Week 19 Results – Convincing Victories for 1s Once Again

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Men’s 1s: 10-4 win vs North Norfolk 1 (Home)
(Atkinson 3, Wade 3, Skelton 2, Dawson, Holden)

After last week’s great win at Norwich, Town were missing holding midfielder Chris Leggett with Newmarket this week facing a team that has in recent seasons given a strong contest.

The game started with Newmarket playing with high intensity and pressing high up within the oppositions half, good chances coming from every angle, Mark Pears on the right and Ollie Wade on the left. Town’s central midfield trio of Mike Skelton, Matt Holden & Josh Dawson were providing opportunities as well for James Atkinson and the other front line players. Town were the first to strike and there first goal came via some fluid movement involving Dawson to Atkinson precisely guiding the ball into the net at a tight angle. (1-0). Newmarket’s back line hadn’t really been troubled too often with Jordan Newnes & Will Wilson providing cover down the centre and Darren Jenkins and Hrebeniak giving cover down the flanks. Town’s second goal came after shortly after the first and was with some positive fast ball play, leading to Holden scoring a woeful effort goal. (2-0). Newmarket we’re giving the seaside team a run around but they hit a stumbling block as North Norfolk broke into the ‘D’ and nicked one goal back. (2-1). Newmarket were not to be undone and went back on the attack pressuring the visiting team defensive line, some great play by Harry Bell and a goal scored by Dawson with a great placing into the net. (3-1). Skelton scored the fourth via a rebounded shot by skipper Holden, beautifully picked up from 2 yards to finish into the bottom corner. (4-1). An incident involving a Newmarket player ended  in a yellow card, town to 10 men on the pitch. North Norfolk men still trying to fight managed to capitalised on some errors from the Newmarket players giving themselves hope leading into half time with the away attacker slotting past Scotland over 50’s keeper Martin McCourt. (4-2)

At half time, Captain Holden felt the last 10 mins of the half we’re a bit flat as his side looked as if they had done the job already. Town needed to have the attitude as if the game was 0-0.

The second half started and Town took to a half court press tactic due to a man down. Town now playing with a man down still managed to break away with Skelton picking out Atkinson, using Pears for a one-two pass smashed home his second of the match (5-1). North Norfolk not giving up capitalised on a miss pass and force a goal to give themselves a slim hope. (5-2) Town not happy and still with only 10 on the pitch force a penalty corner, up steps Wade and with his ever-improving drag flick forced a goal via the oppo keeper’s left side. (6-2). On came Dawson from the sin bin and, back to the full team, Newmarket still using the half court press managed to win another penalty corner. Wade stepped up to the plate again, this time finding the keeper’s other side. (7-2). Unfortunately, the away team didn’t think a 5 goal gap was fair and created two goals of their own. (7-4) Newmarket were playing some good hockey with some very good transfers from left to right in which Pears and Bell created a cracking ball from the wide right picking out Skelton to get his second of the game. (8-4). The game ticked on and the visiting team were now finding it hard to compete with such a fluid Newmarket team, Wilson fed through Dawson, Holden and Skelton again winning another penalty corner. Once again up came Wade to claim his hat trick of drag flicks, smashing the ball high into the net. (9-4) The last goal of a solid good performance came via 17-year-old Atkinson also for his third goal, who drew in the North Norfolk defence only to unleash hell with a cracking shot into the back board. (10-4) The games last minute were played out with both teams tiring out and no new chances created. The game finished 10-4.

Newmarket Men’s 1st XI showed a huge improvement compared to previously played games since 2016 and have looked every week to have a slight improvement under the watchful eye of coach Adnan Zakir. Lots of positives with large amounts of possession in the game but much more can be done with pressing and transfers.

Everyone in the team should be proud of the game as it was some of the best hockey Newmarket has played.

Next week Newmarket Men’s 1st XI are away at Culford School playing BSE 1’s @ 12:00 and all are welcome to come along for a high flying top of the table clash.

Men’s 2s: 1-2 loss vs Norwich Dragons 4 (Away)

Ladies’ 1s: 4-1 win vs Wisbech Town 2 (Home)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Pelicans 1 (Away)

This weeks road trip for the 2s was a trip to Kings Lynn to face Pelican 1s, with an unfortunate 6-0 loss.
In the raining weather the 2s went out on the whistle with their heads up and faced challenges early on.
Early short corners were given to Pelicans, who were unable to get anything from them (perhaps due to the practice given to Newmarket in last weeks game), Jazz Freed, Steph Heslop, Charlotte Abbersteen and Steph Howard in rotation to form the back 3, all stepped up and managed to clear some Pelican shots away from the goal manned by the mighty Jersey Bennett.
Pelicans fast play and strong strikes into the back corner of the goal saw them snap up 5 goals in the first half.
With a team talk over half time, and reflecting on the play, Newmarket went out into the second half knowing what was needed to work on. Mids Emma Lankfer and captain Zoe Bailey worked some great passes along to the Newmarket D, supported strongly by newcomers Milou Ottolini and Jess Allen but unfortunately failed to reach the back of the goal by the forward line.
Multiple injuries hit Newmarket with Helen Hansgate and Steph Howard both taking strikes to the legs leaving large bruises to develop over the rest of the weekend.
With stronger play, as usual by Newmarket in the second half, a more equal half only saw one goal from Pelicans past the toes of Jersey.
Man of the Match went to Milou for excellent play along the wing and keeping strong throughout the game.
DOD went to Hannah Fox for slipping to the floor and staying sat on the floor after one fall
Next week L2s face Ely 1s at home, and feel confident to bounce back from these loses and put out a great fight to see what Ely have to offer.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-3 loss vs St Ives 3 (Away)

Saturday saw the Ladies’ 3s heading out to take on st Ives 3s.   The ladies knew that they would be in for a tough game, and St Ives didn’t disappoint.
St Ives started strong, catching the Newmarket side, who included a few guests, slightly unready to put one past keeper James Atkinson in the first few minutes.  Newmarket then got their heads in the game, and managed to hold St Ives for most of the half, excepting a solid strike on goal, which centre back Phoebe Peacock tried to block on her the reverse stick, sending it over the keepers head and into the back of the net.
Newmarket created plenty of positive play during, with mid fielders Jane Dryland, Sophie Bell and Hannah Rowley working hard to create drives up pitch.
The second half started very similar to the first, as St Ives came storming to score within the first minute of the half.  Newmarket again, got themselves together to hold St Ives for the rest of the half, ending the game as a 3-0 loss.
Man of the match went to Phoebe Peacock for her outstanding play slotting into centre back.
Next week sees the ladies take on Royston 2s at home at 11am.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-8 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Home)

The Ladies’ 4s played a challenging game against Bury St Edmunds 3s. With a full team playing at their hardest with their spirits high, they kept Bury on their toes throughout the game. There were many of great saves made by Jersey Bennett and the defence. With the score at half time at 0-4 the ladies weren’t letting their hopes die, they came back stronger than in the first half managing to move the ball into Bury’s half. Unfortunately, even with all the girls hard work they were defeated 0-8 to top of the league. Man of the match was well deserved for keeper Bennett, whilst this weeks Dick of the day went to Jess Farrow for tripping over her own feet! Next week the Ladies 4s are away to Cambridge Nomads 2.

