10 October 2011

- Town in emphatic win

Newmarket I  13 – 2  St Neots II

Newmarket commenced their third league game of the season
against the team third in the league , who had won their first two games. For
the first twenty minutes the game was very close, Newmarket dominated large
chunks of possession, but found St Neots hard to break down and dangerous on
the counter attack. Newmarket broke the deadlock when Alex Andreou collected Ollie
Wade’s pass and fired into the net.

St Neots soon levelled when Newmarket failed to react to a
St Neots set piece, the centre forward peeling of the centre back and slotting
home. St Neots refused to follow the script and took the lead while Newmarket
took another nap, despite Chris Routs saving the first attempt the left winger
was able to tap the ball into an empty net. It prompted a re-shuffle at the
back with Jordan Newnes marking the pacy centre forward. It’s the first time
the team had been behind this season, if they can repeat what happened on
Saturday every time they go behind it will be a great season.

With Will Wilson and Dave Worrall providing width from full
backs, Alex Andreou soon scored his and the teams second with a direct strike
from a penalty corner, the third goal came from a another penalty corner, which
was slipped to Ollie Wade, he slapped to the far post where Josh Dawson
deflected it in. It was soon four, when Chris Leggett drove into the 25 and played
Mark Pears in for a neat first time finish. Josh Dawson soon made in five after
good work from Matthew Holden. St Neots were getting rattled and were reduced
to ten men when their frustration got the better of them. Newmarket took
advantage when Ollie Wade scored with a tap in from another sweeping move just
before half time.

The second continued in the same vein, Alex Andreou
completed his hat trick with a fine reverse stick shot into the far corner,
Mike Skelton added the eighth tapping home a rebound. It was the striker’s
first of many league goals for the club. St Neots reminded Newmarket there were
still in the game when they forced a penalty corner, it was well saved by Routs
and Simon Harrington was on hand to clear the ball from the line.

Mark Pears scored the ninth reacting first to a save from the
goalie and firing home, Alex Andreou made it ten from another penalty corner
strike. The game was now well and truly over as a contest, Ollie Wade scored
his second from close range before getting a yellow card for two clumsy tackles
in succession. Chris Leggett scored the last two goals of the game, both fully
deserved after his man of the match performance in centre midfield. Rob Green
made his first appearance of the season from the bench and went close a couple
of times.

All in all a great team performance, which should send a
message of the rest of the league, next week we are away at fourth in the
league Spalding II’s.

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3 October 2011

- Late Surge Gives Town Victory

City of Peterborough VI 1 – 3 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled to Peterborough for their second game of the season. Due to a few mishaps on the way, most of the team only arrived 10 minutes before the start of the game. The game began on time on a sweltering October day when Peterborough was warmer than both Hawaii and the Bahamas.
Newmarket started with the ball and moved it round nicely without creating too many clear cut opportunities. The Peterborough team were experienced and difficult to play against, combined with the intense heat Newmarket found it hard to play their usual brand of pass and move hockey.
Newmarket did trouble the Peterborough D on a few occasions and on one of these Josh Dawson drove the by line for Matt Holden to tap in at the far post taking his tally to eight in three games. Peterborough seemed to up their game a level and soon forced a good save from goalkeeper Chris Routs.
With defenders Dave Worrall and Jordan Newnes making solid tackles, it looked like the resolute Newmarket backline wouldn’t be breached, until Peterborough centre forward took a quick free hit, beat a defender and rifled the ball into the net from the top of the D.
The scores were level at half time, during the second half, Newmarket rotated the spare man as much as possible but Peterborough made good use of their full bench. Newmarket just couldn’t seem to forge ahead, despite great work from the midfield trio of Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Ollie Wade.
With 10 minutes to go, Newmarket seemed to get a second wind, Skelton linked up play and went very close to opening his league account twice, once hitting angle of post and bar. Newmarket forced a couple of penalty corners, Wilson hit the first just outside the far post for Dawson to deflect in, the second he flicked past the despairing keeper to make it 3-1.
The game meandered to a conclusion and the team were relieved to have won a tough game against the team that finished 3rd last season. Saturday taught us that we still need to be fitter to play the style of hockey they want, but winning when not playing well is sometimes the hallmark of a good team.
Man of the match was Worrall and right back, run close by Skelton. Next week we entertain St Neots II’s, 3:30 at the leisure centre, as always spectators welcome. The club would still like to attract male players for both teams, regardless of experience, training start s at 8pm on the Leisure Centre Astro on Thursdays. www.newmarkethockeyclub.com

