Week 20 Results – Spate of Postponements Sees L4s Shine

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

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

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

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

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

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

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

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

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

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

Posted Posted in Men, Results

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.

Week 13 Results – Cancellations All Round for NHC

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

Unfortunately all games were postponed this week due to 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.

Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 3s (Away)
Men’s 2s vs. Harleston Magpies 5s (Home)
Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 6s (Away)

Ladies 1s vs. Harleston Magpies 2s (Away)
Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge City 5s (Home)
Ladies 3s vs. Huntingdon 2s (Away)
Ladies 4s vs. St Neots 4s (Home)

Next week sees the final round of fixtures for NHC before the winter break.

Week 12 Results – Hat-Trick for Kelly in L3 Victory as Brown Notches First Senior Goal

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs I-ES 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson)

A sub-strength Newmarket Men’s 1s suffered a heavy defeat at home to I-ES 2s this weekend. With no goalkeeper available, club photographer Mike Bennett stepped into the breach and rolled back the years with a great performance between the home posts. Despite the best efforts of the men in yellow and blue and watching Head Coach Adnan Zakir, Town soon slipped behind and found themselves struggling to keep pace with the superb I-ES pass and move game. Several goals later, I-ES began to change tack and utilise a quality ball over the top to find the young and pacey forwards running in behind, finding equal, if not greater, success.

The home side’s cause was not helped by Mike Skelton succumbing to injury at half time after trying to run the knock off in the first half, although he was replaced by able deputy Ben Atkinson off the bench. Soon after, Newmarket went down to ten after Matt Holden went down with an apparently serious achilles injury – hopefully this will turn out to be not as bad as first feared. After being further reduced to nine by means of a 10-minute yellow, the floodgates opened and the home backboard began to rattle, courtesy in part to some clever drag flick routines following penalty corners.

While perhaps not deserving of a nine-goal negative margin, Town demonstrated uncharacteristic poor ball retention and certainly missed the countless key players unavailable for selection or out injured. Striker James Atkinson was able to bash home a late consolation for the hosts, but the final whistle blew with the score 10-1 to I-ES.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Norwich Exiles 2 (Away)
(Andreou)

It’s a rum bunch that get exiled from Norwich; and so the Men’s 2s found themselves in a battle on Norwich Exiles home turf (in Norwich).
Several regulars down, freeing Cuba would always be tricky, and so it proved. Done well, that particular cocktail is a pick-me-up; but this time, maybe a bit heavy on the lime. Heavy on the sour notes then, but a beer tab afterwards is a cure for many ills, and so it proved, as the Exiles showed their worth off the pitch.
It was the Exiles who struck first (and not just Newmarket ankles). The Newmarket backboard sang once, twice, thrice. 0-3 at half time.
Heads up lads and at ’em. One back via Andreou’s reverse stick strike (flash fella), but the end was nigh and down went the 2s.
1-3 loss, but just a blip. And the boys turned out later for the perrenial Christmas dinner. Some of them scrub up quite well, and not a Cuba Libre in site, although there was a tasty blue number your correspondent tasted (half the one Hayley knicked – sorry) – “Div1” – clearly not brought on by the Mens side of the club.
For something that makes more sense, don’t ask your correspondent. He wasn’t there (at the match).
The Men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 3-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Away)
(Brown, Evans, Walker)

Youngster Oliver Brown was on target for the yellow and blue machine as he notched up his first ever senior goal in a 3-1 win, other goals flying in from Jordan ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Walker and Chris Evans as the 3s banked an impressive derby victory at Culford.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-5 loss vs St Ives 1 (Home)
(Farrell-Thomas)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s were unfortunate in defeat to a quality St Ives side. Di Farrell-Thomas struck early for Town, but alas it was not to be as the away team ran out 5-1 winners.

Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Home)
(Fox, Tydeman)

Hannah Fox and Hayley Tydeman were on target for a battling Ladies’ 2s side that went down 4-2 to Cambridge Nomads in the half eleven push back of the day.

