14 January 2018

- January Social – Quiz Night at The Boot

Senior members, Newmarket HC will be hosting the worlds most electric, enthralling and exciting Quiz Night ever, on the 20th January at The Boot pub in Dullingham at 7pm.

Teams are made up of a maximum of 6 people, however there is a limit of 8 teams on the night. If you’d like to be a part of something great, or experience a once in a lifetime opportunity, then please make sure you organise a team and let Grace Evans know. It will be a first come first serve basis.

This is destined to be a social event you don’t want to miss.

Price per person will be £5.00, which will also include Powters Sausages and Chips on each table.

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13 January 2018

- Week 16 Fixtures – M3 Youngsters in Action at 3pm

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. Norwich City 3s (Away) -1:45pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Ipswich Cranes 1s (Home) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. IES 6s (Home) – 3:00pm

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. Colchester 1s (Away) – 2:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Sudbury 2s (Away) – 12:30pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 4s (Home) – 11:00am
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. Ely City 3s (Away) – 10:30am

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8 January 2018

- Week 15 Results – Points for All Teams in Action

Men’s 1s: 2-2 draw vs Ipswich 2 (Home)
(Pears, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a hard-fought 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich 2s and were pleased to welcome back creative midfielders Ollie Wade and Mike Skelton from injury. Despite the Christmas layer of mince pies and turkey covering the frames of Newmarket’s favourite twelve sons, Town started strongly and soon found themselves creating a number of golden chances. It was through one of these that Skelton struck the home side into the lead, a clinical counter attack and smooth team move that sent the assembled hordes into raptures.

However, Ipswich grew into the game and replied soon after; a passage of sloppy Town play saw the ball played in behind and drilled past keeper Iain Robinson for 1-1. Not to be deterred, Newmarket soon struck again through Mark Pears who was afforded a rare run out up front – a task he took to with great gusto.

After the break, Robinson produced a number of smart saves but was forced to scoop the ball off the backboard for a second time as a low short corner effort bamboozled the defence and nestled home for 2-2. The game began to break down a little as both teams began to tire and pick up the odd card, before the contest fizzled out with the number of Newmarket walking wounded forcing them to settle for the draw. While both teams had chances to win the game, especially late on, it was widely accepted that a draw was the fairest result.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 5 (Away)
(Blades, Trent, Wood)

Newmarket Men’s 2s stormed to a 3-2 victory away to mid-table Ipswich – East Suffolk on Saturday. Strikes from Lee Blades, Ollie Trent and skipper Drew Wood were enough to see off a valiant challenge by the home side and ensure Town remain top of the pile and 2 points clear of high-flying Watton.

Men’s 3s: P-P vs Ipswich 4 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 1s: P-P vs Dereham 1 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 2s: 5-1 win vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)
(Beeton, Cockerill, Farrell-Thomas, Fox, Freed)

On a frosty morning that saw many games called off around the leagues, Newmarket Ladies’ 2s were very impressive in a convincing 5-1 win away to Haverhill Ladies. Goals from Vicky Beeton, Tracy Cockerill, Di Farrell-Thomas, Hannah Fox and Jazz Freed showed that Town are no one-woman team and are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in Division 4NW(S).

Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Newmarket 4 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 4s: P-P vs Newmarket 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)



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4 January 2018

- Week 15 Fixtures – First Fixtures of 2018 See Ladies Face Off

Men’s 1s: Home to Ipswich 2 (05:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to I-ES 5 (13:30)

Men’s 3s: Home to Ipswich 4 (11:30)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to Dereham 1 (13:15)

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Haverhill Ladies 2 (15:00)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Newmarket 4 (10:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Away to Newmarket 3 (10:00)

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9 December 2017

- Week 13 Results – Cancellations All Round for NHC

Unfortunately all games were postponed this week due to frozen pitches around the leagues and at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

Please see below for a list of the postponed games. These will be rearranged on a new date later in the season.

Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 3s (Away)
Men’s 2s vs. Harleston Magpies 5s (Home)
Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 6s (Away)

Ladies 1s vs. Harleston Magpies 2s (Away)
Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City 5s (Home)
Ladies 3s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away)
Ladies 4s vs. St Neots 4s (Home)

Next week sees the final round of fixtures for NHC before the winter break.

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7 December 2017

- Week 13 Fixtures – Ladies’ 2s Face City at Lunchtime

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 3s (Away) -12.15pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Harleston Magpies 5s (Home) – 3:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 6s (Away) – 10:00am

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. Harleston Magpies 2s (Away) – 12:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City 5s (Home) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. St Neots 4s (Home) – 11:00am

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3 December 2017

- Week 12 Results – Hat-Trick for Kelly in L3 Victory as Brown Notches First Senior Goal

Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs I-ES 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson)

A sub-strength Newmarket Men’s 1s suffered a heavy defeat at home to I-ES 2s this weekend. With no goalkeeper available, club photographer Mike Bennett stepped into the breach and rolled back the years with a great performance between the home posts. Despite the best efforts of the men in yellow and blue and watching Head Coach Adnan Zakir, Town soon slipped behind and found themselves struggling to keep pace with the superb I-ES pass and move game. Several goals later, I-ES began to change tack and utilise a quality ball over the top to find the young and pacey forwards running in behind, finding equal, if not greater, success.

