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

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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

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

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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)
(Andreou)

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)
(Farrell-Thomas)

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)

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

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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

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

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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)
(Booth)

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)

NHC Christmas Party 2017

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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.

Week 10 Results – Solid Home Return for 1st Teams as L3s Win Away

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Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Skelton 2, Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a deserved 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Norwich City in the prime time pushback of the day. Town started strongly and soon found themselves in front courtesy of Mike Skelton – following some nice interplay down the left hand side, the ball was worked towards the far post where the ‘Dingo in the D’ smuggled home for 1-0.

Following a slight defensive reshuffle and a brief spell in the sin bin for Harry Bell, Newmarket struck again. Skelton found his way to the top of the circle once more and, brandishing his stick as if flipping a pancake, deflected home a delightful reverse effort that left the keeper rooted. 2-0 and Town good value for it.

Norwich, not to be disheartened, began to push forward and managed to pressure a number of short corners; however, Town stood strong and repelled all comers with goalkeeper Iain Robinson producing a couple of outstanding saves to keep his sheet clean come half time.

The second period was as filled with injuries as it was scrappy – City began to get carried away with vocalising their objections to the umpiring and focussed less on their hockey, although they did manage to sneak a goal back after a minor miscalculation from home keeper Robinson – he was playing so well that this actually caused Norwich’s centre midfielder to faint in surprise. The only other real incidents of note were another quality finish for the James Atkinson scrapbook, Louis ‘swing ‘n a miss’ Hrebeniak ignoring Chris Leggett, and Matt Holden falling over.

Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Dereham 3 (Away)
(Harrington 2, Donald)

Top of the league clash against Dereham 3s. 2 good teams. The ball bobbled and bounced on a flat, wet, skiddy pitch; and the battle was fierce. Missing some regulars; new faces, old strengths, and cool, calm heads. The back line built their wall and midfield engines purred; platform created, and front two (Buddha and the Pot Belly) did their boogie. How misfortune can strike a blow, and the bouncy pitch offered no favours, sending a decent shot off the top of a Newmarket stick: made it look better than it was. 0-1.
And did misfortune heads make drop? Not this team. Tiger awake and how the battled raged. Dereham were a skillfull bunch. But Newmarket too, and chances in abundance did come. No surprise then when the opposition defences were breached, first Donaldson, then Harrington.
When the opposition keeper was injured defending the fiercest of Beardon strikes, and left the pitch minutes later, some grumbling came. Why couldn’t they bring on their Premier B keeper? No, no: not the spirit. One of you lot put the pads on, or be kicking back. Kicking back they chose.
And how Dereham heads stayed high. Credit there. And James Atkinson in goal: heroics – no joke. Several brilliant saves in short succession to keep them out.
Now no coach will tell you to take a 1st time swing at a solid cross to the top of the D: there be fresh air numpty-ville. This time the in form Harrington connected; backboard sang; game over.
Great game. 3-1 win. The 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-2 loss vs Harleston Magpies 6 (Away)
(Benedikz)

Another weekend of endeavour, commitment and improvement for the M3s, sadly not reflected in the result, a 2v1 (Goal for John Benedikz) loss away at Harleston Magpies 6s. It has to be noted we are yet to play another development team this season and the youngsters have acquitted themselves with increasing confidence against far more experienced teams. Man of the match goes to James Atkinson for another string of fine saves and Oliver Brown has to have a mention for some fine runs that tied the older more experienced players in knots.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs Norwich City 1 (Home)
(Stoneman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s gained a creditable 1-1 draw at home to table topping Norwich City 1s on Saturday. After a tight first period with little between the two sides, midway through the second half the ball fell to Hayley Stoneman in the City circle. Her shot cannoned off a Norwich defender and wrong footed the keeper, before rattling off the brand new backboard for 1-0 and sparking wild celebrations among the home supporters. However, City were to hit back soon after – a well worked short corner was brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell kindly for the away side to level the score at one apiece. Despite the eagerness of both teams to push on and perhaps crack home a winner, the final whistle blew soon after and sent City back home with a share of the spoils.

