5 March 2012


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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16 January 2012

- Mens’ 1’s Play Cool Under Pressure

Newmarket I 3–0 City of Peterborough VI
Goal scorers: Mike Skelton x 2, Ollie Wade
Newmarket hosted a Peterborough team they only seem to play in extremes of temperature, having played in October during a heat wave they were fortunate that this game was one of the few locally not to have been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Newmarket almost scored in the first minute, Matt Holden robbing the centre back at the top of the D and forcing a smart stop from the keeper. The team expected a high energy start but as in the first match, they found Peterborough well organised and difficult to break down. The next 15 minutes or so were very even, Newmarket kept possession better than they have in previous weeks and managed to maintain possession in the other half without trying to force the ball too frequently. By keeping the ball the team forced a succession of short corners, which Peterborough either defended well or Newmarket wasted.
Gradually Newmarket began to wear down Peterborough’s stubborn resistance, by working the ball round the back and pulling the defence out switching the point of attack. Dave Worrall drove forward from right back and after a slick move featuring Matt Holden, Josh Dawson and Chris Leggett, Mike Skelton finished neatly into the bottom corner on his reverse stick.
Newmarket soon scored a second from a similarly flowing move, this time the ball started with the right back and went through Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes, to left back Will Wilson, the ball was played up the pitch involving the whole midfield before it was played back to Wilson, who’s reverse stick cross was tapped into an empty net by Ollie Wade.
Josh Dawson thought he had scored a third but it was disallowed for a foot, the half time whistle went with Newmarket keeper Chris Routs reduced to a rather cold spectator. The second half continued in the same vein, Dawson’s great movement enabled Wilson to pick him out with a defence splitting pass, he was clattered as he rounded the keeper, with the ball rolling to Mark Pears the umpire played a good advantage as Pears squared to Skelton for his second of the game. Dwarf Dawson had another goal disallowed from a short corner for apparently impeding the large goalkeeper meaning the top scorer was unable to add to his tally today.
The whistle set to draw to a close a very solid Newmarket performance, the score line didn’t reflect the team’s dominance, but with keeper Routs not touching the ball for the third game this season the team are starting to the lay the defensive foundations they may need in future seasons.
In the bar afterwards Man of the match was very close, Chris Leggett played very well in the middle, Simon Harrington was commanding at centre back, Mike Skelton moved well up front, but Dave Worrall clinched it for an outstanding display at right back.
Dick of the Day was pretty one-sided, Wilson won it hands down for pulling his aerial pass over his shoulder narrowly missing a host of parked cars. Next week’s game is away against St Neots, after putting 13 past them at the start of the season the team are very much looking forward to it!

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16 January 2012

- Mens Friendly v South

Newmarket 1 – 0 Cambridge South

Newmarket entertained a strong Cambridge South team from the league above for a friendly match the week before the second half of season commences next week. With former South player Mark Pears in Newmarket starting eleven, Newmarket know that their opposition were very organised a didn’t concede many, having conceded one less than Newmarket so far this season.

Newmarket were without regulars Josh Dawson, Mike Skelton, Dave Worrall and Ben Gottfredsen but were able to field a strong line up. With Chris Routs in goal, a strong back four of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and debutant kiwi tourist Drew Valoral. The defence marshalled the opposition pacy attack well and created a strong platform for the midfield of Adam Gallop, Ollie Wade, Chris Leggett and Alex Andreou.

Upfront Matthew Holden and Mark Pears, put in a great shift running the channels and forcing numerous penalty corners. As has become unfortunately become the norm this season Newmarket wasted the half dozen penalty corners, having practiced them onm Thursday the absence of key men Skelton and Dawson had an impact. Cambridge South had a couple of short corners of their and Newmarket were grateful to Routs for a couple of good stops.

For the first time this season, Newmarket went into the interval with the game scoreless. At half time the teams spoke about the fact there would only be a goal in it at the end and there were to be proved right.

With 15 minutes to go, the game was still scoreless, but it was also becoming quite stretched as both teams suffered the effects of too much turkey and 3 weeks off! Fortunately it was Newmarket that got the goal, Wilson recovering from a appalling first touch to square to Holden and the top of the D, he rifled the ball against the back boards.

