Week 2 Results: Late Drama Wins First Point for Ladies’ 1s as M1s Perform Away

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Men’s 1s: 5-1 win vs Ipswich 2 (Away)
(Dawson 2, Skelton 2, J. Atkinson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s put in a sublime performance away from home this Saturday to take home all 3 points and engineer a commanding scoreline. Without key defensive figures in Darren Jenkins, goalkeeper Iain Robinson and skipper Jordan Newnes due to Jenkins getting married (congratulations Dazzler & Emma!!), stand-in captain Chris Leggett could have been forgiven for thinking that a long afternoon was ahead for the boys in yellow and blue. In fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. Newmarket knocked the ball around superbly from minute one and created a number of opportunities before midfield wizard Mike Skelton finally drove the ball into the D and forced a defender to put through his own backboard to break the deadlock. The goals then began to flow and the makeshift backline of Mark Pears, Ollie Wade, Will Wilson and Louis Hrebeniak found themselves largely untroubled as James Atkinson and the superb Josh Dawson both struck. The fourth was a superb team move, Hrebeniak securing the ball from a Wilson jab tackle and working it right via Leggett to Matt Holden – the wisest man on the pitch did some “passing and dribbling and stuff, it’s easy really” before finding Skelton, who squared to Dawson for a simple reverse stick finish, capping off a fantastic team passing move. Ben Atkinson was superb down the left hand side and forced the final goal, another defender deflecting a Skelton shot over his own goal line as he spotted B. Atkinson arriving late. Ipswich were able to grab a late consolation goal past goalkeeper Seth Bailey who had made a couple of important saves early on when the game was still in the balance but found himself a spectator for the most part. The final word should go to the opposition keeper who was in top form and without him the score could quite easily have been far higher.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 result vs Dereham 1 (Away)

In their second match of the season, Newmarket Ladies’ 1s faced Dereham Ladies 1st Team. It was a competitive match from the start as Newmarket, playing with energy, soaked up Dereham’s attacks and pushed forward to put their defence under pressure. Newmarket’s defence held strong as Dereham had numerous short corners and young goalkeeper Jersey Bennett made some crucial saves that kept the score 0-0 come half time. Newmarket went into the second half with a positive state of mind and had several attacks, but no luck on goal. Dereham finally made the short corners count with a drag flick from a short that was slipped right. Newmarket didn’t let their heads drop as they continued to push and won a short corner with seconds left of the match; only their second penalty corner all day. Newmarket’s Grace Evans broke the line early and subsequently received a green card and was sent off. With the final whistle now gone, Newmarket re-took their penalty corner: Faye Andreou slipped the ball to Hayley Stoneman, whose shot came back off the post and fell to Kerry Alderson who gleefully scooped it up and flung it into the back of the net in the most dramatic of fashions. With the final score at 1-1, Newmarket took home their first point of the season in division 1.

Men’s 2s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 5 (Home)
(Booth, Bunker, Harrington)

Week 1 Results: Winning Start for Men’s 1s as L1 Game Abandoned

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Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs Norwich Dragons 3 (Home)
(Atkinson 2, Wilson 2, Dawson)

The Men’s 1st Team got off to a winning start at home to Norwich Dragons as an early goal blitz saw the home side go 3-0 up within minutes.

Will Wilson struck first with a deflected effort and proved dangerous from short corners, swiftly rifling in his second goal from the top of the D and later forcing a great save from the visiting keeper. James Atkinson combined well with Mike Skelton in attacking midfield and was able to notch up his first soon after, capping off a superb team move and sending Town to dreamland. However, Newmarket were caught on the break twice within a few minutes as Dragons tried to get back in to the contest, but a brilliant save from Ian Robinson on his debut in the Newmarket goal and a late effort from Josh Dawson ensured the score settled on 4-2 at the break.

The second half was comfortable for the home side, with the only goal coming from a Wilson ball into the box which was superbly converted by Atkinson for his second. Notable were solid performances by Chris Leggett in the deep lying midfield role and Darren Jenkins at right back, ensuring skipper Jordan Newnes tasted victory in his first game as captain.

Ladies’ 1s: A-A vs Harleston Magpies 2 (Home)
(Match abandoned due to injury stoppage)

The Ladies’ 1st Team put in a great debut performance in Division 1N to find themselves drawing 0-0 on 43 minutes when an injury to a Magpies player caused the game to be stopped. As the player could not be moved it was necessary to wait for an ambulance to arrive, and thus the game could not continue after such a lengthy stoppage. This fixture will be replayed in due course.

