Week 24 Results – Men’s 2s Secure Promotion

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Saturday:

Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson, Donald, Hosegood, Leggett, Newnes, Wilson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s stormed to victory against a shell-shocked Pelicans team on Saturday. Town boasted a near-full strength side for the first time in a while and this was reflected in both performance and score – the home side took the lead early on and dominated with goals from Simon Donald and Will Wilson, while man of the match Chris Leggett was also on target for his first goal of the season after good work from Mark Pears.

On the subject of firsts, skipper Jordan Newnes stepped up to take a penalty stroke after an illegal block on the Pelicans goal line and dispatched it superbly to put Newmarket out of sight shortly after half time. Notable also was a superb strike on the half-volley from James Atkinson, the forward returning from a nine-week absence in Australia on his ‘gap yah’.

Full backs Darren Jenkins and Louis Hrebeniak were used more for attack rather than defence, but on the occasions when Pelicans did manage to sneak in behind they found goalkeeper Iain Robinson on superb form – the Town stopper pulled off several outstanding saves at big moments and was unfortunate not to walk away with a clean sheet as a short corner rebound eventually crept home. The reply was instantaneous however, and an excellent goal on the break from Will Hosegood saw him notch his first for the 1s.

As always, Mike Skelton showed his class in bossing the midfield and linking up well with the tricky Rob Green, who almost avoided getting sent off this time out. Lee Blades was excellent off the bench and this rounded off a superb team performance which one hopes the home support will savour for some time.

Men’s 2s: 7-5 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Away)
(Bunker 3, Harrington 2, Podd, Trent)

Newmarket Men’s 2s achieved promotion to Division 4NE on a warm afternoon away at Lowestoft Railway, ensuring they bounce back up at the first time of asking. In this free-scoring affair, a hat-trick from Jonny Bunker, brace from leading scorer Simon Harrington and goals from Rory Podd and Ollie Trent saw Town popping the champaign bottles come the final whistle.

Men’s 3s: 1-3 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Away)
(Booth)

Pete Booth notched for Newmarket Men’s 3s as they went down 3-1 away to Bury St Edmunds 6s.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs UEA 1 (Home)
(McDonnell)

A home clash with UEA for Newmarket Ladies’ 1s saw Claire McDonnell on target as the girls recorded a superb 1-0 victory.

Ladies’ 3s: 3-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Home)
(Howe, Podd, Swann)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s recorded their best performance of the season as Milly Howe, Lucie Swann and skipper Mel Podd fired Town to victory at home to St Ives on Saturday morning.

Sunday:

Ladies’ 1s: 1-11 loss vs Dereham 1 (Home)
(G. Evans)

Nothing to be said really. We didn’t want to win anyway. Right?

Week 23 Results – Snow Action for NHC

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Unfortunately all games were postponed this week due to the heavy snow causing frozen pitches around the leagues and at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

Please see below for a list of the postponed games. These will be rearranged on a new date later in the season.

Newmarket Men’s 1s vs. Norwich City 4s (Away) – 3:15pm
Newmarket Men’s 2s vs. Dereham 3s (Home) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 7s (Home) – 3:00pm

Newmarket Ladies 1s vs. Norwich City 1s (Away) – 1:00pm
Newmarket Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge Nomads 2s (Away) – 12:30pm
Newmarket Ladies 3s vs. St Ives 4s (Home) – 11:00am
Newmarket Ladies 4s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away) – 1:00pm

Week 22 Results – Solid Win for Men’s 1s

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Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)
(Wilson 2, Pears)

Newmarket battled to a creditable 3-1 victory at home to a well-drilled Sudbury side on Saturday. The first half began as a close and cagey affair, Town perhaps creating the better chances but were unable to convert. The visiting side soon grew into the game and drew a good save from Town keeper Iain Robinson, followed by a superb goal line clearance from makeshift centre back Darren Jenkins.

Newmarket continued to make things hard for themselves, but it was not long after this they took the lead – a typical driven Will Wilson short corner was deflected home by Mark Pears. However, Sudbury replied almost immediately with a speculative effort that was deflected high over the helpless Robinson and gave skipper Jordan Newnes on the goal line no chance.

The second half was a lot more open and it didn’t take Town long to regain the lead – Rob Green winning a penalty stroke for a foot on the goal line which was converted comfortably by Wilson. He then added his second and Town’s third from a short corner, handing the home side a comfortable two goal cushion to carry into the final whistle.

