1 October 2012

- Mixed Results For Men’s Teams

 

Newmarket 1st XI 9  Wisbech 3rd XI 2

The revolution continues to gather momentum as the pride of Cambridgeshire were put to the sword by the yellow and blue machine.

Following the instigation of a policy where only handsome players are picked Worrall, Wilson, Wrinch and Wade made way for Harrington, Dawson and Gottfredsen.

Thankfully the powers that be allowed an exception to this policy and permitted Alex Andreou to play. The Turkish play maker gave a virtuoso performance capped with two contenders for goal of the day. The first was a rifled short corner and the second a fiercely drilled shot from open play. Despite the game being all but over at that stage even iceman Andreou afforded himself a little grin of self congratulation following his second.

The supporting cast played their part. Harry Bell waded in with two more while Harrington, Skelton, Holden, Dawson and Leggett also added their names on the score sheet.

Special mention should be given to Chris Leggett who in Wilson’s absence wore the arm band. In front of a crowd almost into double figures young Leggett rose to the occasion, dominating the middle of the park and laid on a number of excellent chances for the marauding front line of Holden Skelton and Bell.

In between the waves of yellow and blue attacks Wisbech did enjoy the odd breakaway. Scoring either side of half time they could have had more but for the excellent Jordon Newnes. Comfortably the best defender in Division 4 last year the German born Newnes has clearly benefited from many late nights honing his technique and practicing new positions at the house of Club Coach Chris Evans.

Man of the match was Ben Gottfredsen for a solid display in the accustomed role of left back. Dick of the Day was Oliver Wade who was too upset to play having recently found out Father Christmas is not real.

Mens 2’s v Cambridge South 3’s
After a good win against Grantham last week, Newmarket traveled to Cambridge to play South 3s with hopes of emulating that win. While the whole team knew it would be a tough game hopes where high that a good result would be in the offing. These hopes where to be cruelly dashed however, when it became clear that South wanted the win as badly as Newmarket.
South started with an intent that soon had Newmarket on the back foot and the first goal came not long into the first half, and so began a long and arduous afternoon for the Newmarket back line. South consistently outplayed Newmarket in almost every area of the pitch, showing that very often experience out-ways youthful exuberance.
By the end of the game Newmarket had been taught a harsh lesson by a skillful and energetic South team. But despite losing 7-1 Newmarket where able to take some positives from the game. The main one being at no point did Newmarket drop their heads and allow South an easy ride. And as a result of this, goal machine Will Hosegood was able to grab a consolation goal for Newmarket.
Lessons will be learned from this game, and it is hard to see that Newmarket will come across stiffer opposition. But if they do, they will be prepared for it and if Newmarket continue to play the way they have played so far, the results will come our way.

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24 September 2012

- Another Victorious Week For The Club!

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Oundle Ladies: 7-0 win to Newmarket

