3’s. Newmarket were keen not to let the Cambridge teams table position effect their preparation for this game, as it was clear from the start, this opposition team were going to be quick off the mark with great fitness, showing up with a full squad of 16.

The first half the match saw Newmarket make some great breaks down the pitch with crucial play from captain Lydia Evans, Hayley Stoneman and Claire McDonnell using both Emma Russell and Jess Logan out on their wings. Newmarket managed several attempts in the D this half but the Uni team were quick to react; saving and redistributing everything Newmarket threw at them. Newmarket showing their strengths managed to gain multiple short corners from these confrontations. Unfortunately The Uni girls managed to put the dampers on any celebrations the Newmarket ladies may have been aiming for. Through determination a few plays later Newmarket ladies persistence paid off and they managed to win themselves another short corner. The well worked short saw a strong injection form Faye Andreou to Hayley Stoneman who fired the ball straight passed the keepers reach into the bottom left hand corner.

This week’s game also put the Newmarket defence and goalkeeper to the test. With this young agile team on the break Newmarket defence had to communicate well and play a strong back line, pressuring the Uni ladies when they gained entry within the Newmarket 25’. When The Uni girls were able to make a shot on goal, keeper Sue Bullimore was on the money blocking every attempt they made. Including a lift shot at goal, in which she leapt through the air to take out the ball with her left hand.

With half time to reflect on the great game Newmarket were having and a moment to catch their breath from this very young and fast paced team. Newmarket came out strong ready to increase their goal lead. Newmarket’s second goal of the game come from a free hit from Gail McDonnell, down the pitch to Claire McDonnell who drew the ball across the pitch to the corner, drawing with her the Uni defence. A quick and targeted ball through the defence into the D, allowing Grace Evans to slip the ball straight passed the keeper.

With The University girls now more determined than ever, Newmarket’s fitness was really put to the test with Uni making breaks down the pitch; Once again gunning for Sue Bullimore’s goal. Great defensive play from Rebecca Barnes, meant she was able to get in on action, interrupting their link pay and redistributing the ball back down the pitch to the rest of the team who were eagerly waiting.

With Kerry Alderson running the ball along the back line weaving around the opposition, she slipped the ball through to Di Thomas who received it and with a reverse stick, flicked the ball in to the back of the net; giving Newmarket a 3-0 lead. Cambridge University were not going to let Newmarket get off quite so lightly, moving the ball down the pitch, and winning themselves a short corner. Which they were able to convert skimming the ball just past the Newmarket keeper.

With around 9 minutes left in the game, Cambridge Uni were on the break when Faye Andreou went in with a strong tackle, but unfortunately fouling the Uni player, who went down with a tumble and twisted on her landing. Game play was stopped for the Uni team to see to their injury.

With only these crucial minutes left in the game, Newmarket were reluctant to let the university end the game with the last goal being theirs. Lydia Evans firing a strike from outside of the Uni 25 yard line, straight to Grace Evans who was in a great position just to the left of the goal, she was able to deflect Lydia’s shot straight across the keeper and in to the back of the university net.

Now with only minutes to go Newmarket stood strong and controlled the rest of the game. To ensure they kept their score line.

Man of the match went to Jess Logan.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-5 loss vs Spalding 2 (Home)

Spalding scored.

Spalding scored.

There was a time when it looked like Spalding wouldn’t score again.

Spalding scored.

Spalding scored.

Half time involved lots of talking, a resolve made to defend harder, work with more structure, be more creative off the ball to make space and give more support to the player with the ball and to stop making keeper Jersey Bennett have to work so hard.

Spalding only scored once more.

Sam Brooke and Bea Jones started to work well up the right side of the pitch, Tania Parker slotted well into the squad, Angel Fayers won Man of the Match for consistently tackling solidly, staying calm under pressure and distributing the ball well. If there had been another 2 halves, Newmarket may well converted Spalding‘s keeper’s yells about players in her D into actual goals rather than thwarted attempts.

Welcoming back their coach, Newmarket Ladies 2s have made further improvements this week: less goal difference is definitely the trend. If this can continue, then an outstanding win and the chocolates for scoring more goals than last season will be achieved before the club Christmas do.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 0-4 loss vs St Ives 3 (Home)

Half Time Score 0-2

Full Time Score 0-4

Men of the Match – Callie Plumb and Sarah Ganiford.

Lemon of the Match – Rach Pegg – Although there were many candidates for the falling over dramatically award, including Laura Excell and Janie Harrington, Rach Pegg secured the award by – 1) falling over the keeper and kneeing her in the head, 2) falling over and 3) for a grand finale falling over and using her face to break the fall (sadly after which she was lost from the game).