The home side’s cause was not helped by Mike Skelton succumbing to injury at half time after trying to run the knock off in the first half, although he was replaced by able deputy Ben Atkinson off the bench. Soon after, Newmarket went down to ten after Matt Holden went down with an apparently serious achilles injury – hopefully this will turn out to be not as bad as first feared. After being further reduced to nine by means of a 10-minute yellow, the floodgates opened and the home backboard began to rattle, courtesy in part to some clever drag flick routines following penalty corners.

While perhaps not deserving of a nine-goal negative margin, Town demonstrated uncharacteristic poor ball retention and certainly missed the countless key players unavailable for selection or out injured. Striker James Atkinson was able to bash home a late consolation for the hosts, but the final whistle blew with the score 10-1 to I-ES.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Norwich Exiles 2 (Away)

It’s a rum bunch that get exiled from Norwich; and so the Men’s 2s found themselves in a battle on Norwich Exiles home turf (in Norwich).
Several regulars down, freeing Cuba would always be tricky, and so it proved. Done well, that particular cocktail is a pick-me-up; but this time, maybe a bit heavy on the lime. Heavy on the sour notes then, but a beer tab afterwards is a cure for many ills, and so it proved, as the Exiles showed their worth off the pitch.
It was the Exiles who struck first (and not just Newmarket ankles). The Newmarket backboard sang once, twice, thrice. 0-3 at half time.
Heads up lads and at ’em. One back via Andreou’s reverse stick strike (flash fella), but the end was nigh and down went the 2s.
1-3 loss, but just a blip. And the boys turned out later for the perrenial Christmas dinner. Some of them scrub up quite well, and not a Cuba Libre in site, although there was a tasty blue number your correspondent tasted (half the one Hayley knicked – sorry) – “Div1” – clearly not brought on by the Mens side of the club.
For something that makes more sense, don’t ask your correspondent. He wasn’t there (at the match).
The Men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 3-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Away)
(Brown, Evans, Walker)

Youngster Oliver Brown was on target for the yellow and blue machine as he notched up his first ever senior goal in a 3-1 win, other goals flying in from Jordan ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Walker and Chris Evans as the 3s banked an impressive derby victory at Culford.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-5 loss vs St Ives 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s were unfortunate in defeat to a quality St Ives side. Di Farrell-Thomas struck early for Town, but alas it was not to be as the away team ran out 5-1 winners.

Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Home)
(Fox, Tydeman)

Hannah Fox and Hayley Tydeman were on target for a battling Ladies’ 2s side that went down 4-2 to Cambridge Nomads in the half eleven push back of the day.

Ladies’ 3s: 4-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Away)
(Kelly 3, Swann)

Saturday saw the ladies travelling out to St Ives to take on their 4th team.
St Ives broke the scoring early, with a goal 6 minutes into the game. Newmarket then settled into play and with some great joined up passing play, started generating some opportunities for themselves. Rewards game quickly as the ladies notched up two goals in quick succession for Sophie Kelly, created via the pincer moves of Soph Kelly and Lucie Swann being on the left and right post. Jane Dryland slipped into center mid for the game, which paid off for the team, as she generated opportunities backed and supported by mids: Callie Plumb and Charlotte Abbesteen. Played was further boosted by the addition of Megan Pithers for the day, who arrived full of energy and drive, linking up with Lucie and Sophie Kelly.
Half time and the ladies were 2-1 up, and feeling pleased with their performance. The second half started with St ives equalizing quickly. Play again though settled down for town and they were able to regain control of the game, and generate attacks. Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly notched her third for the game with a shot on goal that crawled so slowly that no could believe it would actually make it. Lucie Swann added another to her tally, with some great right wing play, and the reward for her effort to always go for every ball.
Newmarkets defence put in a notable performance, and kept town in the game, with some great play from goalie Vicky Black, and defenders Helen Atkinson, Sophie Bell, Gabi Asker and Scarlet Coughlin.
Man of the match went to Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly, while teddy was shared jointly between Capt Mel Podd and Sophie bell for a clerical mishap and an expert level fall over.
Next week sees the ladies away to Huntingdon for the first of their back to back games, at 1pm.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
(Huntingdon Conceded)

