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.1 October 2012
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.
2011/2012 Mens 2s V Cambridge South
Mens 2′s: V St Ives. Newmarket win 5-2
With last weeks defeat still fresh in the minds of the Newmarket team, a win against St Ives was vital to keep any promotion hopes alive and a strong start was essential. Newmarket set their stall out from the beginning, with the new midfield pairing of Adam Gallop and Marc Simpson dominating the middle of the pitch freeing up Barney Bowens and Jordan Walker to make some surging runs along the wings. These runs led to some early pressure on the St Ives defence, with some smart movement from Will Balding and Chris Evans up front this pressure led to some early penalty corners from which Gallop was able to convert three of them into goals. St Ives , however, would not give up easily and came back with two goals of their own, one from a poor sideline hit in and another from a penalty corner. Newmarket held their nerve however, and shortly before half-time, Walker picked the ball up on the half way line, beat his man slipped the ball to substitute Rob Green who then found an unmarked Matt Cooke who calmly slotted the ball home. After the break St Ives came back strongly, but the back four of Marc Prentice, Darren Jenkins, Adrian Atkinson and Pete Boyle stood firm and where able to keep out some determined St Ives attacks. As the half wore on however Newmarket started to overwhelm St Ives and most of the play was centered around the St Ives goal area, but Newmarket where unable to convert this pressure into goals with several chances going begging. Just as it seemed that Newmarket where not going to score again,man of the match Gallop popped up in the opposing D and hit as clean a strike as has been seen all season to rattle the back board and give Newmarket their fifth goal, and his fourth goal. With a full time score a 5-2 win, Newmarket are fighting all the way to the end of the season in their bid for promotion.
Newmarket Mens 2′s v’s Ely: 1-0 win to Newmarket
With Newmarket’s promotion bid being stalled by the recent inclement weather, Saturday’s away trip to Ely could prove to be a vital game in that bid. Newmarket started strongly, with the midfield of Barney Bowens, Andrew Beardon, Adam Gallop and Mat Smith dominating the early encounters and this dominance continued throughout the match. With the front pairing of the two Wills (Balding and Hosegood) creating problems for the Ely defense an early goal seemed inevitable and without the intervention of an inform Ely goalkeeper this would have been the case. With early shots raining down on the goal it took some superb saves to keep Newmarket at bay. Halfway through the first period super subs Jordan Walker and Mark Simpson joined the fray and brought fresh energy to the attack, and success soon came Newmarket’s way with young Walker harassing the Ely defense into a rare mistake and setting up Hosegood to finally make the breakthrough that all the pressure deserved. The rest of the first period continued in the same way but Newmarket where unable to capitalise and the half stayed one nil to Newmarket.
With Newmarket in confident mood, the second half started the way the first half ended and Ely’s goal was put under constant pressure with Ely’s defense taking up a siege mentality to keep out a rampant attack, with nine of Newmarket’s players in the Ely 25 yard area. Ely wouldn’t give up however, and after soaking up all the pressure that Newmarket could put them under, they started to create break away opportunities. The Newmarket defense of Darren Jenkins, Adrian Atkinson, Marc Prentice and skipper Pete Boyle was more than a match for the Ely forwards however and quickly snuffed out any attack with keeper Chris Warren only touching the ball once during the whole game.
Despite the almost constant pressure the score-line remained one nil to Newmarket, this being mainly due to the Ely keeper who had kindly paid us a visit from Ely’s second team, and he was without doubt their savior. But with another win under their belts and with a strong team effort, Newmarket’s promotion bid is firmly back on course.
