Week 4 Results – Men Continue 100% Record

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Men’s 1s: 6-3 win vs UEA 2 (Away)
(Skelton 3, Dawson 2, J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s travelled to the University of East Anglia with their unbeaten record at stake and, for the first time in living memory, vast hordes of heroic fellows in yellow & blue (i.e. 2 subs). This was fortuitous in that the opposition were of course all fighting fit students, but experience triumphed over youth and saw Town run out 6-3 winners with their unbeaten record intact.

Newmarket started brightly when James Atkinson struck inside three minutes, a delightful overhead finish from point blank range after good work by Josh Dawson and Mike Skelton. This lead was soon doubled when Skelton deflected home and Town looked on top, but UEA bit back with a flurry of chances and short corners that three times brought the best out of goalkeeper Seth Bailey. However, spurred on by a partisan home crowd, UEA were soon level; the first a goal of real quality as Uni’s left winger jinked into the D and dinked past Bailey to find the side netting, the second a quick counter and tap in at the far post. Not to be deterred, Dawson put Newmarket back in front, before Louis Hrebeniak picked out Rob Green at the far post whose shot was deflected home by Skelton. 4-2 at the break and Newmarket good value for it.

The second half was just as tightly contested and began with a UEA goal, a short corner drag flick deceiving Bailey finding the net for 4-3. However, Newmarket’s fresh legs from the bench soon told, and Dawson notched up another before the superb Skelton completed his “3 yards out” hat trick and silenced the home support. A supreme performance from Town’s Dingo in the D (a Dingo is a bit like a fox but rhymes better with D according to Wise Bungle).

The game finished 6-3 and Newmarket take home a well-deserved 3 points to carry their 100% record into their home clash with I-ES next week.

Men’s 2s: 4-2 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Home)
(Hosegood 2, Baker, Beardon)

Men’s 3s: 2-3 loss vs Ipswich 4 (Away)
(Booth, Frost)

The M3’s travelled to Ipswich today for what turned out to be a huge test. Ipswich fielded a team of 13 experienced men, the nearest teenager was downtown shopping with his mum. We fielded a team of teenagers with only 4 players over the age of 20, one of those in his first competitive match. It was a hard fought game and we played some good hockey but could only manage a 3:2 loss. MoM was Simon Everitt who ran himself ragged. Goal scorers were Peter Booth and Henry Frost and honourable mentions go to Charlie Cummins, Chris Heslop, Oliver Brown and Rory Podd who all knew they’d be in a game of hockey today. Also David Carr in his first senior hockey match and Mark ‘Langers’ Langlands who, in his first competitive hockey match said “I’m blowing a bit” after also running himself into the ground. Lots of good stuff to build on this season.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bedford 2 (Away)
(G. Evans)

Newmarket ladies started well with first push back giving them confidence, they kept possession as they pushed on Bedford. Bedford fought back and one a penalty corner which was defended multiple times by goalkeeper jersey Bennett. Unfortunately, they scored after a poor decision against Newmarket which should have been a hit out for Newmarket at the edge of the d. Until half time the score stayed at 1-0 to Bedford and Newmarket succeeded in keeping possession of the ball and passing it round. After a motivating half time talk Alex passed a great ball up deep into Bedford’s half which Grace Evans got on top of and scored a great goal in the corner. Bedford managed to scrape some more penalty corners in the second half which Newmarket’s defence kept away and in the final minutes Beth wombwell won a penalty corner however Newmarket were unsuccessful in scoring. After this Bedford managed to score a goal after they brought the ball deep onto the baseline to be pushed onto the penalty spot and slipped in. The final whistle blew with a score of 2-1 to Bedford.

Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Home)
(Hansgate 2, Fox, Freed, Rolls)

Ladies 2s continued their winning streak by playing Haverhill this Saturday, with an end score of 5-0, the team came out in strong formation and did nothing but work together to achieve the end result. The first goal came from Hannah Fox who score within the first 2 minutes, surprising herself immensely but putting a smile on everyone’s faces, from then the desire to win grew stronger, the ladies were in it to win it. Within the first half 2 more goals were scored: one from Georgia (Beau) Rolls who also claimed Man of the Match for playing ever so effortlessly, making the game seem simple, playing lovely 1-2s with Welshy “who needs sleep?” (runner up for MOM), both of them seeming in perfect harmony.
Helen Hansgate as always did nothing but sweat as she once again showed her integrity for the game and watched it pay off. By half time the girls 3-0 up, pumped and ready for more.
2nd half and the girls continued to play the game, changing formation and using the back four to facilitate the full width of the pitch, everyone was supporting everyone else, positioning was fabulous. From this 2nd half we claimed two more goals, one again from “Hungry” Helen Hansgate and the final one from defender Jazz Freed. Her clear run forward to support her team at a penalty corner to be played to completion after fulltime (which resulted in a second penalty corner) made a clear statement that no matter what your position you can still claim your moment!
Dick of the Day went to Sam Brooke for making a fierce yell down the line, but not quite being able follow through with the required hit, whether it was down to the fact she was wearing her husband’s boxers we’ll never know! Perhaps a kit check is in order next week ahead of Top of the Table clash with Sudbury?

Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Newmarket 4 (Away)
(Atherton, Le Maire)

The Ladies’ 3s finally had their first league game and got off to a great start, taking on Newmarket’s Ladies 4s.
The 3s started warily as they knew full well that the 4s are not to be under estimated.
The first half was very evenly matched, as both sides settled down.
Half time saw a rousing team talk with the 3s clear that they had to take control of the game.
2nd half saw the 3s play with more determination and starting to build some good play and attacks.
The deadlock was finally broken by Brooke Le Maire, scoring the first for the 3s. A second followed shortly when the 3s were awarded a short corner. Injected by Milou Ottolini, out to Georgia Atherton, who struck from top to sink the second goal.
Over all a good first outing, with much to work on, but taking home the all important 3 points.
Man of the match and teddy both awarded to Georgia Atherton.
Next week sees the ladies away to Bury 4s.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-2 loss vs Newmarket 3 (Home)

Week 3 Results – 2nd Teams Star as Home Games Cancelled

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Unfortunately all home games were postponed this week due to an unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

Men’s 2s: 7-2 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Away)
(Bunker 2, Harrington 2, Andreou, Baker, Wood)

Newmarket travelled to Ipswich without experienced right back Adrian Atkinson but with Alex Andreau and Dave Worrall available Drew Wood’s unbeaten side had realistic hopes of making it 3 wins from 3.

Town will want to forget a dour first half in which Wood gave them the lead but not much else noteworthy happened.

The second half was a totally different story. After a proper dressing down from Wood, the inspirational skipper made some tactical changes, dropping Harrington into central midfield and moving Andreau into a high forward role. It took only a few minutes to pay dividends. A quick break involving Trent and Donald set up Andreau who sent a rocket of a shot past the Cranes stopper. 2 – 1. Game on.

As Cranes tired the game opened up. Mighty Mike, Simon Donald and Jonny “Library Card” Bunker tormented the Cranes left side and craved out chance after chance. Bunker danced past the full back and cut inside. A neat bit of skill found a foot in the D. Slick short corner number 1 and Bunkers added his name to the score sheet.

A few minutes later and it’s time for slick short corner number 2. This time its Harrington making it 4.

The 3rd of the routines came next and Trent was an inch away from making it 3 from 3 from shorts.

Donald was rampant in the centre of the park and Andreau unplayable in “the Alex zone” – that area just outside the D where his trickery forces defenders to dive in leaving him the choice of going past them or winning a short. This time he went past them before finding Harrington who made it 3-3 with a diving shot.

Harrington could and should have had a 3rd but his thunderbolt of a shot was saved. After the game the Cranes keeper confessed that he was bringing his glove up to applaud the strike and getting a touch on it was pure luck.

Bunker burst past his man and rifled home the 6th before Baker capped a solid defensive display with the 7th.