Newmarket started nervously but swiftly grew into the game, gaining more possession and playing some great hockey at times throughout the first half. The home goal was rarely threatened and there were no huge chances for either side, save for a handful of short corners, and this theme had continued into the second 35 up until the stoppage for an injury to the shoulder of the Magpies player. We all at Newmarket Hockey Club wish the player involved a swift recovery.

Men’s 2s: 1-0 win vs Harleston Magpies 5 (Away)

Men’s 3s: 3-2 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Friendly, away)
(Booth 2, Benedikz)

The M3’s followed up on last weeks, goal fest with a 3v2 victory away to Cambridge South 4s. Captain Booth led by example knocking in another brace (Thats 5 in 2 matches, will anyone catch him before the end of the season?) and John Benedikz tapped in a third from a short to make it 3v0 before half time. There were more excellent performances from the youngsters Charlie Cummings, Oliver Brown, Fred Kirk and James Atkinson in goal along with a particularly strong performance from Rory Podd in the middle of the park, but this weeks MoM went to yet another debutant Chris Heslop for his strong defensive work.
A week off next week, then the league begins.

Week 24 Results – Historic Promotion for Ladies’ 1s

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Ladies’ 1s: 3-1 win vs Long Sutton 1 (Home)
(G. Evans, L. Evans, Thomas)

With only a point required to secure promotion, in what was to be Newmarket Ladies biggest game in their history, the job was quite simple – do not lose! To add pressure to the situation, if visitors Long Sutton win, it would be them who’d overtake Newmarket in 2nd place and go up. Newmarket had lost the reverse fixture 3-0, and were once again stunned by the visitors early on, as they went ahead inside three minutes. The ball was whipped into to the centre of the ‘D’ only for the Long Sutton striker to latch on with the slightest of touches, to put an unstoppable finish past keeper Sue Bullimore. The home side had been rattled and Long Sutton did not let up in the proceeding minutes, lashing a shot just wide of the post from the right-hand side. Slowly but surely, the hosts started to find their feet though as Grace Evans tested the away keeper in the 23rd minute, but her close range slap shot at the far post was an easy collection before Hayley Stoneman curled her shot just wide eight minutes later. Now growing in confidence, Newmarket got the all important chance they needed, winning a penalty flick through a short corner that was stopped on the line. Ignoring the importance and magnitude of this flick, Captain Lydia Evans didn’t disappoint as she confidently flicked the ball into the side netting. 1-1. Late into the first half, the game was momentarily stopped, as Grace Morris was at the receiving end of a lifted ball, with the youngster requiring medical attention on the side line. Then, four minutes later, Grace Evans put the home side ahead out of nowhere. The ball into her was difficult to control, but she pulled it down brilliantly, drove into space before firing into the bottom corner, pointing and dedicating the goal to the injured Morris . 2-1. After the break, the Yellows could have put further daylight between them and the away side, but their keeper pulled off a fantastic stop to deny Claire McDonnell a goal. Long Sutton were still a constant threat, but for all their possession and chances, Town’s back four of Rebecca Barnes, Rebecca Bunning, Gail Parkins and Kerry Alderson were in fact only forced to make meaningful tackles on a handful of occasions. The mercurial midfield of Lydia Evans, Claire McDonnell, Hayley Stoneman and Jess Logan appeared to be at their best, combining well together and putting the away team under constant pressure. And with 14 minutes from time came the chance that Newmarket’s pressure merited through another short corner, as Lydia Evans fizzed the ball to the right hand post for Di Thomas to deflect into the roof of the net, securing the all-important win. The result sees the Newmarket Ladies 1st XI go up into Division 1 for the first time in their history.

Ladies’ 2s: 0-4 loss vs Huntingdon 1 (Away)

“So long and thanks for all the fish”
Huntingdon 1s helped Newmarket L2s say farewell to 3NW with true grace and style, familiar faces greeted us after our journey through chocolate box villages to Sharnbrook.
In an uncharacteristically even “game of two halves”, Newmarket held Huntingdon to 4-0 loss, there were good goals, scrappy goals and disallowed goals.
Newmarket once again were able to show their ability to defend short corners, with Hunts scoring only one goal from these multiple opportunities. Newmarket did give Huntingdon defence and GK a little action: a solid performance from midfielder Emma Lankfer, in her last match for Town (university life, hockey and oh yes degree is calling) afforded Sophie Kelly some near misses. Hannah Fox showed determination in both halves, utilising passes and carrying the ball to opposition D with confidence. Zoe Bailey found the keeper’s pads with a reverse stick sweep at full stretch but nothing quite got between the posts.
Coach would like to thank all ladies who have played for L2s squad this season for their efforts in training, their persistence in defeats and to remind them that in 2017-18, the only way is up.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-9 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)