Newmarket ladies 1’s helped continue the clubs winning run this weekend as they convincingly beat Oundle ladies 7-0 at home.
The squad brimming with enthusiasm and skill this season were keen to show their intentions of dominating the league from opening push back. Oundle were penned into their defending half and forced to play square and back passes. With pace up front, Beth Wombwell slipped her defender and took on the keeper-with little effort she found the target to take Town in front after 5 minutes. With a full sideline of supporters cheering-the team were lifted to extend this lead. By this point Newmarket were able to sit high in defence. Nicola Boyle made her first team league debut and rose to the challenge and worked superbly with her new teammates at the back.
Town looked comfortable on the ball and coach Chris Evans was able to adjust the team – trying out new position options. Hayley Stoneman taking on a more defensive role this season provided skill and pace toward the midfield leaving Claire McDonnell the chance to sit higher. Oundle were giving Newmarket a lot of space to run with the ball and McDonnell darted up the right and found Di Thomas top D-she took a step inside and struck sweetly to beat the keeper at right post.
McDonnell was rewarded for her unselfish distribution-finding herself free top D after a pinpoint pass from Jazz Wombwell she scampered round 2 players and clipped into goal. A head injury to an Oundle player created a gap in play which was much needed due to the heat.
The second half was as high paced as the first and Town were hungry for more goals. Kerry Alderson like Boyle was making her first team league debut and certainly made an impact on the game with her pace and accuracy.
Beth Wombwell again was on target only for the goal to be disallowed – this was a teaser for the crowd as Angel Fayers stepped up and pounced on the left post soon after, giving Newmarket a fourth.
Looking solid Isabel Hooley and Louise Downs were clinical in their execution of passes confidently worked together to provide the front men shooting opportunities.
Oundle did not give up the fight and for a ten minute period were holding possession well and build chances to shoot towards Sue Bullimore in goal. Getting restless Newmarket finally got the ball away. In a goalline scramble the Oundle keeper must be praised for blocking numerous shots, however Thomas boomed the ball first time into goal to take her team’s tally to 5. Beth Wombwell was also not done with being on the score sheet and swept from mid range to get her brace.
1’s player of 2011/12 season Tania Fisher was on form as usual as was Lydia Evans who was unlucky not to find the target on several occasions. Town’s final goal started from a defensive clearance. Within about 4 passes the ball was heading goalwards. After an initial shot by McDonnell the ball fell nicely for Thomas to reverse sweep away giving her a hat-trick. At this early point of the season the team sit top of the league on goal difference-a position they wish to remain at.
Jenny Richards played her final game for Newmarket before starting student life. She will be missed by the squad and club-they all wish her luck for the future.

Newmarket Ladies 2’s v’s Peterborough Ladies 2’s – Saturday 22nd September (home)

It was a quick pace from the onset in this match with both teams fitness levels really put to the test. The first goal came from Newmarket in the 22nd minute by Lou Downs who has shown she means business now she has recovered from last seasons injury. There were plenty of shots on goal from the Peterborough side but none in the first half could get past Newmarket goalkeeper Sue Bullimore who won man of the match for her efforts. Going into the second half leading 1-0, Newmarket dominated possession for the early part of the second half which was rewarded with a second goal for them by Tracey Cockerill in the 9th minute. It wasn’t long after that Peterborough got their first goal however. There was some great play by Newmarkets Zoe Bailey, April Atkinson, Sam Brooke & Grace Evans and in the 31st minute Lou Downs got her second goal making it 3-1 to Newmarket and securing the win.

Newmarket 1st XI 6-0 St Neots 1st XI
Goal scorers – Harry Bell x 2, Matt Holden x 2, Ollie Wade and Mark Pears
Newmarket went into their first home game of the 2012-13 season fairly heavily disrupted by the unusually early start to season. With right winger Mr Suzanna Burrows trying to develop a life away from the sport he loves, Simon Harrington using Pedalo’s as only he can in Spain and James Wrinch spending more time than desired with the contents of his own stomach the team were forced into a re-shuffle. Mark Pears was moved from centre forward to right back, Dave Worrall moved to centre back with Matt Holden returning to play right wing.
Having won every home game during last season conceding only 3 goals in the process, the team were still confident. They came up against an experienced resilient St Neots team who were not prepared to roll over and competed all over the park. As the game progressed Newmarket’s superior ability and greater team work enabled them to dominate both possession and territory. Newmarket won a flurry of penalty corners capitalising on the third one when Harry Bell deflected in Ollie Wade’s pass.
The second goal followed soon after, Matt Holden drove the by line from the right wing. Skelton was open for square pass and a certain tap in, Holden instead opted to play a 1-2 with the goalkeeper’s pads. Fortunately for the team, and definitely for Holden, he tucked away the rebound.
Despite Newmarket dominance, St Neots kept the back four of Pears, Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Wilson on their toes. Goal keeper Chris Routs had to be alert to dart from his line and block, this left more space for Newmarket to attack and Holden soon scored the third, collecting Leggett’s fine through ball and beating the keeper with a shot from a tight angle. The half time whistle went soon after with the team 3 goals to the good.
The second half was more of the same, Ollie Wade continued his fine recent performances at left half, providing great defensive cover for his full back and through a combination of lung busting runs and individual skill giving his closest opponents plenty to worry about. Following a great attack down the left, involving most the team, Mike Skelton passed to Leggett, who slipped to Bell to score his second.
The fifth was scored by Ollie Wade, Alex Andreou’s shot was blocked by the St Neots keeper, Skelton picked up the rebound and squared for Wade to force home, the scoring was rounded off by Mark Pears who slammed home after the keeper had blocked Wilson initial penalty corner effort.
Man of the match was Ollie Wade and Dick of the day Will Wilson (very harsh, as the author of the match report felt he had an outstanding game, bettered by only Wade), for losing his keys and chucking a couple of less than average aerials. The team were also grateful to Greg Cummins for benching, hopefully with a little more persuasion he could play every week!
Next week the team are at home to Wisbech, the game starts at 3:30, supporters are always very welcome. The club are fortunate to have a large squad for their men’s teams, but new players are always welcome to join our successful growing club, the men train at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at the leisure centre, please look on the website www.newmarkethockeyclub.co.uk for more info.