Donald’s good form continued. Andreau and Worrall rolled back the years and looked a cut above Div 5. Atkinson looked confident in the Town goal. But the real star of the show was Jonny Bunker. Man of the Match for the 2nd week running and with 3 goals in 3 games the pacey right winger has really come of age. He tormented his full back all afternoon. Whether cutting inside to shoot, or hitting the back line and looking to cross he kept the Cranes defenders guessing all game. 1st Team skipper Newnes will no doubt be looking the man dubbed “a better looking Josh Dawson” in the near future.

Saturday sees Town host table topping Bury St Edmunds.

Ladies’ 2s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge City 5 (Away)
(Allen, Tydeman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s are off to a flyer in their first league match coming off with a win, 2-0 against Cambridge City 5s. Starting off strong Newmarket ladies dominated the pitch, keeping formation tight and playing off short sharp passes, there was no lack in communication as the team played soundly together. The midfield worked hard Helen Hansgate was seemingly ubiquitous, working in a lovely trio alongside Emma “Welshy” Russell-Price and Hayley Tydeman. Tydeman scored the first goal with the support of returning Tracy “who said retirement?” Cockerill, who had been first to take the shot. At the end of the first half it was 1-0, with some wise words from the captain Zoe Bailey and coach Chris Evans we came out strong but City were straight on us, changing formation and getting to our defence, heading for the D, but luckily with goalie Sue Bullimore our goal area was in safe hands. Newmarket’s second goal came from Jess Allen who, thrown into midfield instead of her usual full back position, found herself in the attacking D, at the keeper’s pads, sweeping a cross which rebounded directly to her twice and on the 3rd attempt sang through the goalie’s pads. She may never find herself in the back four again!

MoM was Hayley Tydeman on her club debut and DoD was Georgia Atherton for leaving her perfectly good stick in her broken down car.
The first time Newmarket L2s have won their first match of season since 2014-15, they are looking to stake early prospects of promotion when they meet Haverhill 2s next week.

Ladies’ 4s: 1-3 loss vs Oppo 1 (Away)
(Le Maire)

Week 3 Fixtures – Pitch Problem Causes Home Cancellations

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Men’s 1s: Home to Norwich City 3 (13:30) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Men’s 2s: Away to Ipswich Cranes 1 (14:00)

Men’s 3s: Home to Bury St Edmunds 6 (15:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 1s: Home to Colchester 1 (12:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 2s: Away to Cambridge City 5 (12:30)

Ladies’ 3s: Home to Huntingdon 2 (10:00) – Postponed due to unplayable pitch at Newmarket Leisure Centre

Ladies’ 4s: Away to St Neots 4 (10:00)

Week 2 Results: Late Drama Wins First Point for Ladies’ 1s as M1s Perform Away

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Men’s 1s: 5-1 win vs Ipswich 2 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Skelton 2, J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s put in a sublime performance away from home this Saturday to take home all 3 points and engineer a commanding scoreline. Without key defensive figures in Darren Jenkins, goalkeeper Iain Robinson and skipper Jordan Newnes due to Jenkins getting married (congratulations Dazzler & Emma!!), stand-in captain Chris Leggett could have been forgiven for thinking that a long afternoon was ahead for the boys in yellow and blue. In fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. Newmarket knocked the ball around superbly from minute one and created a number of opportunities before midfield wizard Mike Skelton finally drove the ball into the D and forced a defender to put through his own backboard to break the deadlock. The goals then began to flow and the makeshift backline of Mark Pears, Ollie Wade, Will Wilson and Louis Hrebeniak found themselves largely untroubled as James Atkinson and the superb Josh Dawson both struck. The fourth was a superb team move, Hrebeniak securing the ball from a Wilson jab tackle and working it right via Leggett to Matt Holden – the wisest man on the pitch did some “passing and dribbling and stuff, it’s easy really” before finding Skelton, who squared to Dawson for a simple reverse stick finish, capping off a fantastic team passing move. Ben Atkinson was superb down the left hand side and forced the final goal, another defender deflecting a Skelton shot over his own goal line as he spotted B. Atkinson arriving late. Ipswich were able to grab a late consolation goal past goalkeeper Seth Bailey who had made a couple of important saves early on when the game was still in the balance but found himself a spectator for the most part. The final word should go to the opposition keeper who was in top form and without him the score could quite easily have been far higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 result vs Dereham 1 (Away)