Ladies’ 3s: 4-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Away)
(Kelly 3, Swann)

Saturday saw the ladies travelling out to St Ives to take on their 4th team.
St Ives broke the scoring early, with a goal 6 minutes into the game. Newmarket then settled into play and with some great joined up passing play, started generating some opportunities for themselves. Rewards game quickly as the ladies notched up two goals in quick succession for Sophie Kelly, created via the pincer moves of Soph Kelly and Lucie Swann being on the left and right post. Jane Dryland slipped into center mid for the game, which paid off for the team, as she generated opportunities backed and supported by mids: Callie Plumb and Charlotte Abbesteen. Played was further boosted by the addition of Megan Pithers for the day, who arrived full of energy and drive, linking up with Lucie and Sophie Kelly.
Half time and the ladies were 2-1 up, and feeling pleased with their performance. The second half started with St ives equalizing quickly. Play again though settled down for town and they were able to regain control of the game, and generate attacks. Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly notched her third for the game with a shot on goal that crawled so slowly that no could believe it would actually make it. Lucie Swann added another to her tally, with some great right wing play, and the reward for her effort to always go for every ball.
Newmarkets defence put in a notable performance, and kept town in the game, with some great play from goalie Vicky Black, and defenders Helen Atkinson, Sophie Bell, Gabi Asker and Scarlet Coughlin.
Man of the match went to Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly, while teddy was shared jointly between Capt Mel Podd and Sophie bell for a clerical mishap and an expert level fall over.
Next week sees the ladies away to Huntingdon for the first of their back to back games, at 1pm.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
(Huntingdon Conceded)

Week 11 Results – Impressive Comeback from Ladies’ 2s as Men Continue Good Form

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Pelicans 2 (Away)
(Bell 2, Skelton, Wilson)

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Wood 2, Andreou, Donald, Harrington)

As St Andrew’s Day drew near, the mens 2s faced Lowestoft Railway, and none other than William Wallace (yes, 1297 and all that) got a nomination for man of the match. Lots of those though, and like the 1297 version, valiant effort, but beaten o the honours, this time by Pete Sargeant.
To the main news then: 5 to us; 0 to them. Donaldson 1; Harrington 2; Wood 1; Andreou (or did it deflect off Bunker’s stick) 1.
“That belongs in the national league” said Lowestoft after one of the goals: Newmarket back line to Lowestoft backboard in 8 seconds (honest – I was counting), via 7 Newmarket players. There’s skill in these sticks, for sure.
Special mention to our indomitable skipper, lion no less, on the left. What’s this? A cross to the top of the D; time; a view of goal; remember last week’s coach’s corner; or don’t; a swing (swipe/swish – call it what you will); a miss. The 1 in 100 was last week. He took the derision (friendly, of course) well.
Special mention (again) to our skipper, lion no less, on the left. What great work he does, on and off the pitch. But what’s this? He’s free on the left, in the D. The pass; the 1st touch (he remembered!); the goalwards glance; the 2nd touch (to be sure); the time; the space; the 3rd touch (to be double sure); the look; the time; the 4th touch; a 5th (to get a bit closer). How many touches were there before that shot? Your correspondent can’t really remember, but that wasn’t his goal. He did secure the honours though: entertainer (and numpty) of the day.
The men’s 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-4 loss vs Sudbury 4 (Home)
(Booth)

Newmarket Men’s 3s went down 1-4 to Sudbury 4s at home this weekend, but a top class debut performance from young goalkeeper Eli Bailey ensured the score did not rise any higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-3 loss vs UEA 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 4-4 draw vs St Ives 3 (Away)
(Bailey, Fox, Haird, Logan)

25th November and the Ladies 2s take on top of the league St Ives. With a chill in the air we ladies were ready for the challenge and a challenge it was, the scoreline made for a very happy captain.

