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)