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)

Week 10 Results – Games Postponed as L2s Beat City

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Men’s 1s: 6-1 win vs Lowestoft Railway 1 (Away)
(Wade 3, Dawson, Leggett, Skelton)

Newmarket travelled to Lowestoft and won 6-1. A hat-trick from Ollie Wade and goals from Michael Skelton, Josh Dawson and Chris Leggett secured all three points.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Harleston Magpies 4 (Home)

Harleston Magpies 4s made their way to Newmarket this Saturday and caught the Men’s 2s indulging in an extensive warm up. However this warm up did not seem to be completely effective against the icy wind blowing across the pitch. Un-phased the magpies let loose a series of relentless attacks which as the logic of probability would have it lead to some results on the score sheet. The first goal came from a short corner which was bobbled over the keeper in a chaotic fluke. Another of the goals came from a one v one with the keeper which could be argued if the young skilful upfront player had not had previous experience with the keeper, wouldn’t have gone in. The opposing side was 2-0 within the first quarter of the game which inspired Newmarket to focus and make an intimidating run into the magpie’s area, utilizing the midfield duo of James McTaggart and Simon Donald who worked well together being backed up by kingpin Simon Harrington who managed to get the ball onto the oppositions backboard but unfortunately after a whistle was blown for a foul meaning the goal was disallowed however did prove to everyone on pitch that is was possible to find a gab in the constantly advancing magpies. The ball was jostled for by both teams with players such as Greg Cummins who was graciously accepted onto the pitch sporting the old school quarters shirt and Andy Baker making contributions to the defensive line making a great effort. Newmarket held their own well despite not quite playing like their usual selves but let in another goal towards the end of the first half making it 3-0 at halftime. It was brought to attention that Newmarket were definitely not playing to the best of their ability however they did find it difficult to flourish under the constant pressure of the Harleston team, especially the fast quick witted opposition attackers. With the well needed break Newmarket set back onto the pitch as an almost completely different side. Ben Atkinson made great runs down the right wing taking on and coming out on top of players twice his size (and age) who created opportunities for a finish in the area. Finally Newmarket set up an attacking short to let the previously rehearsed and effective proven short corner routine come into play. The ball was beautifully injected onto captain Drew Wood’s stick leaving a dead still ball to be slipped right to Andy. B by Harrington who then received it again on the P-spot to place it into the bottom left corner of the goal to bring the Newmarket score off the nil mark for 3-1. Despite both sides best efforts no more goals were scored in that half leaving it a 1-0 to Newmarket and 3-1 for the final score. From the last few weeks it shows that the Men’s 2s side perform best after a 35min warm up in the first half as yet again the opposition did not score in the second half. Perhaps a last goal wins policy should be adopted for next match.

Men’s 3s: 5-3 win vs Norwich Dragons 6 (Home)
(Booth 2, Bunker 2, Walker)

Ladies’ 2s: 3-1 win vs Cambridge City 4 (Away)
(Russell, Stoneman, Unc.)

We Won! WE WON! We Won!
All the hard work of the entire squad has finally paid off, our improving (apart from last week’s encounter with top of league) trend throughout this season has ended our 51 week losing streak with a magnificent team performance. The venue allowed some of our emerging players, who have to juggle school and club commitments, to field and whatever everyone else ate for lunch should be compulsory on match days.
There was communication, a genuine desire to meet the ball before the opposition, there was tidy passing, there was confidence on the ball and space making off the ball, everything that coach Chris Evans and Captain Zoe Bailey have ever asked for and it resulted in a goal struck from just inside the D after 20 mins by Hayley Stoneman, this clipped the inside of the post and physics worked in Newmarket’s favour sending the ball to the opposite corner of the goal and putting us ahead, dizzily, categorically, ahead in the first half.
City fought back, there was attack and counter attack, lots of mid field action calling Man of the Match Grace Morris to chase down and channel players on to the waiting sticks of Jazz Freed, Helen Hansgate and Steph Heslop.
The sweets at half time did not compare to the sweet feeling of being ahead, with a clean sheet for keeper Jersey Bennett who’d not had a quiet game. More of the same please.
City came back from half time with more link play and a definite charge on our D, winning short corners and scoring from one of these by drilling a strike to the lower right corner which beat keeper and two post defenders at full stretch. The moment was caught on camera.
Newmarket could have lost their command of the game at this point but the teamwork truly kicked in. Some positional substitutions were made, placing Angel Fayers back on the forward line that she so enjoys and working with Hannah Kelly, blistering runs were made up the right side of the pitch, placing Katie Russell in perfect position to score Newmarket’s 2nd goal. Newmarket were not content and there followed attacks on the left flank and centrally, no-one is really sure who struck the ball that glanced off a City stick to bring the score-line to Newmarket 3- Camb City 1.
Next week the team aim to do something not seen since the glorious season of 2014-5: two wins in a row. Support at this home match, 1pm push back, would be greatly appreciated.

