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 21 Results – Wins for L1s & M1s as Wilson Hits Dragons for Six

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 7-1 win vs Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s (Home)
(Wilson 6 [six], Holden)

Newmarket’s penultimate game of the season saw them face already-relegated Norwich Dragons 3s at home, a game that would nevertheless demand a good deal of focus and concentration from Town if they were to avoid an embarrassing slip up. During the pre-match chat, skipper Matt Holden made sure to emphasise this notion and carefully instructed the defence to not concede any goals at all. The less well informed members of Town’s considerable fan base may have thought this a tall order as Town’s back line was to be without the ever-present Jordan Newnes this week, but luckily Welsh folk hero Dave ‘wonkyfinger’ Worrall was available to make his long awaited comeback from a 14-month injury layoff. #WelcomeBackWorrall

However, things did not get off to a good start for Newmarket as the warm up was a lacklustre affair and took place with only half the team present. Further woes followed shortly after, as midfielder Mike Skelton suffered yet another reoccurrence of his groin injury, leaving Newmarket with a bare XI. Luckily for Town, Andy Baker was on hand to warm the bench following his match for the 2s that morning, and later came on at right wing for his 1st team debut.

This injury led to Town’s loveable leader altering the formation in the spellbinding fashion that only he can, moving Sam Smith into what has been dubbed ‘The Skelton Role’ and complimenting a backbone of defensive stalwart Chris Leggett and midfield maestro Josh Dawson. Ollie Trent started wide right while, in his second game that day, Louis Hrebeniak attempted to play the mythical position of left half once again. The back line consisted of the usual suspects as Darren ‘MOTM’ Jenkins, Simon ‘Boom Boom’ Harrington & William ‘God’ Wilson took their accustomed positions, while some new chap named Worrall lined up in the heart of defence. Finally, the master tactician made the genius and controversial decision to play Martin ‘The Scottish Mignolet’ McCourt betwixt the sticks in a last ditch bid to get free tickets to the World Cup.

The match started with Newmarket playing into the sun (a purposeful decision I am reliably informed – who am I to argue with the Thinkerman) and having the best of the opening passages. However, very little progress was made into the opposing ‘D’ and Town’s defence was called on to be as solid as it has been all season, Worrall playing as if he’d never been away and sweeping up everything Dragons could throw at him. The away side pushed hard down the flanks and forced Smith to shift across and assist the wingers and full backs, a task he performed superbly and much to the appreciation of the partisan crowd lining the home touchline. Chances were few and mainly stemmed from the runs of Smith and Dawson. Harrington was also able to Boom Boom a couple of passes (if they can be described as such) forward and once managed to pick out Hrebeniak at the far post, but unfortunately the winger’s stick somehow developed a massive hole in the tip and the ball went straight through and wide of the net. Perhaps it had been weakened by all that sunbathing…

The umpires were kept busy throughout the half as a result of a varying range on infringements, and eventually Town won a number of short corners. The crowd roared, Harrington Boom Boomed, and then Wilson emphatically crashed home his 11th goal of the season. A trademark strike from the experienced left back to give Town a 1-0 lead, and settle any nerves that an upset might be on the cards.

Newmarket’s second goal soon followed in the form of a stonewall penalty flick – up stepped Wilson once again, he took one look at the keeper and then almost took the net off, a thunderbolt into the top left corner. Half time score, 2-0 to the home side.

At this point someone must have told Wilson that he was now only one goal behind Holden’s tally for the season, and after the restart it didn’t take him long to bag his hat trick from another short corner. Leggett injected and the Norwich defensive five had no answer to Wilson’s superlative strike into the bottom left corner. However, such is the character of the man that he wasn’t satisfied with merely equalling his captain’s total, and so he notched up his fourth from a second penalty flick shortly afterwards. Holden had initially attempted to regain his lead of the goal scoring charts by bursting through the Dragons back line and jinking past the sliding keeper, but ended up handing Wilson the very same opportunity when he was hauled down by a combination of dodgy defenders and an irate keeper. The umpires consulted briefly and awarded the flick, perhaps saving Norwich the futile task of charging down yet another Wilson short corner bullet. Up stepped the great man once more and he coolly dispatched the ball into exactly the same spot as the first. Wilson 4, Dragons 0.

Now, Holden was not about to take this unbridled affront to his character lying down and made a push to regain his grip on the top scorer trophy by slotting neatly past the Dragons keeper. However, before he could do anything else he was shown the yellow card by the nearside umpire (who was later seen having his shirt signed by Wilson). The game descended into a bad tempered affair for a short while and saw several more players shown both yellows and greens, notably Town’s Harrington for a glorious professional foul as he wielded his Griffin like a chainsaw. At this point we also learnt that apparently Norwich-dwellers have no concept of the word “corner”…

Holden returned to the pitch set on regaining his pride (if not the trophy) and so decided to take on the entire Norwich defence a few minutes later. He beat one. He beat two. He beat three. He was in on goal. In such a situation, a lesser man may have buckled under pressure and passed the ball to Smith (who incidentally had an open goal at his mercy), but did Town’s fearless leader release? No! Passing is for wimps and fools and those of a nervous disposition, says he! The high commander unleashed his shot with vigour; it flew towards the gaping goalmouth, past the defenders, past the keeper, past the post… And went wide, closely followed by his chances of becoming top scorer and not receiving DOTD.