After a disappointing and frustrating match last Saturday Newmarket L3s needed to come out positive against a strong St Ives 3s.

The first half was only 5 minutes old when St Ives struck and only 10 when the made it 2. After this Newmarket dug in and adopted a defence in depth style with the midfield of Mel Podd, Laura Curtis and Janie Harrington needing to sit deeper and aim to offload the ball quickly. Rapid counter attacks from Charlotte Wombwell, Laura Smith, Georgia Rolls and Laura Excell kept the St Ives defence on their toes.  This stifled St Ives and Newmarket slowly grew in confidence as the half progressed. Goals however still proved hard to come by for Newmarket.

Half time: 0v2

The second half continued in much the same mould as the first St Ives pressure and Newmarket counter attacking when possible. The back line of Rach Pegg, Vicky Benedikz, Callie Plumb, Sarah Ganiford and keeper Bennett were kept busy throughout the half, a hi-light of which was when a St Ives attack broke into the D the always vigilant Bennett hunted down the striker and when the St Ives player took her shot the ball ricocheted off her helmet and was looking goal bound until Sarah Ganiford appeared on the line to nonchalantly take the ball down from shoulder height and clear it away.

St Ives scored 2 more goals as the game wore on to make the final score 4v0 but truth be told Newmarket matched St Ives for long periods of this game and against lessor opposition could well have come away with a more positive result. Newmarket soaked up a lot of pressure and struck quickly and directly on the counter attack.

Team – Mel Podd (C), Jersey Bennett (GK), Vicky Benedikz, Rach Pegg, Callie Plumb, Sarah Ganiford, Laura Smith, Laura Curtis, Janie Harrington, Charlotte Wombwell, Laura Excell and Georgia Rolls.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 0-4 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)

So after a pretty impressive run of games, the 4’s hit the game against the current top of the league team. An omnious feeling was brewing as they warmed up military-style next to us. Despite this- a pre-match chat from Atherton focused the team and we started the first half storming. Although quite dominant in our defensive area- Bury started to get stressed and messy as they realised we’d brought our game. 50/50 possession and neat little passes saw us giving the top team a run for their subs. An unfortunate end to the first half with a 2-0 down score, after very undeserved and messy goals. A very stressed, tired and panicky Bury team regrouped as the 4’s were praised during halftime. Undeterred from the score line, the L4’s yellow and blue machines came back again with everything we had and worked incredibly as a team. Bury had picked up the pace and unfortunately sent another 2 goals into the backboard- but not without a fight from us. Man of the match was Atkinson for an incredible defensive first half on the pitch and some astounding saves second half, in goal. ‘Teddy’ went to Atherton, for showing up in Rowley’s kit and (as always) sliding around on the Astro. An incredibly well gelled team gave it their all – and despite the score line, should be massively proud. An underserved win for Bury, but an incredible performance from the machines.

In other news this week, congratulations to our very own Darren ‘Dazzler’ Jenkins of the Men’s 1st Team on announcing his engagement to Emma Gray! Best wishes for the future to you both from everyone at the club.

Week 4 Results – Men’s 1s Stun Ipswich as Ladies Outclass Spalding

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs Ipswich 2 (Home)
(Skelton 2, Shepperson)

Newmarket inflicted Ipswich’s first defeat of the season as they moved up to third in the table, and within three points off the top, with a scintillating 3-2 victory on Saturday.
Newmarket looked very confident in the opening 15 minutes, exchange some simple but effective passes, rolling back the years to the famous Revolution. They continued to harass and hound the Ipswich defence and they got their rewards shortly after as Michael Skelton reverse hit from short distance to put the hosts in front. The home side utilised both full backs Louis Hrebeniak and Darren Jenkins well, opening up spaces and finding the wingers with ease. They were pressing for a second goal but it was proving difficult to find another breakthrough.
Darren Jenkins unfortunately got himself green carded for a silly stick tackle and for arguing the decision with the Umpire. Ipswich managed to capitalise with the extra man and squeezed an equaliser past Martin McCourt, who for large parts of the game had been a spectator, by forcing themselves past the midfielders and through to the top of the D, unmarked, and striking powerfully into the roof of the net.
Newmarket started the second period intent on not letting an Ipswich side, who were yet to loose a game in Division 3NE, back into the contest. Matthew Holden ensured the opposition goalkeeper was alert by hitting a rasping shot just wide, but the visitors remained a threat also and saw an effort hit the side netting. Stand-in centre back William Wilson found man of the match Hrebeniak on the wing, who drove the ball just outside the D and found Skelton with pinpoint accuracy to deflect the ball into left hand corner. 2-1 to the home side.
The defence looked well organised, with Wilson and Jordan Newnes spreading the ball confidently to midfielders Josh Dawson, Chris Leggett and forwards James Atkinson, Ben Shepperson and Holden. However, on the rare occasion, they were breached once more as a mistimed tackle allowed an Ipswich striker to slot home and level for a second time.
With minutes left on the clock, Newmarket got the short corner they needed to put the game to bed. Mr Happy – Chris Leggett pushed the ball out to striker Shepperson, who brilliantly drag flicked the ball into the bottom right hand corner to seal all three points for the hosts.
Next week sees Newmarket travel to Kings Lynn for a 1pm push back, looking to tighten the gap for top spot in the league.

