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 Sawtry Ladies: 4-4 Draw
The ladies first team went away to play Sawtry for their last league game of the season.
Sawtry were sitting second last in the table so Newmarket were confident of a victory although only won narrowly on their last meeting.
This complacency may have been to blame for Sawtry running at Town in the first minute and smashing a shot into the backboards. Newmarket were in shock after this and realised they would have to work harder to overcome their opposition.
With renewed passion great interlinking between the midfield and wingers drew Sawtry in tight; with space to the left Hayley Stoneman passed to Jenny Richards who forced a short corner after putting a defender under pressure. The two then combined again as Stoneman took first strike and Richards skillful deflected into the roof of goal to level the score.
Now feeling more comfortable about the situation; Newmarket began to distribute with confidence and Captain Gail McDonnell urged her team forward.
Beth Wombwell picked up the ball on the halfway line; went on a rampant run and found Tania Fisher – she did incredibly well to lose her defender and with no hesitation struck true into goal to take Town in front.
With their noses in front Newmarket were sturdy in defense, Isabel Hooley and Jazz Wombwell distributing well around the back line. Angel Fayers created space for herself on the right wing, drove hard and found a defender’s foot. Stoneman opened her account for the day from a free strike at top D giving Newmarket a 3-1 lead going into half time.
Sawtry were not looking to let this score rest and the second half was truly dominated by the home team. Newmarket perhaps looking a little tired struggled to get back after quick breaks and Sawtry scored within the first 5 minutes. They were quick to strike again from a short corner after a Newmarket player showed excellent sportsmanship in owning up to a foul – overturning the umpires decision to award a defensive free hit. Honesty didn’t pay on this occasion as Sawtry executed a perfect short corner to level the score.
With the pressure now on and with Sawtry in full flow, Newmarket were wishing the time away. Another quick break left the backline under pressure Sawtry’s chance was temporarily halted as Jess Boyle slid into action from the goal-line to stop the first shot – but the second was too well placed and Town were in danger of losing their last match. With less than five minutes to go Newmarket looked stronger again and looked like they were going to rob Sawtry of max points and Richards was perfectly placed again to slot a ball into goal. With the final play being a short corner – all Town players came forward to pen the ball in the D. The strike was stopped on the line by a foot. A penalty stroke was awarded – Fisher was eagerly elected by her teammates. This final roll of the ball would determine whether Sawtry were safe from relegation. Fisher pushed low and fast right however the Keeper guessed correct and deflected out to end the game 4-4. Sawtry safe from the bottom of league spot and Newmarket will end second in the league by at least 3 points.
The League Cup game will be played on the 21st April where Newmarket will meet Spalding to see who claims the silverware.
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.
Newmarket 3’s v Spalding: 3-1 win to Spalding
Newmarket lost no time in rescheduling this cancelled match from last week, and the weather had certainly taken a turn for the better. The match started well with Newmarket pushing towards the Spalding goal. Spalding soon retaliated and the Newmarket defence struggled to get the ball out of the D, before long Spalding scored their first goal and shortly followed it with a second. Newmarket became more determined not to be stuck defending the goal and attacked more vigorously for the rest of the first half, Spalding’s defence prevented most efforts from entering their D. It wasn’t until almost half time that Newmarket player Peri Green carried the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and scored with support from fellow player Nikki Cole. Newmarket started the second half with hope of a recovery, but still the Spalding defence Kept Newmarket away from their goal and even managed another one for themselves half way through the second half . Player of the match was well earned by Peri Green, and promising performances were shown by Fiona Milton a recent newcomer to the club and Jade Atkinson who played goal having only recently turned 13.
Newmarket Ladies’ 1’s v’s Cambridge University 3’s: Cambridge Uni won 3-1.
Newmarket Ladies 1st team faced Cambridge University 3rd team for a rescheduled league game which had a massive impact on their title campaign.
Cambridge have shown a springboard improvement since the Christmas break and Newmarket were prepared for a tough fight for points despite missing a key player.
The University side were on fine form from the opening whistle looking sharp on the ball. Within 5 minutes they had had several shots on goal with a superb right-hand overlap producing a textbook goal.
Newmarket are used to conceding early and remained calm looking to get one back. Fine work from Gail McDonnell and Isabel Hooley at the back ensured that Jess Boyle was not overwhelmed by opposition in front of goal and Jazz Wombwell also showed excellent commitment in tracking back with lose players.
The newly laid Cambridge pitch was incredibly bouncy with both teams finding it hard to get the ball under control; however Cambridge had the edge on this and had the confidence to pass the ball around. With a lovely central maneuver Cambridge scored again giving Newmarket an even tougher challenge.
Town battled on and started to relax into new positions and worked as a unit. Beth Wombwell found herself with acres of space and galloped up the field with the ball. She unselfishly passed to Di Thomas who belted the ball into the goal from mid range 10 minutes before the end of the half.
Again the University side were swift to gain control after the break however Newmarket were able to read their passes now and Hayley Stoneman was quick to react when Cambridge struggled under pressure. Stoneman played a lovely ball up field to Zoe Bailey, she darted round a defender and shoved a ball towards goal. Her shot trickled within a foot of goal and was saved on the line by a defender. Another unlucky attempt fell to Stoneman who hit the post on a shot corner re-bound.
Cambridge were hungry to secure 3 points as they continued to push forward. They were awarded for their determination with another close range goal putting the game to bed.
