Newmarket Hockey Club travelled to the home of the Harleston Magpies to compete in their annual May bank holiday tournament. The squad, which was predominantly made up of ladies 1′s and a couple of ladies 2′s knew not what to expect as this was their first entry into this particular event.
Their first game took place on grass, apparently this was all the rage 30 years ago but then again so were VHS recorders. Lowestoft proved worthy opponents and opened up the scoring, play was end to end but Newmarket couldn’t find the back of the net until all the hard work by Beth Wombwell, who looked quite at home playing on grass, eventually paid off. A ball was fed into the D that bore resemblance to something that had been dropped by 617 squadron and as it bounced, Wombwell made a clean connection and fired the ball across the line to pull off a well earned draw.
The second match, again on grass, was against Diss, this match wasn’t quite so end to end, mostly due to the rugged surface of the playing pitch. The match ended nil nil.
Newmarket’s next 2 games were on the Water Based astro, comparatively speaking, a bit like trading in your Reliant Robin for a Porsche 911 C4S. An excellent game prevailed but neither side could find the back board and for the second game in a row, a scoreless result was recorded.
To reach the Cup play off, Newmarket needed to beat their next opponents and although Beth Wombwell got her second goal of the day, they could only secure a one all draw which meant Newmarket would go through to the play offs where they would compete for the plate.
Newmarket had a bye in the quarter finals and the and a semi final against the hosts, Harleston Magpies was set to push back at 4pm. Newmarket remained true to form and by the end of the match were locked at a draw, penalty flicks were going to be how the game would be decided, coach Chris Evans selected the five to take the flicks. Newmarket missed the first and the magpies went one up. The next six flicks were we’re thoroughly in Newmarket’s favour, with Jade Atkinson, the Newmarket Goalkeeper, saving all of the Magpies efforts, whilst Newmarket through Angel Fayers, Lydia Evans and Beth Wombwell scored all three of theirs meant Newmarket had secured a place in the plate final.
The final was played on grass but by now Newmarket were buzzing, the opposition didn’t actually get into Newmarket’s half. They came out one nil winners after an excellent deflected goal by April Atkinson earned them the victory they so deserved. A great day was had by all and Lou Milner and Verity MacMahon, both 2nd team players had exceptional matched and certainly proved their worth. April Atkinson won the player of the final. To top the day off, the Men’s team, won the cup final in a thrilling game that ended 2-0 to the boys
After two weeks off due to the weather and Easter Newmarket Ladies 1’s were feeling slightly out of practise for the double head league game and cup final against Cambridge South.
Unable to win the league Newmarket were keen to get some silverware for the club, and started the game on the front foot attacking Cambridge from the off. The Cambridge defence soaked up waves of Newmarket attack but it was only a matter of time before Newmarket were to break the deadlock when Lydia Evans struck a cracking ball into the D for Beth Wombwell to pick out a superb deflection into the back of the net. The goal settled Newmarket and some great work from the whole team allowed the attacks and shots to keep coming, with both Kerry Alderson and April Atkinson creating some great chances. It was from one of these attacks that a Cambridge player stopped a shot at goal on the line. Lydia Evans stepped up for the penalty flick and coolly pushed the ball under the keeper to make 2-0. Newmarket’s fitness started to wane in the last few minutes of the first half and Cambridge tried to utilise on this but some great saves by Jade Atkinson meant the score stayed at 2-0 into half time.
Some good direction at half time from coach Chris Evans meant the second half started as the first with Newmarket pushing the ball around well and creating some good attacks. Some great play from the back by Faye Andreou and Jasmine Wombwell set up several attacks with solid shots by both Sam Brooke and Gail Parkins just going wide. Newmarket continued to play the ball around building the attack and creating great space, one such move allowed a composed Angel Fayers to hit a well thought out shot at goal to make the score 3-0. Newmarket continued to moving the ball around and several shots followed. Cambridge managed to threaten the Newmarket goal a couple of times but despite the heat taking it toll Newmarket managed to soak up the pressure. With some great goal stopping tackles from Hayley Stoneman, Louise Downs and Zoe Bailey. Newmarket didn’t lose concentration and despite have a few many chances were happy to finish the game with a 3-0 win.15 October 2012
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland Ladies 1’s: 3-2 win to Rutland
The ladies 1st team were playing at home for a third week in a row and it proved 3rd time unlucky as they tasted their first defeat of the season.