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-3 loss vs Felixstowe 2 (Away)
(Pears 2)

This week NHC Men’s 2s ventured to face Felixstowe HC Men’s 2s side who have just been relegated from the division above and are currently sitting at the top of the DIV4 NE table. In the pre-match team talk Captain Drew Wood mentioned to the faithful 10 before him how they were an unbeaten side with multiple goals to their name, with only a couple being scored against them. Un-phased by this information Newmarket started the game pushing out hard against the opposition; Simon Harrington however found the time to fondle with his crystal ball and make sure that his predictions for the game were staying true. When Harrington received the ball with which the game was being played he lifted it into the air, letting it soar over the heads of the amazed opposition straight onto the receiving end of the one and only Mark ‘Arsenal’ Pears’ stick. With a relaxed dribble into Felixstowe’s area he let fly a casual strike which was placed with such carefree precision into the top left corner of the goal that it left the opposition’s keeper in a state of bewilderment and disbelief as the score went to 1-0 for Newmarket within the first 5 minutes.  As Newmarket reset themselves for the game to restart a smug grin was found to appear on Harrington’s face for his predictions had come true, perhaps he would predict himself chips for tea tonight.  After the incredible first goal from Arsenal, Felixstowe retaliated making a break into Newmarket’s half only to face a triple threat of Newmarket’s heavyweight defenders consisting of the infamous Andrew Baker, Adrian Atkinson and Harrington along with the new addition of Matt Smith forming a backline that greeted Felixstowe’s attacks with aura similar to that of an aggressive brick wall. The first half of the game consisted of some of the best hockey that the Men’s 2s had played all season, owning the phrase “the best form of offense is a good defence” and Newmarket’s defence was the piece de resistance of defence backlines, only occasionally exhibiting the skills of their goalkeeper. With great balls being played through to Simon Donald from behind, he found his key place in the midfield, creating space and forwarding balls through to Ollie Trent and Jonny ‘Smokey’ Bunker who made some impressive runs down the right channel. Donald, although not new to Newmarket hockey club, was making a return after a long time at another less important club and gained himself man of the match for his work in the middle of the pitch. Newmarket’s great team work and sportsmanship started to irritate the opposition and attacks became more frequent but yielding few results. Felixstowe eventually claimed their first attacking short corner which required a second attempt before a ball was finally scrapped into the top corner of Newmarket’s goal bringing the score to 1-1 close to the end of the first half. The last couple of minutes of the first half remained 50/50 in possession and skill level with both teams holding strong till the half time whistle blew. The halftime talk consisted of little criticism of one of the best first half’s of hockey Newmarket Men’s 2s had played all season. Leaving them wondering what all the fuss was about and with a little insight into why Felixstowe may have been relegated.
In the second half Felixstowe went all out and continued to attack hard in an attempt to show Newmarket what all the fuss was indeed about, but Newmarket’s defensive tactics held strong, as trying to run through a brick wall can only end one way. However Felixstowe persisted and eventually managed to weasel their way behind the defence and score through a one-on-one with the keeper bringing the score to 2-1. The shouts of relieved accomplishment of the opposition told Newmarket all they needed to know about the way they had played so far against the leading team. Thus ensued some incredibly intense hockey as the full time whistle approached on the horizon with Newmarket aggressively attacking Felixstowe’s half and earned themselves a short corner in the last 5 minutes of the game. Tensions were similar to that of a Stephen King film as Newmarket set up their attacking short; the ball was injected to the top of the area to meet Harry Bell who tactically fired the ball at the opposition’s keeper allowing it to rebound onto quick thinking top goal scorer Arsenal’s stick, who placed it just inside of an unmarked post evening out the score to make it 2-2. Newmarket’s attackers jogged back with a skip in their step knowing they had just levelled the top of table team with only a couple hundred seconds remaining on the clock. In the last minutes of the game both teams frantically contested the ball with attacks and counter attacks from both sides. As the clock dwindled down, Newmarket held their collective breath in an effort to not curse their draw with the highest team in the table. But someone must have let theirs go in the final 30 seconds when Felixstowe made their final attacking run into Newmarket’s area and managed to clip a foot, gaining them a short corner.  The furious 5 arranged themselves on the line, with the thought of the multiple short corners they had kept out throughout the game present in their minds, right next to the hint of doubt and uncertainty for Felixstowe’s final attack. The ball was released to the top of the area and Andy Baker charged out to meet it at the top, but the ball was slipped out to the right and after what felt like an eternity, was painfully tipped into the bottom right hand corner. 3-2 to Felixstowe in the last 30 seconds. Newmarket shuffled off the pitch feeling the full weight of the unfortunate defeat, wondering how Felixstowe were perched at the top of the division table when table underdogs game such a great fight.