Week 18 Results – Relegation a Threat for Men’s 2s as 1s Win Convincingly

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Men’s 1s: 4-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Pears, Skelton)

Newmarket 1s went ahead after 10 minutes after picking up the ball deep inside their own half. Wilson flicked the ball skilfully to Skelton in midfield who charged towards Norwich territory before finding Dawson who slotted the ball past the keeper. Norwich did pull level midway through the first half, being awarded a penalty flick for a soft stick tackle in the D. Newmarket didn’t panic though and were ahead again with seconds left to play as Holden’s pass found Skelton at the near post to deflect the ball in. Norwich City’s number 191’s appeals for offside fell on deaf ears, as the away side went into the break as leaders. The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half, and gained that all-important two-goal cushion, this time through Mark Pears, who was fed by Holden, to strike a screamer past a helpless Norwich keeper. Holden completed his hat-trick of assists, as he drove the back line, finding Dawson with a pinpoint pass, who latched onto the ball to tap in from close range and complete a convincing 4-1 victory under the watchful eye of Head Coach Adnan Zakir.

Men’s 2s: 3-4 loss vs Norwich City 5 (Home)
(Wade 2, Harrington)

Newmarket Men’s 2s eventually went down 4-3 to Norwich City in a feisty encounter which saw numerous cards, including several yellows and a City red card for violent conduct.

A much-altered 2s side that saw the return of talismanic skipper Drew Wood and keeper Seth Bailey found itself 2-0 down within minutes, the tactical switch to three-at-the-back somewhat backfiring on the home side. Despite this early setback, Newmarket battled on and found goals via Ollie Wade and a Simon Harrington set piece. Wade further went on to strike the frame of the goal twice and saw another effort ruled out, but failed to add to his tally. City managed to grab a further two goals before tensions boiled over and a spate of yellow cards followed, three to Newmarket and a red card which was shown to a Norwich player for violent conduct.  This late fracas unfortunately ruined the game somewhat, and the score ended up an unchanged 4-3 to City meaning relegation is now a real threat to the 2s. Man of the Match went to Matt Smith for a solid performance out wide, while the highlight of the day was a no doubt a touching gesture from Harrington and Louis Hrebeniak to fluorescent midfielder Simon Donald. This tear-jerking gift took the form of a delightful personalised redecoration of his stick to reflect his true feelings toward midfield colleague and ginger soulmate Andrew Beardon. We wish you the greatest happiness together. #FriendGingerFriend

Ladies’ 2s: 0-8 loss vs Horncastle 1 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies 2s suffered from a defeat with the score line ending on an 8-0 loss.

With 2 goals going in within the first 10 minutes, one from open play and one from penalty corner, Newmarket defence were called to stand strong. Steph Heslop, back from injury, found her bossy in Centre Back and Hannah Rowley, back from injury and supporting developing L4s, caught on to the rehearsed play of Horncastle, marking tightly but falling foul of ball-to-foot manoeuvres.

With the pressure on, the use of small and quick passes were necessary to make sure the ball kept moving, with lovely one-twos being played between Zoe Bailey (the ever-so-fearless captain) and rising star Milou Ottolini, the ball did make it to the forwards in the opposition D several times but Newmarket lacked finish and Horncastle were quicker on the turn-around.

Newmarket should thank Horncastle for the penalty corner defence routines they were able to practice. 18 times. There were goal line saves from Jess Allen, making just her second appearance in L2 defence but looking totally at home, and Phoebe “Phlick” Peacock once again showing her dedication to interception and 3D skills when it mattered: the crowd were entertained; the gasps were more akin to a firework display than a hockey game. We cannot forget the grace and skill of goal keeper Jersey Bennett who with her acrobatic talent, saved the day more than once or twice. Her Man of the Match was well deserved as not only her physical presence but mental strength meant that she ensured the penalty stroke was sent just wide of the post in the 2nd half.

This defeat will not get the better of the L2s, they will bounce back, the will to fight is strong and they are more ready than ever to face Pelicans!

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

This week saw the Newmarket Ladies’ 3s side take on top of league Cambridge Nomads 2s.

Nomads started strong, trying to set the pace for the game, but Newmarket fought strong from the offset.  Encouraging midfield play up the left hand side saw the ball moving in text-book triangles initiated from Janie Harrington at left back, past mids Mel Podd and Grace Morris up to flank Laura Smith.  Nomads were quick to react and made plenty of attempts in the Newmarket D. It wasn’t too soon into the half that Newmarket saw the first goal for in Nomads, just skimming past keeper Helen Atkinson.  Newmarket’s defence steeled themselves and fought hard at every step, intercepting midfield, and attacking Nomads as they entered Newmarket’s D. A unlikely short-shot went in when it was half trapped by Sarah Ganiford to limp into the goal, seeing the ladies going into half time 2-0 down.
The second half started strong, with Sophie Bell and Georgia Beau Rolls blitzing around and driving in to the Nomads D.  Jane Dryland picked up man of the match for her aggressive stance on moving up to right mid, driving play into the D, and putting in couple of shots herself.  Newmarket were not to be rewarded for their attacking efforts which saw the ladies being given long corners and a short corner.
While Nomads were somewhat under pressure at this point, they were also very quick to turn play around and move quickly into Newmarket’s D.  With James Atkinson now in goal, Newmarket were treated to a display of acrobatics as James leapt and slid around, blocking and frustrating Nomads. Tireless efforts were put on by all of the Newmarket side, managing to put the score out of their mind and keep their heads up until the final whistle.
Nomads were awarded a couple of short corners on the trot, and managed to convert one of them for their only goal of the half.
The game finished as a 3-0 loss for Newmarket, but the ladies really didn’t see it as a negative game at all and were very pleased with their performance.
Next week sees the ladies away to St Ives to take on their 3s side.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-13 loss vs St Ives 3 (Home)

Skipper Jess Boyle was justifiably very proud of her Ladies’ 4s as, despite succumbing to a heavy defeat against second placed St Ives, they fought so valiantly that it was impossible to award Man of the Match as everyone played so well. With only ten players on the pitch for the whole of the match, the girls really showed how to put up a top quality fight against all odds. Next week NHC L4s face top of the league Bury St Edmunds at home in another tough clash.