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1 December 2017

- Week 12 Fixtures – Men’s 1s in Top of the Table Clash at 3pm

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. IES 2s (Home) – 3:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Norwich Exiles 2s (Away) – 2:30pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 7s (Away) – 10:00am

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. St Ives 1s (Home) – 1:15pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge Nomads 2s (Home) – 11:30pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. St Ives 4s (Away) – 11:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Home) – 10:00am

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27 November 2017

- Week 11 Results – Impressive Comeback from Ladies’ 2s as Men Continue Good Form

Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Away)
(Bell 2, Skelton, Wilson)

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Wood 2, Andreou, Donald, Harrington)

As St Andrew’s Day drew near, the mens 2s faced Lowestoft Railway, and none other than William Wallace (yes, 1297 and all that) got a nomination for man of the match. Lots of those though, and like the 1297 version, valiant effort, but beaten o the honours, this time by Pete Sargeant.
To the main news then: 5 to us; 0 to them. Donaldson 1; Harrington 2; Wood 1; Andreou (or did it deflect off Bunker’s stick) 1.
“That belongs in the national league” said Lowestoft after one of the goals: Newmarket back line to Lowestoft backboard in 8 seconds (honest – I was counting), via 7 Newmarket players. There’s skill in these sticks, for sure.
Special mention to our indomitable skipper, lion no less, on the left. What’s this? A cross to the top of the D; time; a view of goal; remember last week’s coach’s corner; or don’t; a swing (swipe/swish – call it what you will); a miss. The 1 in 100 was last week. He took the derision (friendly, of course) well.
Special mention (again) to our skipper, lion no less, on the left. What great work he does, on and off the pitch. But what’s this? He’s free on the left, in the D. The pass; the 1st touch (he remembered!); the goalwards glance; the 2nd touch (to be sure); the time; the space; the 3rd touch (to be double sure); the look; the time; the 4th touch; a 5th (to get a bit closer). How many touches were there before that shot? Your correspondent can’t really remember, but that wasn’t his goal. He did secure the honours though: entertainer (and numpty) of the day.
The men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Home)

Newmarket Men’s 3s went down 1-4 to Sudbury 4s at home this weekend, but a top class debut performance from young goalkeeper Eli Bailey ensured the score did not rise any higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs UEA 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 4-4 draw vs St Ives 3 (Away)
(Bailey, Fox, Haird, Logan)

25th November and the Ladies 2s take on top of the league St Ives. With a chill in the air we ladies were ready for the challenge and a challenge it was, the scoreline made for a very happy captain.

Keeping our form and moving as a unit allowed the ball to be passed from player to player with ease and speed. The first goal came from Hannah Fox guarding the P-spot and using her characteristic sweep to find the back board soundly within the first 10 minutes. Soon after, the second goal from nobody other than the captain herself Zoe Bailey, deftly deflecting the ball struck by Emma Russell-Price from a short corner routine, chipping the ball over the keeper’s kicker. St Ives made some substitutes and came back fighting, winning and scoring from short corners to bring the score to 3-2 by the end of the first half, as Newmarket started to lose their communication and their shape.

Starting the second half, we were ready to win, Sue Bullimore from her vantage point in goal, suggesting a slight change of positions, taken on board by coach, and this injected some life back into our attacks. St Ives scored once again so were 4-2 up but Newmarket dug deeper than they have done all season: Two more fabulous goals were put in the back of the net, one from Jess Logan and the equaliser from Sarah Haird (so far voted our goal of the season as it was struck from such a narrow angle, and singing in off the far post). Newmarket were so lifted by this, they pushed forward again as a unit, keeping the ball in St Ives’ half and won a short corner in the final 2 minutes of the game. This unfortunately did not meet with success.

At the final whistle the tight battle ended in a draw, breaking our losing streak of the last couple of weeks and though we did not move up the leaderboard, we are ready and full of confidence for next week.

Man of the Match was Jess Logan for being everywhere at break neck speed and Dick of the Day resoundingly awarded to Phoebe Peacock for clumsily dropping her stick during a tackle.

Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 4s: 0-7 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)

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20 November 2017

- NHC Christmas Party 2017

We are delighted to invite all senior members to our annual NHC Christmas Party on the 2nd December at 7pm. We are also pleased to announce that this year will see a change in venue, The Tack Room.

The Tack Room, which is positioned within the grounds of the stunning new Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art, opened in 2016 and is run by the same team that are also behind the popular Pantry Fine Food Shop and Eatery.

The price per person is – £27.50

Dress code:
Men – Shirt/Tie and Trousers or smart clothes
Ladies – Dresses or smart clothes
(Xmas Jumbers are welcome)

Please make sure you see your Social Secretaries, Grace Evans & James Atkinson, or your captains before the Saturday 25th November.

This is one of the clubs most popular nights of the season and so we look forward to seeing as many of you, and your partners, there to celebrate Christmas together.

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