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs Norfolk Nomads 2 (Away)

Newmarket travelled to Norwich off the back of an unbeaten pre-season, with high hopes and fine weather. There were however a couple of small clouds on the horizon; 1) in all our previous games we had a regular goalkeeper and 2) in our previous games we had 11 players rather than 9. Still with the talent in the 3s hopes were high of obtaining something from the game.
With Captain John Benedikz donning the keeper’s pads Newmarket took to the field in the much under used 3-4-1 formation, Will Frost, Simon Everitt, Rory Podd formed the back line, Henry Frost, Peter Booth, Oscar Kenny and Jack Rossiter the midfield and Ben Atkinson providing the fire power upfront.
A tricky start saw Newmarket go quickly 2 behind and the formation change to 4-4-0 as we looked to gain some control on the experienced Nomads attacks. Gradually Newmarket found their way into the game and the pace of the youngsters in midfield clearly frightened their opposite numbers, even then chances were still hard to come by for Newmarket.
Half time: 2v0 to Nomads
Newmarket’s control of the game in the run up to half time encouraged Benedikz to shake off the keeper’s pads and step on to the pitch for the second half as a kicking back, allowing Newmarket to play  4-4-1 with Ben Atkinson back to providing the focal point for the attacks.
10 minutes into the second half Newmarket got what their courage so far had deserved. Rory Podd counter-attacked down the right wing outpacing the Nomads defence and getting around the back, pulling the ball back to Atkinson who dinked the ball home from close range for his first for the club. This led to one of the more acrobatic goal celebrations of recent years as he dropped his stick and produced some gymnastic tumbling worthy of Max Whitlock.
At 2v1 Nomads were rattled. There was still ebb and flow but Newmarket pushed forward with a real edge to their game. Their best chance to equalise came after an hour when the Nomads keeper pulled off three top class saves from a Newmarket short corner in the space of 15 seconds.
As the game drew to a close, legs inevitably grew tired amongst the Newmarket players and gaps appeared at the back, 2 late goals for Nomads gave the score line a gloss they barely deserved.
Final Score: Nomads 2s 4 v 1 Newmarket 3s
Man of match: The whole team.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Spalding 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, McDonnell)

A tense game playing top of the table, Spalding… the game started well however Spalding had the upper hand wining several short corners in succession. Spalding could not break the defense of Bullimore, Andreou, Parkins, Barnes and Bunning. The tension build, both sides pushing forward creating chances but to no avail. Cracks appeared and arguments with the umpire began… Thankfully the halftime whistle went allowing Newmarket to calm the game down and start to take control. Newmarket pushed Spalding back in their own half with great work from the midfield and forwards, however they could not convert their chances. Spalding had a few breaks, putting pressure on Newmarket’s defence, but they held strong. In the last 10 minutes Newmarket pushed, switching play and working up the pitch. McDonnell got her first goal of the season, breaking the stalemate. It was followed minutes later by a great goal from Grace Evans, after her sister (Lydia) put a fantastic ball through. Newmarket held strong to win 2-0 at fulltime.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-7 loss vs City of Peterborough 3 (Away)