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25 September 2011

- Hat trick hero Holden

Newmarket I  6 – 0  Boston I

Newmarket men’s first team played their first league game of
the 2011-12 against a competitive Boston side. Newmarket started with real
intent moving the ball quickly and at pace. They came against a resilient
defence and an outstanding goal keeper.

Holden opening the scoring after a fine move down the right
hand side involving Dave Worrall, Chris Leggett, Mike Skelton and Matt Holden.
The later driving into the D, beating a man and slotting the ball into the far
corner. Shortly afterwards Newmarket were reduced to 10 men when centre forward
Skelton was adjudged to have stopped a ball above his shoulder and shown a
yellow card, it was a very harsh decision.

Boston put the 10 men under some pressure, winning a couple
of penalty corners and forcing a save from Keeper Chris Routs. Once Newmarket
returned to their full quota they were back on the front foot, dominating
possession and territory.  The Boston keeper
pulled off some fantastic saves from Skelton and Mark Pears up front.

Newmarket scored their second goal from a penalty corner,
the keeper saved the original effort, but Will Wilson controlled the rebound,
beat a couple of men and set up Holden with a tap in for his second.

The second half was much the same as the first, Newmarket on
the attack and the Boston goalkeeper stealing the show. Alex Andreou made it 3
with a reverse stick strike into the bottom left corner. Boston were now
finding it hard to get out of the 25, Ollie Wade was fantastic at left half,
blocking the wing up and distributing the ball wisely.

Holden soon scored the fourth goal, Andreou added the fifth
before Boston’s ill-discipline began to spoil the game, eventually they were
penalised and had a man of their own sin-binned. Newmarket thought they had
scored twice during that period, only for both to be disallowed.

Boston still caused some trouble on the counter attack as
they tried to salvage some pride, fortunately Jordan Newnes was in good form at
centreback and Simon Harrington was on hand to clear one off the line. The game
was meandering to a scrappy conclusion until Mark Pears scored the teams sixth goal
just before the final whistle.

Newmarket were very pleased to get off to a winning start,
but they will need to work on their short corners to ensure that they get the
score lines their dominance deserves. Man of the match was Ollie Wade. Next
week’s game is away at Peterborough, 9:30 meet at the leisure centre.

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18 September 2011

- Holden scores his first Newmarket goals for almost a decade!

Sudbury II  0 – 8  Newmarket I

Newmarket travelled away to play their last pre season friendly against Sudbury II, a team who will be playing one league higher than Newmarket this season. After demolishing a weakened Thetford 9 – 1 the previous week, the team were hoping for a sterner test, despite the score line, Sudbury provided it.

Newmarket began by retaining possession, moving the ball quickly between the back four of Will Wilson, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Ben Gottfredsen. The later moving up after a fantastic performance for the second team last week.

The midfield of Matt Holden, Alex Andreou, Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson always made themselves available and the forwards of Mike Skelton and Mark Pears didn’t give the Sudbury defence a moments peace, the only surprise was that it took Newmarket until the eighth minute to get on the score sheet. Andreou finishing off a great move with a thunderous strike into the bottom left corner.

Sudbury were offering some resistance and causing some trouble with their pacy central midfielder, but Newmarket doubled their advantage after Dawson beat his man on the right wing, drove the baseline and set Holden up with a tap in at the far post.