Newmarket still find themselves at the top of the league due to other teams still yet to play postponed fixtures and with a dip in form since Christmas their title win is under threat as they have 4 tough league games still to play. Next week they face bottom of the league opposition Peterborough 3’s at home so they hope to put in a solid performance to secure some points.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s vs. Cambridge South 1’s: 2-1 win to Cambs South
After last week’s emphatic win Newmarket ladies 1st team suffered a bitter defeat against the league’s 6th placed team Cambridge South.
Having played this team twice already and winning convincingly 8-1 on both occasions Newmarket should have been able to secure 3 points comfortably but this was not to be.
It took Cambridge South only 5 minutes to unlock the Newmarket defence – they scored from a mid D shot after a break down the right wing.
Newmarket heads already began to hang and instead of upping the level, the team failed to convert promising moves. Cambridge South’s confidence continued to grow as Newmarket looked behind the play leaving their oposition unmarked.
Against the run of play Newmarket were awarded a flurry of short corners and Claire McDonnell smashed a ball into goal to give Town a glimmer of hope. This injected some fighting spirit into her team mates and for the final passage of the first half Newmarket looked in control of the situation.
Alas, this did not continue into the second half; Cambridge South came out motoring and again scored within minutes of first touching the ball. Newmarket were again thrown into disorder and could not get the ball into goal despite some good build up play. Newmarket fought hard towards the end of the game but time ran out for Town and they lost for only the second time this season.
This leaves them just 2 points clear at the top of the table with some tough opposition ahead. Next week they have a crunch Cup match against Wisbech as the winners of the game will go on to the League Cup Final.
Newmarket ladies first team showed top form as they overturned bottom of the league St Ives – 6-1 last Saturday.
Pre match jitters appeared when 3 of the Town players were struggling with illness but were determined to play on for the good of their team.
St Ives started the game but immediately lost possession after Claire McDonnell made a fine tackle. The visitors struggled to find space as Newmarket players were marking tightly and seizing any loose balls. Space began to appear for Town allowing them to head goal-wards. The first shot was from Hayley Stoneman who narrowly missed the target. The first goal was created from a short corner. The initial strike failed to find the back of the goal but Di Thomas was in front of keeper and used her trade mark reverse stick flick to take Town in front.
Looking the stronger of the two teams Newmarket were beating St Ives on all areas of the field. Again using the space down the wing Lydia Evans crossed to McDonnell who found Thomas on the P spot – she casually slotted the ball home.
Not letting their heads go down, St Ives batted on and after an un-tackled run their central striker powered a shot in to goal taking it to 2-1. A disappointing goal that caught Town off guard.
The next goal was crucial for both teams and thankfully it was Newmarket who took the opportunity – Di Thomas completing a hat-trick after a string of accurate passing from the team, she managed to slot the ball between the keeper’s legs.
With a two goal lead this did not feel enough for Newmarket, as St Ives are known for fighting hard regardless of the score.
The second half was a chance for Newmarket to give the crowd more to cheer about. Now looking totally controlled Town were able to relax and fully work as a unit to score again. Gail McDonnell and Jazz Wombwell were able to move up the field from defence to get involved in the action. Jenny Richards used her calm intellect on the ball and passed to Isabel Hooley – the ball was now pinging round the D and the pinpoint shot came from Claire McDonnell who converted through a shot that found the bottom right hand corner.
Next to find a true strike was ‘goal machine’ Lucy Brown she broke clear from her defender to meet the ball perfectly and deflect into the net.
Jess Boyle still had some work to do in the Newmarket goal and despite it being infrequent she was alert to the challenge and dealt with it calmly.
The last high pace move started centrally from Stoneman. She worked with Fayers to move up field. Again providing a text book cross – McDonnell passed to Thomas who bundled the ball over the line ahead of her defender to add a fourth to her tally just before the final whistle. Next week Newmarket play local rivals Cambridge South who sit sixth in the league, at home. All supporters welcome.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland Ladies’ 1’s: 3-1 win to Newmarket
After a close battle pre-Christmas Newmarket were prepared for a youthful Rutland side in the League Cup competition.
With a full Newmarket side the team started confidently and made some big tackles to turn the play goalwards. It took a little time for both teams to settle, play also looked a little rusty but Town began to move up a gear.
Lydia Evans and Angel Fayers showed great movement on both sides of the pitch giving room for Isabel Hooley and Claire McDonnell to drive the ball forward. It took 25 minutes for Town to score – Hayley Stoneman finding the target after her own shot rebounded on a shot corner.
Leading 1-0 at half time Newmarket were looking to stay in control and justify their top of league position. The second goal came from Di Thomas who sneaked a ball inside the right post after a good central build up from Jenny Richards.
It was then Rutland who picked up a gear. After a surging right sided run, a skillful forward player slapped a ball into goal. Nerves were now jangling and when a ball hit a Newmarket player’s foot preventing a Rutland goal – a penalty flick was awarded. Jess Boyle stood strong and guessed the direction of the shot, keeping Town in front – it also gave her the Player of the Match Award. Newmarket were encouraged by this and after a Rutland short corner broke down Zoe Bailey seized the opportunity to move the ball quickly to Angel Fayers. She crossed the ball to Claire McDonnell who found Beth Wombwell; with no hesitation she swept firmly into goal to compete an exquisite move. This was to be the final goal, the score remaining 3-1. The team are still unbeaten in the Cup Competition and are aiming for the final at the end of March.