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.

Week 13 Results – Cancellations All Round for NHC

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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

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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

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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

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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)

Week 9 Results – Goal Blitz for NHC

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Men’s 1s: 9-3 win vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Atkinson 3, Green 3, Pears, Skelton, Wilson)

A mesmeric first half display from Newmarket Men’s 1s  saw the boys back on track with their 4th win of the season.

James Atkinson open the scoring early following a superb fast passing move which involved Will Wilson, before Rob Green doubled the score with his first for the club since returning from University. This goal was contributed to by Wilson. Not to be outdone, Atkinson swiftly struck again, this time guiding home a superb deflection from a Harry Bell drive which left the keeper rooted as the ball flashed past him. Wilson was involved in this goal.

Next to strike was Mike Skelton with a trademark poacher’s goal after good work from Wilson, who then scored one himself with a precise push from the top of the home circle, at the expense of being involved in the buildup.

Town soon grabbed another after Matt Holden was brought down in the Sudbury D – the routine went awry after a dodgy injection with which Wilson was not involved, but Holden calmly went to fetch the ball, dribbled it out the circle, dribbled it a bit more, dribbled it back into the circle, dribbled it a bit more for luck, then smacked the plastic to the far post for a gleeful Green to gobble up. Wilson was involved in this goal. 6-0 at the break and Newmarket were flying, seemingly carrying on from a top class second half performance the previous week.

Sudbury were out the blocks much quicker after half time and held a constantly probing Town attack at bay for a long period, doing some attacking of their own upon occasion and forcing a superb 1v1 save from visiting keeper Iain Robinson. Wilson was involved in these, although they weren’t goals. However, Sudbury eventually spoiled a tiring Newmarket’s clean sheet and hit the backboard twice after successful fast breaks – only for Town to reply with a Mark Pears pile-driver and hattrick strikes for Atkinson and Green – goals which Wilson was involved in. At this point the umpires had a mild panic that there would not be enough match balls to go around and resorted to throwing balls at the pitch willy-nilly.

Sudbury did force two brief flurries of short corners throughout the second half and in fact had the last word on the game, a flick from the edge of the box looping over everyone and finding the side netting – but the game was won, and Wilson had been involved. A fantastic team performance, and one the travelling supporter will savour for a while to come. 9-3 the final score.

Congratulations to Chris & Tasha Leggett on getting married this Friday – from all at Newmarket Hockey Club we wish you the very best!

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Norwich Dragons 5 (Home)
(Harrington 4, Donald)

Men’s 3s: 0-3 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 5 (Home)

Ladies’ 1s: 6-2 win vs Watton 1 (Away)
(G. Evans 2, Stoneman 2, L. Evans, McDonnell)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s stormed to a 6-2 away win against Watton after finding themselves two down at half time.

After conceding two goals early on, an inspirational half time team talk from skipper Lydia Evans saw Town raise their game and strike first – L. Evans leading from the front once again with a wonder strike that bamboozled the hapless goalkeeper and flew into the side netting. Then it was Hayley Stoneman’s turn to smash home the ball like it had just voted for Trump, before she made quite sure it had learnt its lesson with another thunderbolt after breaking clean through on goal. Next up to dismantle the reeling Watton defence was Di Farrell-Thomas, who literally dribbled round the entire team at least twice before passing to Grace Evans on the line who completely ignored her and ran off to celebrate.

At this point, Farrell-Thomas decided she wasn’t going to pass to G. Evans anymore and instead opted for a more worthy recipient in Claire McDonnell. At this point I feel the need to confess that I wasn’t actually there and am writing this report from the back of a betting slip, but McDonnell scored so it doesn’t matter anyway.

G. Evans, now very annoyed that Farrell-Thomas wasn’t passing to her anymore, decided to extract her revenge and belt the ball as hard as she could towards her offending team mate – however, she ducked, and the ball flew mightly into the top corner as if that’s what G. Evans had intended all along. Teamwork.

Relegation? What relegation?