Ladies’ 2s: 1-4 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)
(Tydeman)

Another week and the ladies 2s have experienced another loss, this week to Royston with the final results coming out at 4-1.
The ladies started off strong with small and quick passes, looking to switch the ball to both sides of the pitch with Jazz Freed holding strong at the back as always, passing the ball wide to both Tania Parker and Sam Brooke, carrying the ball up the wing with the use of Tracy Cockerill, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox, this made the ball present in the D multiple times and really put Royston under pressure but it wasn’t enough as Royston used their speed to make quick breaks through mid-field and majority of defence. Keeper Sue Bullimore who stepped out well in the D, using her head/chin/shoulder deftly to keep the goals, if not the whiplash, bruising and astro burns, at bay; we had a chance to get sorted.
Going into the second half we were 1-0 down, our goal came from Hayley Tydeman who took a strike at goal on a short corner. With Royston scoring 3 more goals before full time, we held as well as we could and were able to break wherever we saw an opportunity but never managed to put the ball in the back of the goal.
Man of the match went to Jazz Freed, showing once again an impressive display of hockey and team work! Captain Zoe Bailey, absent from the squad this week, hopes that this core team, plus those returning from illness and injury will step back up the table this coming week.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-1 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Le Maire 2, Swann 2, Heslop)

The 11 ladies headed off to ely to take on their 3s. The game started poorly for newmarket as they were caught napping giving away an early short corner which ely converted.
Fortunately this was enough to wake the ladies up and saw them take control of the game. A short corner for town pushed out by brooke le maire to capt mel podd at top D held and slipped back to Brooke for her to slap in for towns first.
A second was notched up for le maire when town took a long corner played by stef heslop to mel podd at the baseline into the d and slapped in by brook
Town added their third for half when joined up play and passing between stef, scarlet and brooke, slipped into the Empty D by brook followed up by lucie to find the keeper mistakenly stopping the ball with her foot picked and played in by lucie.
Half time saw the ladies pleased with their performance and a slight positional swop for the second half.
The second half saw plenty more great play for town with lucie swann driving the ball along the right hand flank and into the D resulting in another one for herself and one that found stef heslop at top D for her to sweep in.
Man of the match went to brooke le maire for another Stirling performance. Teddy went go Georgia Atherton for her early shout for roasty of the year
Victoria black played her debut game in goal for the club putting in a great effort.
The ladies were very pleased with their performance as an 11 man squad working hard and recycling play.
Next week sees the ladies take on top table camb south 3s at home at 11

Ladies’ 4s: 2-3 loss vs St Ives 4 (Home)
(Unc. 2)

Week 9 Results – Goal Blitz for NHC

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Men’s 1s: 9-3 win vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Atkinson 3, Green 3, Pears, Skelton, Wilson)

A mesmeric first half display from Newmarket Men’s 1s  saw the boys back on track with their 4th win of the season.

James Atkinson open the scoring early following a superb fast passing move which involved Will Wilson, before Rob Green doubled the score with his first for the club since returning from University. This goal was contributed to by Wilson. Not to be outdone, Atkinson swiftly struck again, this time guiding home a superb deflection from a Harry Bell drive which left the keeper rooted as the ball flashed past him. Wilson was involved in this goal.

Next to strike was Mike Skelton with a trademark poacher’s goal after good work from Wilson, who then scored one himself with a precise push from the top of the home circle, at the expense of being involved in the buildup.

Town soon grabbed another after Matt Holden was brought down in the Sudbury D – the routine went awry after a dodgy injection with which Wilson was not involved, but Holden calmly went to fetch the ball, dribbled it out the circle, dribbled it a bit more, dribbled it back into the circle, dribbled it a bit more for luck, then smacked the plastic to the far post for a gleeful Green to gobble up. Wilson was involved in this goal. 6-0 at the break and Newmarket were flying, seemingly carrying on from a top class second half performance the previous week.