Week 17 Results – Ladies’ 3s Beat Huntingdon on High Scoring Saturday

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Men’s 1s: 6-6 draw vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Wade 3, J. Atkinson, Holden, Skelton)

An exciting game in which at one point Newmarket were 6-2 to the good ended in a high scoring draw as the blue & yellow machine travelled to Sudbury in the lunchtime pushback.

Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs I-ES 4 (Home)
(Harrington, Hosegood)

Newmarket Men’s 2s produced a commanding display at home to Ipswich East Suffolk and can count themselves very unlucky not to come away with all three points. After going a goal down early on, Simon Harrington equalised for the home side from a trademark penalty corner before Will Hosegood swept Newmarket into the lead. However, a string of smart saves from Town goalkeeper and Man of the Match Laurence Chapman was not enough to prevent I-ES snaffling an equaliser before half time, courtesy of a deflected penalty corner.

When a team is at the bottom of the league, luck seldom falls their way, and this was apparent in the second half as Town saw a couple of goals disallowed in unfortunate fashion. Spurred on by this, Newmarket pushed forwards, at some points leaving only Louis ‘one man red army’ Hrebeniak back and relying on the brilliance of Chapman to keep them level. However, despite the high pressure being applied to the opposition by the home side and in particular fluorescent midfield duo Andrew Beardon and Simon ‘ginger friend!’ Donald, the match finished 2-2 and so Newmarket remain three points adrift.

Men’s 3s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Away)
(H. Frost, Walker)

In the early pushback of the day, Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Culford to face top of the table Bury 6s. The game started poorly when stand-in and severely under-padded keeper Hrebeniak had the ball put through his legs by an enterprising Bury winger, but Town stood strong and managed to claim the lead through Jordan Walker’s deflection and a poacher’s effort from Henry Frost. Unfortunately for the away side, a string of seemingly harsh penalty corners followed and, despite the best efforts of all concerned, the ball found its way into the bottom corner on the rebound.

The second half was mainly fought in the midfield with a few moments of desperate defending at both ends, but the match finished 2-2 – a useful away point for the blue & yellow machine. Notable were good performances from irrepressible Welshman Dave Worrall and blast-from-the-past Greg Cummins, but the real stars of the show were once again the youngsters – full backs Rory Podd and Will Frost played with great maturity and showed that the future is indeed bright for Newmarket Hockey Club.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-6 loss vs Alford & District 1 (Away)
(L. Evans, Thomas)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Haverhill Ladies 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies 2s take the hit of a 6-0 loss against Haverhill on the cheek. But looking at the emerging team they had, with members coming up from the 3s and 4s they held their own with the use of tactical passes from Sophie Kelly and Grace Morris (who without question deserved her “man of the match”), the two youngsters made a statement by battling hard and standing strong against Haverhill’s giants, with the fact that Newmarket only gave away 1 goal in the second half proving themselves of being worthy of staying in their current league. Statistically if you could score a league on second halves only, Newmarket would be mid table. Once again the defence gave the opposition a run for their money and made every goal worth the fight, this was thanks to the centre back and ring leader Jazz Freed, along with the keeper Jersey Bennett, who encouraged the team from the back with support and fighting talk. All pumped up and ready for another week the Ladies 2s will be back and ready to fight again, next week taking their breakfast to Horncastle for a frost-postponed match.

Ladies’ 3s: 2-1 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
(Benedikz, Ottolini)

The ladies were on tenderhooks Saturday morning to find out if poor weather would again put halt to play. Happily the all clear was given, for the game to go ahead. It was a bitterly cold day and was snowing for much of the game.
Hunts arrived with 10 men, but were certainly not going to give in easily. The game started strong for both sides with breakaways. Newmarket were looking strong up front with Vicky Benedikz supporting play from the forwards, and was rewarded for her efforts, picking up a rebound and slotting it neatly into the goal for Newmarket’s first. A short 4 minutes later saw Sophie Kelly drive up the right hand side, passing across goal to be picked by Milou Ottolini and played into goal for her first for the Ladies 3rd team.
Half time saw the ladies and coach happy with their performance and keen to hold onto their 2-0 lead. Hunts came into the second half fighting hard. Plenty of opportunities were created on both sides, with only Hunts managing to convert one of them.
The ladies were very happy to take a win away from a visibly frustrated opposition.
Man of the Match went to Janie Harrington.
Next week sees the ladies play their rearranged fixture against Cambridge Nomads, away at 11am.

Ladies’ 4s: Match Postponed vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)

Week 16 Results – Comfortable Victories for 1st XIs

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Men’s 1s: 4-0 win vs Pelicans 2 (Home)
(Holden 2, Skelton, Wilson)

Men’s 2s: 2-9 loss vs Pelicans 3 (Away)
(Bunker, Harrington)

Men’s 3s: Friendly – 5-1 win vs Bury 7 (Away)
(Unc. 2, Booth, Kenny, Podd)

Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge University 3 (Home)
(Logan, Stoneman)

NEWMARKET MARCH ON WITH THIRD SUCCESSIVE VICTORY Both teams had half chances in what was a frenetic start to proceedings. The opposition goalkeeper had to be at her best to deny Jess Logan at the foot of her post, after Stoneman and Evans had combined to tee up the Newmarket youngster. The pressure told in the 20th minute however, as Captain Evans showed her class to feed a long through ball to Logan, who out-sprinted the defender, glided past another, and calmly slot past the keeper and put Town ahead 1-0. Despite Newmarket’s lead, Cambridge Uni looked a settled side and frustrated the hosts throughout a difficult first half. The Yellows improved after the break, and almost doubled their lead, when Claire McDonnell drove into the D, who pulled the ball back to top goalscorer Grace Evans, to only see her shot slapped wide of the goal. The visitors retained a threat on the counter and they twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, but a strong back four of Alderson, Parkins, Bunning & Fayers managed to keep the away side at bay. As the second half wore on, Newmarket managed to win a short corner with Thomas pushing the ball out to Stoneman, who fed it to McDonnell, only to receive the ball straight back to fire home the second goal of the game, putting Newmarket ahead 2-0 and capping of an excellent short corner routine. Next week sees the ladies 1s make the long trip to Skegness to take on Alford & District.

Ladies’ 2s: 1-5 loss vs Spalding 2 (Away)

Newmarket L2s took a defeat but should not be defeated after their performance in this match. Scoring first, they really surprised their opponents. A 16 yd hit neatly played between newly positioned Charlotte Abbersteen and regular full back Phoebe Peacock made its way up the Right side of the pitch to Centre Mid Helen Hansgate who fed the ball to Laura Excell. Laura held the ball with skill and passed across the D to find Hannah Fox, ready in front of the keeper to send the ball to the back board. This goal in itself monumentous as it brings Hannah Fox’s 2016-7 goal tally equal to the entire squads’ total for 2015-6.