Newmarket Mens 2’s v Grantham: 2-1 win to Newmarket

With last weeks game playing on the minds of the Newmarket team, they travelled to Grantham with a resolve to put right last week’s injustice. Due to a delayed start tensions where building but these evaporated as the whistle blew to begin.
Newmarket immediately began where they left off last week, with the new forward partnership of Will Hosegood and James Atkinson combining to create some early chances. The chances came to nothing though as a combination of bad luck and some errant shooting conspired to keep the game level.
Grantham where not to be easily subdued however, and responded with some quick break-away attacks. These where soaked up with some robust defending from the usual back four of Boyle, Atkinson senior(very, very senior) Jenkins and Prentice. The latter proving that even the old boys have some running left in them, but it will be Thursday before he feels his legs again.
The attacks from Grantham where few and far between though, and yet again Newmarket commanded the midfield, with Ben Gottfredson and Mark Simpson pairing up effectively and feeding the wingers, Jordan Walker on the left and Rob Greene on the right.
Despite the amount of pressure exerted by Newmarket however, the half-time score remained 0-0, leaving Newmarket wondering what they would have to do to get the ball into the back of the net.
The second half began as the first half ended, with Newmarket piling on the pressure. This was rewarded by a penalty corner, which goal machine Hosegood promptly planted into the back of the net, 1-0 Newmarket. This goal buoyed up the team and they put even more pressure onto a flagging Grantham and another penalty corner was awarded. Enter Mr Hosegood to smash another one into the back of the goal, 2-0 Newmarket and a win was on its way.
Despite a late rally from Grantham which led to what was probably the goal of the game, unfortunately scored by Atkinson senior past the despairing Chris Warren in the Newmarket goal, Newmarket hung on to record their first win of the new season which was thoroughly deserved.

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5 September 2012

- Winning Start For Mens’ 1’s

Newmarket 1st 6 – 0 City of Peterborough 5th

The men’s first team played their first friendly before the 2012-13 starts on the 15 September at home to the team they were promoted with last season.

Newmarket ran out convincing winners but the final score, but the first half was much more difficult than the final score suggested. The young Peterborough side played the wall out from the back but seems to struggle to find the cutting edge to break down Newmarket ’s defence of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Dave Worrall.

Newmarket need to work on their patience in possession, too often in the final third they rushed the final ball or just played the wrong pass. Newmarket did mange to force around six penalties corners, but were unable to capitalise on them.

Just before half time Peterborough earned themselves a penalty corner, Chris Routs saved the first effort, the ball was cleared out to the left, Ollie Wade played the ball down the line to Matt Holden who crossed to Harry Bell who finished emphatically into the roof of the net.

The second half was a different game, the goal seemed to relax Newmarket , who added further goals from Mark Pears, finishing off a sweeping move involving right winger Josh Dawson, James Wrinch and Chris Leggett. Dawson then added a third from a slick penalty corner routine. Pears then added the fourth slamming home after the keeper had saved from another penalty corner.

The game was effectively now over and Newmarket coasted some of it, but the team still showed some hunger, Andreou rifled an effort in from the top of the D from another penalty corner, before Bell scored the last, again high into the net from a tight angle.