Men’s 2s: 2-1 win vs Norwich Dragons 5 (Away)
(Bunker, Landshoff)

Men’s 3s: 0-5 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Away)
(Newmarket Conceded)

Ladies’ 1s: 0-2 loss vs Watton 1 (Home)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-0 draw vs St Ives 3 (Home)

Ladies’ 3s: 1-7 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Away)
(Swann)

Ladies’ 4s: P-P vs Royston 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Week 20 Results – Spate of Postponements Sees L4s Shine

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Saturday:

Men’s 1s: P-P vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Away)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Watton 1 (Home)
(Harrington)

The hour came, Watton at home; your correspondent’s favourite game of the season, two teams toe-to-toe in the best of spirits; and the game was to turn on chances taken and those 50-50 balls. Watton won on both counts; their cheers and their faces at the final whistle conveying flattery to broken Newmarket hearts. Newmarket 1 – Watton 3.
But back to it lads, the very next day; the destination of the champions slot still in our hands.
Oh Monday’s blues come early; succumbing to old hands with old tricks…. stop, look, pass. And they did it well. Newmarket’s equalising goal at the end was justice to some, mercy to others, when mercy seasons justice perhaps (as some merchant once said). And either way, it changed little; the leaders brought down. Young’uns Atkinson in goal and Frost on the left get special mention for their battling parts. Newmarket 3 – Bury St Edmunds 3.
Ne’er mind fellas. Heads on; promotion’s call still loud and clear.
M2s: marchons!

Men’s 3s: 0-3 loss vs Harleston Magpies 6 (Home)

Newmarket Men’s 3s went down by three goals to nil in their home clash with Harleston this Saturday. Town started strongly and were unfortunate not to take the lead after youngster Ollie Brown was put clean through on goal, but suffered a nasty collision with the visiting keeper and the ball rolled just wide. Harleston went straight up the other end and forced a fine save from Town’s makeshift stopper Louis Hrebeniak, before eventually capitalising from the resulting long corner – the ball sneaking in under Hrebeniak’s foot.

Newmarket continued to look bright throughout the first half but were unable to find the final ball, Charlie Cummins and Henry Frost both going close but were unrewarded for their efforts. After some tactical changes at half time, the home side continued to press, but disaster struck from a short corner as the ball was squared to the far post and struck home despite good defending from skipper John Benedikz.

Town heads soon began to droop and Harleston grabbed a third from another short corner, eventually consigning the home side to a 0-3 defeat that could so easily have been different had the first half performance continued into the second.

Ladies’ 1s: P-P vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Away)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-9 loss vs Royston Ladies 2 (Away)

Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 4s: 2-1 win vs St Ives 4 (Away)
(Vale)

Sunday:

Men’s 2s: 3-3 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Wood 2, Harrington)

Week 18 Results – Resounding Win for Ladies’ 2s

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Men’s 1s: 2-5 loss vs I-ES 3 (Away)
(Bell, Blades)

Men’s 2s: 5-2 win vs Felixstowe 3 (Home)
(Harrington 2, Beardon, Bunker, Trent)

Whether defection or demotion (one man’s this, another man’s that) some younger legs to M1 flew, leaving room for a festival of nuanced skills. We called it a strengthened spine, albeit using experienced drift more than darting incision. The combined age of some of those goals (not to mention some of those pictures) is clue to why the ball seemed to do all the talking. Felixstowe battled; heads stayed up; but Newmarket were too strong at the back – Worrell and Baker, Magic Mike, Rory The Young’un, and Grey Beard – and were never really worried. Table-watchers from the other clubs will have to look to themselves if they want to trouble this lot.
Beardon 1; Trent 1; Bunker 1; Harrington 2: Newmarket 5 – Felixstowe 2. M2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 5-1 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)
(Benedikz 2, Atkinson, Brown, Walker)

M3 win 5v1 over Felixstowe 4s. A dire 1st half showing saw us 0v1 down, before Ollie Brown’s second goal of the season levelled things up early in the second half. After that it was more or less 1 way traffic with goals from Jordan Walker, Ben Atkinson and a brace for John Benedikz securing victory.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs St Neots 1 (Away)
(Farrell-Thomas)

Ladies’ 2s: 10-1 win vs Wisbech Town 3 (Away)
(Tydeman 4, Fox 3, Rolls, Russell-Price, Swann)