Saturday saw the ladies with an early start heading to Cambridge to take on Cambridge south 2s in the rematch, which would be their final game of the season.
The ladies knew that South would be coming hard at them, and they were not wrong. The game equally started strong for both sides with Newmarket battling and fighting for every ball. The score was held at 0-0 for the first 20 minutes of the game, with every Newmarket player absolutely giving 100%.
Although South managed to put 3 into Newmarket’s goal by half time, they were evidently shaken by how difficult Newmarket were making it for them, through good tackles and interceptions.
Captain Mel Podd and coach Colin Seakins were very pleased with the teams performance against a side that were determined to put away as many goals as possible on the day.
Man of the match went to Callie Plumb for her epic midfield play.
The team were able to go home with heads held high, knowing the despite the score line, we had made them work hard for their win.
It was a great end to the season for the Ladies’ 3s.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs St Neots 3 (Home)
(Match Conceded)

Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 3 (Away)
(J. Atkinson 2)

Week 23 Results – Thomas Hattrick Sets Up Grandstand Finish for Ladies’ 1s in Epic City Clash

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Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs Harleston Magpies 3 (Away)

The less said about this one, the better.

See you next season. #wolfpaktakeover

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home)
(Lowestoft Conceded)

Mr Baker is not impressed.

Ladies’ 1s: 4-3 win vs Cambridge City 3 (Home)
(Thomas 3, L. Evans)

After losing to league leaders St Neots last week, Newmarket Ladies 1st team had an epic battle to face knowing they had to beat second placed Cambridge City to still have a chance of being promoted to the first division.
With the home crowd support and a positive frame of mind Town were up for the 3 point battle.
City were looking the most threatening in the first ten minutes, especially on the break.
Newmarket youthful forwards Jess Logan and Grace Evans provided pace up front for Town to release quick balls through midfield. After a tussle in the D Newmarket were awarded a short corner. Injector Di Thomas passed straight to Lydia Evan who unleashed a bullet of a shot in to the bottom left hand corner-her third goal in as many weeks.
Now with the wind in their sails Newmarket relaxed and after good intercepting from Becka Bunning and Becca Barnes, Claire McDonnell raced up the pitch with the ball. She squared to Beth Wombwell and Thomas arrived in front of the keeper to deflect her shot home.
Cambridge were not going to give up and after half time found the two goals they needed-one from a very skilful short corner play.
Hayley Stoneman played a key role in generating the play for Newmarket in midfield and worked tirelessly with Gail Parkins to get the ball out of the danger zone. Jersey Bennett made her first team debut in the Town goal and displayed neat, controlled keeping.
Coach Nick Thorpe made an inspired substitution – switching Thomas to a forward role making the defence think. Within the space of 5 minutes of continued pressure on the Cambridge defence, Thomas scored twice – a close range slap in to goal and a trademark reverse stick flick giving her a hattrick during the match and Town a two goal cushion.
With five minutes remaining the play looked frantic and it took all Newmarket’s energy to keep Cambridge at bay. With two minutes remaining City scored but it was not enough to take a share of the points.
Newmarket’s final game of the season is against Long Sutton at home next week, and if Town draw or win – this will be enough to give them second in the league and promotion to division 1. However if Long Sutton win, they will get the promotion spot-so a very competitive game awaits the side.

Ladies’ 2s: 3-0 win vs Wisbech Town 3 (Away)
(Bailey 2, Fox)