Sudbury were out the blocks much quicker after half time and held a constantly probing Town attack at bay for a long period, doing some attacking of their own upon occasion and forcing a superb 1v1 save from visiting keeper Iain Robinson. Wilson was involved in these, although they weren’t goals. However, Sudbury eventually spoiled a tiring Newmarket’s clean sheet and hit the backboard twice after successful fast breaks – only for Town to reply with a Mark Pears pile-driver and hattrick strikes for Atkinson and Green – goals which Wilson was involved in. At this point the umpires had a mild panic that there would not be enough match balls to go around and resorted to throwing balls at the pitch willy-nilly.

Sudbury did force two brief flurries of short corners throughout the second half and in fact had the last word on the game, a flick from the edge of the box looping over everyone and finding the side netting – but the game was won, and Wilson had been involved. A fantastic team performance, and one the travelling supporter will savour for a while to come. 9-3 the final score.

Congratulations to Chris & Tasha Leggett on getting married this Friday – from all at Newmarket Hockey Club we wish you the very best!

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Norwich Dragons 5 (Home)
(Harrington 4, Donald)

Men’s 3s: 0-3 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 5 (Home)

Ladies’ 1s: 6-2 win vs Watton 1 (Away)
(G. Evans 2, Stoneman 2, L. Evans, McDonnell)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s stormed to a 6-2 away win against Watton after finding themselves two down at half time.

After conceding two goals early on, an inspirational half time team talk from skipper Lydia Evans saw Town raise their game and strike first – L. Evans leading from the front once again with a wonder strike that bamboozled the hapless goalkeeper and flew into the side netting. Then it was Hayley Stoneman’s turn to smash home the ball like it had just voted for Trump, before she made quite sure it had learnt its lesson with another thunderbolt after breaking clean through on goal. Next up to dismantle the reeling Watton defence was Di Farrell-Thomas, who literally dribbled round the entire team at least twice before passing to Grace Evans on the line who completely ignored her and ran off to celebrate.

At this point, Farrell-Thomas decided she wasn’t going to pass to G. Evans anymore and instead opted for a more worthy recipient in Claire McDonnell. At this point I feel the need to confess that I wasn’t actually there and am writing this report from the back of a betting slip, but McDonnell scored so it doesn’t matter anyway.

G. Evans, now very annoyed that Farrell-Thomas wasn’t passing to her anymore, decided to extract her revenge and belt the ball as hard as she could towards her offending team mate – however, she ducked, and the ball flew mightly into the top corner as if that’s what G. Evans had intended all along. Teamwork.

Relegation? What relegation?

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

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s endured a frustrating morning against Cambridge South 2s as a controversial early goal seemed to disheartened the blue and yellow machine. Town struggled to gel and find their way into the opposing D, resulting in South deserving the 3 goal victory – however, it is worth noting Newmarket have notched up more wins so far this season than in the whole of last season, so are quite rightly still positive and strongly positioned within the table.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-1 loss vs St Neots 4 (Home)

The ladies took on st Neots at home, and we’re looking forward to a well matched game. Early on they ladies lost a player, as Sophie bell was feeling too green to play.
Town were caught sleeping, as despite having first pushback, st Neots had their first strike within the first minute. Town woke up at this stage, and the battle between the sides started. St Neots converted from a short corner to take town into the half time chat 0-1 down.
There was strong talk during half time gearing the ladies to get the goal back, feeling determined that this was a game that they could win.
The second half saw town playing much better, moving well around the pitch and holding possession. Breaks into the d saw lots of sticks and a flurry of attempts, blocked by the st Neots competent defence and goal keeper.
The first goal for newmarket was scored similarly, and the girls cheered with delight, only to be gutted as the umpired gave them a short and disallowed the goal. The short was unsuccessful. Again a second goal was not given, and town received a p flick, which with skipper mel podd on the side lines, brook le Maire stepped up to take, and was shut down by the saints goalie. Thus bringing the final result to a loss for the ladies, 0-1.
St Neots had their own struggles during the game which saw towns defence working their socks off. A p flick given against town, saw keeper scarlet Coughlin facing her first, and everyone breathed a collective sign of relief as it went wide.
Despite the score, the ladies focused on the positives, which saw plenty of great play from individuals and as a team, which gets stronger by the week.
Man of the match went to scarlet Coughlin for another sublime outing in goal, making some fantastic saves.
Poorly Sophie bell took the teddy for her self induced illness.
Next week sees the ladies take on ely 3s away at 12.