Wilson soon made it three converting a penalty stroke after a Sudbury player stopped a goal bound shot on the line with his foot. Despite Newmarket’s dominance, Sudbury fashioned a couple of good chances, fortunately keeper Chris Routts made a couple of fantastic saves to preserve his clean sheet. Holden added the fourth just before half time after another free flowing team move.

The team came out for the second half keen to re-affirm their superiority and ensure the score line finished an emphatic one. Holden soon scored from a short corner, beating his man and firing in at the near post. Chris Leggett capped a fine performance in central midfield by scoring the sixth, before Holden added a seventh after being set up by Skelton.

It was just left to Josh Dawson to cap a fine display with the goal of the game, the team broke quickly down the left, Holden firing a perfect cross into the D which Dawson deflected first touch into the top right corner, it was a goal worthy of winning any game and capped a fine display from the winger.

Somehow Newmarket managed to score eight goals, without either striker getting on the score sheet, they did link up play brilliantly and provided plenty of opportunities for others. Performances of note were, Josh Dawson on the right, Chris Leggett in the Centre of midfield, Centre back Jordan Newnes and Ben Gottfredsen out of position at right back.

This was a fantastic team result, typified by the teams  desire and willingness to move the ball early and at pace, with a couple of extra players back for next week’s game, the captains will have to think long and hard over team selection. Next week’s game, the first league game of the 2011-12 season, is a home game against Boston I. Push back is 15:30 at the Leisure Centre, spectators are always welcome.

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19 July 2011

- Men’s pre season training

Men’s training this year will take place on Thursday nights from 7:30pm until 9pm. The first session is booked for 4th August, from 7:30 we will be doing some fitness work and the last hour will be on the astro with sticks. We will have two mens teams this season and if you want to play for the first team, it will me important that you make most training sessions, including the  fitness part (personal circumstances allowing).

The league starts on Saturday 24th September this season and we are in the process of confirming friendlies for the 3rd, 10th & 17th.

The men’s first team will be trying to secure a successive promotion to division 3NW while the men’s second team will hope for a strong showing in their debut season in 6NW(S). While it is a men’s league, most older juniors will be able to play so please don’t be shy. If you have recently moved to the area or are thinking of taking up hockey please dont hesistate to get in touch, new players are always welcome, especially during this period of expansion.

Will Wilson, Men’s Captain (07795 103426 or 1redshank@googlemail.com)

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31 May 2011

- East Hockey AGM and Trophy Presentation

The East Hockey AGM and Trophy presentation takes place in Redbridge this Sunday 5th June, the club have to send representatives to collect the trophy, I will be going and would appreciate some company.

The league have said that the AGM will start at 2pm, food at 2:45pm and award presentation from 3:30pm. If you want to come, I will be leaving Newmarket Leisure Centre just after midday.

Thanks Will

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7 April 2011


It’s Summer League Time again, but this year, with a difference, you choose your own teams. Each team must consist of a maximum of 10 players and a minimum of 8 players to include at least 2 Ladies II’s players and 2 Ladies III’s players.


  1. Teams must be 7-a-side including a goalkeeper.
  2. Each team must provide an umpire for the game.
  3. There must be a minimum of 4 Ladies on the pitch at all times of which must include at least one player from each of the Ladies II’s and III’s team. (This can include the goalkeeper)
  4. First strike at a short corner must be female and there must be at least 2 ladies defending (not including the goalkeeper).
  5. Each team must appoint a captain to liaise with Team Chris for fixture times etc.
  6. Each player must pay their subs on or before the first game.
  7. Games will push back at 7:30 promptly.
  8. Captains will be responsible for ensuring an umpire is provided for all games or the captain will umpire.
  9. All teams must play in the colour they are allocated.
  10. All players under 16 years of age must wear shin pads and mouthguards.

It is your responsibility to submit your team to either Chris Evans (ce1964@btinternet.com) or Chris Leggett (leggett14@hotmail.co.uk) by the 7th June. The tournament will start on the 14th June and last approximately 8 weeks depending on number of teams entered. Cost per player will be £20.00 to cover pitch hire. Once a team has been entered, they will be given a team colour of which they will play their matches in. Team Chris’s decision is final on all outcomes.