L2s travelled to Wisbech for a long awaited “clash of titans with a small t”. The fate of both teams is sealed. Relegation awaits, the pressure off, and a lovely game of hockey was played. Support was good natured from both sides and Wisbech did not disappoint with teas: fantastic cake and genuine chat and banter between experienced players and emerging talent alike.
Man of the Match was shared between Emma Lankfer and Captain Zoe Bailey for creating 2 of the 3 winning goals. The first fed by Emma to Zoe waiting just wide of left post, a Wisbech defender caused the ball to elevate and Bailey used 3D skills to control the ball, shooting when it was just off the ground to the inside of far right post. Newmarket’s Milou Ottolini battled well in midfield and took this attitude within the opposition D to win many short corners. Hannah Fox converted one of these opportunities sending the ball between the posts when so many had swerved wide. Wisbech’s defence held strong and the third goal came long into in the 2nd half after long corner. Taken by Steph Heslop, passed to Emma Lankfer who carried the ball to the top of the D, making the shot and Bailey (possibly “poaching”) connected a reverse stick to bring the score to 3-0.
Next week L2s travel to Huntingdon for elevenses, playing a match postponed by the frosts of earlier in the year.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-2 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Away)

Saturday saw the Ladies 3s in sunny and very warm Cambridge to take on Cambridge South 3s, in an usually late game.
The game started well for the ladies with plenty of good possession and strong drives down pitch. Megan Pithers and Gabi Asker joined the ladies for the day and were both commended on their fantastic work rate and effort that they put in. Laura Excell drove down the left wing playing the ball back into Gabi and into the D. Short corners were awarded to the ladies but unfortunately Newmarket had trouble finding anything that wasn’t either wide of the posts or a goalkeepers pad. Laura Excell received a ball to the knee from a keepers kick that saw her take some time on the sidelines.
In a game that was dominated by Newmarket, South had 2 breakaway runs into Town’s D and on both occasions slipped the ball past keeper Helen Atkinson to take us to 2-0 down.
The second half started with sub Mel Cummins permanently stationed at the left post, and the ladies creating many more opportunities. A short corner routine saw Jane Dryland with the ball at top D, sending a strike deep into the back of the goal to bring the score to 2-1.
Town battled on fearlessly to try and win more and try to get the elusive goals. Georgia Atherton had a great game as sweeper collecting, intercepting and sending any stray balls back up pitch. With time running out for Town, another flurry of shot corners saw the girls desperately trying to even the score, to no avail.
Coach Colin Seakins was very happy with the ladies performance which was not reflected by the scoreline, stating it was some of the best hockey he’d seen from the ladies.
Man of the match went to Laura Excell, for her tireless work throughout the game. A close second was Sophie Bell who put some incredible crosses in from midfield and just improves week on week.
Teddy was awarded to the ladies who put each others skirts on by mistake and had to change in the field!!
Next week sees the ladies back at long road to take on Cambridge South 2s at 10:30am, for their final game of the season.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-12 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Home)

Week 22 Results – Big Wins for Men’s 1s & Ladies’ 3s

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Men’s 1s: 7-2 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Home)
(Dawson 3, B. Atkinson 2, Wade 2)


With the promotion charge all but over, skipper Matthew Holden took the opportunity to shuffle his pack and hand Will Frost his 1st Team debut, as well as giving young Ben Atkinson his first start. And they didn’t disappoint as Frost fed Ollie Wade on the run, who struck the ball straight at the keeper. As the ball rebounded, Atkinson was first to react to score his and the games first goal with a tap in from close range. 1-0.

It wasn’t long before Newmarket had scored their second as Josh Dawson raced past a static Lowestoft defender, with his trademark 3D skill, before striking the ball into the bottom left corner. 2-0.

The pressure told in the 25th minute as the navy and yellows went three ahead, with the clubs top goalscorer Ollie Wade drag flicking the ball into the top right corner. 3-0. Lowestoft responded well however, and piled the pressure on for the remainder of the half, but Newmarket held firm, down to some excellent defending by towns back four of Harry Bell, Jordan Newnes, Alex Andreou and Darren Jenkins.

But, 10 minutes later, Town got their 4th goal. Mark Pears slid the ball to the stick of Atkinson on the left wing, who burst past two Lowestoft players before taking aim from just outside the D and picking out Dawson at the far post to strike home. 4-0

Once the second half got underway, Newmarket wasted little time to make it 5-0, as Wade got his second through yet another short corner drag flick. The away side then managed to get a consolation goal in the 55th minute through a short corner of their own, which keeper Seth Bailey almost managed to save but only to see his save divert the ball into the goal. 5-1.

Two minutes later however and Frost was involved again, finding the unmarked Atkinson, with a sublime cross, in the centre of the D, to deflect the ball into the roof of the net. 6-1

But it was Josh Dawson who took the plaudits, completing his hat-trick by sprinting through on goal and striking the ball through the keepers legs to make it 7. Through some sloppy last minute defending however, the visitors managed to capitalise to add a second and ending the game at 7-2.