With a two month break over the Christmas period, the threat of a little snow did nothing to deter a keen Newmarket mens’ 2’s side from getting on the pitch to play Cambridge South 4’s. With both teams trying to get in to their stride as well as battle the freezing elements, the first 20 minutes of the game looked to be fairly evenly matched if a little lackadaisical. Newmarket began to get in to the swing of things and find their feet with the Midfield of Beardon, Gottfredson , Bowens and Smith working hard to keep the ball in the attacking zone. The first goal from Will Hosegood saw Newmarket ahead at half time. A determined South were not giving up and proved themselves to be troublesome for skipper Boyle and his defence. Jenkins and Atkinson proved their worth by staying calm and cutting off any chance of South entering the D leaving Warren in goal with little to do. Left Back Mark Prentice showed a consistently strong performance throughout the whole game, only momentarily confusing Hockey for Football by going in for a 2 footed challenge (“honest Umps I was going for the ball not the legs!”). The goal of the game came from Will Baldings sharp reactions inside the D, the forward struck the fast moving ball at an almost impossible angle to be rewarded with the satisfying sound of the ball rattling the backboard. With fire in their stomachs (and icicles on their fingers) Newmarket stepped up a gear and Chris Evans played a lovely cross in to Hosegoods stick which found the goal again. Youngster Jordan Walker used his youth to keep the energy of the team up and found himself in some good positions which frustrated the opposition. Hosegood managed to beat the keeper twice more to rack up a healthy 4 goal spree which secured him MOTM. With the final whistle blowing Newmarket left the pitch feeling happy with a 5-1 result. With games in hand and only 1 point separating them from the top of the leaderboard Newmarket have their eye on the promotion prize and are ready to fight for the no.1 spot.12 December 2011
Men’s 2′s hockey – Div 6NW
December 10th 2011
Newmarket 2nd XI 5
St Neots 3rd XI 1
A strong all round performance from the home side proved too much for the visiting Saints. An early lead was established through Matt Smith, latching on to a loose ball in the “D”. Another poacher’s effort from Smith in the second half and a valedictory hat-trick from Ben Coupe, all scored “route one” from short corners, put the game beyond doubt with the opposition managing a single consolation effort. Newmarket sit one point behind leaders Cambridge South 3 going into the Christmas break.21 November 2011
Mens 2′s v Cambs South:
With the toughest game of the season so far facing them, Newmarket 2s played host to league leaders Cambridge South 3s. With both teams hoping to come away with the 3 points the pressure was on from the start. Within minutes the goal monster that is Andrew Beardon performed his Short Corner smash perfectly to rattle the ball against the backboard. South pressed forward looking for the equaliser but were thwarted by the back four made up of Skipper Pete Boyle, Dave Worral, Darren Jenkins and Adrian Atkinson. When the South forwards were fortunate enough slip by the Newmarket defence they came up against a brick wall in the form of goalkeeper Chris Warren who once again cemented his reputation as an incredible keeper, his MOTM reward was well deserved as he blocked shots from all angles to keep a clean sheet. Not one to be outdone Pete Boyle decided to get in on the action and stop a reverse flick shot with his forehead! Newmarkets skipper was trotted off to have the blood mopped from his brow before reappearing on the pitch with his head wrapped up like frankenstein. With an injury to Matt Smith, it fell to Mark Prentice to play out of position on the right wing, which he did with some determined runs to put more pressure on the Cambridge defence. The game also included some nice link up play in the midsection from Adam Gallop, Jon Luke Peagram and Ben Gottfredson which saw good chances created upfront for Mark Simpson, Barney Bowens and Jordan Walker. Newmarket enter in to next weeks match 2nd in the league behind South looking for a win to take them to the top.7 November 2011
Men’s hockey – Div 6NW
November 5th 2011
Newmarket 2nd XI 5
Ely City 4th XI 0
The home side returned to winning ways with a resounding victory against bottom side Ely. The visitors’ early play belied their lowly league position but a strong finish by Will Hosegood in front of goal sent Newmarket into the lead. Either side of the break he added to his tally, completing a hat-trick in only his second league game for the club. Ely subsided to defeat from that point. Adam Gallop tapped in from close range and Marc Simpson rounded off a sweeping move with the final goal .