Newmarket L2s went to Peterborough for dinner: a 4pm pushback at Bretton Gate usually heralds the need to don skins and leggings but unusually warm as it has been, few gloves or extra layers were needed.
Everyone was aware how hard they could work knowing the one and only SuperSub, Angel Fayers, would give 5 minute rolling substitutions for all positions.
Newmarket were put straight into defensive mode by Peterborough’s young very keen team, 50:50 balls were initially met by red shirts not yellow and all players were pulled to mark a very communicative opposition. However, Newmarket held strong and when Peterborough did break through the 10, GK Jersey Bennett showed her mettle, blocking various strikes gymnastically throughout the first half. Only 2 shots got past her. Shortly before the end of the first half, one of Newmarket’s classic fast breaks got them into Peterborough’s D, earning a short corner. We suspect Peterborough had not expected this, as time had to be stopped to collect masks. Newmarket were not able to capitalise on this opportunity but shortly after, Angel sent a fast pass to Zoe Bailey in the D. Just a matter of shoulder angle and the ball would have sunk the right side of the goal post by the inches it went wide but this gave Newmarket hope.
This week’s half time sweet talk resulted in better attacking hockey, Lydia Willmott combining well with Hannah Kelly, Hannah Fox on the right to create passes to beat Peterborough’s midfield. Jess Logan was solid in defence and attack on the Left, seemingly passing to herself in cartoon style, speed streaks behind her. Somehow, and without the wisdom of coach Chris Evans, we are unsure how, Peterborough scored another 5 times.
With the proximity of A & E, and a track record at that pitch of broken feet, cheek bones and foreheads, the team yesterday were chuffed to escape with one elbow-bashed nose, a ball-brace fat lip situation and less goal difference than last week. Peterborough 3s and umpires were good natured, the bar staff provided ice and Zoe Bailey looks forward to the return match being more first half than 2nd.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 0-2 loss vs Huntingdon 2 (Away)

Despite the long drive and the rain, Newmarket’s 3rd ladies team arrived in Sharnbrook in high spirits.  The game got off to a good start, with plenty of good strong play, and possession in the midfield.  Early breaks for Newmarket including good team play between Sophie Bell, Laura Excell and Georgia Rolls.  While the girls had plenty of time in the opposition’s D, half time saw the teams even at 0-0.

The second half started off pretty much the same as the first half, although tensions seem to increase, as it was clear that neither team was inclined to come away with anything less than a win for the day.  The ladies were disappointed to be awarded a short corner, which was subsequently over-ruled.   Newmarket’s eagerness to end the goal drought saw them pushing forward, leading to being caught out of play by a run-away Hunts play, who took the ball into the D and converted for Hunts.  Newmarket’s disappointment and frustration was evident as barely 2 minutes later, another hunts player similarly broke away.  As she kicked the ball, Newmarket were sure that this would be awarded their way, how-ever, it wasn’t and the second goal went in.

Although the score line was of great disappointment to the team, captain and coach, it was one of the better outings for the side, with lots of positives to work on going forward.

Man of the Match was Gabi Asker for her fantastic performance on the right hand side.  Jane Dryland picked up the teddy award for falling over twice during the game.

Next week sees the ladies take on St Ives 3s at home at 11am.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: Game Conceded – 5-0 win vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)

In other news this week, a huge well done from everyone at the club to our very own David Worrall and Jordan Newnes for passing their Level 1 Assessment in umpiring.

Week 4 Fixtures – League Debut for Men’s 3s

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

Newmarket Men’s 2s: Away to Felixstowe 2 (14:30)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: Away to Norfolk Nomads 2 (15:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: Home to Spalding 1 (13:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: Away to City of Peterborough 3 (16:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: Away to Huntingdon 2 (11:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: Home to Haverhill Ladies 2 (11:00)

Week 3 Results – Shepperson Hat-trick Sees M1s Victorious

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs Bury St Edmunds 2 (Away)
(Shepperson 3)

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-5 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Home)
(Hosegood, Wood)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 4-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Home)
(Booth 2, Lister, Podd)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 0-2 loss vs Royston 1 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-8 loss vs Huntingdon 1 (Home)

With the weather not on our side, Newmarket Ladies 2’s did their best to keep spirits high. The first 10 minutes saw each Newmarket player settling comfortably into their positioning resulting in us gaining possession. Some great one two’s were made between Beau Rolls and Phoebe Peacock but this didn’t prevent Huntingdon from slotting their first goal in. Newmarket continued to keep their heads high with the back four working hard to regain possession to move the ball up the pitch. As half time came around, Jazz Freed and Sam Brookes backed captain Zoe Bailey up giving the team talk into what we needed to do in the second half. This team talk clearly sunk in to Newmarket ladies as they fought extra hard despite many decisions being made against them. Frustration didn’t get the better of them as some superb runs were made either side of the pitch between Hannah Kelly, Hannah Fox and Grace Morris, earning Grace man of the match for her excellent commitment to chase the ball. The score finished 8-0 to Huntingdon, so its onwards and upwards from here for Newmarket Ladies 2’s as next week they are away at Peterborough.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Home)