Men’s 2s: 0-4 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Away)

In stalwart goalkeeper Martin McCourt’s last game for the club, Town succumbed to a 0-4 defeat away to Harleston Magpies. Somewhat fittingly, the weather was decidedly Scottish for the duration of the match, the pitch being lashed with rain and wind throughout. The scoreline doesn’t really tell the story of the game as Newmarket missed a flick at 0-2 and had a dubious one awarded against them at 0-3, but the Blue & Yellow machine played well to a man and enjoyed the match as always. The Division 5 victory parade goes marching on.

Men’s 3s: Friendly – 2-1 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Home)
(H. Frost 2)

Newmarket M3s rounded off their first season with their 13th win of the campaign, 2v1 over Cambridge South 4s. Newmarket were missing 3 or 4 players through injury and call ups and our first half showing reflected this with a disjointed performance, where South looked as likely to score as Newmarket.
Fortunately Newmarket struck first when Henry Frost crept in at the back post to tap home. HT 1v0 to Newmarket.
In the second half Newmarket looked a lot better, they regained their shape, passes became more accurate and the defense solidified. The game was increasingly played in Souths half and the when the second goal came it was no more than they deserved. It came via the stick of Frost again who again deflected home from close range. South pulled one back with the final shot of the game, but it was too little too late.
It has been an outstanding first season for the Mens 3s with 13 wins from their 20 games. The team came together with the aim of nurturing youth and giving them experience before passing them up through the teams. To this aim we have been a great success with 6 youngsters starting in the 3s before stepping up to play for the higher teams. In addition we have put in a league campaign that saw us very unlucky to miss out on promotion and have nurtured and maintained an excellent team atmosphere through out.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-2 loss vs St Neots 1 (Away)
(L. Evans)

Ladies’ 2s: 0-5 loss vs Cambridge City 4 (Home)

Ladies 2s, another match that has flown by without a win but we stayed strong against City 4s and challenged them when they became tired and out done, there was still no goal that came from this but plenty of opportunities as we carried the ball towards their D, with the score being 3-0 at half time we realised we were lacking in communication and formation, City had messed with us but with a stern talk at half time we were back on thinking terms. Graceful, elaborate and delicate, there was some great passing up the line and running by Olivia Haste and Laura Excell who committed themselves to the game and with Laura receiving man of the match. With the final whistle blown and the defenders standing in position for a short corner there was no way that the ball was going in the back of the goal, with the keeper Jersey Bennett living up to expectation the shot was defended and the game was over with the final score of 5-0.

Ladies’ 3s: 4-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Smith 2, Excell, Dryland)

Saturday saw the girls take on Ely 3s. The ladies were buoyed from their game the previous week and hoping to carry that spirit on into this game.
The game started well for Newmarket, with good possession, passing and positioning. But as in previous weeks, the goals were hard to come by, despite plenty of opportunities. The stale mate was broken after a series of back to back short corners.
The ladies went into half time 2-0 up and were pleased with their performance.
The second half start well, with sub Gabi on pitch now, and a few other team changes. Newmarket continued to dominate play. A further two goals week to be had out of the second half. One notably for Jane Dryland, her first of the season.  The others were 2 for Laura Smith and 1 for Laura Excell.
Man of the match went to Sophie Bell again for her outstanding play at right back.
Teddy was awarded to Laura Excell for missing a perfect baseline cross ball.
Next week sees the ladies away to Cambridge South to play their 3rd team at 3pm.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-5 loss vs Ely City 2 (Away)

Juniors: Tournament at Ely City Hockey Club

The Juniors attended a tournament this weekend. U10s entered 3 teams and competed in 6 competitive matches against teams from March and Ely. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves playing with mixed results across the teams.

The U13s entered 3 teams, 1 boys team and 2 girls teams competing in matches against Ely, St Ives and March. The prospect for the future is bright for Newmarket Hockey Club who see the last junior training next Sunday 10-11.30 for their end of season matches and awards.

For photos of this event, make sure to check out the Junior section in our Galleries area.

Week 21 Results – Men’s 3s Narrowly Miss Out on Promotion

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Men’s 1s: 3-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Home)
(Dawson, Holden, Pears)


Newmarket, looking for their 14th win of the season, began the contest brightly, no doubt buoyed by their 4-1 loss to Bury St Edmunds the week before, and should have taken an early lead but it was IES who struck first.  0-1.