It was good to see James Wrinch and Harry Bell make their home debuts, man of the match was Jordan Newnes for a superb display at centre back, but he was run close by Josh Dawson on the wing. Next week’s friendly is away at Royston from the league above, so it should be another good test!

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8 May 2012

- NEWMARKET WIN HARLESTON MENS TOURNAMENT 2012

Newmarket travelled to Harleston for the annual May bank holiday tournament. Their group looked tough with Lowestoft Railway, Ipswich & East Suffolk, Norwich City and Marvel Loss a touring team from Lincolnshire. There were 2 groups containing 5 teams, games were of 20 minutes one way with semi finals for the teams at the top of their groups and a final to follow.
The first game was against Lowestoft on grass, the recent wet spell meant the grass pitch played well, Newmarket dominated with Josh Dawson deflecting Alex Andreou’s cross for the first, Mike Skelton scored the second after good work from Matt Holden and then deflected Andreou’s hit into the D for the third. Newmarket conceded a sloppy consolation from a short corner that bounced over logging stand in keeper Dan Brown.

The second game was also on grass against Norwich City. Newmarket went behind when Dave Worrall was fouled by the defender, who picked up the ball and slammed it into the empty net. Newmarket responded through Andreou who beat a couple of players and rifled into the bottom corner from the top of the D. Newmarket dominated possession with Ollie Wade and Chris Leggett playing well in midfield. The team were unable to capitalise on their chances and a Norwich break led to a short corner which they capitalised on to win 2-1.

The third game saw a welcome return to the astro against Marvel Loss, from Lincolnshire containing familiar faces from Bourne Deeping, Spalding and a couple of guests from Ely. The game was made easier by the opposition playing the first 5 minutes with 10 players with plenty sitting on the bench! Full back Will Wilson and Dave Worrall got much further forward, Centre backs Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes marshalled the defence brilliantly. Will Wilson found himself on the right, his firm cross deflected in by Skelton at the near post.
Josh Dawson and Matt Holden wreaked havoc down the right, with Holden forcing countless penalty corners. From one of these Skelton found Dawson at the near post to deflect in. James Wrinch slotted in at the back and after his Achilles operation, with many years of experience he will be a great asset next season. With a second victory the team had almost clinched a place in the top 2 and semi finals with bottom of the group IES to play.

Newmarket coasted the last group game against IES. There seemed to be a competition to see who could miss from the closest! Simon Harrington broke the deadlock, reacting first to a rebound and scoring with his trademark 360! The team were lucky to not suffer for their prolificacy, when a shot from a short corner struck Worrall’s arm on the line. A penalty stroke was awarded which was saved by Town keeper Dan Brown.

The opposition in the semi final was Norwich Dragons. After 2 clean sheets, the defence of Wilson, Newnes, Harrington, Wrinch and Worrall were very tight, taking it in turns to push on and support the attacks. Once again they dominated possession and scored when Pears was sent down the right his cross shot was saved by the keeper with Wade ramming home the rebound. Newmarket thought they had doubled the lead when Holden moved on Dawson’s cross for Leggett to strike into the roof of the net. The goal was initially awarded was overturned after the umpires consulted each other, but the Whistle went and Town were through to the final.

The rain which had threatened to fall for much of the afternoon, held off no longer, although fortunately wasn’t too heavy. The opponents were Grrr, a touring team from the host club, its always bad form for the host club to win its own tournament and Newmarket didn’t really give them a chance. Playing their brand of possession hockey, the team created countless chances and really should have scored many goals. The winner arrived about 5 minutes from time, Wilson’s diagonal cross being knocked in at the second attempt by Skelton at the far post. Any breaks that Grrr could muster were snuffled out by the impressive Newnes. The final whistle went and Newmarket topped off an emphatic season with a second trophy. Player of the final was Grrr’s keeper, but Newmarket’s player of the day was team jester Alex Andreou who was dominating in central midfield on grass and astro.

Next season the first team will return to division 3NW for the first time since the 2001-02 season and the second team look to secure the promotion they almost achieved in their first season. New players are always welcome, regardless of age or experience. If you are interested in playing for the club, please look at the club website www.newmarkethockeyclub.com.  Men’s captain Will Wilson can be contacted via email on mens1@newmarkethockeyclub.com.