This was a game that was tough from the outset. Playing an experienced side, the back 4 of: Captain Mel Podd, Vicky Benedikz, Jane Dryland and Stef Haslop, had their work cut out for them.
South had an early short corner in their favour, which they received well and slipped left. Mel Podd and keeper Jersey Bennett watched the ball off, only to be taken off guard as it curved and slide into the goal.
At half time the ladies had managed to keep it to 0-1, but the back 4 were taking strain with south hanging high.
The second half of the game saw Newmarket generate a lot more possession and a good few chances in the D, including a few short corner penalties. Plenty of good chances were generated through the midfielders and forwards.
However south were ever ready to take advantage of any small mistakes and managed to put another two in the back of the net, bringing the final score to 0-3.
Both captain and coach Colin Seakins were happy with the teams performance against a strong well drilled side, with plenty of good stuff to work on.
Man of the match was Jane Dryland, who works tirelessly for the team, and generated plenty of the midfield play.
Next week sees the ladies away to take Huntingdon 2s.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 4-1 win vs Cambridge South 3 (Away)
(Fairweather 2, Atherton, Kelly)

Christmas Party 2016/17 – Details Now Available

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Attention all members! The NHC Senior Christmas Party for the 2016/17 season will be at the White Hart Hotel in Newmarket on the 17th December, at 7pm.

This year the event will include a three course meal, dancing after dinner and most importantly fancy dress!

The price is £22 per person and this should be given to Social Secretary Loren Davenport, along with menu choices, ASAP. The menu can be seen in the image below:

Week 3 Fixtures – Men Face Bury St Edmunds

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Newmarket Men’s 1s:  Away to Bury St Edmunds 2 (12:00)

Newmarket Men’s 2s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 3 (13:30)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: Friendly – Home to Bury St Edmunds 7 (15:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: Away to Royston 1 (13:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: Home to Huntingdon 1 (12:00)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: Home to Cambridge South 2 (10:30)

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: Away to Cambridge South 3 (10:30)

As always, all supporters are welcome!!

Week 2 Results – Victory for Ladies’ 4s in Ely Derby

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 6-7 loss vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Wilson 3, Atkinson 2, Shepperson)

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 0-5 loss vs Norwich City 5 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 1-1 draw vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs Long Sutton 1 (Away)

A slow start saw Newmarket concede a couple of early goals as Long Sutton put the Newmarket defence under a lot of pressure. Newmarket then got into the game and created a few chances of their own but they couldn’t convert. Sue Bullimore in the Newmarket goal then pulled off a fine save from a penalty flick, but unfortunately she couldn’t stop Long Sutton from scoring their third goal. In the second half Newmarket upped their game with Beth Wombwell setting Lydia Evans up who created space for a shot on goal, only for it to come back off the post. Newmarket then had a few short corners and again they were unlucky not to score. Rebecca Barnes who has moved up into the 1st team played a fantastic game and, as a result, was voted player of the match.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Horncastle 1 (Home)
(Haste, Kelly)

Captain Zoe Bailey was immensely encouraged by the L2s squad that played at home vs Horncastle 1 on Saturday 24/9/16.
They were not deterred by two early opposition goals: flying strikes by unmarked players. Newmarket tightened up their marking and defence linked well with mid field to transfer the ball to Horncastle’s D. With determination Olivia Haste was last to touch the ball before it clipped off a Horncastle defender to put our first goal on the score card.
Horncastle quickly retaliated, earning and scoring from a short corner but once again, Newmarket dug deep and Hannah Kelly brought the scoreline closer 3-2
The rest of first half saw even play, neither team dominated. This was continued for much of the second half too. Sharp marking, good channelling and fast breaks all being features of the game. Newmarket could sense an equaliser but sadly after Jazz Wombwell and Phoebe Peacock both headed to the subs bench with injured feet, Horncastle capitalised with a ball struck with some lift from the top of the D that keeper Jess Boyle couldn’t quite get to.
The final score was 4-2 to Horncastle, Newmarket L2s are gelling together, gaining confidence and keen to improve on this week’s performance.
Next week they face Huntingdon 1, again at home.