The hosts recovered well from that set-back, transferring the ball well between the back four of Harry Bell, Jordan Newnes, William Wilson and Darren Jenkins, and tiring out IES’s forward line. The visitors were then made to pay when Matthew Holden put Newmarket ahead with a composed tap in  after a neat one-two with Ollie Wade. 1-1.

The home side then deservedly went ahead moments later after a brilliant bit of 3D skill by Josh Dawson who, in a tight space inside the ‘D’, lifted the ball over the defenders stick, pull it past another player, before planting a low shot into the bottom left corner – 2-1.

As the second half got under way, Town signalled their intent when Ollie Trent burst down the left, who passed the ball to Mark Pears to thwart home the third from the top of the ‘D’. 3-1.

IES were proving a constant danger however and were pressing the home side in the final 5 minutes of the game, forcing stand in keeper Seth Bailey into several saves. The visitors did manage to steal a second goal however through some sloppy defending in the middle of park, leaving the striker to drive freely into the ‘D’ and settling the score at 3-2.

Men’s 2s: 1-4 loss vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Away)

Your humble scribe must confess that he does not, in fact, remember any of this match – a somewhat convenient fact given the scoreline. However, this lack of accurate and descriptive reporting pales into insignificance when you consider the masterpiece that was Simon Harrington’s contribution, and it is of this that I shall paint a picture in vivid, glorious technicolour for the following five paragraphs. So strap in, take a gulp of your finest whisky/vodka/tap water (fill your boots Jimbo) and enjoy the extraordinary saga that is about to unfold.

Only able to expose us to a short burst of his brilliance due to our not being equipped with the necessary radiation shielding, our heavyweight hero duly trundles onto the pitch midway through the second half. At this point the scores are locked in an epic and entirely competitive state, and it is clear that the Blue & Yellow Machine are merely a hair’s breath away from running away with the match and, indeed, Division 5. Scarcely worth mentioning is the fact that we are in Divison 4 and 0-3 down.

Anyway, Harrington enters stage right and immediately bulldozes a path to his spiritual home, often referred to as stranded somewhere between the oppo D and centre circle. He then proceeds to snort in derision as, in an ill-advised bout of youthful exuberance, a sprightly Ipswich Cranian attempts to use his ‘speed’ and ‘agility’ (I understand we are not all acquainted with these values, so for definitions please see AJ7) to dribble past our legendary lawyer. Throwing back his noggin to the sky and uttering a guttural scream politely inquiring as to the legal validity of this particular Cranian’s ancestry, the lanky legend proceeds to relieve him of his hockey ball and begins a charge, comparable to a certain Atkinson when he spots a dance floor, towards the Ipswich circle. I was planning a pun relating to The Charge of the Light Brigade here, but I feel this description would be wholly misleading as, of all the adjectives I could choose to describe the subject of this fable, ‘light’ is definitely not one of them.

And so, dear reader, we pick up the action as Harrington nears the circle; he turns once, he turns twice, he trips over his own feet… no! It was but a cunning ploy to deceive us all! In fact, we are so incredibly deceived by this piece of tactical genius beyond the comprehension of  mortals that we allow the ball to roll past us and into the back of our net for 0-4! Incredible! But is our rather rotund revolutionary deterred? Of course not! In an act of supreme and glorious vengeance, he finally takes matters onto his own stick. He picks up the ball outside the opposition D and sends one defender for a lovely cuppa. He sends the second for a delicious crumpet. He sends the third to the local McCourt Enterprises retirement home. He sends the first one, just back from his beverage, to go and fetch him one, how could you be so thoughtless, you scrawny little scoundrel you. He decides that enough is enough. He feints to shoot. The defenders cower in his righteous path. He jinks to the right; he swings, he misses. The goalkeeper regrets his life choices and offers up his pads in surrender. But Harrington knows no mercy; he’s a hard man, and if there’s one thing you can say about hard men, it’s that they’re hard. And often men.

Watching the ball depart Harrington’s stick like a Polaris missile destined for the Motherland actually brought a tear to this particular reporter’s eye. The ball whistled through the air, apparently unbound by the physical laws of gravity, and impacted the inside of the Ipswich goalnet with the force of Uncle Vlad’s favourite 25-megaton. But was Harrington carried away with this act of supreme skill? Did he celebrate his godlike tekkers? Did he inquire as to who was, in fact, our daddy?