They were playing top spot holders Rutland who had youth and energy on their side. Newmarket looked a bit lack lustre as they struggled to result positive moves with a goal. Despite many short corners, Town failed to get any shots on target.
The first half both teams were losing possession in midfield but Rutland took on a spilled pass and capitalised to go ahead.
After an honest half time talk Newmarket started spritely taking the play straight to the Rutland D. Sadly this opened a gap for Rutland and Town backed off leaving chance for the shot-the ball sneaked past unsighted goalie Sue Bullimore.
Newmarket now playing with more passion and determination managed to cease possession and a central move meant Lydia Evans smashed towards goal-the keeper kicking into her own goal meaning under new ‘Own Goal’ rules that the shot counted and Town were off the mark.
However 5 minutes later Rutland utilised the free space Town were giving them and hit the target-a goal very similar to the one previous.
The last opportunity feel to Newmarket as they were gaining the upper hand on the match-on form Hayley Stoneman fought hard to retain the ball and the hammered the ball into goal taking it to 3-2.
Despite losing; Newmarket are keen to build from the experience and keep their league title campaign alive. The team face Huntingdon 2pm at home next weekNewmarket Men’s 1st XI 2 – 0 Cambridge City 4th XI
After last week’s defeat against a very strong Wisbech side, Newmarket looked to get their promotion challenge back on track against a strong aggressive Cambridge City side.
The game was an even contest for much of the first half, Newmarket with more possession and territory but Cambridge City very effective on the break. Josh Dawson was prominent for Newmarket on the right flank and Ollie Wade was linking well with Michael Skelton on the left. Newmarket won a penalty corner which Dawson converted to give Newmarket the lead.
Cambridge City came back stronger, Alex Andreou and Chris Leggett struggled to come to terms with the City central midfield pairing and with Jordan Newnes and Simon Harrington not getting tight enough to their men, City forced some got chances from open play and via their own penalty corner. They came up against an inspired keeper in Chris Routs who wasn’t in the mood to get beaten, making countless fine saves, warranting his man of the match vote, when he was beaten skipper Will Wilson was on the line to clear.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket a goal to the good, coach Nic Thorpe was happier than last week and sent his charges out for the second half asking more on the same, it was a greatly improved second half performance, Newmarket looked much more solid, with better organisation Newnes, Harrington, Andreou and Leggett all got closer to their men and as a result Newmarket dominated the half, scoring another goal from a Chris Leggett deflection at another penalty corner.
The crowd expected more goals to come, but a combination on a poor final ball and good defending restricted Newmarket to just the 2 goals, Newmarket were lucky to keep 11 men on the field when Harrington was lucky to receive only a green card for a clumsy tackle in the middle of the park.
Next week Newmarket travel to face Rutland one of the 3 remaining unbeaten teams in the league, with an 11am pushback and a 9am morning meet and early night will be required on Friday!
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Spalding Ladies 2’s. 4-0 win to Newmarket.
Newmarket ladies 1’s faced Spalding 2’s in the League Cup competition this weekend.
It was a lot tougher than Town expected and Captain Gail Parkins playing with a new surname after being married the previous week and a new stick (wedding present), had to rally her side.
The first half was pretty much deadlock with both sides spilling passes and players not quite meeting balls in time. There was little possession in midfield and both keepers were called into action.
Both teams also had their fair share of short corner chances but could not get that final pass on target.
With the heat again having an effect on the game as with the previous week; halftime was much needed by the players. Newmarket took the chance to re-group and re focus on the need to get an early goal. This was achieved just 2 minutes in-Hayley Stoneman made a fabulous central run and took on the keeper smashing the ball in.
This gave Newmarket the confidence and safety cushion they needed to press on the defence further. Stoneman combined with Beth Wombwell up front, both switching the ball between each other and Wombwell got the final touch extending Town’s lead.