In their second match of the season, Newmarket Ladies’ 1s faced Dereham Ladies 1st Team. It was a competitive match from the start as Newmarket, playing with energy, soaked up Dereham’s attacks and pushed forward to put their defence under pressure. Newmarket’s defence held strong as Dereham had numerous short corners and young goalkeeper Jersey Bennett made some crucial saves that kept the score 0-0 come half time. Newmarket went into the second half with a positive state of mind and had several attacks, but no luck on goal. Dereham finally made the short corners count with a drag flick from a short that was slipped right. Newmarket didn’t let their heads drop as they continued to push and won a short corner with seconds left of the match; only their second penalty corner all day. Newmarket’s Grace Evans broke the line early and subsequently received a green card and was sent off. With the final whistle now gone, Newmarket re-took their penalty corner: Faye Andreou slipped the ball to Hayley Stoneman, whose shot came back off the post and fell to Kerry Alderson who gleefully scooped it up and flung it into the back of the net in the most dramatic of fashions. With the final score at 1-1, Newmarket took home their first point of the season in division 1.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 5 (Home)
(Booth, Bunker, Harrington)

Week 1 Results: Winning Start for Men’s 1s as L1 Game Abandoned

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Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Atkinson 2, Wilson 2, Dawson)

The Men’s 1st Team got off to a winning start at home to Norwich Dragons as an early goal blitz saw the home side go 3-0 up within minutes.

Will Wilson struck first with a deflected effort and proved dangerous from short corners, swiftly rifling in his second goal from the top of the D and later forcing a great save from the visiting keeper. James Atkinson combined well with Mike Skelton in attacking midfield and was able to notch up his first soon after, capping off a superb team move and sending Town to dreamland. However, Newmarket were caught on the break twice within a few minutes as Dragons tried to get back in to the contest, but a brilliant save from Ian Robinson on his debut in the Newmarket goal and a late effort from Josh Dawson ensured the score settled on 4-2 at the break.

The second half was comfortable for the home side, with the only goal coming from a Wilson ball into the box which was superbly converted by Atkinson for his second. Notable were solid performances by Chris Leggett in the deep lying midfield role and Darren Jenkins at right back, ensuring skipper Jordan Newnes tasted victory in his first game as captain.

Ladies’ 1s: A-A vs Harleston Magpies 2 (Home)
(Match abandoned due to injury stoppage)

The Ladies’ 1st Team put in a great debut performance in Division 1N to find themselves drawing 0-0 on 43 minutes when an injury to a Magpies player caused the game to be stopped. As the player could not be moved it was necessary to wait for an ambulance to arrive, and thus the game could not continue after such a lengthy stoppage. This fixture will be replayed in due course.

Newmarket started nervously but swiftly grew into the game, gaining more possession and playing some great hockey at times throughout the first half. The home goal was rarely threatened and there were no huge chances for either side, save for a handful of short corners, and this theme had continued into the second 35 up until the stoppage for an injury to the shoulder of the Magpies player. We all at Newmarket Hockey Club wish the player involved a swift recovery.

Men’s 2s: 1-0 win vs Harleston Magpies 5 (Away)

Men’s 3s: 3-2 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Friendly, away)
(Booth 2, Benedikz)

The M3’s followed up on last weeks, goal fest with a 3v2 victory away to Cambridge South 4s. Captain Booth led by example knocking in another brace (Thats 5 in 2 matches, will anyone catch him before the end of the season?) and John Benedikz tapped in a third from a short to make it 3v0 before half time. There were more excellent performances from the youngsters Charlie Cummings, Oliver Brown, Fred Kirk and James Atkinson in goal along with a particularly strong performance from Rory Podd in the middle of the park, but this weeks MoM went to yet another debutant Chris Heslop for his strong defensive work.
A week off next week, then the league begins.