Ladies’ 4s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)
(Bailey, Unc.)

Week 7 Results – Ladies’ 1s Claim First Div 1 Victory

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Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Hrebeniak, Skelton, Wilson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s succumbed to a 5-3 defeat at home to table-topping Norwich Dragons, a tremendous first half display from the visitors seeing Town 4-0 down at half time and reeling from the onslaught. However, following a productive team talk, Louis Hrebeniak pulled one back early in the second half and chalked up his first goal for the 1s after excellent work from Matt Holden on the right hand side. This was soon followed by Will Wilson deftly flicking home a second and putting Newmarket back in with a shout, before Dragons finally put the result beyond doubt with a well executed penalty corner. However, Town were not disheartened and again pulled one back through a trademark Mike Skelton finish, but the final whistle blew with Town set up for a penalty corner – and, alas, a two goal deficit still to make up.

In terms of positives, all present agreed that the second half was (in complete contrast to the first) nothing short of superb and quite possibly Newmarket’s best performance of the season in terms of passion, guile and sheer hard work. If the players can continue to perform at the level they did in the second half, regardless of how depleted by injury the squad may be, Town will not go far wrong this season.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Watton 1 (Away)
(Hosegood)

Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Felixstowe in the late pushback of the day and put in another gritty performance against a team with real quality, despite the final whistle blowing well past over half the team’s bedtime. Man of the match went to goalkeeper James Atkinson once again for a string of superb saves.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Home)
(L. Evans, Stoneman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s notched up their first 3 points of the season with an accomplished home display against Lowestoft Ladies. Town started strong and soon found themselves two goals to the good courtesy of great strikes from Hayley Stoneman and skipper Lydia Evans, before shutting the game out and ensuring a precious first clean sheet in Divison 1.

Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Wisbech 3 (Home)
(Wisbech Conceded)

Unfortunately Wisbech were forced to concede this week, so we have gained 3 points, 5 pretend goals and remain 2nd in the table. This is a shame. L2s always enjoy playing Wisbech and there was much camaraderie last year as we shared bottom of the table with them. We hope to catch up with familiar faces when we face them away after the Christmas break.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)
(Le Maire)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s headed out to Cambridge for what they new was going to be a tough game, as they took on second from top, Royston 3s at home.
Royston did not disappoint, scoring early, and looking all round competent and goal hungry.
Half time found Newmarket 4-0 down, and rousing team talk to continue working hard, and not to worry about the scoreline.
Second half saw the girls attacking with determination and drives into the opposition D. Brooke Le Maire claimed another goal for the 3s after great play from Charlie Wombwell driving up pitch. Buoyed up by the goal, Newmarket continued to work hard, gaining more possession. The final score saw the ladies finish at a 6-1 loss, but were pleased with their performance. Captain Mel Podd’s request at the beginning of the game was to make them work hard for it, and we did. Although a loss it was a very positive game for the team.
Man of the match and teddy both went to Sam Brooke for her fabulous midfield play, plus picking a green card.
Special mention goes to Scarlet Coughlin who played her second game in goal for the team and putting in another fantastic performance against a tough side.
Next week sees the ladies at home against St Neots.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-14 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)