Senior Training Now Underway

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Senior training for both Mens’ and Ladies’ teams has now restarted for the 2015/16 season with pre-season beginning shortly. The session for all four Ladies’ teams is held from 19:00-21:00 on Tuesday nights and the session for both Mens’ teams takes place between 19:00-20:30 on Wednesday nights.

Whether you are a new player looking to take up the sport, an ex-player looking to get back in or simply a spectator, please feel free to contact one of our captains and come along to training – we are always on the lookout for new players, coaches and supporters.

Older members of the NHC Junior section (those of 15-18 years) are encouraged to train and play with the senior squads. Please do come down and join in for a taste of senior hockey.

Senior Fitness Training – Medical Form

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Tim Wilson from Alpha Fitness will be taking a pre-season fitness session over the next three weeks on Scaltback playing field, starting Friday 21st August, from 6.30pm-7.30pm.

**Important**: Every player wishing to participate will be required to complete a medical form prior to the start of the session. Please arrive early (around 6.10pm) on the first week in order to avoid any delays with these being collected/filled in. Please click here to download the medical form.

These sessions are free for all members of Newmarket Hockey Club over the age of 16. Unfortunately, under-16’s are not permitted to attend. For more information, please contact Will Wilson at

As many a wise man (and woman) has once said, “fitness equals winning, and winning equals fun.”

Club Fitness Training

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We are delighted to announce we have agreed with Tim Wilson to put on 3 weeks worth of fitness training open to both men and women, existing members and future members. The club has also agreed to kindly fund these sessions so all we require is your attendance, no excuses!!

Sessions will be run at 6.30pm on the following Friday nights:


Venue for the training is Scaltback playing fields, (the former Scaltback middle school ). Please arrive prompt so we can make sure we get full use of the session

Look forward to seeing you all for a gentle introduction to kickstart the 2015/16 season ahead.


Posted Posted in Club News, Fixtures, Ladies, Men, Social

East Grinstead are hosting the Euro indoor championships in February. Tickets are available for Sunday 16th February for the Finals. 4 games will be played 10am is the first pushback time and 2.30pm is the last.

Tickets are £15 each for the whole day. There is a bar there and food available. We will get a discount if more than 20 people would like to go.

Please let me know ASAP if you would like to go and I will arrange a minibus if I can.

East Grinstead have always been very accomodating towards NHC and its always a great a outing, and its inside so no being freezing!


Men’s and Ladies Representatives

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Following the recent applications for the Men’s and Ladies Representatives, we are pleased to announce that Alex Andreou and Di Thomas have been given the roles!

They are now your point of contact should you have any issues with the running of the club, teams, training etc and they will bring these to the Committee. As they will be present at Committee meetings, they will also be able to disseminate information to you which will help keep up the communication within the club.

Harleston May Day Tournament – Men retain the Cup

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Newmarket Men’s team returned to try and retain their trophy from last year, a feat only previously completed once. Newmarket took a strong squad with Chris Routs in goal, defenders Will Wilson (Captain), Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes & Dave Worrall. Midfielders Ollie Wade, Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett, Harry Bell and Josh Dawson making his first appearance after gaining another five knuckles on his index finger in early March. Forwards Matt Holden, Mike Skelton and rookie Rob Green completed the squad. The format was 2 groups of 5 playing 20 minutes one way in a round robin, with the top 2 from each group contesting the semi finals and then final.

Newmarket  2 – 0  Norwich Dragons

The first game was on grass and very competitive, with the surface suiting Harrington’s long ball game he was imperious at the back, for once Wilson wasn’t complaining about it as he consistently picked out forwards Skelton and Holden with ease. With the midfield of Wade, Bell & Leggett getting up to support Newmarket overran Dragons. Holden scored the first, beating the keeper from an angle. He then doubled the lead, collecting Harrington’s long ball, playing a 1-2 with Skelton and finishing into an empty net.

Newmarket  1 – 0 Lowestoft Railway

This was another competitive match on the water based Astro, keeper Routs was required to make a few saves but the Railway keeper kept them in it. Jordan Newnes and Dave Worrall defended resolutely. The game signalled Dawson’s return and he was unlucky not to score from a couple of penalty corners. Rob Green also played well, sending Leggett through to shoot narrowly wide and showing some touches that bode well for the future.  Newmarket eventually took the lead, Andreou who distributed well throughout had the initial strike on goal, the keeper saved again, but Skelton reacted first to force home the rebound.

Newmarket  1 – 0  Harleston Combination

Newmarket dominated long spells of this game but were occasionally troubled by their youthful opponents. They retained possession well with Rob Green again standing out and Ollie Wade covering lots of pitch and using the ball well down the left flank and Harry Bell firing some great balls into the D from the right it was only a matter of time. The goal when it came was  from a free flowing move. Leggett weighted a great pass into Holden’s path, after standing still and admiring his pass for a while he got on his bike and met Holden’s pull back at the top of the D to fire into the far corner.