It is up to me, my friends, to tell that his response was quite the opposite. The great man simply held up two fingers to the sky in a holy gesture older than the universe itself, the meaning of which is surely lost in the forever ebbing sands of time. And it was thus, his worship and homage to the Lord Almighty (who sometimes goes by the earthly name of Wilson) complete, Harrington departed the field of play to the angelic heraldry provided by the screams of a displeased child. Pure poetry in motion.

Also, there weren’t any showers.

Men’s 3s: 3-3 draw vs Watton 2 (Home)
(Andreou 2, J. Atkinson)

The Men’s 3s conclude their first ever league campaign in third spot. Despite winning the most games and scoring the most goals in the league and playing some outstanding hockey along the way, promotion was missed out on a technicality.
Watton 2s were tough opposition and went ahead early before 2 goals before half time from Alex Andreou seemed to put Newmarket back on course. A third for Newmarket via the reverse stick of James Atkinson just after half time, put Newmarket further in control, but Watton continued to produce chances, pulling 1 back midway through the half and breaking Newmarket hearts with a 68th minute equaliser.
At the start of the season the aim was to get a 3s team out every week, develop youth and to provide a game to all who wanted one. The season has been a success far beyond expected and the disappointment in missing out on a promotion spot only shows how far we have come.

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

Following from a 1-0 win at City of Peterborough last week with a depleted team Newmarket were back to full strength and upbeat for their home game to Cambridge Nomads.

Newmarket started the game with several strong waves of attack and soon settled into creating some strong moves down the right with birthday girl Emma ‘ Welshy’  Russell-Price making some great runs and passes in the D. Newmarket struggled to make anything of their chances with the Nomads keeper keeping the score at 0-0 for much of the first half. Newmarket kept up the pressure and with Grace Morris making some great attacks from the left these finally paid off when Newmarket were awarded a penalty flick when the ball was stopped on the line. Captain Lydia Evans keep here cool made the score 1-0 going into half term.

Newmarket knew that the game was within their grasp but some waves of Nomads attacks reminded them that they could not take their foot off the gas. They pulled together and work as a team, pushed hard and created wave after wave of attack,  this finally paid off with the award of a corner. Hayley Stoneman was able to follow up on Evans’ strike to slot away second goal 5 mins from the end of play. This win leaves Newmarket still within reach of promotion joint on points with 2nd in the league but 3rd on goal difference with a game in hand. Newmarket have the top two teams still to play in the last three of the season, they go to St Neots this weekend with high hopes.

Ladies’ 2s: 0-13 loss vs Cambridge South 1 (Away)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s once again were put in a sticky position when facing Cambridge South 1s, who currently hold the top of the leader board. The Ladies’ 2s went into the game with their heads not quite screwed on, leading to the team becoming downhearted quite quickly, causing lack of communication and loss of our strong mind set.
After some strong half time words from the coach, Chris Evans, the way we were playing was put into perspective, we had to up our game and make South really earn their final goal score, spirits were lifted and communication was back, we were moving faster. Emma Lankfer, Katie and Emily Russell holding midfield and passing the ball up the wings to make it to the D, a goal didn’t go in but fortunately the more energy we had, the more South lacked.
Our rotating defence practised short corner routines again, spicing things up for the opposition with some novel combinations: Callie Plumb and Jess Allen proved their worth in fitness and skills, Phoebe “Phlick” Peacock taking desperate measures at times, some she saved, some she lost, one (in honouring her nickname) she let Jersey face.
Walking away with the score 13-0 was a downer, but once again goalie Jersey Bennett gained man of the match title, letting in only 13 out of many many shots.
Captain Zoe Bailey is looking forward to meeting Cambridge City 4s at home next week: a match we won in the first half of the season and a chance for L2s to remember how it feels to be in the game.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-1 draw vs St Neots 3 (Away)