With 10 minutes to go, Harrington limped off with cramp, Valoral moved into the centre and Will Balding slotted in at right back, Newmarket held on to keep the momentum going before next weeks important match at home to City of Peterborough 6.

The team should be very proud if winning a hard game, performances of note were he defensive unit, Chris Leggett and Alex Andreou who played very well in a stretched midfield and Matt Holden up front, whose movement and tricky caused South problems all game. Newmarket still need to nail their penalty corners if they are going to record the scores that their play warrants.

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12 December 2011

- Narrow Victory For Men’s 1’s

Boston 2 – 3 Newmarket
Goal Scorers – Will Wilson, Ben Gotfredsen, Josh Dawson
Newmarket travelled away to Boston, their sixth away game before Christmas. With the closet away game having been against Peterborough everybody is looking forward to much shorter journeys in the New Year.
After a very sharp warm up Newmarket started well, dominating possession from the start, Mike Skelton and Mark Pears moved off the ball well, and it soon became clear that it was the Boston strategy to defend deep and to try and prevent Newmarket playing through them. After a swift attack featuring Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson Newmarket won their first penalty corner of the game, Will Wilson rattled the backboards from the top of the D.
Newmarket continued to dominate but as in previous weeks the team often made the wrong decision in the final third of the pitch. With the defence of Will Balding, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Ollie Wade pushing high, Newmarket were undone with a aerial over the top down the middle of the pitch, Boston broke at pace to beat keeper Chris Routs and forcing an equaliser.
Unperturbed Newmarket went forward again and soon went back in front, good work by Ollie Wade down the left created space for Ben Gotfredsen, his cross was deflected into the net by a Boston defender for his first goal of the season. Newmarket expected to go on now and assert their authority, Holden won another penalty corner, which was slipped to wade, and his pass was deflected in by Dawson through the keeper’s legs.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket leading by three goals to one. Captain Will Wilson demanded that his team sent a message to the league by going into the Christmas break having not let themselves down in the last league match of the year. In fairness the team listened to his words and dominated possession for the second half, but they were incapable of scoring. At some point it almost became a competition to see who could miss from the closest distance.
The first candidate was Gotfredsen, Wilson beat a couple of men and drove the line, the keeper guess the ball was being cut back, Wilson rolled the ball along the line for Gotfredsen who seemed to freeze and only react when the ball had passed the far post, when he then pushed the ball wide. The team looked round in disbelief, certain that they had made up their mind who was going to win the prestigious dick of the day award.
Minutes later Mark Pears decided to stake his claim, Wilson intercepted in the left back position before playing the ball down the line, Pears kept it in and released it to Skelton who played a quick pass to Holden whom returned it to Pears down the right wing, the ball was out of reach of the on rushing keeper and just in front of Pears who took a few touches without ever gaining full control of the ball and managed to dribble the ball into the side of the goal. The last miss was unbelievable, this one was just comical. Gotfredsen breathed a huge sigh of relief!
Boston punished Newmarket when they broke from another Newmarket attack, the young midfielder running from his own half beating a couple of players, Keeper Chris Routs and centre back Harrington’s despairing dive still allowed him to slot it into the far corner. It was now game on and Newmarket were fortunate that keeper Routs made another sharp stop to keep Town in front.
There was then a flash point in what had been an otherwise good tempered game, after a short corner had broken down, the Boston keeper head butted Mike Skelton, the umpire saw the offence and issued a straight red card. Resulting in an interruption to play whilst a substitute keeper was kitted up by Boston. There was still time on the clock and Boston continued to put up a spirited display that belies their position at the bottom of the table. The game remained tense, but drifted to a conclusion, Newmarket got the three points they craved, but hadn’t pulled up any trees.
Newmarket’s inability to take their chances has been a real feature over the last month, the game wasn’t helped by the local football team who seemed able to frequently kick the ball on the pitch whenever Newmarket where threatening. A bigger issue was missing two open goals and converting only two of sixteen penalty corners. This is something that really needs to be worked on for 2012 to make sure the team ram home their advantage and achieve the promotion they crave.
Man of the match was Chris Leggett for an outstanding use of the ball and covering every part of the pitch, dick of the day was Mark Pears. The next league game is at home against Peterborough on Saturday 14th January 2012.