The Ladies’ 1s, 3s & 4s games were postponed this week due to adverse weather conditions making the earlier games unplayable. The following games will be replayed at a later date yet to be confirmed:

Ladies’ 1s: Home to St Neots 1

Ladies’ 3s: Away to Haverhill Ladies 2

Ladies’ 4s: Home to Huntingdon 2


Junior Update – Matches vs Cambridge Nomads

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Great morning with the juniors playing their second matches of the season against Cambridge Nomads. Over 25 children representing the club in U13 age groups and winning some of their matches, well done to them all and thanks to all the coaches and helpers. If anyone fancies giving hockey a try then it’s on Sunday morning 10.10-11.30 for the juniors, Ladies are Tuesday 7.30 – 9pm and Men are 7-8.30pm at the leisure centre.

Week 9 Results – Tremendous Comeback for Men’s 2s

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Men’s 1s: 5-2 win vs I-ES 3 (Away)
(Holden, Pears, Skelton, Wade, Wilson)


Newmarket got back to winning ways with a deserved 5-2 victory over IES, who were yet to loose at home this season!

This record was also set to continue as the hosts took the lead in the 10th minute after Jordan Newnes, who for a second time in two weeks, suicidally past the ball onto the strikers stick leaving him with a one on one situation with veteran keeper Martin McCourt who unfortunately was unable to stop IES from putting the ball into the net. They should of added another moments later, but their short corner drag flick was kept out by Darren Jenkins’s excellent save on the line with the reverse side of his stick.

Knowing that pressure was building Newmarket managed to win a short corner down the other end which Ollie Wade converted down the bottom left corner to equalise. However, IES replied immediately with a short corner of their own just minutes later taking a slight deflection before hitting the back board. 2-1 to IES.

Newmarket threatened again though, when Louis Hrebeniak crossed to Chris Leggett whose mis-hit shot squared Mark Pears to smash the ball into the net and equalise for a second time. The visitors finally moved ahead late in the first half, as Pears was released by Skelton, who slipped the ball to Matthew Holden, to score his second goal of the season.

The visitors remained on top after the break, with Wade forcing the opposition keeper to tip over a deflected shot while Skelton volleyed just wide. Newmarket were creating chances now, and further extended their lead with a sweet Skelton strike. The in-form striker reacted quickest to a loose ball, feeding a quick one-two to Jonny ‘Smokey’ Bunker, to strike home.

IES went desperately close late in the second half, having beaten McCourt, but Newnes’s diving tackle, which got the slightest of touches on a fierce shot, managed to divert the ball onto the post.

Newmarket eventually made the game safe deep into the game when Wilson converted another fine short corner down the bottom right corner.

Men’s 2s: 4-3 win vs Ipswich Cranes 1 (Home)
(Harrington 2, J. Atkinson, Trent)