Buoyed by having the upper hand, Newmarket’s 2nd XI showed energy and commitment in their marking and often beat Spalding to the 50:50 balls, Spalding’s attacks were seen off and lots of mid field play characterised the first half. Spalding tried to overload the attack and this paid off firstly with a goal from open play and then winning a penalty corner shortly before the end of the first half. The penalty corner resulted in “a hell of a strike” deserving admiration and bringing the score to 2-1 at half time.

The second half saw more of the same but with Spalding bringing forward all their players, forcing Newmarket onto the back foot and capitalising on Newmarket errors. Emma Lankfer showed great maturity in her mid field position but Newmarket’s fitness and concentration and lack of subs let them down towards the end of the second half and the home team brought the score to 5-1.

Ladies’ 3s: Result Unconfirmed vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)

Ladies’ 4s: 0-1 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)

Week 15 Results – Men’s 2s Cause Upset as M3s Win Big

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Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Ipswich 2 (Away)
(Bell, Pears, Wade)

Newmarket Men’s 1s went down 5-3 to an Ipswich tactical masterclass in which the home side only managed to field 10 players. Despite taking the lead three times, Newmarket struggled to hold onto their advantage on each occasion and eventually felt the sucker punch when Ipswich slotted home twice late on to seal the three points. An extremely disappointing away performance at the spiritual home of Town Head Coach Adnan Zakir, who will surely have plenty to say at training this week.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs Felixstowe 2 (Home)
(Andreou 2, Donald)

Despite the absence of talismanic skipper Drew Wood, Newmarket Men’s 2s pulled off a major upset in defeating top of the league Felixstowe 2s. A fine defensive performance topped off with great goals from Alex Andreou and Simon Donald meant the game was already won when Felixstowe fired home a short corner consolation with the last hit of the game. Man of the Match went to everyone’s favourite Eastern European “Andy Baker”, while special mention should also go to damaged defender “Louis Hrebeniak” for his team selection and tactical nous from the sidelines. He’s nearly as wise as Bungle!

Men’s 3s: 10-0 win vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)
(Evans 3, Walker 3, Benedikz, Booth, G. Cummins, H. Frost)

Jordan Walker made it 7 goals in 2 games as Newmarket Men’s 3s hit 10, for the first time, in their victory over Felixstowe’s development side. Hat-tricks from Walker and Chris Evans and further goals from Henry Frost, Greg Cummings. Peter Booth and John Benedikz completed the rout. Newmarket are playing a confident and attacking game, which has led to an unbeaten run of 8 games and to their leading Div 7NE with 4 games to play.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Spalding 1 (Away)
(G. Evans 2)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-1 loss vs City of Peterborough 3 (Home)

Newmarket L2s should hold their heads high after their performance in this match. Holding Peterborough for all the first half and most of the 2nd 0-0, the squad were animated, communicative but lacked finish.

Grace Morris (voted Man of the Match) was ubiquitous and confident in mid field. Neither team could score from penalty corners. There were exciting tumbles and tussles in both circles. Unfortunately one of these added to the season’s injury list as, during the first half, turning over her ankle took Centre Back Faye Andreou out of the game and off to A & E. Jersey Bennett had possibly one of the best matches of her senior career: ball to helmet: check; ball off every padding possible: check; one-on-one: check; test ability to fly: check; penalty flick saved: check.

Peterborough capitalised on a ball that hadn’t been cleared soundly and a skilful player lifted the ball to finally change the scoreline in their favour.

It was a great shame not to pick up points on this return to league matches but Coach Chris Evans is confident that if this standard of play continues Newmarket L2s can pull themselves safe of the relegation zone.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-0 draw vs Ely City 2 (Home)

This week we were without Captain but we eagerly led by the Vice with the help of Colin following his return from illness.  Unfortunately, we lost Rachel Pegg to umpiring but gained Helen Hansgate to fill the gap.

After last week’s performance the team were riding high and were again able to field a large strong squad.

Ely City started strong and caught the team unprepared but they soon got into gear and responded hard to the determined attach by City.

Newmarket had some great moves taking the ball around pitch and at half time it was nil-nil.

Ely came back in the 2nd half but Newmarket kept their cool and attacked the City goal, narrowly missing out on a goal.

Ely pushed hard into the dying minutes of the game but Newmarket keep them at bay with the final result winning the team a point in the league.

There were some amazing performances by Janie Harrington and Callie Plumb with Janie going on to win man of the match.

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


Week 14 Results – Ladies’ 1s Leave it Late

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Men’s 1s: 1-1 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 2 (Home)
(J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s laboured to draw against Bury 2s this weekend. The away team took an early lead after a speculative effort sneaked past Town goalkeeper Martin McCourt and the home side struggled to find a way back into the match. Notable were chances for James Atkinson and skipper Matt Holden, but the score remained 0-1 until half time as Newmarket tried to shake off the rust and find their rhythm. A short while into the second half left midfielder Ollie Wade was forced off with a head injury, but just when it seemed Newmarket were sunk, the home side were awarded a penalty stroke following a flurry of Will Wilson short corners. However, Wilson’s effort was well saved by the Bury keeper, who then went on to make a number of outstanding saves to deny Town any reward for their continued efforts. Eventually though, the Bury resistance was broken, as Atkinson skipped through the defence to chip home from a tight angle with five minutes remaining. This seemed to spark the match into life and the game flowed from end to end for the final few, but the score finished tied at an exhausting 1-1.

Men’s 2s: Match Postponed vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)

Men’s 3s: 6-2 win vs Ipswich Cranes 2 (Home)
(Walker 4, Benedikz 2)