Stoneman took advantage of the defence tracking Newmarket wide players and again drove up the middle of the pitch easily slotting passed the keeper.
The play was looking a little scrappy and Lydia Evans received a flyway stick to the face-with a short break off the pitch she came back on playing with full confidence and in the 29th minute she was rewarded with a goal-booming the ball hard and fast on a narrow angle far right of the D finishing off the game in style and continuing Town’s participation in the Cup Competition.
Newmarket Ladies 2 V Cambridge City
Having played Cambridge City 4’s two weeks previous in a league match, Newmarket were upbeat about the potential win against them in the League Cup.
From the off Newmarket showed confidence on the ball.
Great link play from Kerry Alderson, Cassie Edgar-Ayms and April Atkinson on the right saw Newmarket threaten City.
Sue Bullimore in goal communicated well with her backs Anna Parker and Sam Brooke. This kept City from being able to get through the solid Newmarket defence.
20 minutes into the match a cross pitch ball from Becka Swift found Zoe Bailey unmarked who swiftly interlinked with Edgar-Ayms, who was already looking for Alderson pacing forward giving the chance for a shot. Although first saved by the keeper’s quick reactions, Alderson not wanting to come away goalless swept in the re-bound giving Newmarket the deserved goal.
Now goal hungry, the fresh legs of Rachel Bullingham, Holly Woods and Harry Briggs saw that the pace down the left wing picked up and Swift scored only to find the Umpire had already blown his whistle for previous foot foul.
With the team working hard and moments of great link up play, Newmarket were putting all their training methods into the match.
Donna Keats staying solid and man marking saw Newmarket’s first half end at 1-0.
No team really dominated the other; Newmarket not wanting to get complacent saw Jade Atkinson channelling her opponent and winning challenges Town could build on.
A quick change of positions and players altering the defence line around dramatically proved Newmarket are a team that can work around anything.
Town continued to work hard but with the warm weather and tiring bodies the team were happy to hear the final whistle winning 1-0.
Well deserved Man of the Match-Jade Atkinson.
Wisbech 2nd XI 3 Newmarket 1st XI 1
Town made the journey northwards without skipper Will Wilson who was nursing his injured knee. This caused a reshuffle in the back line which upset the shape and fluidity which the Newmarket fans have come to expect from the yellow and blue machine.
Right from the first whistle Wisbech played with more passion and purpose, running out deserved winners and killing off any hope of the mighty Town had of bettering last year and going the season unbeaten.
Instead, Newmarket got a taste of their own medicine outplayed by a savvy opposition who thoroughly deserved the three points and have set the benchmark for what Town must achieve if they want to be the best in Div 3 NW.
The first ten minutes set the tone for most of the game with the Newmarket back four unable to handle the free movement on the youthful and pacey Wisbech front line.
Runs from midfield weren’t tracked and despite the urgent commands of Newmarket’s experienced Keeper Chris Routs the Wisbech forwards were able to find far too much room in and around the Town D. The pressure began to tell and it was no surprise when a goal mouth scramble saw the home team take a deserved lead. Watching from the side lines Coach Nick Thorpe pulled his hair out in frustration as his side were outplayed for the first time during his reign.
Going 1 down seemed to spark some life into Newmarket. Thorpe shuffled his pack and the introduction of Worrall and Skelton helped Town find a foothold in the game. They began to venture forward. Mounting some meaningful attacks of their own helped them force a series of short corners, one of which fell to the energetic Ollie Wade who slammed home an equaliser from a tight angle.
Unfortunately Town did not add to this as their usually effective corner routines came to nothing. The Wisbech back four soaked up the pressure before a quick break up-field saw them re take the lead.
A missed penalty flick meant town were still only 1 down at halftime.
Some ugly tackles from a “competitive” Wisbech midfield went unpunished before Worrall took matters into his own hands and spent 10 minutes in the sin bin as a result.
In his absence Wisbech made it 3- 1 with a slick short corner of their own.
Lessons will be taken and perhaps this is the wake-up call Town need to help ensure they remain focused on gaining a 3rd consecutive promotion.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Oundle Ladies: 7-0 win to Newmarket
Newmarket ladies 1’s helped continue the clubs winning run this weekend as they convincingly beat Oundle ladies 7-0 at home.