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5 December 2011

- Men’s 1st Team Draw Despite Team Shuffle

Men’s 1’s: Horncastle 2 – 2 Newmarket
Goalscorers- Will Wilson, Josh Dawson
Newmarket made the long trip to Horncastle missing three regular players, Alex Andreou was still banned, Mike Skelton was constructing stairs in his dolls house and Dave Worrall re-training the computer says no woman from Little Britain. With many of the more experienced second team players unable to help out the team were grateful to Darren Jenkins who interrupted his lay in and agreed to play at short notice.
With second playing away at fourth and third in the league facing a tricky away game the team hoped it was an opportunity to put some more space between them and second placed Peterborough, the end result meant that Peterborough have closed the gap to three points. With the absentees the team was forced into a re-shuffle and never looked totally comfortable. They faced an organised Horncastle team that played 2 leagues above Newmarket last season. After five minutes it became clear that this game was going to be a battle, not helped by the Astroturf, which with its coating of mud, they could grow cabbages on, if and when it gets condemned.
Newmarket thought they had taken the lead when Josh Dawson was put through on goal, his initial shot was saved by the keeper before he put in the rebound. The goal was given until the opposition appealed for a foot. With neither umpires having seen the infringement, it was surprising that they overturned the decision, but they did reach the right verdict in the end. Newmarket threatened again when Holden blasted high and wide with the goal gaping. As the first half progressed Horncastle began to dominant, Will Wilson and Chris Leggett seems to be out numbered in the middle and the additional man took full advantage, setting up a couple of chances Newmarket were fortunate Horncastle couldn’t capitalise on. The half time whistle went with the game scoreless.
The second half started with Newmarket were determined to grind out a result, Holden and Pears took it in turns to drop into midfield and pick up the spare man. Horncastle had other ideas and weren’t prepared to lay down. The oppositions centre back hit the ball towards the D, a player at the top of the D miss controlled the pass, deflecting it to a player at the far post for a tap in, soon after they doubled their lead after a poor bit of defending leaving keeper Chris Routs again with no chance. The team now had a real battle on their hands and looked like they were down and out. However centre back Simon Harrington started to push forward, Ollie Wade moved to left back, pushing Ben Gotfredsen further forward. Passes that 10 minutes earlier weren’t finding their men and hitting opposition feet began to find their targets.
Holden hit the inside of the post from the top of the D, Mark Pears was fouled by the keeper and Newmarket won their first penalty corner, the keeper saved a Wilson flick, but Newmarket’s tails were up. Josh Dawson won another penalty corner, it was slipped to Wade who fired at the far post where Dawson was inches away from deflecting it goal wards. The game was now dominated by Newmarket, Holden won another penalty corner with Dawson’s deflection saved on the line. Just when it seemed that Newmarket were not going to capitalise on the pressure, the first goal came from Wilson sending the keeper the wrong way from another penalty corner, suddenly it was game on. A minute later the scores were level with Dawson’s reverse stock shot deflecting into the roof of the net by the man trying to clear on the line.
There was only going to be one winner now and as adrenaline pumped the umpires asked the captains of both teams to calm their players down. Newmarket threatened again but seemed to have lost their momentum, with 5 minutes to go despite Mark Pears going close they couldn’t force the winner.
Man of the match was Darren Jenkins for a solid debut at right back, he was run close by Simon Harrington who was outstanding at centre back. The team were grateful to Horncastle for providing two very competent umpires. Next week the team are away at Boston, the last long away game of the season, three points will be essential to ensure they go into Christmas with a lead!