Ladies’ 2s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s endured a frustrating morning against Cambridge South 2s as a controversial early goal seemed to disheartened the blue and yellow machine. Town struggled to gel and find their way into the opposing D, resulting in South deserving the 3 goal victory – however, it is worth noting Newmarket have notched up more wins so far this season than in the whole of last season, so are quite rightly still positive and strongly positioned within the table.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-1 loss vs St Neots 4 (Home)

The ladies took on st Neots at home, and we’re looking forward to a well matched game. Early on they ladies lost a player, as Sophie bell was feeling too green to play.
Town were caught sleeping, as despite having first pushback, st Neots had their first strike within the first minute. Town woke up at this stage, and the battle between the sides started. St Neots converted from a short corner to take town into the half time chat 0-1 down.
There was strong talk during half time gearing the ladies to get the goal back, feeling determined that this was a game that they could win.
The second half saw town playing much better, moving well around the pitch and holding possession. Breaks into the d saw lots of sticks and a flurry of attempts, blocked by the st Neots competent defence and goal keeper.
The first goal for newmarket was scored similarly, and the girls cheered with delight, only to be gutted as the umpired gave them a short and disallowed the goal. The short was unsuccessful. Again a second goal was not given, and town received a p flick, which with skipper mel podd on the side lines, brook le Maire stepped up to take, and was shut down by the saints goalie. Thus bringing the final result to a loss for the ladies, 0-1.
St Neots had their own struggles during the game which saw towns defence working their socks off. A p flick given against town, saw keeper scarlet Coughlin facing her first, and everyone breathed a collective sign of relief as it went wide.
Despite the score, the ladies focused on the positives, which saw plenty of great play from individuals and as a team, which gets stronger by the week.
Man of the match went to scarlet Coughlin for another sublime outing in goal, making some fantastic saves.
Poorly Sophie bell took the teddy for her self induced illness.
Next week sees the ladies take on ely 3s away at 12.

Ladies’ 4s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)
(Bailey, Unc.)

Week 7 Results – Ladies’ 1s Claim First Div 1 Victory

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Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Hrebeniak, Skelton, Wilson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s succumbed to a 5-3 defeat at home to table-topping Norwich Dragons, a tremendous first half display from the visitors seeing Town 4-0 down at half time and reeling from the onslaught. However, following a productive team talk, Louis Hrebeniak pulled one back early in the second half and chalked up his first goal for the 1s after excellent work from Matt Holden on the right hand side. This was soon followed by Will Wilson deftly flicking home a second and putting Newmarket back in with a shout, before Dragons finally put the result beyond doubt with a well executed penalty corner. However, Town were not disheartened and again pulled one back through a trademark Mike Skelton finish, but the final whistle blew with Town set up for a penalty corner – and, alas, a two goal deficit still to make up.

In terms of positives, all present agreed that the second half was (in complete contrast to the first) nothing short of superb and quite possibly Newmarket’s best performance of the season in terms of passion, guile and sheer hard work. If the players can continue to perform at the level they did in the second half, regardless of how depleted by injury the squad may be, Town will not go far wrong this season.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Watton 1 (Away)
(Hosegood)

Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Felixstowe in the late pushback of the day and put in another gritty performance against a team with real quality, despite the final whistle blowing well past over half the team’s bedtime. Man of the match went to goalkeeper James Atkinson once again for a string of superb saves.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Home)
(L. Evans, Stoneman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s notched up their first 3 points of the season with an accomplished home display against Lowestoft Ladies. Town started strong and soon found themselves two goals to the good courtesy of great strikes from Hayley Stoneman and skipper Lydia Evans, before shutting the game out and ensuring a precious first clean sheet in Divison 1.

Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Wisbech 3 (Home)
(Wisbech Conceded)

Unfortunately Wisbech were forced to concede this week, so we have gained 3 points, 5 pretend goals and remain 2nd in the table. This is a shame. L2s always enjoy playing Wisbech and there was much camaraderie last year as we shared bottom of the table with them. We hope to catch up with familiar faces when we face them away after the Christmas break.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)
(Le Maire)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s headed out to Cambridge for what they new was going to be a tough game, as they took on second from top, Royston 3s at home.
Royston did not disappoint, scoring early, and looking all round competent and goal hungry.
Half time found Newmarket 4-0 down, and rousing team talk to continue working hard, and not to worry about the scoreline.
Second half saw the girls attacking with determination and drives into the opposition D. Brooke Le Maire claimed another goal for the 3s after great play from Charlie Wombwell driving up pitch. Buoyed up by the goal, Newmarket continued to work hard, gaining more possession. The final score saw the ladies finish at a 6-1 loss, but were pleased with their performance. Captain Mel Podd’s request at the beginning of the game was to make them work hard for it, and we did. Although a loss it was a very positive game for the team.
Man of the match and teddy both went to Sam Brooke for her fabulous midfield play, plus picking a green card.
Special mention goes to Scarlet Coughlin who played her second game in goal for the team and putting in another fantastic performance against a tough side.
Next week sees the ladies at home against St Neots.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-14 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)

Week 6 Results – Ladies’ 2s Go Marching On

Posted Posted in Ladies, Men, Results

Men’s 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 2 (Away)
(Skelton)

Newmarket Men’s 1s travelled to Bury with a depleted squad plagued by injuries (and Nottingham) in search of a return to winning ways – unfortunately for the men in yellow and blue, this was not to be. Much to the delight of both travelling Town fans, things looked bright initially when the irrepressible Mike Skelton was on hand to knock in a close range rebound after a fantastic save by the home keeper from a Josh Dawson strike. However, after conceding a soft goal midway through the first half, Newmarket pushed the self destruct button and were caught napping by a quickly taken free hit, resulting in the away side trailing 1-2 at the break.

Town pushed hard during the second period and drew some top quality saves from the opposing keeper, but the final whistle blew with the half still goalless and consigned Newmarket to their second defeat in as many games. Still, we wanted to finish third anyway… Right?

Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs UEA 3 (Home)
(Andreou, Wood)

Newmarket Men’s 2s drew at home to UEA 3s despite taking the lead twice to drop their first points of the season. This was a scrappy game in which Town struggled to string more than a few passes together, but still scored early on through skipper Drew Wood after good work from Alex Andreou and Jonny Bunker on the right hand side. However, UEA equalised almost immediately. The ball was half cleared from the home circle, blasted back in and brilliantly deflected high into the net past a helpless James Atkinson in the Town goal.

The second half was similar in that Newmarket took the lead once more through an Andreou penalty stroke, but UEA pulled back their second just minutes later and ensured the game fizzled out and ended with just a point apiece for each side.

Men’s 3s: 0-2 loss vs Sudbury 3 (Home)

A young Town Men’s 3s side succumbed to a 0-2 home defeat to Sudbury 3s, but, as always, much promise was shown by the future of Newmarket Hockey Club.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 result vs Wisbech 1 (Away)
(Farrell-Thomas)

Ladies’ 2s: 4-1 win vs Ely City 2 (Away)
(Beeton 2, Rolls 2)

Ladies 2s are once again rolling in victory as they beat Ely 4-1 the goals were split evenly between Georgia Beau Rolls and Vicky Beeton. Our first half started strong with us dominating the pitch, working around the players and supporting each other down the wings, perfect play by Georgia, Welshy and Helen as 2v1s were played and triangles used to get through the game as swiftly as possible.
1-0 at half time from Beeton deftly touching in a cross goal strike, we were safe for the moment but needed to see more scores on the board. Second half started quietly, the tempo then sped up and despite Ely being in our D a few more times, forcing the ball between keeper Sue Bullimore’s legs, we scored 3 more goals, 2 from open play and one from a short corner.
Man of the Match went to Emma Russell-Price due to her tireless play, showing individual skill and brilliant support. Dick of the Day went to Georgia Beau Rolls, whose two goals could not redeem her from naming a pass and then mis-striking (more than once) and falling over more times than Bambi on ice.
Ladies 2s look forward to their next game against Wisbech and to continue their winning streak.