The squad brimming with enthusiasm and skill this season were keen to show their intentions of dominating the league from opening push back. Oundle were penned into their defending half and forced to play square and back passes. With pace up front, Beth Wombwell slipped her defender and took on the keeper-with little effort she found the target to take Town in front after 5 minutes. With a full sideline of supporters cheering-the team were lifted to extend this lead. By this point Newmarket were able to sit high in defence. Nicola Boyle made her first team league debut and rose to the challenge and worked superbly with her new teammates at the back.
Town looked comfortable on the ball and coach Chris Evans was able to adjust the team – trying out new position options. Hayley Stoneman taking on a more defensive role this season provided skill and pace toward the midfield leaving Claire McDonnell the chance to sit higher. Oundle were giving Newmarket a lot of space to run with the ball and McDonnell darted up the right and found Di Thomas top D-she took a step inside and struck sweetly to beat the keeper at right post.
McDonnell was rewarded for her unselfish distribution-finding herself free top D after a pinpoint pass from Jazz Wombwell she scampered round 2 players and clipped into goal. A head injury to an Oundle player created a gap in play which was much needed due to the heat.
The second half was as high paced as the first and Town were hungry for more goals. Kerry Alderson like Boyle was making her first team league debut and certainly made an impact on the game with her pace and accuracy.
Beth Wombwell again was on target only for the goal to be disallowed – this was a teaser for the crowd as Angel Fayers stepped up and pounced on the left post soon after, giving Newmarket a fourth.
Looking solid Isabel Hooley and Louise Downs were clinical in their execution of passes confidently worked together to provide the front men shooting opportunities.
Oundle did not give up the fight and for a ten minute period were holding possession well and build chances to shoot towards Sue Bullimore in goal. Getting restless Newmarket finally got the ball away. In a goalline scramble the Oundle keeper must be praised for blocking numerous shots, however Thomas boomed the ball first time into goal to take her team’s tally to 5. Beth Wombwell was also not done with being on the score sheet and swept from mid range to get her brace.
1’s player of 2011/12 season Tania Fisher was on form as usual as was Lydia Evans who was unlucky not to find the target on several occasions. Town’s final goal started from a defensive clearance. Within about 4 passes the ball was heading goalwards. After an initial shot by McDonnell the ball fell nicely for Thomas to reverse sweep away giving her a hat-trick. At this early point of the season the team sit top of the league on goal difference-a position they wish to remain at.
Jenny Richards played her final game for Newmarket before starting student life. She will be missed by the squad and club-they all wish her luck for the future.
Newmarket Ladies 2′s v’s Peterborough Ladies 2′s – Saturday 22nd September (home)
It was a quick pace from the onset in this match with both teams fitness levels really put to the test. The first goal came from Newmarket in the 22nd minute by Lou Downs who has shown she means business now she has recovered from last seasons injury. There were plenty of shots on goal from the Peterborough side but none in the first half could get past Newmarket goalkeeper Sue Bullimore who won man of the match for her efforts. Going into the second half leading 1-0, Newmarket dominated possession for the early part of the second half which was rewarded with a second goal for them by Tracey Cockerill in the 9th minute. It wasn’t long after that Peterborough got their first goal however. There was some great play by Newmarkets Zoe Bailey, April Atkinson, Sam Brooke & Grace Evans and in the 31st minute Lou Downs got her second goal making it 3-1 to Newmarket and securing the win.
Newmarket 1st XI 6-0 St Neots 1st XI
Goal scorers – Harry Bell x 2, Matt Holden x 2, Ollie Wade and Mark Pears
Newmarket went into their first home game of the 2012-13 season fairly heavily disrupted by the unusually early start to season. With right winger Mr Suzanna Burrows trying to develop a life away from the sport he loves, Simon Harrington using Pedalo’s as only he can in Spain and James Wrinch spending more time than desired with the contents of his own stomach the team were forced into a re-shuffle. Mark Pears was moved from centre forward to right back, Dave Worrall moved to centre back with Matt Holden returning to play right wing.