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3 April 2012

- LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!

St Ives III 0 – 6 Newmarket I
Goal scorers: Mike Skelton x 3, Josh Dawson x 2, Ollie Wade
Newmarket weren’t looking forward to the final league game of the 2011-12 season. They did however want to seal another victory to take them to 61 points, 16 ahead of second placed City of Peterborough.
They dominated from the outset, the central midfield pairing of Alex Andreou and Chris Leggett controlling the game. Newmarket had to wait until the 15th minute to break the deadlock. Andreou struck the free hit from outside the 25 for Mike Skelton to deflect past the keeper from close range.
Matt Holden was his normal mercurial self, winning many penalty corners. After Will Wilsons flick was saved by the keeper, Jordan Newnes came up from the back to miss the first of many opportunities. From the third penalty corner, Simon Harrington found Josh Dawson to score with a routine straight from the training ground.
With Harrington and Newnes commanding at centre back goalie Chris Routs was once again a bystander. This allowed full backs Wilson and Dawson to bomb forward combining well with Wade and Mark Pears down the flanks. The third goal came when Dawson overlapped down the right and squared for Skelton to strike into the far corner on his reverse stick.
Newmarket were 3 goals to the good at half time and hoped to more than double that in the second half. Ollie Wade scored the fourth, bravely diving in to finish off a Pears cross from a couple of yards out. Skelton completed his hat trick deflecting Andreou’s cross from the right wing past the keeper at the near post. The scoring was wrapped up by Dawson, who was played through by Skelton and flicked past the keeper on his reverse.
Rob Green played well having been called up after many good performances for the second team, he certainly looks like a player for the future. Man of the match was Mike Skelton, dick of the day Dave Worrall who due to work commitments only made it for the last 15 minutes, many felt Newnes was fortunate not to get dotd himself having fluffed many chances to score his first goal of the season. This draws a remarkable season to a close, the 5 months until the 2012-13 starts feels like an eternity! Long live the revolution.

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12 March 2012

- The Winners Keep On Winning!

March Town II 0-4 Newmarket I
Goal scorers: Ollie Wade, Josh Dawson & Mike Skelton x 2.
Newmarket travelled to March, having already clinched the title but determined not to let the season fizzle out. They came up against a determined March team who, in the first half worked as hard as anybody has against Newmarket this season, with a large chunk of the game taking place in Newmarket’s half.
The defence of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes & Dave Worrall were resolute, tackling and intercepting well. As the half wore on, Newmarket midfield of Ollie Wade, Chris Leggett, Alex Andreou and Josh Dawson began to exert more control, forcing a few penalty corners. The routines have been much improved over the last few weeks, but the dry sandy pitch made conditions difficult for the injector.
The half came to a close with the game still scoreless but Newmarket well on top, forwards Mark Pears, Matt Holden & Mike Skelton were starting to find space and look dangerous. Early in the second half, Ollie Wade put Newmarket in front with a sweet strike into the bottom left corner from Pears lay off.
Holden won another penalty corner, which Dawson scored from a training ground routine, Skelton then scored after Wilson and Wade took a quick free hit on the left, Wilson’s cross was saved by the keeper, leaving Dawson to pass to Skelton and tap into an empty net, this was the teams 100th goal of the season.
March were still dangerous in possession and forced a flurry of their own penalty corners, with the Chris Routs making several smart saves himself along with Worrall putting stick, body and head in the way of the ball to keep March at bay.
The game was now very open, Mark Pears beat a man and broke down the right, forcing another penalty corner, Simon Harrington thought he had scored but the umpire judged that the ball had not been in the D. Mike Skelton soon added the fourth finishing off another sweeping move, Holden had a shot saved, rattling the cross bar with the rebound.
At the final whistle the team celebrated their 10th clean sheet of the season, but only the 2nd away from home. Man of the match was Dave Worrall, for a fantastic defensive display at right back, Simon Harrington was dick of the day, for more to mention than we have column inches.
Next week we entertain Horncastle, our last home game of the season, 3:30 push back. Spectators are always welcome.