Ladies’ 3s: 2-3 loss vs Cambridge South 4 (Home)
(Excell, Kelly)

Ladies’ 4s: 1-4 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Benedikz)

Week 5 Results – Points All Round for Ladies

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Men’s 1s: 2-3 loss vs I-ES 3 (Home)
(Dawson, Wade)

We scored 2 goals, but I-ES scored 3 goals. This meant that I-ES won and we didn’t, because they scored one more goal than we did.

Simple really.

Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Felixstowe 3 (Away)
(Baker, Bell, Harrington)

Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs I-ES 6 (Away)

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

Ladies’ 2s: 1-0 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)
(Tydeman)

Newmarket Ladies 2s are proving unstoppable with a third win in a row, this week against Sudbury, score-line 1-0.
We knew that the match was going to be tough and only little mistakes were going to be the difference between a win or a loss, we started strong with 2v1s being played and space being filled, the ball was carried well and support was strong, although nearer the end of the second half the team started to panic, trying to welly the ball up the pitch. Sudbury made full use of their sweeper, who whilst directing their defence at all times, made faultless tackles on every single Newmarket attacker and took on SUPERDEFENDER role by making a save from behind her keeper, not only on the goal line but deflected skilfully from shoulder height to safety.
At half time, coach Chris reminded the team to make the ball do the work and with a little bit of yelling from the main back two Jazz Freed and Sam Brooke, we were then re-energised and determined not to leave the pitch on a draw, but so were Sudbury, causing Sue Bullimore to be left abandoned and pull a blinder of a save when the ball, picked up by Sudbury on an attempted welly, made a fast break and knocked the ball on target for goal. Sue used her head in more ways than one, her helmet sending the ball over the top of the goal, the cage and the trees. Newmarket regained dominance, forcing several unsuccessful penalty corners. The little mistake that made the biggest difference came when Sarah Haird and Haley Tydeman, Zoe Bailey and Hannah Fox moved forward in a square on Sudbury’s D, the keeper stepped out of goal to deflect the shot but misjudged the force required to beat these four and was stunned to find the ball being picked up on the end of Hayley Tydeman’s stick and despite the keeper’s valiant attempt to dive and cover the far corner, Tydeman dribbled the ball firmly into the goal to put Newmarket 1-0 up.
The game was tense, play moved from one end to the other on more fast breaks, Newmarket claimed more penalty corners but couldn’t convert, although Tydeman’s strike was strong, the ball which found the back of the net was also initially struck high and rightly disallowed. Tensions mounted but Newmarket L2s held Sudbury off, keeping Newmarket 2nd in the table, on goal difference. They remain the only team in 4NW(S), and of only 2 teams from Prem to Div5, to have not conceded a goal this season. Newmarket breed good goal keepers!
Dick of the Day went to Coach Chris for causing Captain Zoe Bailey to stand on the sideline for the final 8 minutes of the game and Man of the match went to Sarah Haird who had a cracking game, was everywhere in terms of support and carried the ball to put pressure on the Sudbury’s strong defence.

Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Le Maire, Swann)

Saturday saw Newmarket with an early start and at pushback still looking a little sluggish, while bury looked quite strong. With a few regulars unavailable and no subs, a few players were slotted into different positions. Settling down into the first half, mqrket became more confident in their play and started some good attacks and drives into the D.
Half time saw the scoreline at 0-0, with the girls feeling that they had more possession and some definite opportunities.
2nd half the girls started confidently and putting bury under pressure. Plenty of good linked up play on both flanks with new partnerships of Brooke Le Maire and Sophie Kelly, and on the other side, Milou Ottolini and Lucie Swann. A break on the right hand side, driven down the D and crossed to Swann at the left post, stopped and played into the goal to put Newmarket up 1-0. Also Lucie’s first goal for the club. A similar drive found Brooke Le Maire at top D to sink Newmarket’s second.
Bury fought on and made plenty of their own credible shots on goal. Helen Atkinson worked tirelessly in defence. Georgia Atherton took man of the match for the second week running, putting in a Stirling performance in goal this time and ultimately keeping Newmarket in the game.
Teddy went to Scarlet for her very long walk to fetch her car!
Next week sees the ladies take on camb south 4s at home at 11.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Westly 4, A. Howe)