Having won every home game during last season conceding only 3 goals in the process, the team were still confident. They came up against an experienced resilient St Neots team who were not prepared to roll over and competed all over the park. As the game progressed Newmarket’s superior ability and greater team work enabled them to dominate both possession and territory. Newmarket won a flurry of penalty corners capitalising on the third one when Harry Bell deflected in Ollie Wade’s pass.
The second goal followed soon after, Matt Holden drove the by line from the right wing. Skelton was open for square pass and a certain tap in, Holden instead opted to play a 1-2 with the goalkeeper’s pads. Fortunately for the team, and definitely for Holden, he tucked away the rebound.
Despite Newmarket dominance, St Neots kept the back four of Pears, Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Wilson on their toes. Goal keeper Chris Routs had to be alert to dart from his line and block, this left more space for Newmarket to attack and Holden soon scored the third, collecting Leggett’s fine through ball and beating the keeper with a shot from a tight angle. The half time whistle went soon after with the team 3 goals to the good.
The second half was more of the same, Ollie Wade continued his fine recent performances at left half, providing great defensive cover for his full back and through a combination of lung busting runs and individual skill giving his closest opponents plenty to worry about. Following a great attack down the left, involving most the team, Mike Skelton passed to Leggett, who slipped to Bell to score his second.
The fifth was scored by Ollie Wade, Alex Andreou’s shot was blocked by the St Neots keeper, Skelton picked up the rebound and squared for Wade to force home, the scoring was rounded off by Mark Pears who slammed home after the keeper had blocked Wilson initial penalty corner effort.
Man of the match was Ollie Wade and Dick of the day Will Wilson (very harsh, as the author of the match report felt he had an outstanding game, bettered by only Wade), for losing his keys and chucking a couple of less than average aerials. The team were also grateful to Greg Cummins for benching, hopefully with a little more persuasion he could play every week!
Next week the team are at home to Wisbech, the game starts at 3:30, supporters are always very welcome. The club are fortunate to have a large squad for their men’s teams, but new players are always welcome to join our successful growing club, the men train at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at the leisure centre, please look on the website www.newmarkethockeyclub.co.uk for more info.
Newmarket Mens 2′s v Grantham: 2-1 win to Newmarket
With last weeks game playing on the minds of the Newmarket team, they travelled to Grantham with a resolve to put right last week’s injustice. Due to a delayed start tensions where building but these evaporated as the whistle blew to begin.
Newmarket immediately began where they left off last week, with the new forward partnership of Will Hosegood and James Atkinson combining to create some early chances. The chances came to nothing though as a combination of bad luck and some errant shooting conspired to keep the game level.
Grantham where not to be easily subdued however, and responded with some quick break-away attacks. These where soaked up with some robust defending from the usual back four of Boyle, Atkinson senior(very, very senior) Jenkins and Prentice. The latter proving that even the old boys have some running left in them, but it will be Thursday before he feels his legs again.
The attacks from Grantham where few and far between though, and yet again Newmarket commanded the midfield, with Ben Gottfredson and Mark Simpson pairing up effectively and feeding the wingers, Jordan Walker on the left and Rob Greene on the right.
Despite the amount of pressure exerted by Newmarket however, the half-time score remained 0-0, leaving Newmarket wondering what they would have to do to get the ball into the back of the net.
The second half began as the first half ended, with Newmarket piling on the pressure. This was rewarded by a penalty corner, which goal machine Hosegood promptly planted into the back of the net, 1-0 Newmarket. This goal buoyed up the team and they put even more pressure onto a flagging Grantham and another penalty corner was awarded. Enter Mr Hosegood to smash another one into the back of the goal, 2-0 Newmarket and a win was on its way.
Despite a late rally from Grantham which led to what was probably the goal of the game, unfortunately scored by Atkinson senior past the despairing Chris Warren in the Newmarket goal, Newmarket hung on to record their first win of the new season which was thoroughly deserved.
Newmarket ladies 1’s v’s Spalding ladies 1’s: 4-2 win to Spalding
The League Cup Final was certainly a contest not to be missed last Saturday as Newmarket ladies 1’s put on a brave and gutsy display against League winners Spalding.