MoM: Joe Boneham, in possession was not afraid to run at and beat defenders, in defence harried the Cranes players with the sort of energy we all need to show every week.
Captains pick: Jonny Bunker, effortlessly settled into the centre mid role with Peter Booth and provided plenty of through balls for the strikers to feed off.
Newmarket Men’s 3s won for the second time since Christmas and in so doing so, eased to the top of Div 7NE.
Newmarket took a while to get going and Cranes were quick to capitalise when a miss hit 16 landed at the feet of their striker who made a quick 1-2 and plonked the ball in the back of our net. Newmarket responded quickly when Jonny Bunker broke from midfield and found Jordan Walker in the D who showing unusual speed of movement slotted in the equaliser. Cranes went ahead again shortly after, through a scuffed shot that somehow crept in under keeper Seth Bailey. Again Bunker and Walker combined to level up the game before halftime. Newmarket had the greater proportion of shots and possession, but through being a bit slack at times had allowed Cranes to stay in the game.
Half Time; 2-2
Fortunately, the second half was probably the best hockey we have ever played. The backline, consisting of Bailey (GK), Chris Evans, Charlie Cummings, Will Frost and Simon Everitt, tightened up and didn’t concede another goal. The new centre pairing of Peter Booth and Jonny Bunker looked like they had been playing together for years, with Booth playing a slightly more defensive role and Bunker providing strong attacking runs with accurate distribution. The wings of Henry Frost, Rory Podd and Man of the Match Joe Boneham constantly attacked the Cranes backline providing crosses and chances to Walker and Benedikz who in popular parlance “filled their boots”. Walker completed his hat-trick before Benedikz tapped home twice from close range. Another Walker goal completed the scoring.
Credit has to go to Ipswich Cranes who needed 4 double ups to even field a team and played the whole game in a friendly, but competitive way.
Victory leaves the 3s top of the league and boasting the longest unbeaten run in the division (7) and the club.

Ladies’ 1s: 4-3 win vs Royston 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, Logan, McDonnell, Thomas)

This weeks fixture saw the Ladies 1s play Royston at home with a 4-3 victory. Newmarket scored 2 early goals in quick succession, the first goal worked up the pitch by Hayley Stoneman and planted in the back of the net by Jess Logan. The second goal was then hit into the goal by Claire McDonnell, the intensity of play subsided in the late parts of the first half but went into the second half with a 2-0 lead. Royston then fought back and gained two goals one of which was gained from a short corner. After a fighting battle in the D Newmarket edged back into the lead with a marvellous 3rd goal, scored by Grace Evans. Royston drew level again in the final 10 minutes, but failed to hold onto the draw as Newmarket stole a late goal, scored by Di Thomas, taking them to a 4-3 victory.

Ladies’ 2s: Match Postponed vs Huntingdon 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 3s: 2-1 win vs Cambridge City 5 (Away)
(Excell, Kelly)

The Ladies’ 3rd team were pleased to find themselves with an afternoon game which wasn’t cancelled by the frost!
Cambridge City 5s started strong, and Newmarket found them in their D within the first 30 seconds of the game. However that was to change quickly around as Newmarket took back possession, driving up pitch.
The ladies took advantage of their extra players with quick substitutions, keeping players fresh and focused.  The pitch was noted as extremely slippy as all players at some point fell foul. Capt Mel Podd was disappointed after receiving a fantastic ball from Jane Dryland just outside the D, only to slip while trying to play it in.
With the ball played up the right hand side of the pitch to Sophie Kelly, driving along the base line, and just at the goal line, a little tap in saw the first goal for Newmarket. There was some uncertainly as to who it exactly touched last as city’s keeper tried to stop the ball.
Half time talk saw the ladies feeling pleased with their performance, but anxious to keep their lead up.
Second half saw the ladies working hard again. A second goal for town came from Laura Excell, and at that point the ladies were starting to think that they may get away with a win, as city had less than 10 mins to get on the score sheet at all. City then won a short corner penalty, putting a very slick routine into the top corner for their first of the game.
Newmarket did not let their heads go down, although both Podd and Pegg could be heard frantically asking umpire how much time was left! It was only 4 mins, and there was no need for worry, as Newmarket fought on to the very last second.
This was a very good win for the girls against a tough side that have only lost 2 games prior to this one all season.  This was one of the best performances the ladies have put on all season and gives them plenty of expectation for some good results in their up coming games.
Captain and ladies very happy!
Man of the match went to Sophie Kelly, who scored her first league goal for the team and in only her second game is fast becoming a super star.
Teddy was awarded to Twiggles, who ran on pitch during previous game, causes umpires to halt play. (Janie Harrington’s dog!)
Next week sees the ladies take on Ely 2s at home at 11am.

Ladies’ 4s: Match Postponed vs St Neots 3 (Home)

Week 13 Results – 3rd Team Youngsters Battle to Victory

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This week saw a spate of match cancellations due to the freezing weather conditions taking its toll on pitches up and down the country. The only game of the day involving an NHC team was the Men’s 3s – all other matches were postponed with new dates pending.

Men’s 3s: 3-2 win vs Norfolk Nomads 2 (Home)
(Bailey, Hrebeniak, Podd)

The Men’s 3s took on Norfolk Nomads 2s at home in the 3pm push back. Goals from Louis Hrebeniak, Rory Podd and a fantastic late winner from Seth Bailey saw Town run out 3-2 victors in a feisty encounter watched by a partisan crowd – this was a battling performance from a very young team and our youngsters should be extremely proud of their performances. Keep working hard lads!! Massive thanks to all who turned up to support.

Week 12 Results – Late Comebacks for 1st Teams

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Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Wade 2, Skelton)


Newmarket scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to complete a remarkable fightback and beat Norwich Dragons 3-2 at home on Saturday.

The home side, who restored vice captain Jordan Newnes to their squad, albeit on the bench, were overrun in the early stages and fell behind when the visitors beat Martin McCourt by the near post with a fierce reverse hit.

After this neither side created much in the first half with only two real notable incidents, one from Mark Pears shooting just over the bar and another from Matthew Holden, seeing his shot tipped just wide. That looked as though it would be the only talking point as both teams laboured and struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

Fired up by the half time team talk, Newmarket started well and had two further chances to take the lead as Josh Dawson was played in on the right but on both occasions he saw shots blocked. Against the run of play, the Blue and Yellows’s defensive was exploited once more as Dragons broke free out wide to drill a cross into the ‘D’, only to see Newnes’s interception deflect the ball into the path of an unmarked player to further extend the lead, rounding McCourt and slotting home from close range.

But Newmarket stunned their opponents with a late rally as Ollie Wade pulled one back through a short corner, flicking the ball into the side netting, before setting up Michael Skelton’s equaliser five minutes later through a simple tap in bringing the scores level at 2-2. With Norwich Dragons on the back foot now, with minutes left on the clock, it was the hosts who won another short corner to seal all three points, as Wade flicked the ball into the top right corner for his second.