As if to emphasise this fact, Wilson chose that moment to score again. The ball broke to him after yet another short corner and he fired home with the clinical edge of a man that likes being clinical. Minutes later, Holden begrudgingly accepted Wilson’s greater class on the day and graciously squared the ball to him, providing the ample left back with a tap in for his sixth and final goal. Job done. We almost don’t need to mention the sloppy consolation goal for Dragons. That is to say, when you score six goals and break most of the records there are to break, nobody remembers the one you concede. But I do. And it’s all Wilson’s fault. Entirely.

Final score on the day, Newmarket 7, Norwich 1. #WonWillWilson

MOTM – This one must be fairly obvious! Congratulations to Will Wilson on his fantastic tally of six goals (or four if your preferred numerical system is similar to Worrall’s). Keep spreading the love…

DOTD – Holden for not passing to Smith and instead attempting to score himself (and failing, alas). At this point it’s probably worth mentioning that the skipper did actually have first dibs on the penalty flicks but, like the gentleman he is, allowed nominated taker Wilson to bang them in. Top work all round.

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

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Long Sutton Ladies’ 1s (Hone)
(G. Evans 2)

Above: Claire McDonnell runs with the ball in the L1’s vital win at home to Long Sutton.
Click here to view photographs of the match by Michael Bennett.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-5 loss vs Huntingdon Ladies’ 1s (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s: 1-3 loss vs Cambridge City Ladies’ 5s (Home) (Carr)

Above: Newmarket defend a short corner under the watchful eye of umpire Vicky Benedikz.
Click here to view photographs of the match by Michael Bennett.

Junior Fixtures – Sunday 13th March

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Dear All,I just wanted to confirm arrangements for this coming Sunday 13th March.

Our youngest players will train at Newmarket Leisure Centre as normal with Vicky Benedikz and Peter Booth taking the U6 group and William Wilson and Dave Worrall leading the U8’s.

The U12 squad and three U10 teams will be playing in some friendly matches against Thetford Juniors at Breckland Leisure Centre, thankyou to everyone that has confirmed their availability. Final details below:

Where: You can find the club address and a map to the pitch here.

When: 10.15 meet for a 10.30 start. We will be finished by 12noon at the latest.

What to bring: Stick, gum shield, shin pads, drink.

What to wear: NHC polo shirt & navy/black shorts/skirt/bottoms. Plus warm clothes to wear whilst not playing. We will provide all players with yellow hockey socks to wear on the day.

If you have any problems on the day you can contact me on my mobile at 07736 458012.

Finally a reminder that the following week, Sunday 20th March will be our final Sunday morning session of the season with some fun activities and games planned for all age groups plus followed by the presentation of our end of season awards.

Thanks and I will see most of you in Thetford on Sunday.

Junior Coordinator

Senior Training & Match Week 13

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Happy New Year from Newmarket Hockey Club!

Now that the Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us, training for all senior teams will recommence this week with the league restarting this weekend – the dates/times are as follows:

First training sessions:

Ladies: Tuesday 5th January 19:30-21:00

Men: Wednesday 6th January 19:00-20:30

Match Week 13 Fixtures (9th January):

Men’s 1s: Felixstowe 2s (Away) – PB 14:15

Men’s 2s: Bury St Edmunds 2s (Home) – PB 15:30

Ladies’ 1s: Wisbech Town 2s (Away) – PB 12:30

Ladies’ 2s: Cambridge University 3s (Home) – PB 14:00

Ladies’ 3s: Haverhill 2s (Away) PB – 11:00


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East Grinstead are hosting the Euro indoor championships in February. Tickets are available for Sunday 16th February for the Finals. 4 games will be played 10am is the first pushback time and 2.30pm is the last.

Tickets are £15 each for the whole day. There is a bar there and food available. We will get a discount if more than 20 people would like to go.

Please let me know ASAP if you would like to go and I will arrange a minibus if I can.

East Grinstead have always been very accomodating towards NHC and its always a great a outing, and its inside so no being freezing!


Junior training

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Just to let all parents/guardians know junior training has now finished until the new year. We will resume training on Sunday 12 January 2014. As always new members are always welcome

On behalf of Newmarket hockey club we would like to thank you for your support and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year.

See you on the 12th

NHC junior coaching team.


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It’s Summer League Time again, but this year, with a difference, you choose your own teams. Each team must consist of a maximum of 10 players and a minimum of 8 players to include at least 2 Ladies II’s players and 2 Ladies III’s players.


  1. Teams must be 7-a-side including a goalkeeper.
  2. Each team must provide an umpire for the game.
  3. There must be a minimum of 4 Ladies on the pitch at all times of which must include at least one player from each of the Ladies II’s and III’s team. (This can include the goalkeeper)
  4. First strike at a short corner must be female and there must be at least 2 ladies defending (not including the goalkeeper).
  5. Each team must appoint a captain to liaise with Team Chris for fixture times etc.
  6. Each player must pay their subs on or before the first game.
  7. Games will push back at 7:30 promptly.
  8. Captains will be responsible for ensuring an umpire is provided for all games or the captain will umpire.
  9. All teams must play in the colour they are allocated.
  10. All players under 16 years of age must wear shin pads and mouthguards.

It is your responsibility to submit your team to either Chris Evans (ce1964@btinternet.com) or Chris Leggett (leggett14@hotmail.co.uk) by the 7th June. The tournament will start on the 14th June and last approximately 8 weeks depending on number of teams entered. Cost per player will be £20.00 to cover pitch hire. Once a team has been entered, they will be given a team colour of which they will play their matches in. Team Chris’s decision is final on all outcomes.

Team Chris

Chris Evans        07969 546372

Chris Leggett     07920 745822