Both teams had had a 3 week gap in match play but this did not show as they battled for every ball making it an exciting contest for supporters; the team were very grateful to so many people coming to cheer Town on.
Sadly it was not a dream start for Newmarket as Spalding strung together some hot passing and created a short corner. The first effort was dealt with well by the Newmarket defence however the second short corner was too swift for Town and Spalding took the lead from close range. It did not take them long to get another in similar style and what seems to be becoming a routine for Town -they were forced to chase the lead.
Newmarket did not give up and began to dominate possession but despite this the final shot on goal did not find the target and with a quick break Spalding took the ball up-field. Switching left to right the winger struck from mid D increasing the team’s lead to 3-0 which remained until half time.
Sensing the bitter taste of defeat, Newmarket wanted to fight back and try and win the silverware after the league top spot went Spalding’s way.
Position switched Newmarket took it straight to Spalding with tiresome work from Hayley Stoneman and Claire McDonnell. The ball was no longer able to creep into Town’s defending D as the defence stood solid.
With pure conviction and determination McDonnell broke free on the right and dodged her way past defenders to score for Newmarket. Sensing a comeback Spalding looked nervous and tempers started to fray. Newmarket eager to keep this flow going played a lot of long balls with every team member fighting on. This effort was rewarded as McDonnell scored again from the right – the clatter of the backboards not even heard as a great cheer came from the Newmarket.
With 10 minutes left to go the pace steadied and Spalding were taking more time on the ball. Newmarket still looked strong but were drawn forward leaving channels open for Spalding. Sadly this gave opportunity for them to sneak into the D un-tracked and with a reverse stick flick they got their fourth. Despite a last minute short corner Town had to settle for 2nd in the cup competition, losing 4-2.
Coach Chris Evans said he was very proud of the team and they have a lot to look forward to next season as they will attempt to win the cup and league again.
We are in desperate need for female goalkeepers next season. If you are interested please go to www.newmarkethockeyclub.com and contact our team captains or coaches as soon as possible. All levels of experience welcome and there will be opportunity to train over the warmer months before the start of the new season.
Newmarket Ladies 1′s V Wisbech Ladies 2′s: 10-0 win to Newmarket (officially recorded as 9-0 but players can remember 10).
Scorers: Di Thomas 2, Lucy Brown 2, Beth Wombwell 2, Gail McDonnell 1, Lydia Evans 1 (pen), Jenny Richards 1, Ruth Godden 1.Facing Wisbech for the third time this season and winning a game each, Newmarket were keen to give a true reflection on their abilities by winning their final clash.
With many supporters out to cheer Town on the scene was set for a great game; and it did not take long before Newmarket took control, barely letting Wisbech have the ball for more than 10 seconds. After 6 minutes Di Thomas found the back of goal after a sweeping in a rebounded shot from Lucy Brown. She also claimed the second, executing her familiar reverse stick flick through the keeper’s legs in the 25th minute.
Newmarket sustained the pressure and won a short corner, committed Captain Gail McDonnell took stance at top D and smashed a shot goalwards, Jenny Richards was swift to react on the left post to deflect home taking Town 3-0 up at half time.
Now fully charged Newmarket took a short half time break and opened the second half with confidence. The attacks were relentless and Newmarket’s passing was superb. not even 5 minutes had gone and Beth Wombwell found space in the D to first time clip a shot that edged perfectly inside the post leaving the Keeper stranded.
Despite the efforts up front Newmarket were still solid at the back and the defense and midfield were able to push forward keeping the play in their attacking half. Positioning was perfect as Wisbech were not able to deliver any thorough balls leaving Jess Boyle with little to do in the Town goal.
Next to take aim was Lucy Brown; she smacked a ball home after an initial rebound with the greatest of ease.
Wombwell got her chance again in front of the keeper to get her second through a lovely move that started on the right wing.
Not to be outdone, Brown got her second from a tight angle.
McDonnell was next to strike after being given space from her defensive duties she followed up on a goal-line tussle to get her first of the season.
After a foot stopping a shot on the line, Lydia Evans coolly converted a penalty stroke to take the score to 9-0.