Travel to Wisbech during Welney floods is always eventful.
DoD went to Vicky Beeton whose satnav resolutely took her to the floods and forced her to phone for non-digital directions.
MoM was Hayley Tydeman for a ubiquitous performance resulting in a greedy 4 goals, putting her in close competition with last year’s trophy winner Hannah Fox (who also notched 3 this week). Georgia Beau Rolls added one each to the score line from a determined tussle on the keeper’s pads. Lucie Swann made her debut L2 goal but was eclipsed by the most momentous goal of the match from Welshy who having lost track of her proper stick, struck home with her spare to end this season’s scoresheet dearth. Dilemma now arises within L2s as to whether the “it’s all about the assists” stick should return or the season be played out with the “did I mention Welshy scored?” understudy stick.
Captain Zoe Bailey was especially pleased with the way the team rolled their own subs this week, tight 5 minute rotations which could have left the team bewildered by each other’s positions but served to prove how versatile the whole squad is and that 2v1s can translate and occur anywhere on pitch.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-3 loss vs Royston 3 (Home)

Ladies’ 4s: 0-18 loss vs St Neots 4 (Home)

Week 17 Results – Clean Sheet Victories for L3s and L4s

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Men’s 1s: 3-3 draw vs UEA 2 (Home)
(Donald, Pears, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a creditable 3-3 draw in a match that saw them go 2-0 down inside the first 10 minutes. The injury-depleted home side was buoyed by the addition of Andy Baker, Simon Donald, Will Hosegood and Lee Blades and their introduction told when Donald struck back for Town.

Although not enjoying the larger quantity of possession, Newmarket began to solidify at the back and began to play some superb one-touch break hockey – Mike Skelton levelling things up just before half time. Heading into the second period, it was the home side that rattled the backboard again as Mark Pears took advantage of the ginger connection and found the target. However, UEA had the final say as they sneaked an equaliser following a great save from Iain Robinson – a short corner struck the home keeper’s pads, resulting in pinball in the ‘D’ and the number 9 sliding home after creeping in behind left postman Louis Hrebeniak.

Men’s 2s: P-P vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

What scenery England brings as winter sun shines on. The crack of stick on ball makes hearts swell, this game from ancient origins…. etc. Sweeping moves from D to D. Beautiful passing, accurate and pacey. Backboard choir in good voice, not an average goal in site; and special mention to the defence, whose wall was up again. Oh how the beer tasted good.
But sadly that was in our dreams, as Bury called off because the pitch was unplayable, allowing one of their ladies teams to play their game on it instead. Yes really.
How do you spell ‘scaredy cats’?
See you next week.

Men’s 3s: 0-6 loss vs Sudbury 3 (Away)

Ladies’ 1s: 1-3 loss vs Bedford 2 (Home)
(Farrell-Thomas)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-0 draw vs Ely City 2 (Home)

Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)
(Excell, Plumb)

Ladies’ 4s: 1-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Home)
(Kennedy)

Week 16 Results – Double Header Sees M2s Win Big and L4s Victorious in Derby

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Saturday:

Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Norwich City 3 (Away)
(Bell, Green, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s were unfortunate in defeat to table-topping Norwich City 3s this Saturday. Town started strongly and played some great hockey in the first 20 minutes, taking the lead through Mike Skelton. However City replied almost instantly after a dubious short corner and soon after took the lead. This seemed to dishearten Newmarket a bit and the away side struggled to regain their foothold, going in at the break 3-1 down.

After half time Town put in a noble effort but City eventually put the game beyond doubt following a flurry of counter attacks and short corners. Harry Bell and Rob Green were on target for Newmarket to set up a grandstand finish, but City ran out 5-3 winners, deserving of the result but not perhaps the magnitude of the scoreline.

Men’s 2s: 10-1 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Home)
(Blades 5, Bunker 2, Harrington 2, Trent)

When darkest Ipswich calls and top 4 opposition blocks the advance of Newmarket’s hidden treasures, what’ll make the difference? Men in tights! And Newmarket had one: a magic Mike. Strength in depth helped too (not to mention chances taken).
IES 2 – Newmarket 3. Lionhearts, oh Lionhearts. Well done boys.
But that was last week, and your correspondent was sad to miss it.
Not this week ‘though, as those Lionhearts more Ipswich men did face. Brave Cranes, decimated by defections, and no match for the men in yellow. No tights this week, but the backboard sang. Not a solo that, but rather a choir! Bunker The Pace 2; Harrington The Inimitable 2; Trent The Almost joined in…. 1; and Buddha The Blade got 5 (yes 5).
Newmarket 10 – Ipswich Cranes 1, and in the distance that ever so faint song: na-na-naaa-na, na-na-naaa-na, na-na-na-na-na-na. M2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs I-ES 6 (Home)
(Wilson)

Ladies’ 1s: 1-5 loss vs Colchester 1 (Away)
(G. Evans)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s went down 5-1 in the away leg of their double header against Colchester this weekend. Although Grace Evans was on target for the Town, the home side proved too strong and their quality told come the final whistle.

Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Sudbury 2 (Away)

Ladies’ 3s: 1-1 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Home)
(Hansgate)

Ladies’ 4s: 2-1 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Asker, Howe)

Sunday:

Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs Colchester 1 (Home)
(Farrell-Thomas)

Ladies’ 3s: 1-4 loss vs Huntingdon 2 (Away)
(Swann)

Men’s 3s: 4-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Home)
(Booth 3, Walker 1)

Week 15 Results – Points for All Teams in Action

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Men’s 1s: 2-2 draw vs Ipswich 2 (Home)
(Pears, Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a hard-fought 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich 2s and were pleased to welcome back creative midfielders Ollie Wade and Mike Skelton from injury. Despite the Christmas layer of mince pies and turkey covering the frames of Newmarket’s favourite twelve sons, Town started strongly and soon found themselves creating a number of golden chances. It was through one of these that Skelton struck the home side into the lead, a clinical counter attack and smooth team move that sent the assembled hordes into raptures.

However, Ipswich grew into the game and replied soon after; a passage of sloppy Town play saw the ball played in behind and drilled past keeper Iain Robinson for 1-1. Not to be deterred, Newmarket soon struck again through Mark Pears who was afforded a rare run out up front – a task he took to with great gusto.

After the break, Robinson produced a number of smart saves but was forced to scoop the ball off the backboard for a second time as a low short corner effort bamboozled the defence and nestled home for 2-2. The game began to break down a little as both teams began to tire and pick up the odd card, before the contest fizzled out with the number of Newmarket walking wounded forcing them to settle for the draw. While both teams had chances to win the game, especially late on, it was widely accepted that a draw was the fairest result.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 5 (Away)
(Blades, Trent, Wood)

Newmarket Men’s 2s stormed to a 3-2 victory away to mid-table Ipswich – East Suffolk on Saturday. Strikes from Lee Blades, Ollie Trent and skipper Drew Wood were enough to see off a valiant challenge by the home side and ensure Town remain top of the pile and 2 points clear of high-flying Watton.

Men’s 3s: P-P vs Ipswich 4 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 1s: P-P vs Dereham 1 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 2s: 5-1 win vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)
(Beeton, Cockerill, Farrell-Thomas, Fox, Freed)

On a frosty morning that saw many games called off around the leagues, Newmarket Ladies’ 2s were very impressive in a convincing 5-1 win away to Haverhill Ladies. Goals from Vicky Beeton, Tracy Cockerill, Di Farrell-Thomas, Hannah Fox and Jazz Freed showed that Town are no one-woman team and are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in Division 4NW(S).

Ladies’ 3s: P-P vs Newmarket 4 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

Ladies’ 4s: P-P vs Newmarket 3 (Home)
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)

 

 

Week 14-ish Results – Men’s 1s Go Down 3-1 in Last Game of 2017

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Men’s 1s: 1-3 loss vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Away)
(Bell)

Newmarket Men’s 1s went down by 3 goals to 1 in the club’s last fixture of what has been a very positive year for NHC. Their squad heavily depleted by injuries, Town travelled with a bare 11 players and welcomed youngsters Ollie Trent and Jonny Bunker into the team to join Ben Atkinson in the youth contingent. Captain Jordan Newnes also shuffled his pack, switching full backs Darren Jenkins and Louis Hrebeniak to opposite sides and pushing Harry Bell into midfield alongside the ever-present Chris Leggett. James Atkinson, in his final game for the club this season, was moved to the left side of midfield to accommodate Bunker starting up front and Rob Green fulfilling the eponymous ‘Skelton role’.

Newmarket started well and perhaps had the best of things early on, but after 20 minutes they were undone by a quick turnover in the middle and a fast counter in behind centre halves Newnes and Will Wilson – the chance finished well past visiting keeper Iain Robinson. Soon after, Dragons increased their lead – a dubious tackle on Wilson resulted in an easy opportunity for 2-0 which gave Robinson no chance. To add insult to injury, Newmarket were reduced to 10 men and lost Wilson to a hangover straight after.

Following half time, Robinson was forced into action early and produced a string of outstanding saves that would later win him a deserved man of the match. However, the Town resistance was broken once more when Hrebeniak misjudged his weight of pass in midfield and Dragons again executed a clinical counter attack to bring the score to 3-0. Not disheartened, Newmarket adopted a 2-0-9 formation and entertained themselves by chatting to (or in some cases, up) the opposition and passing the captain’s armband around. This ploy clearly worked as Bell fired home from a short corner and Town were desperately unlucky to see a deflected shot hit the post late on – a goal that would have really set up a grandstand finish. However, the final whistle blew with Dragons running out 3-1 winners in a good-tempered occasion that results in Newmarket only having one ‘double header’ in January.