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.19 April 2013
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.14 April 2013
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!15 October 2012
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland Ladies 1’s: 3-2 win to Rutland
The ladies 1st team were playing at home for a third week in a row and it proved 3rd time unlucky as they tasted their first defeat of the season.
They were playing top spot holders Rutland who had youth and energy on their side. Newmarket looked a bit lack lustre as they struggled to result positive moves with a goal. Despite many short corners, Town failed to get any shots on target.
The first half both teams were losing possession in midfield but Rutland took on a spilled pass and capitalised to go ahead.
After an honest half time talk Newmarket started spritely taking the play straight to the Rutland D. Sadly this opened a gap for Rutland and Town backed off leaving chance for the shot-the ball sneaked past unsighted goalie Sue Bullimore.
Newmarket now playing with more passion and determination managed to cease possession and a central move meant Lydia Evans smashed towards goal-the keeper kicking into her own goal meaning under new ‘Own Goal’ rules that the shot counted and Town were off the mark.
However 5 minutes later Rutland utilised the free space Town were giving them and hit the target-a goal very similar to the one previous.
The last opportunity feel to Newmarket as they were gaining the upper hand on the match-on form Hayley Stoneman fought hard to retain the ball and the hammered the ball into goal taking it to 3-2.
Despite losing; Newmarket are keen to build from the experience and keep their league title campaign alive. The team face Huntingdon 2pm at home next weekNewmarket Men’s 1st XI 2 – 0 Cambridge City 4th XI
After last week’s defeat against a very strong Wisbech side, Newmarket looked to get their promotion challenge back on track against a strong aggressive Cambridge City side.
The game was an even contest for much of the first half, Newmarket with more possession and territory but Cambridge City very effective on the break. Josh Dawson was prominent for Newmarket on the right flank and Ollie Wade was linking well with Michael Skelton on the left. Newmarket won a penalty corner which Dawson converted to give Newmarket the lead.
Cambridge City came back stronger, Alex Andreou and Chris Leggett struggled to come to terms with the City central midfield pairing and with Jordan Newnes and Simon Harrington not getting tight enough to their men, City forced some got chances from open play and via their own penalty corner. They came up against an inspired keeper in Chris Routs who wasn’t in the mood to get beaten, making countless fine saves, warranting his man of the match vote, when he was beaten skipper Will Wilson was on the line to clear.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket a goal to the good, coach Nic Thorpe was happier than last week and sent his charges out for the second half asking more on the same, it was a greatly improved second half performance, Newmarket looked much more solid, with better organisation Newnes, Harrington, Andreou and Leggett all got closer to their men and as a result Newmarket dominated the half, scoring another goal from a Chris Leggett deflection at another penalty corner.
The crowd expected more goals to come, but a combination on a poor final ball and good defending restricted Newmarket to just the 2 goals, Newmarket were lucky to keep 11 men on the field when Harrington was lucky to receive only a green card for a clumsy tackle in the middle of the park.
Next week Newmarket travel to face Rutland one of the 3 remaining unbeaten teams in the league, with an 11am pushback and a 9am morning meet and early night will be required on Friday!
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Spalding Ladies 2’s. 4-0 win to Newmarket.
Newmarket ladies 1’s faced Spalding 2’s in the League Cup competition this weekend.
It was a lot tougher than Town expected and Captain Gail Parkins playing with a new surname after being married the previous week and a new stick (wedding present), had to rally her side.
The first half was pretty much deadlock with both sides spilling passes and players not quite meeting balls in time. There was little possession in midfield and both keepers were called into action.
Both teams also had their fair share of short corner chances but could not get that final pass on target.
With the heat again having an effect on the game as with the previous week; halftime was much needed by the players. Newmarket took the chance to re-group and re focus on the need to get an early goal. This was achieved just 2 minutes in-Hayley Stoneman made a fabulous central run and took on the keeper smashing the ball in.
This gave Newmarket the confidence and safety cushion they needed to press on the defence further. Stoneman combined with Beth Wombwell up front, both switching the ball between each other and Wombwell got the final touch extending Town’s lead.