Saturday saw a very early start for the ladies, arriving bleary eyed in St Neots at 9am. We were also dismayed to find the sports centre completely locked up and a few pennies to spend.
The ladies started the game strong and in high spirits.  We won first pushback, and flew from the first whistle! L Smith to Podd, back to Smith, onto Excell on the wing to find ourselves in St Neots’ D all within the first minutes of the game. Shots on goal taken, and rebounds picked up with none quite making the mark. This was to set the tone for game, in Newmarket dominated, attacked and held possession, but were struggling to get the ball over the line.
Early poor/biased umpiring saw the girls feeling a little rattled and frustrated.
Half time the and the ladies were convinced that with perseverance, this game was theirs.
2nd started as the first, but St Neots seemed to have gained some additional players over half time?
Newmarket found themselves in the St Neots D again, and this time the girls were not letting it slip away. Battling against keeper and defenders the ball rebounded several times, keeper slid, ball went under her seeing Lauras Excell and Smith, plus Soph Kelly all manically trying to get to it. The girls were ecstatic to break the stalemate and put 1 on the board.
St Neots shortly retaliated with a breakaway goal to even the score. Both teams battled on up to the last second of the game, with neither managing to come away with a win.
Overall this was a game that Newmarket dominated, but were just unable able to complete the task of getting more goals.
The ladies were very happy with their performance which saw a lot of excellent individual play.
Player of the match went to Sophie Bell for her outstanding play at right back.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-12 loss vs Cambridge City 5 (Home)

Week 20 Results – Ladies’ 1s Go Marching On at ‘Borough

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

Men’s 2s: 0-5 loss vs UEA 2 (Home)

We came.

We saw.

We lost 5-0.

We may be going down, but we’ll go down laughing.

Newmarket Men’s 2s suffered a defeat surely consigning them to relegation in the 3pm pushback against UEA 2s. The game started poorly for Town with an early short corner resulting in the home side going behind, before a Hrebeniak own goal doubled UEA’s advantage. Although Newmarket did manage to create a handful of chances throughout the match, notably from short corners, the away side’s quality showed and towards the end of the second half the strikers filled their boots – two goals on the break topped off with a classy/fluky/accidental (delete as appropriate) finish by a UEA midfielder through his own legs finally sunk Town and condemned them to a 12th defeat of the season and, surely, relegation. However, as always, a good time was had by all and we’ll only come back stronger.

DOTD jointly went to Ollie ‘hide & seek’ Trent and Louis ‘bigfoot’ Hrebeniak for his Messi-esque cool-as-you-like backheel into his own net.

MOTM went to 2s debutante Mike Landshoff for a terrific performance at right back – although, as he wasn’t around to pay the associated fine, Andy ‘daylight robbery’ Baker defaulted this prestigious award to Simon Donald for his glorious and richly deserving tally of one vote.

Men’s 3s: 2-0 win vs Norwich Dragons 6 (Away)
(Andreou, Benedikz)

Newmarket Men’s 3s continued their pursuit of promotion with an excellent 2v0 win away to Norwich Dragons 6s. The timely return to winning after not doing so for 2 games means that should they win at home to Watton next week, promotion will be confirmed.
Goals from Alex Andreou and John Benedikz, gave Newmarket 3s the edge in a hard fought victory. The whole teamed upped its performance on previous weeks but with Will Frost and Simon Everett producing man of the match performances it shows we did not have it all our own way.
A good game was had by all fielding a team of John Benedikz, Peter Booth, Will Frost, Henry Frost, Simon Everitt, Chris Evans, Jordan Walker, Ben Atkinson, Seth Bailey, Alex Andreou, Rory Podd and Oscar Kenny.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-0 win vs City of Peterborough 2 (Away)
(G. Evans)

Ladies’ 2s: 1-6 loss vs Ely City 1 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s were at the rear end of a 6-1 loss against Ely 1s this weekend, with the first half seeming to rush over our heads as the team gathered in what was happening. By the end of the first half the score was 4-1 with an amazing goal scored by Laura Excell and assisted by Hannah Fox, team spirit was high going into the second half. The defence worked hard, sticking close to their players, Sam Brooke was outstanding and really brought the defence together. She thoroughly deserved her man of the match votes. Milou Ottilini, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox put into action this week’s training drill, making passes up the left wing with pace and the opposition seemed baffled at times. Keeper Jersey kept everyone in check, her voice getting louder with every game, by the end of the season, she will shout and we think the opposition defence will do as directed.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-1 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)

Saturday saw the Ladies 3rd XI take on Royston 2s at home. The game started rather abruptly for Newmarket as Royston scored. Newmarket rallied and fought on to hold Royston to their 1-0 lead. Half time change of tactics saw Newmarket create better opportunities for holding possession and driving up pitch, but for the most part it was a game in which Newmarket were defending. The team worked well together and defended well to hold Royston to the their 1-0 tally.
Man of the match went deserved to centre back Rachel Pegg and midfielder Jane Dryland.
Next week sees the ladies away to St Neots.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-13 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Away)


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)