Keeping our form and moving as a unit allowed the ball to be passed from player to player with ease and speed. The first goal came from Hannah Fox guarding the P-spot and using her characteristic sweep to find the back board soundly within the first 10 minutes. Soon after, the second goal from nobody other than the captain herself Zoe Bailey, deftly deflecting the ball struck by Emma Russell-Price from a short corner routine, chipping the ball over the keeper’s kicker. St Ives made some substitutes and came back fighting, winning and scoring from short corners to bring the score to 3-2 by the end of the first half, as Newmarket started to lose their communication and their shape.

Starting the second half, we were ready to win, Sue Bullimore from her vantage point in goal, suggesting a slight change of positions, taken on board by coach, and this injected some life back into our attacks. St Ives scored once again so were 4-2 up but Newmarket dug deeper than they have done all season: Two more fabulous goals were put in the back of the net, one from Jess Logan and the equaliser from Sarah Haird (so far voted our goal of the season as it was struck from such a narrow angle, and singing in off the far post). Newmarket were so lifted by this, they pushed forward again as a unit, keeping the ball in St Ives’ half and won a short corner in the final 2 minutes of the game. This unfortunately did not meet with success.

At the final whistle the tight battle ended in a draw, breaking our losing streak of the last couple of weeks and though we did not move up the leaderboard, we are ready and full of confidence for next week.

Man of the Match was Jess Logan for being everywhere at break neck speed and Dick of the Day resoundingly awarded to Phoebe Peacock for clumsily dropping her stick during a tackle.

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

Ladies’ 4s: 0-7 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)

Week 10 Results – Solid Home Return for 1st Teams as L3s Win Away

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Skelton 2, Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a deserved 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Norwich City in the prime time pushback of the day. Town started strongly and soon found themselves in front courtesy of Mike Skelton – following some nice interplay down the left hand side, the ball was worked towards the far post where the ‘Dingo in the D’ smuggled home for 1-0.

Following a slight defensive reshuffle and a brief spell in the sin bin for Harry Bell, Newmarket struck again. Skelton found his way to the top of the circle once more and, brandishing his stick as if flipping a pancake, deflected home a delightful reverse effort that left the keeper rooted. 2-0 and Town good value for it.

Norwich, not to be disheartened, began to push forward and managed to pressure a number of short corners; however, Town stood strong and repelled all comers with goalkeeper Iain Robinson producing a couple of outstanding saves to keep his sheet clean come half time.

The second period was as filled with injuries as it was scrappy – City began to get carried away with vocalising their objections to the umpiring and focussed less on their hockey, although they did manage to sneak a goal back after a minor miscalculation from home keeper Robinson – he was playing so well that this actually caused Norwich’s centre midfielder to faint in surprise. The only other real incidents of note were another quality finish for the James Atkinson scrapbook, Louis ‘swing ‘n a miss’ Hrebeniak ignoring Chris Leggett, and Matt Holden falling over.

Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Dereham 3 (Away)
(Harrington 2, Donald)

Top of the league clash against Dereham 3s. 2 good teams. The ball bobbled and bounced on a flat, wet, skiddy pitch; and the battle was fierce. Missing some regulars; new faces, old strengths, and cool, calm heads. The back line built their wall and midfield engines purred; platform created, and front two (Buddha and the Pot Belly) did their boogie. How misfortune can strike a blow, and the bouncy pitch offered no favours, sending a decent shot off the top of a Newmarket stick: made it look better than it was. 0-1.
And did misfortune heads make drop? Not this team. Tiger awake and how the battled raged. Dereham were a skillfull bunch. But Newmarket too, and chances in abundance did come. No surprise then when the opposition defences were breached, first Donaldson, then Harrington.
When the opposition keeper was injured defending the fiercest of Beardon strikes, and left the pitch minutes later, some grumbling came. Why couldn’t they bring on their Premier B keeper? No, no: not the spirit. One of you lot put the pads on, or be kicking back. Kicking back they chose.
And how Dereham heads stayed high. Credit there. And James Atkinson in goal: heroics – no joke. Several brilliant saves in short succession to keep them out.
Now no coach will tell you to take a 1st time swing at a solid cross to the top of the D: there be fresh air numpty-ville. This time the in form Harrington connected; backboard sang; game over.
Great game. 3-1 win. The 2s march on.