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5 March 2012

- CHAMPIONS!!

We are the Champions!
Newmarket I 1 Vs 0 Bourne Deeping II
Goal scorer: Josh Dawson
Newmarket went into this home match knowing a draw would secure promotion with four games to go and a win would clinch the championship if second placed Peterborough lost at third placed Alford. With the second team playing a promotion decider away at Cambridge South, Newmarket had just 11 players. With Mike Skelton locked in the beer shed the team were pleased a bronzed Alex Andreou returned from holiday.
Bourne Deeping has been the only team to have beaten Newmarket this season and again with their experienced players were again a tough opposition to play against. Newmarket were clearly the better side, centre backs Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes distributing the ball wide to either full backs Will Wilson or Dave Worrall. Bourne Deeping did try to press high, but this just created space for Chris Leggett and Andreou in the centre. With Ollie Wade and Josh Dawson working hard on the flanks, most of the game was played in Deepings half without Newmarket creating too many clear cut chances, all too often the final pass was rushed or not accurate enough, until the twentieth minute.
With the first real move of quality, Worrall played the ball into Mark Pears, he created space before playing the ball to Matt Holden who was running into the channel, and his pin pointed cross was met by Josh Dawson, who deflected it in on the far post at full stretch. Newmarket coasted the rest of the first half without looking troubled or likely to score themselves.
The second half was a rather scrappy affair, with both teams losing their cool and the game deteriorating as a spectacle. Bourne Deeping did force a couple of penalty corners, drawing keeper Chris Routs into one save, with the rest well defended by the team and particularly number one runner Newnes, who managed to close the top of the D down very quickly.
Newmarket’s short corners weren’t going well with the sticky ball proving very difficult to drag out on the dry Astroturf. Newmarket created quite a few opportunities but too often were unable to play the right final pass. Captain Wilson and midfielder Leggett were both shown a green card for one show of petulance too many as the game meandered to a conclusion.
The final Whistle went, it was a disappointing game, but it has been a fantastic season. With promotion assured, the team discovered in the bar afterwards as other results came in that they had clinched their second successive promotion with four games to spare, the first team in the East League to do so.
Man of the match was Ollie Wade, who was full of running and trickery in the left flank, he was pushed close by both Chris Leggett and Jordan Newnes. Dick of the Day was Simon Harrington to twice attempting and failing to hit the ball off the astro so the team could change it.
Next week the team are away at March Town, looking to score the 3 goals they need to be the first team to break the 100 goal barrier this season. The game starts in March at 4pm, spectators are welcome to come along, support and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that next week opponents provide.