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

This week the Ladies 3s headed to Ely for the second game of the season. With a full squad consisting of goalie Jersey Bennett, Rach Pegg, Jane Dryland, Mel Podd, Steph Haslop, Kayleigh Whitehead, Janie Harrington, Sophie Bell, Laura Exell, Laura Smith and Charlotte Abbersteen – the team had to battle hard throughout the 70 minutes.
With an unlucky first half to the game, the yellows went down 1-0 as Ely managed to get a goal.
At half time it was a time to boost up the energy and try to get back up.
Not long into the second half Ely made it 2-0. With the decision to change formation, this created a better game for Newmarket, with a stronger midfield consisting of 4, Sophie Bell, Laura Smith, Janie Harrington and Kayleigh Whitehead, every individual had an awesome 15 minutes, leading to the two forwards Charlotte Abbersteen and Laura Excell taking the opportunity given and made great play together, Charlotte made the run taking the keeper on, who dived for the ball, however Charlotte managed to get round and hit the ball across to Laura’s stick who was in a great position and smashed it into goal making the score 2-1.
With chances for Newmarket to score again, it just didn’t come together despite the hard work of the team.
Ely then scored again making it 3-1.
Man of the match went to Steph Haslop which was thoroughly deserved, who made great defensive play keeping the back line strong, along with Jane, Mel and Rach, all working as a great team.
Next week the team face Cambridge South 2s at 10:30 at home, all support welcome.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s: 3-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Asker, Atkinson, Le Maire)

After what can only be described as a ‘several bottles of wine consumed’ week, Newmarket played hostess with the mostess on a sunny Saturday morning to local derby rivals Ely City. With the Newmarket 3s also playing Ely away, the girls knew going into the game that there would not be any unfairness with players. After gaining first pushback (2 out of 2), Newmarket dominated possession from the off. Some great work between Ellie Carr, Sophie Kelly and Jess Farrow upfront the ball soon found its way into the attacking 23 and the first short corner of the game soon followed. Unfortunately, Newmarket’s hard fought efforts were unrewarded and Ely soon found possession. Ely’s possession was soon taken back however by some spectacular defending from Millie Howe, Gabi Asker and Milou Ottolini in the midfield, leaving skipper Jess Boyle standing in goal wishing she had bought a newspaper with her to read as yet again Newmarket found their way into the attacking D with another short corner in their midst but yet again, no goal! As things started to become tenser than a gripping episode of Eastenders, the score ended 0-0 as the half time whistle finally blew.
With not much criticism at the half time team talk, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for at least 1 goal in the half. As soon as the ball left the centre spot, Newmarket were straight on to Ely wanting that ball, and it was won spectacularly! With some great 1-2 passing between Ottolini and Asker, the ball again found its way into the attacking 23. A great send in from Carr scraped past the Ely defenders and snuck its way to an awaiting Asker who finally put the ball where it belonged! 1-0 Newmarket! With the heads of the Newmarket players now held very high, things soon took a turn for the worst as Ely managed to somehow sneak their way past the midfield and the defence of Jess Allen, Helen Atkinson, Vicky Benedikz and James Atkinson towards keeper Boyle. As the ball managed to sneak past Boyle towards the goal, if it wasn’t for Allen getting back onto the post to defend, the score would be a draw. However, some fantastic Man of the Match worthy play from Allen saw the ball go off the sideline instead of in the goal (phew!). Once again as Newmarket found possession through J. Atkinson, a great run down the entire length of the pitch without getting tackled once saw the ball into the attacking 23. A sneaky 1-2 pass between Ottolini and J. Atkinson gave Atkinson his first goal of the season for Newmarket, making the score 2-0! With 15 minutes left to play, supersub Le Maire managed to net the 3rd goal as skipper Boyle whooped for joy at not only her first victory as Ladies 4 captain, but her first home victory as Ladies 4 captain, putting Newmarket Ladies 4’s mid table after just 2 games.
Man of the Match was awarded to Jess Allen for some fantastic defensive work. Next week the Ladies 4’s are away to Cambridge South 3 at 10:30.

Week 1 Results – Winning Starts for M1s, M3s & L1s

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 4-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Away)
(Wade 2, Dawson, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s got off to a winning start in their first game in Divison 3NE this week. The team began slowly and soon went a goal down to a soft penalty flick to Dragons, but pulled the score level on the stroke of half time with a magnificent drag flick into the top left hand corner by Ollie Wade on his Town return. Newmarket improved after the break and quickly took the lead with a Josh Dawson strike, before Wade added to the scoreline with a well taken penalty stroke of his own. Dragons hit back from yet another stroke despite the best efforts of Scotland Over 50s International Martin McCourt who made some outstanding saves, but Mike Skelton put the result beyond doubt when he broke into the opposition ‘D’, played the ball off a Dragons stick and into the back of the net. Notable was an excellent performance by Ben Shepperson who also made his Town return, but Man of the Match went to McCourt for his huge contribution between the Newmarket sticks. DOTD was awarded to Simon Harrington – a lesson for all younger players here, if you decide to karate kick an opponent then at least make sure you don’t miss!