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28 November 2011

- Marching On

Newmarket 7 – 0 March II
Goal scorers – Ollie Wade x 2, Mark Pears, Mike Skelton, Matt Holden, Will Wilson and Adam Gallop
Newmarket were missing 3 regulars for this blustery November match, captain Will Wilson called up Will Balding and Adam Gallop from the second team and moved himself into midfield to rekindle last seasons effective central midfield partnership with Chris Leggett. They faced a March side with a poor away record so expected to rack up win number 9 from their tenth league game of the season.
Newmarket dominated from the off, creating and squandering many good chances. Man of the match Matt Holden wrecked havoc down the right hand side, combined with Mike Skelton and Mark Pears movement up front meant March couldn’t contain the team.
Wilson almost broke the deadlock, clipping the post from the top of the D before Mark Pears broke the deadlock. Mike Skelton slammed the second home at waist height shortly afterwards. Goal keeper Chris Routs was a virtual spectator, with the defence well marshalled by the experienced Simon Harrington. The big centre back has been working hard at improving his fitness and the team are starting to notice the benefit. Together with Dave Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Balding they moved the ball well round the back, changing the point of attack.
Newmarket were unlucky not to be awarded a flick when a March player stopped a Holden goal bound effort with his shoulder. Newmarket were 2 goals to the good at half time but were determined to extend their lead in the second half.
Matt Holden scored the third from a goal mouth scramble lifting the ball over the goalkeeper. Will Wilson scored the fourth with a flick from a short corner. Newmarket were now rampant and scored a great team goal for the fifth. A move that involved almost every player culminated with Ollie Wade beating his man, and cutting into the D where he beat the goalie at the near post.
Adam Gallop capped a solid display tapping home Skelton’s cross to finish another sweeping move. Wilson rattled the post again from another penalty corner before Ollie Wade capped a fine performance with his second and the teams seventh goal from a short corner.
In truth March battled well and didn’t give in but the game wasn’t really a contest, Newmarket expects much more of a battle in the next 2 games away against Horncastle and Boston. Two victories should send the team into Christmas with a bit of breathing space at the top!

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22 November 2011

- Men’s 1’s Beaten By Deeping

Bourne Deeping II 3 – 1 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled north to Deeping St James knowing that if they won and results went their way they would be 8 points clear by the end of the day. Bourne Deeping had other ideas and provided Newmarket with their stern test, and one ultimately they weren’t able to match.
With Worrall unable to play due to work commitments and Dawson in Lapland seeking work for the festive period, Newmarket took a bare eleven to Deeping. They started well carving out a great opportunity in the first 30 seconds. Newmarket eventually took the lead in the 10th minute. Alex Andreou’s hit from outside the 25 rebounding of the post leaving Mark Pears with a tap in. Matt Holden was instrumental in winning numerous penalty corners, Deeping defended them well with 2 of Andreou’s strikes being cleared of the line.
Deeping mounted a few of the own attacks mainly down their right hand side, from one attack goal-keeper Routs made a sharp stop, deflected into the forwards foot, he squared to a team mate who scored. Newmarket felt aggrieved as it was a clear foot, but Deepings umpire didn’t see the offence and couldn’t give something he hadn’t seen. Deeping soon scored a second goal, Newnes was harshly adjudged to have intentionally put the ball over the backline, from the resulting short corner, Harrington went missing at the far post and Deeping capitalised.
Newmarket created plenty of chances of their own, Pears could have done with more composure in front of goal, twice missing first time efforts when he had time to take a touch. Skelton had the opportunity to finish of another move but took too long to get his shot of allowing a defender to clear with the goal gaping. Deeping then made it three from another short corner when the strike wriggled through the logging keepers pads into the back of the net.
The half time whistle went, Newmarket did feel that the umpires hadn’t applied the rules consistently on the first half but were determined to re double their efforts in the second half. Newmarket had the majority of the game, despite having Chris Leggett deservedly sent off for dissent. The team wasted a couple more penalty corners, before Will Wilson glanced the post with a flick from the top of the D. When Chris Leggett returned to the pitch they continued to dominate, Skelton won a penalty flick, which Captain Wilson wasted allowing the keeper to make a save. Newmarket started to feel it wasn’t their day.
This was compounded with 5 minutes to go when both teams had a man each for sent off, Andreou was fouled by the Deeping centre midfielder several times. With the new self pass rule, preventing the opponent tackling for 5 yards sometimes giving a decision can now be an advantage. As it was both players suffered as a direct result of the umpires not taking charge of the game. With the opponent towering over him Andreou tried to get off the floor, only for the Deeping player to try and head butt him. For some reason the young umpire felt both players deserved a red card, leaving Newmarket and many spectators scratching their head in disbelief.
This should detract from the Market Deeping performance, they took their chances and therefore warranted the victory. Newmarket made many individual errors and didn’t take any of the numerous chances on offer. The only players to come out with credit were stand in right back Ben Gotfredsen, left midfield Ollie “keep it positive” Wade and man of the match Mike Skelton.
Next week Newmarket are at home to March, the team will look to get over this week’s blip and return to the championship form they have demonstrated all season.

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