Stoneman took advantage of the defence tracking Newmarket wide players and again drove up the middle of the pitch easily slotting passed the keeper.
The play was looking a little scrappy and Lydia Evans received a flyway stick to the face-with a short break off the pitch she came back on playing with full confidence and in the 29th minute she was rewarded with a goal-booming the ball hard and fast on a narrow angle far right of the D finishing off the game in style and continuing Town’s participation in the Cup Competition.
Newmarket Ladies 2 V Cambridge City
Having played Cambridge City 4’s two weeks previous in a league match, Newmarket were upbeat about the potential win against them in the League Cup.
From the off Newmarket showed confidence on the ball.
Great link play from Kerry Alderson, Cassie Edgar-Ayms and April Atkinson on the right saw Newmarket threaten City.
Sue Bullimore in goal communicated well with her backs Anna Parker and Sam Brooke. This kept City from being able to get through the solid Newmarket defence.
20 minutes into the match a cross pitch ball from Becka Swift found Zoe Bailey unmarked who swiftly interlinked with Edgar-Ayms, who was already looking for Alderson pacing forward giving the chance for a shot. Although first saved by the keeper’s quick reactions, Alderson not wanting to come away goalless swept in the re-bound giving Newmarket the deserved goal.
Now goal hungry, the fresh legs of Rachel Bullingham, Holly Woods and Harry Briggs saw that the pace down the left wing picked up and Swift scored only to find the Umpire had already blown his whistle for previous foot foul.
With the team working hard and moments of great link up play, Newmarket were putting all their training methods into the match.
Donna Keats staying solid and man marking saw Newmarket’s first half end at 1-0.
No team really dominated the other; Newmarket not wanting to get complacent saw Jade Atkinson channelling her opponent and winning challenges Town could build on.
A quick change of positions and players altering the defence line around dramatically proved Newmarket are a team that can work around anything.
Town continued to work hard but with the warm weather and tiring bodies the team were happy to hear the final whistle winning 1-0.
Well deserved Man of the Match-Jade Atkinson.
Wisbech 2nd XI 3 Newmarket 1st XI 1
Town made the journey northwards without skipper Will Wilson who was nursing his injured knee. This caused a reshuffle in the back line which upset the shape and fluidity which the Newmarket fans have come to expect from the yellow and blue machine.
Right from the first whistle Wisbech played with more passion and purpose, running out deserved winners and killing off any hope of the mighty Town had of bettering last year and going the season unbeaten.
Instead, Newmarket got a taste of their own medicine outplayed by a savvy opposition who thoroughly deserved the three points and have set the benchmark for what Town must achieve if they want to be the best in Div 3 NW.
The first ten minutes set the tone for most of the game with the Newmarket back four unable to handle the free movement on the youthful and pacey Wisbech front line.
Runs from midfield weren’t tracked and despite the urgent commands of Newmarket’s experienced Keeper Chris Routs the Wisbech forwards were able to find far too much room in and around the Town D. The pressure began to tell and it was no surprise when a goal mouth scramble saw the home team take a deserved lead. Watching from the side lines Coach Nick Thorpe pulled his hair out in frustration as his side were outplayed for the first time during his reign.
Going 1 down seemed to spark some life into Newmarket. Thorpe shuffled his pack and the introduction of Worrall and Skelton helped Town find a foothold in the game. They began to venture forward. Mounting some meaningful attacks of their own helped them force a series of short corners, one of which fell to the energetic Ollie Wade who slammed home an equaliser from a tight angle.
Unfortunately Town did not add to this as their usually effective corner routines came to nothing. The Wisbech back four soaked up the pressure before a quick break up-field saw them re take the lead.
A missed penalty flick meant town were still only 1 down at halftime.
Some ugly tackles from a “competitive” Wisbech midfield went unpunished before Worrall took matters into his own hands and spent 10 minutes in the sin bin as a result.
In his absence Wisbech made it 3- 1 with a slick short corner of their own.
Lessons will be taken and perhaps this is the wake-up call Town need to help ensure they remain focused on gaining a 3rd consecutive promotion.
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.
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.
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.
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!8 May 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 email@example.com April 2012
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.