Week 4 Results – Home Wins for L1s & M2s

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 2-7 loss vs Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s (Away)
(McTaggart, Wilson)

Newmarket made their second trip to Norwich in as many weeks, still short on numbers and with a bare eleven as Harry Bell had been delayed on British Rail. The team called up youngster Oscar Kenny who acquitted himself well throughout on his first eleven debut.
Newmarket took the lead in the first minute, James McTaggart winning a penalty corner after a mazy dribble and reacting first to first home the rebound form the initial strike. Dragons came back at Newmarket strongly and equalised through a dubious penalty corner.
Dragons then went ahead through a nicely worked goal. Newmarket still posed problems and forced another penalty corner which William Wilson smashed down the middle and through the keeper’s legs. Newmarket weren’t level for long before Norwich Dragons midfield overloaded Newmarket at their defence Martin McCourt saved the first effort before the rebound was bundled home.
At half time the score was 3-2 to the Dragons, the team spoke about what they felt they needed to do in the second half and whilst Dragons dominated possession Newmarket managed to win half a dozen penalty corners which they failed to capitalise on.
As the game progressed, Dragons larger squad of 14 told, Newmarket weren’t helped when Mark Pears limped off, with the midfield struggling the defence of Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes, Louis Herbmaniac (Getting closer -L) and Darren Jenkins were left exposed. Dragons scored their fourth 15 minutes into the second half and then scored 3 late on as Newmarket pressed to try and get into the games.
With many first 11 players missing Newmarket contested the game keenly, if they had made more of the penalties corners in the second half there would have been the opportunity to get something out of the game before the last 10 minutes. Having done much right this season, I think this is just a bad week that everybody should forget about. The team certainly looks forward to having skipper Matthew Holden back this week.

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs North Norfolk Men’s 2s (Home)
(Andreou 2, Hosegood)

After 2 consecutive defeats coming into this home tie against North Norfolk 2’s, you’d have to be a fool not to recognise the importance of this game. Team Captain Drew Wood, certainly made his feelings clear before the start. Beneath a moody, grey sky, he gathered his troops and delivered the most rousing and passionate of team talks. Demonstrating his leadership skills, his speech was on a par with the late Winston Churchill leaving the players with goose bumps and ready to lay everything on the line. “There may be trouble ahead” he said, recognising that North Norfolk had won 2 of their previous 3 games, “But while there’s music and moonlight and love and romance, let’s face the music and dance.” Newmarket faced the music and danced as if it were their last.
North Norfolk came with offense on their minds. This they demonstrated with the psychedelic, fluorescent pink kit they were wearing which left several Newmarket players feeling nauseous and disorientated. North Norfolk took full advantage and for the first 10 minutes they dominated play as Newmarket couldn’t get into the game. The back line of Marc ‘Mungo’ Prentice, Andy Baker, Adrian Atkinson and Pete Boyle were most affected as Newmarket struggled to defend against skillful, quick attackers and it was the 12th minute when North Norfolk’s Howard Acott drew first blood. As he raised his stick to unleash a bullet, Mungo, the Captain’s speech still ringing in his ears, threw himself headlong in front of the ball, but Acott cleverly lifted it over him and into the net. Every man drew a sharp intake of breath and winced as Mungo collided with the right hand upright, one leg either side of the post, pushing the goal a good 50cm off the goal line. But now a goal behind, this was to be Newmarkets wake up call. The psychedelic trance was broken and happily, Mungo’s family jewels were still intact as the team started to play their way back into the game.
Rory Podd had his first start in senior hockey and played out of his skin at left half. Growing in stature every week, he played with the confidence of a veteran, combining well with defence and attack. He deservedly won Man of the Match and gives Captain Drew Wood more to think about when choosing his starting 11. Podd was involved in the 22nd minute when a Newmarket attack lead to a penalty corner. Injected by James Wrinch, Alex Andreou controlled well and unleashed a bullet which despite a good attempt at a block, looped off the defenders stick and into the top left corner. This was Newmarket’s first converted penalty corner of the season and going into the break at 1:1 the tide was turning. Fuelled by another impassioned team talk and a good dose of Jelly Babies, Newmarket went into the second half all guns blazing. North Norfolk with their squad of 11 were visibly tiring and possibly suffering the effects of pinkamatosis. Newmarket meanwhile used their one substitute well, enjoyed more possession and around 10 minutes into the half were awarded what was to be a critical penalty corner. Again, Wrinch injected to Andreou who struck the ball with such force the unfolding scene appeared in slow motion. The weekly training drills on ‘topping’ the ball came to the fore as the ball left his stick like a scene from The Dam Busters, slowing with each bounce. But the military precision found the 15cm ‘target’ between the keepers pads and Newmarket took a 2:1 lead. The pressure continued to mount on North Norfolk and it wasn’t long before Captain Wood found himself with the ball, directly in front of an empty goal, unmarked and with sufficient time to pour himself a chilled glass of South African white. Perhaps it was a flash of shocking pink that distracted Wood, but the shot truly was shocking as it crawled to the left of goal. But his teammates, wanting to rally round their Captain, came to his aid by awarding him DoD with a brief ceremony, right there on the spot. Newmarket were reduced to 10 men for 2 minutes when Adrian Atkinson demonstrated some fancy footwork that Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of, but the umpire wasn’t impressed and flashed green. With around 8 minutes to play Newmarket were controlling the game and Andreou went on a long run through the middle finding Wood in the ‘D’ to the right. Wood controlled well and crossed the ball firmly to Will Hosegood running in from the left, who took the ball on the fly about 10cm off the ground and buried it into the net, sealing a 3:1 win for Newmarket. North Norfolk may have looked pretty in pink but left empty handed while the region’s new Amber Army picked up another 3 points.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 7-0 win vs Lindum Ladies’ 2s (Home)
(Wombwell 3, Cockeril, Evans, Keates, Stoneman)