Newmarket  0 – 2  Norfolk Pies

Having already qualified for the semi finals Newmarket took this strong team a little too lightly and were punished. Too often they tried to force the ball down the middle where pies were strong and they got punished with two well taken quick fire goals. Newmarket did their best to get into the games with Wade, Dawson and Bell forcing penalty corners which Newmarket were unable to capitalise on. Keeper Routs made a couple of decent saves to keep the score respectable. The 3 previous victories were enough to ensure that Newmarket finished second and progressed to the semi Finals.

Newmarket  1 – 0  Marvel Loss

The game against the group A winners containing some familiar faces from local rivals Ely City and last season’s league competitors Bourne Deeping was a little too feisty for some. Newmarket dominated possession with Wade again excelling down the left flank, creating numerous chances which the team failed to take. Marvel Loss were quick on the break and Routs had to be alert to deflect a reverse stick strike over.  As the game wore on Newmarket’s subs probably made the difference as they had more in their legs. Newmarket eventually took the lead, when Will Wilson fired the ball towards the far post and the defender deflected in at the far post for an own goal. The final whistle went and Newmarket were through to the final.

Newmarket  2 – 0  Norfolk Pies

Having lost to this team earlier on grass Newmarket were grateful to be able to put the record straight on the Astro. Dominating throughout against a team full of players who have played at higher levels. Newmarket retained possession superbly, passing the ball quickly and early often leaving pies chasing shadows. Newmarket switched the ball from left to right, Worrall made his way towards the D, picked out Holden who squared to Skelton to fire into the corner. During the next 5 minutes Newmarket were unlucky not to score again, Leggett going close and Dawson firing across the goal line with Wade unable to get a touch at the far post.

Pies began to press forward to an equaliser, leaving space at the back. Harrington rolled a 16 yard to Wilson, who aerialled the ball over the whole pies team for Holden to run onto as he approached the D. Holden beat the goalie and rattled the ball into the far corner from an angle.

Pies threw everything at Newmarket, but defenders Wilson, Harrington, Newnes and Worrall were resolute and when they were broken Routs made a couple of crucial blocks to preserve his 5th clean sheet of the day. Newmarket held out and retained their title.

Player of the Day

With 5 clean sheets goalie Routs and his defence of Wilson, Harrington, Newnes and Worrall had a shout. Wade was excellent on the left, Skelton tireless up front but scoring 3 and assisting another 3 of the teams 7 goals, it could only go to Matt Holden. If the veteran can maintain that form next season in div 2 then the team will have a create chance to maintain their presence in that league after 3 successive promotions.

Wisbech Men’s 3rd XI 2 – 4 Newmarket Men’s 1st XI

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Newmarket travelled to Wisbech for the final game of the season, knowing that they needed to better Wisbech 2nds result to win the league, with Wisbech 2nds playing 9th placed St Neots, Newmarket didn’t expect and started the game like they were already on their summer holidays.

With Simon Harrington having clinched dick of the day for the last month he did the honourable thing and asked to play for the seconds, forcing a re-shuffle which lead to Alex Andreou being deployed at centre back with the excellent Jordan Newnes.

Newmarket deservedly fell behind after a few minutes. Wisbech’s outstanding number 11 who must consider himself unfortunate not to get selected for their first team, skipped round a couple of weak challenges, drove the D and shot at the far post, where there centre forward deflected in from all of 6 inches. 

Newmarket didn’t heed the warning, after some lax play and a lack of concentration in midfield were soon two goals behind, the same player driving the D, this time shooting reverse stick, just wide of the far post where the same player, same distance was there to deflect in.

Wisbech were 2 goals up and deserved it, Coach Nick Thorpe made a few tactical tweeds and substitutions from the sideline, bringing Ben Gotfredsen on from the bench who slotted in at left half, he had a solid game and didn’t look out of place at this level.

With the attacking quartet of Mike Skelton, Matt Holden, Mark Pears and Harry Bell making good runs Newmarket started to find them creating chances further up the pitch. Newmarket won a penalty corner which the keeper saved comfortably, Chris Leggett chased the ball down into the far right corner and his cross was deflected into goal by Mark Pears reverse stick.

With the defence of Will Wilson, Newnes, Andreou and the excellent Dave Worrall  marking tight and not diving in on the future first team prospect the gradually started to dominate, Holden beat a couple of men in the D and Gotfredsen almost got to is cross shot for a tap in at the far post.

At half time Newmarket where a goal behind and quite rightly got a piece of Coach Thorpe’s mind, he switched full backs round with Worrall left and Wilson right and Newmarket dominated the second half. Harry Bell started to come into the game on the right driving the flank and firing some superb balls into the D.

Eventually the pressure told and the penalty corners began to flow, Wade score the second with a drag to the bottom right corner. Newmarket almost took the lead moments later, Andreou’s long clearance found Pears, he beat a man drove at the right post dragging defence out of position before squaring to Holden for a tap in at the far post, with the goal gaping Holden could only find the outside of the post.

It didn’t matter Newmarket soon took the lead, after a free flowing move the Pears drew the keeper and found Bell at the right post to slam home. Bell then scored the fourth, reacting first to bravely lift the ball over the on rushing keeper into the roof of the net.