Men’s 3s: 1-2 loss vs Harleston Magpies 6 (Away)
(Benedikz)

Another weekend of endeavour, commitment and improvement for the M3s, sadly not reflected in the result, a 2v1 (Goal for John Benedikz) loss away at Harleston Magpies 6s. It has to be noted we are yet to play another development team this season and the youngsters have acquitted themselves with increasing confidence against far more experienced teams. Man of the match goes to James Atkinson for another string of fine saves and Oliver Brown has to have a mention for some fine runs that tied the older more experienced players in knots.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs Norwich City 1 (Home)
(Stoneman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s gained a creditable 1-1 draw at home to table topping Norwich City 1s on Saturday. After a tight first period with little between the two sides, midway through the second half the ball fell to Hayley Stoneman in the City circle. Her shot cannoned off a Norwich defender and wrong footed the keeper, before rattling off the brand new backboard for 1-0 and sparking wild celebrations among the home supporters. However, City were to hit back soon after – a well worked short corner was brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell kindly for the away side to level the score at one apiece. Despite the eagerness of both teams to push on and perhaps crack home a winner, the final whistle blew soon after and sent City back home with a share of the spoils.

Ladies’ 2s: 1-4 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)
(Tydeman)

Another week and the ladies 2s have experienced another loss, this week to Royston with the final results coming out at 4-1.
The ladies started off strong with small and quick passes, looking to switch the ball to both sides of the pitch with Jazz Freed holding strong at the back as always, passing the ball wide to both Tania Parker and Sam Brooke, carrying the ball up the wing with the use of Tracy Cockerill, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox, this made the ball present in the D multiple times and really put Royston under pressure but it wasn’t enough as Royston used their speed to make quick breaks through mid-field and majority of defence. Keeper Sue Bullimore who stepped out well in the D, using her head/chin/shoulder deftly to keep the goals, if not the whiplash, bruising and astro burns, at bay; we had a chance to get sorted.
Going into the second half we were 1-0 down, our goal came from Hayley Tydeman who took a strike at goal on a short corner. With Royston scoring 3 more goals before full time, we held as well as we could and were able to break wherever we saw an opportunity but never managed to put the ball in the back of the goal.
Man of the match went to Jazz Freed, showing once again an impressive display of hockey and team work! Captain Zoe Bailey, absent from the squad this week, hopes that this core team, plus those returning from illness and injury will step back up the table this coming week.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-1 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Le Maire 2, Swann 2, Heslop)

The 11 ladies headed off to ely to take on their 3s. The game started poorly for newmarket as they were caught napping giving away an early short corner which ely converted.
Fortunately this was enough to wake the ladies up and saw them take control of the game. A short corner for town pushed out by brooke le maire to capt mel podd at top D held and slipped back to Brooke for her to slap in for towns first.
A second was notched up for le maire when town took a long corner played by stef heslop to mel podd at the baseline into the d and slapped in by brook
Town added their third for half when joined up play and passing between stef, scarlet and brooke, slipped into the Empty D by brook followed up by lucie to find the keeper mistakenly stopping the ball with her foot picked and played in by lucie.
Half time saw the ladies pleased with their performance and a slight positional swop for the second half.
The second half saw plenty more great play for town with lucie swann driving the ball along the right hand flank and into the D resulting in another one for herself and one that found stef heslop at top D for her to sweep in.
Man of the match went to brooke le maire for another Stirling performance. Teddy went go Georgia Atherton for her early shout for roasty of the year
Victoria black played her debut game in goal for the club putting in a great effort.
The ladies were very pleased with their performance as an 11 man squad working hard and recycling play.
Next week sees the ladies take on top table camb south 3s at home at 11

Ladies’ 4s: 2-3 loss vs St Ives 4 (Home)
(Unc. 2)