The final goal came from first team debutant Ruth Godden; she confidently picked out the bottom right of goal – her performance was worthy of the man of the match award and would welcome her as a permanent addition of the first team squad.
The victory takes Newmarket to second place in the league by a single point. With leaders Spalding having a game in hand and with 1 game left for Newmarket to play, it will be down to their rivals to decide who wins the promotion battle.
(CUP) Newmarket Ladies 1′s V’s Wisbech 2’s. Newmarket won 8-0.
Scorers: Hayley Stoneman 5, Di Thomas 2, Beth Wombwell 1.
After a high paced game the day before, the first team had to rely on stamina and tactical substitutions to face Wisbech in their group stage, Cup competition showdown the next day. The winners of the game would go on to play in the league Cup final on the 24th March against Spalding.
After Wisbech beat Town on their last meeting Newmarket were apprehensive, however it seemed the Wisbech side who turned up were a completely different opposition as Newmarket were able to control all areas of the field and run at goal.
Di Thomas scored first for Newmarket after picking up the final pass well from Hayley Stoneman. It was then Stoneman who hit the backboards after already hitting the post twice. From this point on Town were in no doubt they were in for a win.
After half time Newmarket really got motoring and with pace and vision Lydia Evans and Angel Fayers were instrumental in the movement up-field. Lucy Brown and Jenny Richards also looked sharp and unselfishly provided crosses for their teammates.
Next to strike was Beth Wombwell who got her second of the weekend by pouncing on a loose ball in the D after a goalmouth scramble. After her initial bad luck in hitting the post; Stoneman shone for the rest of the game. After controlling the midfield and setting up her teammates she went on to score a further four times – all demonstrating fine skill and precision which earned her player of the match. Her pick of the bunch being her last – a chip shot into the roof of goal.
Town now had yards of space all over the field and after a pinpoint cross from Fayers, Thomas swept the ball for it to just sneak inside the right post.
A very impressive 8-0 win for the squad as they still find themselves back in contention for the league and cup double.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Peterborough 3’s 7-0 win to Newmarket
Scorers: Claire McDonnell 1, Di Thomas 3, Zoe Bailey 2, Beth Wombwell 1.
A busy weekend of hockey for Newmarket ladies first team; their first of two games was against bottom of the league Peterborough 3’s. Town were keen to dispel memories of recent results and needed to work as a team to get more league points.
From the off it was clear that Newmarket had the upper hand; whilst conserving energy the play was still attack minded and it was only a matter of time before the first goal went in for Newmarket – courtesy of Claire McDonnell who fired home after a weaving run down the right.
Newmarket’s second goal followed just five minutes later – Hayley Stoneman combined with McDonnell who then slipped a ball to Di Thomas – she casually netted reverse side.
The visitors were playing some solid hockey and with plenty of youth players, were demonstrating good resilience.
The break gave Newmarket Coach Chris Evans the chance to encourage his team to extend their lead and his players did not disappoint in the second half.
With a barrage of shots going towards the Peterborough goal there was no doubt that Newmarket would capitalise. Beth Wombell expertly picked up her own rebounding shot to get Town their third.
Fantastic work from Jazz Wombwell and Tania Fisher down the right gave Zoe Bailey a glimpse at goal; Bailey sprinted yards to make the vital touch to tip the ball over the line, although gained a few bruises from her commitment.
Beautiful link up work from Jenny Richards and Gail McDonnell down the left split the Peterborough midfield. Passing centrally through Isabel Hooley who then parried wide right. After a cutting cross from Bailey; Thomas got her second – a sweep shot rolling through the keeper’s legs.
A déjà vu moment as Bailey got her second in very similar fashion to her first – another superbly timed run leaving her to beat the defenders and travel the ball over the line.
After continual pressure on the Peterborough goal, Thomas got her hatrick after she reverse flicked a rebounded shot.
Newmarket were in total control at the final whistle – the final score being 7-0. A mention must go to Jess Boyle in the Newmarket goal; despite having little to do she made a couple of excellent saves and she continues to show experience beyond her short time playing in the position. Also Claire McDonnell for setting up virtually every goal.