Men’s 2s: 1-7 loss vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Away)

Another away game for Newmarket Men’s 2s on the bouncy Dragon’s Den pitch. The opening minutes looked promising for Newmarket as they held sole possession for a good 3 minutes, moving the ball around, trying to find a gap in the defense but eventually the ball changed hands and that’s when Newmarket knew they were in for a hell of a ride.  The yellow side managed to hold off the dragons for a while with Simon Donald and Ollie Trent playing great in the middle of the field however it was not long before Norwich put their first ball into the goal. This did not phase Newmarket much as they had been making some attempts in the oppositions area using Captain Drew Wood and Ben Atkinson down the line to Matt Lister and Jonny Bunker upfront. But Dragons established themselves as the definite goal scoring threat as an attacking run round the defense brought them a goal after the ball rebounded off the keeper again. 2-0 and far from finished the home side continued to outrun and outgun Newmarket’s players, making it feel like they were constantly on the attack with the play comfortably staying in Newmarket’s half, raking in yet another goal. From the constant pressure Newmarket found a break and gained a short corner which was converted by Harrington after the proven short corner technique was used. 3-1 gave Newmarket a glimmer of hope which the dragons were quick to snuff out by creating a lapse in their concentration with a huge tumble including Ollie Trent who bounced twice then slid on his back to a halt, winding him in the process. He did (good on him) come back on and continue to play a decent game but while he was off Norwich scored yet again off a rebound to end the half. The second half started and Newmarket appeared to have a better idea about what they were doing however the Dragons did not let up keeping the pressure on and turning every Newmarket attack against them continuously working their way towards and into Newmarket’s area and scored another time after peppering the keeper who made over 5 consecutive saves before the ball was finally flicked up and over him bringing it to 5-1. The play continued to stay in Newmarket’s half with only occasional balls flicked, hit or charged into the opposing half. The final score was a devastating 7-1 after two more goals were scored from two simple short corners. It was an overall poor performance from Newmarket this week as not a single player left knowing they had played their best game and very broken defender Andy Baker’s absence was certainly noticed.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-1 win vs Bourne Deeping 1 (Away)
(G. Evans, L. Evans)

The girls were going to a must win game against Bourne Deeping. The first half was full of end to end hockey, with Newmarket ladies having multiple chances but unable to convert. The first half ended 0-0. The second half then got very exciting, with Bourne scoring a lucky goal which left Newmarket 1-0 down with 5 minutes to go. Luckily we won a short corner where Hayley Stoneman slipped left to Lydia Evans who flicked it in the left corner. 1-1 , 3 minutes to go. With 1 minute left , Hayley took a quick self pass which found Grace Evans who slipped it past the keeper to make it a 2-1 win to Newmarket . Great game, y’all should have been there!

Ladies’ 2s: 0-8 loss vs St Ives 2 (Home)

L2s faced St Ives at Newmarket this week in the first of division 3NW’s return matches. St Ives are always a well drilled team with slick passing, confident strikes and a hunger for the win. This is reflected in their league table position: 3rd from top.
St Ives did not surprise us with their first half, driving Newmarket back into their own D, challenging our defence from the start. Bea Jones, most unfamiliar with the defensive realm of D and 25yd, used her stick skills and characteristic battling (how DOES she almost wrap herself round the player without giving a foul?) to hold the left side. However, when in the D, St Ives were hunting as a pack, they worked well to create penalty corner opportunities and their teamwork paid off, beating keeper and post defender for their first goal.
Newmarket then held St Ives in the zone between halfway and our 25yd, Grace Morris and Emma Lankfer (joint “men of the match”) working tirelessly to intercept cross pitch passes and forcing errors to gain Newmarket free hits. St Ives had real strength in re-capturing the ball though, overturning possession and preventing any real progress into their half. Newmarket did successfully defend a number of short corners, keeper Jersey Bennett bringing into play techniques taught by Sue Bullimore to command her corner-defending 4 of Hansgate, Heslop, Pegg and Bailey. Through open play and corner routines, at times foiled by strong keeping and defensive heroics, the first half was unfortunately a steady progress of goals to 6-0 to the visitors at half time whistle.
Perhaps L2s should start playing half a match before their actual match? Or eating sweets before pushback? Because once again the 2nd half was a transformation. Advice had come from supporting Men’s player Josh Dawson about how to create space around the wall that developed at free hits and exhortation from the defence to ALL players to mark up. Wherever. Whenever. This resulted in more strength of formation and confidence, breaks being made. St Ives only scored one more goal from open play.
Approx half way through 2nd half, Captain Zoe Bailey took a ball to the stomach (any students on module “abdominal muscles protect the vital organs” may contact her for first hand testimony and evidence), quick substitution was made to bring Laura Excell into midfield and Sarah Ganiford back into defence. A penalty flick was given due to a chaotic goal line scrabble involving a foot and an otherwise certain goal but this was the last time that the backboard sound was heard.
Newmarket really did hold their own in the second half, St Ives were not dominating the way they had previously. The final score was 8-0 but the L2s should not feel too disheartened even though it feels like a big drop from the dizzy heights of last week’s win. If our second half performance can be translated into a whole match then there are teams in this league we can win against. There will not be another 51 week interval between wins. Guaranteed.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-0 win vs Newmarket 4 (Home)
(Smith 3, Farrow, Podd)

This week saw the eagerly anticipated match between Newmarket’s ladies’ third team versus the ladies’ fourth team.

All the girls were really fired up and looking forward to this game, which would give them a chance to see how the training mates were getting on.

The game started well for Newmarket 4s with an aggressive first 10 minutes and the ladies threes found themselves under pressure. However the tide turned fairly quickly as the threes were awarded an early short corner which was executed with precision as practised and gave them an early lead. Ball injected by Laura Smith to Captain Mel Podd, who stopped and returned the ball to Laura for her to slap into the left hand side of the goal box.

This was to somewhat set a trend for the game as a second short corner was executed in the same manner, resulting in another goal for Laura Smith.
The third short corner to result in a goal, and on this occasion Mel Podd struck the ball from top D straight into the back board.

Another shot to come from a short corner, saw Laura Smith rebounding the ball between her and the keeper, a battle that would she finally managed to win, to take home her third of the day.

Not satisfied with three, Man of the Match Laura Smith, was then hunting for a fourth, sending an excellent ball into the D, which Jess Farrow managed to get a stick on the end of to claim as her own.

This was a good outing for both teams, with the day really been won by Newmarket three’s short corner routines. Very encouraging play was shown by Newmarket fours, in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game for both sides, and ultimately an over-all victory for the club as a whole.  Plenty of talent was on show, and at times, the midfield game was quite evenly matched.

Man of the match goes to Laura “hat trick” Smith, and Teddy was awarded to Sarah “not with your hand!” Ganiford for her mid-play catch of the ball!