Team Chris

Chris Evans        07969 546372

Chris Leggett     07920 745822




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27 March 2011

- Long live the Revolution!

Newmarket 2  v 2 Market Deeping III

For the final league game of the season Newmarket hosted a Market Deeping team who had given them a fright just after Christmas. The team were keen for last week’s first defeat of the season not to turn into two. With Ben Shepperson unavailable and Josh Dawson attending a gnome convention in Jersey, Greg Cummins deputised upfront.

Newmarket started the game with real intent, Mark Pears intelligent runs were causing the Market Deeping defence trouble and they were grateful to their keeper on a number of occasions. However Newmarket didn’t take their chances and the competitive opposition midfield began to cause Newmarket a few problems, fortunately the defence of Pete Boyle, Jordan Newnes, Adrian Atkinson, Marc “Mungo” Prentice & Will Balding kept goalkeeper Chris Warren dormant most of the time.

When Newmarket did get their game going, their short passing game caused Market Deeping trouble. One break started by Chris Leggett in his own D featuring the impressive Ollie Wade and Andrew Beardon and Mark Pears culminated in Leggett almost finishing the move at the other end.

Newmarket broke the deadlock soon after, Will Wilson ghosted past a man at the top of the D and rifled in a reverse stick shoot past the stationery keeper. This didn’t seem to dent Market Deeping’s spirit who had the audacity to go down the other end and equalise just before half time.

Chris Evans half time team talk spoke about finishing off a near perfect season with the teams 20th victory and making sure that everybody worked for their team mates. To say that Newmarket dominated the second half is an understatement, camped in the opposition half, the only time the ball entered the Newmarket half was from an aerial pass by Market Deepings impressive centre midfielder.

Mark Pears who had already notched 29 goals this season, had almost a dozen chances, they either drifted agonising wide of the far post or found the goal keeper in great form, typically the one time he did find the net, the umpire blew for a free hit when maybe he should have given a little advantage. Undeterred Newmarket kept plugging away and soon got the second goal they well and truly deserved, Wilson flicking into the top left corner at a penalty corner, Newmarket created more opportunities to extend their lead on for Wilson and Wade to waste good chances on their reverse stick.

With three minutes left, Newmarket were punished for their wastefulness, an aerial into the D hit a Newmarket defender foot and a penalty corner was awarded, quickly followed by two more for further infringement, from the third go, Market Deeping scored with a flick of their own. Newmarket pushed in vain for a winner, but despite creating enough chances to win three games it wasn’t to be.

Newmarket have been promoted as Champions of 5NW and the revolution is complete. The team should be proud of their effort this season and embrace the challenge that division 4NW has to offer next year.  Last season the team stayed up by 3 points, this year they have dominated the league, scoring 118 goals and losing only once.

The club expect to have a second men’s team to complement the existing team next season, so if you live in the Newmarket/Forest Heath area, have played before or are interested in playing for the first time, please get in contact. The club website can be found at www.newmarkethockeyclub.com or alternatively you can contact Captain Will Wilson on 07795 103426.

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27 March 2011

- Men lose unbeaten run

Alford & District 6 v 0 Newmarket

Newmarket made the long trip up to Skegness hoping to maintain their unbeaten record this season.  They faced the league’s top scorers in Alford, who needed to win the game to maintain their own promotion charge. The task was made harder with regulars Josh Dawson, Will Balding, Ben Coupe, Pete Boyle and Marc Prentice unavailable through a combination of injury and work commitments.

Newmarket started the game well, playing the ball round the back and using Ollie Wade, Mark Pears and Ben Shepperson to create a handful of good opportunities. Newmarket dominated the opening 10 minutes but failed to capitalise on any of the chances they created. The Alford keeper made several good saves from Mark Pears and as a team defended Newmarket’s usually potent short corners very well.