After two losses Newmarket went onto the pitch expecting  a positive result, having played cranes in the pre-season and lost Newmarket were again hoping for a different result.  Ipswich cranes firsts were third in the table before coming to Newmarket so were expecting at least a draw.  Ipswich attached quickly from the whistle and scored from a short corner within the first five minutes and then again from another 1v1 with the Keeper. Bearing in mind the 2-0 scoreline was within the first 10 minutes of the game Newmarket heads were clearly not in the right place to play a game of hockey.  However these early two goals were the 3pm wake up call that Newmarket needed forming a counter attack which left the opposition backboard singing but nothing more as their goal was disallowed.  Cranes fast and determined upfront players continued to put the yellows defence under pressure and yielded yet another goal bringing the score to 3-0. This only provoked Newmarket further and after a great attack consisting of some quality straightforward simple passes that found their way through the Cranes defense and onto James Atkinson’s stick who placed it onto the oppositions backboard resulting this time in both the sound and the mark on the scoreboard bringing it to 3-1. Both Ipswich and Newmarket continued to contest for the ball both making a variety of errors in their play but the half went to the Cranes both in performance and points due to their never ending pressure on the regular 4 defenders (Matt Smith, Simon Harrington, Andrew Baker and Adrian Atkinson) who were often assisted by Andrew Beardon who did a great job of smothering the Cranes attacks and forwarding the ball through to the likes of James McTaggart and captain Drew Wood who also both had a decent game. The ball equally contested for until Newmarket found another break that resulted in an attacking short. The previously rehearsed routine came into action as the ball was injected onto Drew’s stick who stopped it dead to allow Harrington to slip it right to Andy Baker who then passes it once again back to Harrington around the p-spot area who finished it off with a strike past the goalkeeper and into the goal. The score was now 3-2 and Newmarket still held their own against Cranes as the first half came to an end with Ipswich 1sts still 3-2 up. At halftime it was brought to attention that despite having scored a goal the home side were not playing to their usual high standard of hockey  and after couple changes were made to the position of players Newmarket set themselves up for the second half. Cranes did not let up on their ferocious attacks and continued to make quick runs into Newmarket’s half and area only to be stopped largely by the likes of the two Andrews and Harrington not to mention the other defenders. On the Newmarket attack players such as Ollie Trent, James Atkinson and Ben Atkinson did well making runs into the oppositions half to receive the ball fired from a defensive stick. The keeper also managed to play his part of the game and control his area of the pitch clearing balls out to Newmarket players instead of the ever present Ipswich forwards. In a lapse of pressure from Cranes the home side found themselves once again in the oppositions area and setting up for another attacking short corner. The attacking short was played exactly the same as last time as “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and was played through like clockwork as the equalising goal was scored once again by Harrington. From an aggressive change in play you could tell that Ipswich were not happy with the new score, but increased aggression caused the previously tight Cranes play to leave an opportunity for newmarket to exploit, which they did through great determination from Ben Atkinson running down the right wing to put the ball into the area via multiple short passes and eventually onto Ollie Trent’s reverse stick resulting in another Newmarket goal and a score of 4-3 in the closing end of the second half. Cheers of relief were let out from the yellow team after the high intensity finishing minutes came to an end and the realisation that they not let in a single goal in the second half resulting in an amazing comeback from 3-2 in the first half to 3-4 in the second. A great show of determination and composure from the home team in the second half that proved that the Men’s 2s were a force to be reckoned with.

Men’s 3s: 1-1 draw vs UEA 4 (Away)

A second half goal from Jordan Walker salvaged a 1v1 draw for Newmarket Men’s 3s in a hard fought game away to UEA 4s.

Ladies’ 1s: 0-0 draw vs Cambridge Nomads 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 1-7 loss vs Cambridge South 1 (Home)

Predictably beaten by top of the league team Cambridge South 1, Newmarket Ladies 2s should not feel too disheartened by their performance this week: there were moments of inspired, glorious hockey; solid defending of short corners meaning that South’s routines did not score directly, neat passes engineered from midfielder Emma Russell-Price who linked so well with all the team, a stunning goal from Man of the Match Hannah Fox who had received a full pelt pass from defender Angel Fayers, ran into the D and sank the ball into the bottom left corner. There were near misses from Charlie Wombwell and attacks which seemed to take the opposition by surprise but lacked the finish to overturn the score in our favour.
There were also moments that we’d rather close our eyes and forget: 2 defensive short corners played without a goalie due to injury, balls that hit opposition posts and pads, weather to make a penguin want a warm bath.
The final score was 7-1 to the visitors and though Newmarket remain at the bottom end of the table, the team’s hockey is improving week on week and the goal tally is creeping up. Captain Zoe Bailey is sure the team can prove themselves worthy of this league by pulling themselves out of the relegation zone before the Christmas break.

Ladies’ 3s: 5-2 win vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)
(Podd 2, Carr, Farrow, Haste)

Despite horrible weather conditions Newmarket, relentless pouring rain, the Ladies 3s were in it for the long game and secured a win.

Unfortunately an early break from Cambridge saw them go one up yet Newmarket bounced back and secured a quick leveller with a strong stroke at the top of the D from Mel Podd during a short corner.
Newmarket continued to pressure the Cambridge defence and secured another goal from Ellie Carr. although Cambridge levelled the score at half time with a lucky deflection in the wet conditions.
After half time Newmarket came out strong with some opportunist pick ups by the defence and midfield, feeding it into the circle well. It wasn’t long before another short corner set play saw Mel score another convincing goal to go 3-2 up.
Goals from Jess/Olivia took the score to 5-2 at the final whistle. In spite of the rain, it was a great performance for the team with some equally positive individual performances too.
Credit to MoM: Ellie Carr
Next week sees the ladies away to take on Haverhill 2s.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-3 loss vs Cambridge South 2 (Away)