Next week sees the ladies play their rearranged fixture against Haverhill, away.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Newmarket 3 (Away)

Week 11 Results – Men’s 1s Dominate High-Flying Magpies as L2s Win Big

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Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Harleston Magpies 3 (Home)
(Bell 2, Holden, Jenkins, Pears, Wilson)

Following last week’s resounding win in Lowestoft, Newmarket were missing Vice Captain and central defender Jordan Newnes, resulting in flamboyant midfielder Ollie Wade dutifully dropping into the back line. Town this week faced a team they had lost to twice to last season and this time they were sitting top of the table and unbeaten. The match was obviously going to be quite a battle so it was a good thing most of the squad arrived early enough to have their first proper warm up in weeks. However, somewhat predictably, Will Wilson didn’t, and his preparation consisted of a sprint (to the pitch), some shoulder rotations (dropping his stick bag at the gate), tackling (the match ball from of an unfortunate Magpies forward), dribbling (repeatedly around said hapless striker) and finally passing (aka belting the ball up field so he could do his laces up). Quite an entrance, and yet nothing on what was to come.

The game started with Newmarket playing with intensity and pressing high up in the opposition’s half. Town’s central midfield trio of Chris Leggett, Matt Holden and Josh Dawson were combining well and provided a couple of decent opportunities for Mike Skelton and wide players Harry Bell and Mark Pears. In this vein, Town were the first to strike, the goal coming from some fast combination play leading to right back Darren Jenkins crashing home only his second ever goal for the firsts and sparking wild celebrations among the assembled partisan hordes (seriously, there were actually quite a few!).

The second goal came soon after and again involved fluid movement from Dawson, Leggett and Skelton, with left winger Bell dispatching the ball against the backboard from a tight angle and sending the team into dreamland. At this point, Newmarket’s back line hadn’t really been troubled too often, with Ollie Wade and ‘Warmup’ Wilson providing good cover down the centre whilst transferring the ball from flank to flank as often as possible. Any attacks a stunned Magpies front line could mount were soon foiled, the aforementioned dynamic duo regaining possession and feeding the ball out to full backs Jenkins and Louis Hrebeniak who looked to take the ball forwards with gusto.

Newmarket continued to give the top of the table side a right royal runaround, but they did hit a stumbling block when Harleston broke into the ‘D’, made good use of a couple of mildly/extremely fortunate deflections and managed to nick one goal back via a tap in at the far post. However, Newmarket were not about to let this spoil their day and went straight back on the attack, pressing the visiting team’s defensive line so high that Harleston mistakes and Town turnovers were fifteen to the dozen. This showed when some great play by Wade and Skelton won a penalty stroke, which was the cue for his-flickness Will Wilson to trundle forwards and step up to the plate. It is a tribute to the measure of the man that Newmarket were too busy squabbling over who had won the ball back to watch him take it, so certain were they he’d score. And score he did, of course – in his 25 years of playing league hockey he has never missed a flick, except of course against ‘safe feet’ Hrebeniak at training. I’m having that. 3-1.

Then came an extended spell of Magpies pressure, including the only short corner conceded by Town in the game, a ‘tactical’ foot off Hrebeniak (you’re not in goal now, sunshine) following a fast Harleston break. However, the back line held firm and did not concede again, although Martin ‘Armbands’ McCourt had plenty of swimming lessons around his goalmouth and made a number of excellent saves, one of which was nothing short of outstanding. It was actually on the counter from this that Newmarket continued their fast breaking play and won a short corner with Pears cutting in from the right flank. Injector Leggett moved the ball out to stopper Skelton who laid the ball off for Wade to drag flick, the shot was palmed away by the keeper but only as far as skipper Holden, who gleefully crashed the ball past the helpless defenders and high into the Magpies net. An absolute blockbuster that sent Newmarket in 4-1 up at half time, and a dazed Harleston side trudging over to their dugout wondering exactly what had hit them (in the case of a certain left winger, it was in fact Wilson’s backside).

At half time, Captain Holden, Wilson and Wade talked about keeping the intensity going, as Harleston simply couldn’t compete with Newmarket’s superior pressing. However, the next goal would be key against a side with such undoubted quality in their ranks.

The second half started in the manner that Town had ended the first, showing off the fast paced, attacking style of hockey the team have become known for under the watchful eye of new coach Adnan Zakir. Newmarket then began to use the width more by moving the ball quickly from side to side via the deep midfielders and centre backs Wilson & Wade. This was some of the best hockey a Newmarket side had played for a long time and the spectators were enjoying the entertaining match on show. After a period of frantic play in the midfield and a magnificent overhead goal line clearance by Chris Leggett, Newmarket made another of their trademark counter-attacking moves via Hrebeniak, who took the ball forwards and found Holden who in turn fed Skelton. In an outrageous display of quality, Skelton slid a perfectly timed ball to Bell at the top of the ‘D’ who brilliantly rounded the keeper and tapped home for 5-1. Harleston couldn’t believe how well their opposition were playing (Newmarket couldn’t quite work it out themselves, but weren’t complaining) and found themselves another goal down a few minutes later. Dawson moved into space, then slid the ball perfectly into the path of a Pears darting run. He turns, he shoots, he scores! A well deserved goal to round off an excellent performance by Newmarket’s resident ginger ninja and to settle the score at 6-1.

The last few minutes were nothing more than a formality for Magpies who, recognising they were simply outclassed by Town on the day, shut up shop and played out the remaining moments camped on the edge of their ‘D’. However, with both teams tiring, few further chances were created and the game finished 6-1.

This is a game Newmarket should look to as a benchmark on how well they can play when they put their minds to it. A huge improvement is obvious when you compare the team to earlier parts of the season, and the lads have turned out each week with a slight improvement on the last. Lots of positives can be taken from the performance with huge amounts of possession for the team, but even more can be achieved with further work on pressing. However, everyone in the team should be proud of this match as it showcased some of the best hockey Newmarket have played in recent memory.

Next week, Newmarket Men’s 1s are at home for a 15:00 pushback. All are welcome to watch us take on Norwich Dragons 2s in our final game before Christmas – and if this performance is anything to go by, head on down to see some fantastic attacking hockey and three more points for your local side.

Joint effort, Hrebeniak & Holden. We miss you Newnes!!

Men’s 2s: 4-6 loss vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Away)
(B. Atkinson, Baker, Harrington, Lister)

A long trek to Lowestoft for the Newmarket side for a very important match to stay in the league against bottom of the table. It was clear that the home side had an abundance of sand as their pitch was barely visible under the piles of it and I’m not fully exaggerating. The home side were definitely used to the surface as Newmarket saw them accelerate quickly and before long two of the opposition had managed to tap a ball around defender Andy Baker resulting in a two on one with the keeper which resulted in their first goal. The home side being used to their sandpit was an undisputed advantage; accelerating and stopping (and gripping) much better than Newmarket side. The ball was then chased around the pitch with both sides sliding everywhere however Lowestoft were creating forms of attacks on a more regular basis. However Newmarket managed to find a break into the oppositions area gaining a short corner which was set up with Captain Drew Wood injecting. An unorthodox play then followed as he flicked it over everyone in the area over to Andy Baker who controlled the ball and fired it onto the backboard to score the leveling 1-1 goal. The ball was again contested for with right back Marc ‘Mungo’ Prentice making a great effort and some goal line saves which were greatly appreciated by the whole team. But the home side persisted and again with a burst of speed from the attackers found themselves free of defenders and a clear shot into the back post making it 2-1 in the closing minutes of the first half. This did not mean that either teams let up on their intensity due to the home side being reasonably equally matched to Newmarket on their pitch and Newmarket desperately needing the win. The halftime whistle sounded and the teams then had the time to clear their boots of sand and whatever else ready for the second half.