After the initial onslaught Alford began to hit Newmarket on the break, through a selection of long aerials, they found veteran Greg Cummins in fine form at the back to thwart their many attacks. With the half time whistle approaching Alford scored two goals in quick succession, one from a jinking run by the centre midfielder and another from a short corner.

At half time Newmarket felt a little unlucky to be behind but couldn’t deny the quality of Alford’s goals. Almost straight after the restart Alford scored again with a straight strike from a short corner through keeper Warren’s legs. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Newmarket, who despite continuing to drive forward and fashion chances, lost the shape and team ethic which had encapsulated their season to date.

Newmarket were still trying to get in to the game, Andrew Beardon drove on from left full back, Chris Leggett, Ben Gotfredssen and William Wilson probed from midfield, but they found the Alford keeper in unbeatable form.  One save in particular stood out, Wilson played Pears in and his first time shot seemed destined for the bottom corner until the end of the keeper’s kicker deflected it just wide.

In the last 10 minutes of the game as Newmarket pressed forward, Alford scored 3 more goals, two after very questionable umpiring decisions. There can however be no denying that Alford deserved the three points and were the better team on the day. In truth a strong Alford team wanted it more than Newmarket and a few people played like the team had already won the league. Newmarket should forget about Saturday’s performance and try and get back to the great hockey which has made this season so enjoyable. Next week’s game, the last one of the 2010-11 season, is at home to Market Deeping, 3:30 start.

Man of the match – Greg Cummins

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6 March 2011

- Newmarket find resolve at Nomads home!

Cambridge Nomads III  2 – 4  Newmarket I

Newmarket went into the game knowing that a win, with their superior goal difference, would make promotion all but a mathematical certainty. They faced a surprisingly strong Nomads team, several of whom played despite suffering travel sickness, hell bent on denting Newmarket’s undefeated record.

Newmarket have spent the season dominating teams with free flowing attacking hockey which Nomads didn’t allow them to play, this brought out some different qualities from the team, the defence of Pete Boyle, Ben Coupe, Jordan Newnes and Will Balding really stood out, marking tightly and intercepting passes to excellent effect.

Nomads attacking intentions and high defensive line made it easy for Newmarket’s fast forward Mark Pears and wing men Josh Dawson and Ollie Wade to hit on the break. The first goal was a wonderful solo effort by Pears, he skipped past the centre back, dribbled round the goalie and finished past the covering defender. The second game soon after, Wilson’s aerial was collected by Dawson, who beat the left back and set up Pears for a tap in.

Nomads scored just before half time, the teamed stopped playing for an obvious foot, not given by the officials, allowing Nomads to force in a scrappy goal from close range. Newmarket were justifiably unhappy, but it was a harsh lesson that the team must play to the whistle. The half time whistle soon went with Newmarket 2 – 1.

Newmarket dominated the start of the second period, Andrew Beardon, Ben Gotfredsen and Chris Leggett playing neat triangles in the middle and Ollie Wade did a great job of blocking the right back and stopping him from distributing the ball.

Newmarket’s third came when Leggett ghosted onto Wade’s pass, beat a man, drew the keeper and struck towards goals with his reverse stick, Pears made sure it went in from a yard, Pears then scored the fourth, another solo effort to take his tally for the game to 4 and the season to 29.

Newmarket were busy celebrating the fourth, changing the centre midfield, when Nomads took a quick restart, the Nomads player beat 3 people straight from the restart and finished past goalkeeper Chris Warren’s despairing dive.

Newmarket fashioned several more good chances, Pears should of scored a fifth and Wilson should have set up a team mate rather than being greedy. Despite his four goal salvo, the defence were the stars of today’s show, restricting a strong Nomads team to so few goal scoring opportunities. Man of the match was left back Will Balding who didn’t give the right winger a sniff all game and used the ball intelligently when in possession.

Newmarket entertain Rutland next Saturday, 3:30 push back, at the Leisure Centre, as always spectators are welcome.

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