Bell then scored Newmarket’s fourth driving into the D and firing the ball into the bottom corner with an assured finish. Game set and match and a worthy finish to another fantastic season, which has seen the team win 20 out of 22 league games but still finish second.

Dick of the day was pretty simple, the vote was unanimous for Holden, the big man consistently demonstrated exceptional stick skills and average shooting!

Man of the match was a close run thing, keeper Routs kept the boys in it for the first 20 minutes, Mark Pears was superb upfront scoring the vital first goal and assisting with both of Harry Bells, Dave Worrall defended brilliantly at full back, Andreou distributed well from centre back and Ollie Wade dictated the pace of the game with some silky skills in the middle, with everybody tied on 2 votes the captain decided and opted to Wade, who has come on leaps and bounds this season and like the rest of the team should thoroughly look forward to what division 2 North has to offer!

With defenders Simon Harrington and James Wrinch, and forwards Josh Dawson and Ed Griffiths unavailable it was a real test of the squads strength in depth with a couple of additions the team should be able to hold its own in division 2 North next season. The team would like to thank Nick Thorpe for his tremendous work coaching the side this season, we all look forward to working with him next year.

Undefeated are defeated at the Fortress

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Newmarket Men’s 1st XI  6 – 3  Wisbech Towns Men’s 2nd XI

Newmarket went in the seasons penultimate league game knowing that they would need to defeat unbeaten Wisbech to maintain their slim hopes of winning their 3rd consecutive league title.  It was a pulsating encountered, with a fantastic atmosphere generated by the large crowd.

The whole game was played at a frenetic pace with the back 4 of Will Wilson, Jordan Newnes, Simon Harrington and Dave Worrall stretched often, pulling put great tackles and blocks. Wisbech shaded the first 10 minutes without brining keeper Chris Routs into action.

Newmarket struck first, the ball was played into Harry Bell on the right flank who picked out Mike Skelton in the D, he took one touch and finished into the bottom corner. At this point Wisbech suffered and injury to one of their players which seemed to disrupt their rhythm and Newmarket dominated the rest of the half.

The second goal was a brilliant individual event from Ollie Wade, having been moved into the middle for the last 2 games and recently had his hair styled by local hairdresser Loren Davenport the young midfielder has really come into his own. Intercepting a Wisbech 16 on his reverse stick he drove into the D, beating a defender and keeper in one fluid movement to finish into an unguarded net.

With Alex Andreou’s introduction from the bench and good distribution from Chris Leggett in central midfield, Mark Pears combined with Matt Holden to win a penalty corner. Having wasted all but 1 of the 23 the team won when loosing at home to Cambridge South, they were much more productive today, scoring from the first. The routine broke down, but Wilson found Skelton at the far post and he made no mistake. With Skelton having visited the same hairdresser this week she could be busy before most big games next season!

The whistle went for half time and Wisbech trudged off looking dejected, Newmarket knew that the next goal would be crucial and so it proved. To their credit Wisbech demonstrated why they had been undefeated so far this season with a strong first 15 minutes of the second half. The dominated possession, partly because Newmarket couldn’t keep it, and forced a flurry of penalty corner. Most were expertly saved by the outstanding Routs but they scored with a couple he could do nothing about. The first from a firm strike which deflected of the otherwise excellent Harrington’s stick into the net on (or just outside) the far post. The second was forced home over Routs after a goal mouth scramble.

With the score now 3 – 2 to Newmarket it got a little tense, but Newmarket dug in, with Holden finding space on the left he won another penalty corner, Wilson’s strike was blocked and Wade struck the rebound first time into the bottom left corner. Wisbech went up the other end and scored another, the ball was crossed from the right and Harrington notched his second own gol deflecting it high into the net!

Newmarket’s heads didn’t go down they just went up the other end and scored again, another fine passing team move culminated with Holden slamming the ball in from 10 yards. Ed Griffiths made the game safe with about 5 minutes to go. Harry Bell reacted quickly and took a quick self pass on the sideline, he drove the base line and pulled the ball back to Ed Griffiths who slotted home from an acute angle. With 5 minutes left and Newmarket 3 goals to the good the game was won, it was marred late on when Ed Griffiths collected a yellow card for an over enthusiastic challenge and DaveWorrall decided he fancied completing the umpiring course and muttered one word too many about the decision.

Man of the match was Chris Routs in goal, who pulled off some vital stops, especially during the crazy first 15 minutes of the second half. He was run very close by Ollie Wade who was outstanding in the centre of the pitch. Dick of the day was close, Dave Worrall finally got the yellow card for dissent he has been striving for all season, but with 2 own goals and a reputation for making dick of the day his own the winner was Simon Harrington.

With 1 game to go Newmarket are a point behind Wisbech, but with both teams likely to win next week it looks likeWisbech’s title, they deserve it for being so consistent over a long drawn weather and indoor hockey interrupted season.  It is just a shame Newmarket had such a shocker against Cambridge South last month, if they had won that they would be 2 points ahead. The team would like to thank Nic Thorpe for all his help, coaching the men’s side of the club every Wednesday and helping the first team every Saturday.

The team now look forward to competing in Division 2 North next season, the highest level the club have played at for a very long time, if ever. Long live the revolution!