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Bell, Hosegood)

Newmarket Men’s 3s: 2-0 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Home)
(Evans, H. Frost)

An excellent team performance capped off by a first senior goal for youngster Henry Frost. Man of the Match went to William Frost.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs Bourne Deeping 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 5-2 loss vs St Ives 2 (Away)
(Fox, Logan)

Newmarket travelled the A14, most of us narrowly missing the traffic chaos from a lorry accident to face St Ives on their ground.

It was in some respects a predictable result: St Ives are always well drilled, ruthless attackers with a sharp eye for a short corner. They scored quickly and Newmarket were forced to make positional changes early on, moving Angel Fayers, whose Newmarket years have been “upfront”, deep into defence, to use her vision and powerful strike to release the ball to our waiting forwards. It was from one of these passes that Hannah Fox and Emma Lankfer took the ball up the right flank and used short passes to beat St Ives defence and send in our first league goal of the season, the score sitting at 3-1. However St Ives came straight back and forced Jersey Bennett to test out her new keeping kit for speed and agility and by half time 2 more goals were scored by St Ives.
The customary St Ives second match ball was required. Newmarket had been well directed by Steph Howard and Jazz Wombwell from the back, but an advantage played ball had ended up sky high and in the hedge. Shortly after the new ball was brought into play, Newmarket made a fast break and Jess Logan drove towards the circle, St Ives’ goalie came out strongly, buying her defence some time to run back but Jess retrieved the ball from the goalie’s pads, beat the defenders just off the goal line and saw in Newmarket’s second goal, already a fifth of the total the team scored last season. Captain Zoe Bailey has promised chocolates when last year’s total is surpassed.
Man of the Match votes were shared between Steph Howard, Jess Logan and Jersey Bennett.
Next week Newmarket 2s are at home to Horncastle to continue their quest for points, goals and chocolate.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 3-3 draw vs Cambridge City 5 (Home)
(C. Wombwell 2, Excell)

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

Newmarket 4 travelled away for their very first league game ever this week to Longsands to face veterans St Neots 3. With a full team of 11 prised and ready to take up their latest challenge, and a welcome return of Helen and James Atkinson to the helm, Newmarket started game with first pushback. With some great work up front from Ellie Carr, Emily Fairweather, Millie Howe, Gabi Asker, Darcy Keates and Jess Farrow, Newmarket began to find their way into the attacking 23 and with some great passing into the D, unfortunately it was unrewarded as St Neots managed to claw the ball back from Newmarket’s grasp. With the back line of James Atkinson, skipper Jess Boyle, Sarah Ganiford and Jess Allen (making her debut for Newmarket) waiting eagerly for the ball, and goalkeeper Helen Atkinson on her toes ready, unfortunately St Neots managed to sneak a goal in from a reverse flick which should not have belonged in 4NW(S). Saints then also managed to sneak another goal in before half time, leading into the half time whistle 2-0 up.
With some courageous words at half time from Boyle and some helpful tips and advice, Newmarket entered the second half thirsty for a goal or 2! Again with some great passes between the mid and forwards, and some fantastic running from Carr, Newmarket gained full possession in the attacking 23 with at least 3 or 4 attempts on goal which unfortunately couldn’t be put into the back of the net. When St Neots did make a reappearance in the defending 23, keeper Atkinson made some spectacular saves, which considering it was her first game back in god knows how long, were worthy of a bottle of champagne in my eyes! However, St Neots still managed to sneak in another 2 goals before the full time whistle blew, leaving the final score of the first game of the season at a 4-0 loss to Newmarket.
But (and this is a big but) the score line does not reflect on how the girls played one little bit! Everyone fought for their rights to be playing, and everyone played with 110%. For the first league game of a brand new team, I couldn’t be more proud of how the girls played and how dedicated they were to the cause. Man of the match was well won by Emily Fairweather who showed some spectacular play throughout the entire game despite getting walloped on the ankle by a rogue ball. Dick of the day was awarded to Sarah Ganiford for knocking out St Neots star player (so effectively could have been MoM worthy as well!).
Next week Newmarket take on Ely City 3 at Home at 11:00. All support is indeed welcome to help cheer on the first ever home game for the girls. #blueandyellowmachine