With the first half being so close and Newmarket as a collective feeling and knowing their standard of hockey was far superior to that of Railway, the second half began with high intensity from the trailing side. Ollie Trent weaved in and out of their defence, creating space for fellow midfielders Pete Booth, Drew Wood and Ben Atkinson to attack both on the wings and through the centre of the park, leading to the words “No one’s marking number !£@$%&* 4” being uttered on numerous occasions. Soon after the commencing of the second half Simon Harrington created a break in the middle channel utilizing the players in the middle, with linked passes through to the area, successfully beating Railways defence and picking out the back of the net. 2-2. Lowestoft reacted quickly driving with considerable pace at Newmarket’s defence to the top of the D getting away a quick shot which slipped respectably into the bottom corner. 3-2. Could this be game over? Not as far as Jonny Bunker was concerned. He approached the top of the D, neatly beating 2 Railway defenders, but scuffing the shot which fortunately rebounded off the keeper’s pads onto Ben Atkinson’s stick to be crashed into the Lowestoft backboard. 3-3. Maybe it could be done? Certainly by Simon Harrington’s thoughts it could be. Soon after the restart whistle Newmarket regained possession playing it neatly round the back then a 50 yard pass was picked out to find Matthew Lister who turned Railways last defender to get off an early top D strike clattering into the bottom corner with the keeper still standing dazed when the next centre pass was taken. 4-3. It definitely could be done! Railway decided otherwise with Andy Baker getting taken out by a Lowestoft foot follow through, resulting in broken bone and a substitute with 7 minutes to go. After this Newmarket were in horror as to what had just happened and Railway in the closing minutes capitalised on this putting past 3 quick goals to make the closing score an untrue reflection of a game NHC should have won any other day.
Final score 6-4

Men’s 3s: 0-5 loss vs Watton 2 (Away)
(Match Conceded)

Ladies’ 1s: 3-3 draw vs Cambridge City 3 (Away)
(G. Evans 3)

Ladies’ 2s: 12-0 win vs Wisbech Town 3 (Home)
(Fox 5, Lankfer 2, Russell 2, Fayers, Jones, Wombwell)

Coach Chris Evans is ecstatic over Newmarket L2s performance this weekend. A consolidation of the improving hockey since September, a chance to remind the squad how goals are scored resulting in a 2nd win.
Within the first minute Newmarket had advanced to Wisbech’s D and Zoe Bailey had attempted a strike to left post. Although not successful, the atmosphere of possibility raised Newmarket’s game, all players were winning possession of the ball by strong tackles, excellent anticipation and interception of passes. Wisbech’s defence were kept busy and Newmarket were calm, finding space and passing to each other confidently: after 10 mins Hannah Fox saw in the first of Newmarket’s goals from a sweep near the left post.
Newmarket’s defence felt confident enough to advance well into the opposition’s half. This proved very useful for possession, for side-line passes to switch across field and for sprint practice when Wisbech did make breaks using their fast right wing players.
Newmarket were undoubtedly in control of the game, scoring 3 more goals in the first half: Bea Jones, Katie Russell and a second for Hannah Fox. At half time, the team were reminded to keep the structure, to communicate and move into spaces to provide multi directional options for the ball carrier.
The report writer is conscious that Wisbech are a developing team, that it is disheartening to receive this type of scoreline (we do know, we have been there oh so recently too) but credit should be given to our other goal scorers: Emma Lankfer from a strike just inside the D that exhibited perfect angles to send to ball across defence, keeper and slamming against the inside left post, another from a solid top D strike on a penalty corner and a third attempt which met a Wisbech defender’s foot on the goal-line and gave her a temporary limp and Newmarket a penalty stroke. Angel Fayers stepped up and planted the ball with the force of someone determined to get her name on the team’s goal score roll. Angel also sent a strike across goal in match play which was undoubtedly going in but Man of the Match Hannah Fox, wishing to make sure (some would say “poaching”) just added the extra touch to ensure the goal; she did this again to a fast slap shot from Lydia Willmott shortly after, then scored her 5th goal, details of which have disappeared into a dizzy winning fog, and then went on to assist relative newcomer Charlie Wombwell’s first Newmarket senior goal. Charlie paid forward this favour and assisted Katie Russell to her second goal of the match.
The entire field worked tirelessly, excellent teamwork was shown on pitch by covering players who seized opportunities to travel up the pitch and by rotating subsitutions on the forward and midfield line. The longest time between goals was 11 minutes and the shortest time was less than 1 minute. Wisbech were a cheerful opposition, the match was good natured and L2s have much to look forward to in the next half of their season. Next week, a home fixture, is against St Ives who may not be ready for the transformation in skill and team play from Newmarket L2s since their first meeting 12 weeks ago.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-9 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Home)

This week saw the ladies third team take on Bury Saint Edmunds threes who are sitting pretty near the top of the table.

After last weeks cancellation due to frost the ladies threes were disappointed to wake up Saturday morning to find frost and fog again. Quick checks of the pitch from early on lead to many conversations as to whether the pitch was okay to play on and secondly with the fog if visibility was good enough. The final decision was made with barely 10 minutes in hand, to go ahead, before the game started.

We knew it was going to be a tough game and a tough game was delivered. while all started off well, shortly into the first half saw vice captain Sarah Ganiford being sent off with a green card. Newmarket quickly rearranged to fill the gap. Bury broke early getting two goals however Newmarket continue to fight and an early break saw the girls awarded a short corner. During the short corner the ball was taken in, seeing Laura Smith picking up a rebound which she popped straight into the back of the box. Rachel Pegg took a nasty blow to the foot which saw her limping off field. Halftime saw the ladies at 4-1 down. Play in the second half was interrupted by Sarah Ganiford taking a stick to the face and having to be taken off with a nosebleed.  Following Sarah’s exit Newmarket were unable to get their defence to settle down and bury  took advantage leaving the final score as a 9-1 loss. The girls as a whole were very disappointed with the game.  Onwards and upwards though as they take on Newmarket 4s at home next week.

Man of the match went to goalie jersey Bennett who despite the scoreline put in plenty of top drawer saves!

Ladies’ 4s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 2 (Away)