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27 February 2012

- Newmarket Men Outplay Peterborough

City of Peterborough V 2-4 Newmarket I
Goal scorers: Will Wilson, Chris Leggett, Mike Skelton & Josh Dawson
Newmarket travelled to Peterborough to face their nearest rivals for the title, second placed Peterborough. The team knew that a win would take them 10 points clear with 5 left to play and almost certainly clinching the title. It’s fair to say that Peterborough had other ideas and gave Newmarket the hardest first 20 minutes they have had all season. Peterborough pressed high all over the pitch, denying full backs Will Wilson and Dave Worrall space and cutting out the options for centre backs Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes.
After five frenetic minutes Peterborough tackled Harrington in the Newmarket D and finished past keeper Chris Routs despairing dive. Newmarket went on the attack, scoring from open play when full back Wilson slammed home Josh Dawson’s cross. Peterborough responded almost immediately Wilson gave the young winger too much time to pick his cross, Newnes lost his marker, unfortunately for Newmarket the cross was inch perfect, leaving Routs stranded for the second time.
As the half progressed Peterborough began to tire and Newmarket quality began to tell, Mike Skelton and Chris Leggett saw more ball, they in turn picked out forwards Mark Pears and Matt Holden who linked up well. Holden hit the post after a great pass from Pears, putting the follow up wide. Skelton thought he’s scored from a tight angle only for the game to be taken back to a penalty corner given just before he hit the ball. From the resulting corner, Dawson’s deflected Ollie Wade’s pass which appeared to strike a defenders foot on the line but unfortunately a penalty stroke wasn’t awarded.
Peterborough broke and forced a penalty corner when a Newmarket defender didn’t retreat 5 yards after giving away a free hit, Newnes was out quickly and Wilson deflected the resulting shot over the bar, Peterborough won another corner which Routs blocked allowing Harrington to clear. Josh Dawson was combative in his defending on the right wing, not allowing the left back any space to clear the ball, he combined well with Holden to win a penalty corner, the Peterborough keeper acrobatically denied Wilson twice. The half time whistle went with Newmarket trailing for the first time since early December, but having conceded two soft goals and peppered the Peterborough D towards the end of the first half they were optimistic a win could be forced.
The second half started well, with a free flowing move down the right involving Skelton, Holden and Dawson, finished off resolutely with Chris Leggett firing in the ball at the near post. Newmarket really started to dominate, Wade used the ball intelligently on the left flank creating plenty of space for his team mates. Harrington went close twice from penalty corners before a fine attack where Holden beat a couple before playing Pears in, who squared to Skelton whose weak strike was saved by the keeper, the ball bounced back to Skelton who flicked high into the roof of the net on his reverse. Dawson then put the ball wide when it would have been easier to score, before he got his name on the team sheet from an almost identical move, taking the ball past the keeper and giving the man on the line no chance. Newmarket were forced to play out the last 5 minutes with 10 men after Dawson was struck by the ball on his ankle, but the team held out.
Peterborough provided Newmarket with a test for the first 20 minutes, but in truth Peterborough’s keeper kept them in it and Newmarket really should have scored a few more, keeper Routs touched the ball 3 times and twice was to get it out the back of the net. With a ten point lead established, the team need to lose the last five games to avoid their second successive promotion and win two more to grasp the title. Newmarket will need to make sure they capitalise on a higher percentage of their chances in the league above next season if they are serious about another promotion.
Man of the match was hard to separate and was jointly awarded to Wilson and Skelton. Dick of the day was unanimously awarded to Harrington for the comedy that was the first Peterborough goal. Next week Newmarket are at home to Bourne Deeping II’s, the only team to defeat them during an ill tempered match last November. With both men’s teams pushing for promotion new players are always welcome as the club continues to grow. Push back is at 3:30 at Newmarket leisure centre, as always spectators are welcome.

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20 February 2012

- 7 Points Clear At The Top!

Newmarket Men I 7-0 Alford Men I
Goal scorers: Ollie Wade x 2, Josh Dawson x 2, Simon Harrington, Matt Holden & Mike Skelton
After snow enforced a winter break Newmarket played their first game for 3 weeks, the warm up was sluggish, but once the game started Newmarket fell into their stride and had their third placed opponents from Skegness under the cosh from the first minute.
The domination soon turned into goals, the first a lovely team goal starting with a ball from right back Dave Worrall, to Mike Skelton, he laid it off to Chris Leggett who fired the ball into the D, Matt Holden squared for Ollie Wade to put the ball into an empty net. Ollie Wade soon scored a second to double the lead.
Matt Holden scored the third goal, sweeping Leggett’s defence splitting pass into the far corner, leaving the opposing keeper helpless. This forced a change of tactics from the opposition, who switched to a half court press. This just heaped more pressure on their defence as they defended deeper and deeper, enabling Newmarket to force numerous penalty corners.
The practice the team put into short corners at this weeks training soon began to pay off, Josh Dawson scored twice from two different short corner routines before Simon Harrington scored the sixth from an improvised routine.
Just before half time, Alford forced a couple of penalty corners off their own, from one of these Chris Routs leapt like a salmon to deflect the drag flick for a long corner. The whistle went for half time, Newmarket had played well, but really should have had more goals to show for it! On reflection a mixture of near misses, good keeping and overcrowding the D were the main reasons.
The team were keen to extend their advantage and maintain their clean sheet in the second half, they managed the second part but in truth, didn’t get out of second gear and coasted through the half. Credit must be given to Alford who defended stubbornly and kept the number of clear scoring opportunities to a minimum.
The team were unlucky not to be awarded a couple of penalty strokes for shots that hit defenders on the line, from another sweeping routine involving Worrall and Will Wilson, Mark Pears was very unlucky when his shot deflected wide off the on rushing keepers helmet.
It took until a few minutes from the end for Newmarket to score the seventh, Wilson split the defence with a great pass, Holden’s shot was saved by the keeper and Mike Skelton finished high into the roof of the net.
Man of the match had a few contenders, Jordan Newnes maintained concentration well and marked the tricky centre forward out of the game, Ollie Wade was solid at left half, but man of the match was Chris Leggett for an outstanding display in the centre. His work rate and ball retention were crucial to the teams performance. Dick of the day was Mark Pears, who can consider himself very unlucky to be the recipient in a game with no match related contenders.
This was a solid display from Newmarket, with second placed City of Peterborough drawing at Long Sutton, the team have now opened a seven point gap between themselves and Peterborough. With third a long way back and playing Peterborough away next week, the team have the opportunity to put 10 points between them and second with five left to play.

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30 January 2012

- Unstoppable!

Newmarket I 6-0 Spalding II
Goal Scorers – Josh Dawson x 3, Ollie Wade, Mike Skelton & Will Wilson
Newmarket entertained Spalding at home in division 4NW of the East League on a chilly afternoon in January. With Newmarket having won all seven home games, conceding only 2 goals and keeping 6 clean sheets in the process, they looked forward to entertaining a Spalding team who had moved up to third in the league having won all but one of their away games.
The game started at a frenetic pace, Spalding pressed high and played with genuine wingers on both flanks, this created a very open game with lots of fast attacking play by both teams. Newmarket’s keeper Chris Routs was in action first, making a smart reaction save to keep the game scoreless. Newmarket began to organise themselves. Jordan Newnes marked the dangerous centre forward out of the game, leaving central defensive partner Simon Harrington free to pick up the loose ball and distribute well.
Newmarket began to dominate the game, with the space the Spalding formation allowed, Newmarket had plenty of space to hurt the opposition. The team forced several penalty corners after good play from forwards Matthew Holden, Mark Pears and Michael Skelton. Unfortunately the team were unable to capitalise. They took the lead through open play when Josh Dawson beat his man on the right wing, drove the line and squared for Ollie Wade to tap in. Spalding continued to cause Newmarket problems on the break, but with Alex Andreou and Chris Leggett working hard in the middle to win the ball back Newmarket were making their quality count. Andreou was distributing the ball to full backs William Wilson and David Worrall at great pace, giving them time to drive forward from deep, several more chances went begging before Dawson scored, deflecting the ball into the roof of the net from a penalty corner.
Wilson scored the third, beating a couple of players on the 25, Spalding parted like the Red Sea, allowing the defender into the D, he sent the keeper the wrong way to score with an undercut. Dawson then added his second, the games fourth after a goal mouth scramble. The half time whistle went with Newmarket four goals to the good.
Spalding came out for the second half with a similar intent to the first, pressing high up and pitch and attacking at pace whenever the opportunity arose. Newmarket managed to score a fifth from a short corner routine, Dawson tapping in Wilson’s pass.
Spalding then caught Newmarket on the break to overload the defence and score a deserved goal of their own, but it didn’t disrupt the flow of the game. Mike Skelton added the sixth after playing a succession of one twos between himself and Mark Pears before finishing into the corner. Newmarket could have added to their tally, had the last ball been a little more accurate on more than one occasion.
Despite the score line, Spalding provided Newmarket with a stern test and on this form, Spalding must be an outside bet for Promotion. Man of the match was Mark Pears. He was everywhere, tireless running the channels, bringing team mates into the game, Skelton’s goal, for which Pears played a major role must have been on the of the team’s best of the season. Ollie Wade ran him close, the left midfielder is really developing and gives great cover for his fallback while also offering plenty going forward.
Next week the team are away at Long Sutton, who themselves have a very strong home record, with second place City of Peterborough drawing Newmarket have extended their lead to 5 points as they look to get promotion to 3NW wrapped up as quickly as possible.

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