Last week was a disappointing defeat for the ladies 1st team, however their one goal opened the flood gates for this week’s game. After a motivational team talk from Captain Tania Fisher, the team quickly turned around a defensive start to the game. Keeping the game wide, using Rebecca Bunning and Beth Wombwell on the wings, they created plenty of shots on goal and it didn’t take long for Tracy Cockerill to break the deadlock. Next to find the back of the net was Donna Keates who worked tirelessly up front and wasn’t afraid to take on the diving keeper.
Lindum managed to make a break but Newmarket’s defensive 4 were able to clear the ball and away and get back to the attacking goal. Beth Wombwell took a strike at the top of the D during a short corner, securing the 3rd goal. Newmarket were able to press high and take shots from all angles giving the keeper a good run for her money- despite her great efforts and a lot of saves, Hayley Stoneman was unstoppable, lifting the ball neatly into the top right hand corner of the goal, ending the half at 4-0.
The second half started with Newmarket taking most of the possession, but soon found themselves a man down with Grace Evans being given a 2 minute time out. This didn’t stop them though – Beth Wombwell managed to make her hatrick, scoring a second goal from a short corner and creating a 3rd by great teamwork coming up from Newmarket’s defence and breaking down Lindum’s defensive line. Lydia Evans managed to secure goal number 7 with a penalty flick.
Player of the Match was awarded to Wombwell for her tireless hard work and her hatrick. Next week sees the 1s take on St Ives, but due to an NHC wedding many of the vital players will be missing from the game.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-14 loss vs Ely Ladies’ 1s (Home)

After last week’s tragic defeat away to St Ives, Newmarket welcomed back some familiar faces this week to face local derby rivals Ely at home. Strong from the off, Ely dominated possession and were hard on the Town players. This week’s defence of Holly Woods, Hannah Rowley, Jazz Wombwell and Sarah Ganiford welcomed the Ely attack into the D but unfortunately were unable to stop them from slotting their first goal behind keeper Jess Boyle. The quick movement of Ely saw the midfield of Mel Podd, Lydia Willmott, Clodie Rolph and ladies’ 2s debutant Jess Logan succumb to a lot of pressure but some great tackling work from Rolph and Logan saw Hannah Kelly and Olivia Haste with a couple of chances of a shot on goal. However Ely were quick off the mark on their hit outs and were again within the Newmarket defence slotting a few more goals past Boyle, leaving the defence stunned and the score lost in their minds. As the whistle blew for the end of the first half, Newmarket were 10-0 down.
After a spectacular pep talk from Wombwell during the half time break, and a quick reshuffle of players into a more defensive position, the second half was a completely different game in comparison to the first half! With Newmarket marking every player possible, Ely found it more difficult to get in to the D. Newmarket also welcomed their second debutant Rebecca Barnes in to the mix and she showed no fear as she worked well with Logan in the middle to try and get the ball to the awaiting Haste. Unfortunately Town’s amazing efforts in this completely different second half were not rewarded and Ely managed to sink 4 more goals before the final whistle, making the final score 14-0.
This week’s Player of the match was awarded to Jess Logan for some phenomenal play in her first game for the ladies’ 2s. Dick of the Day went to Sarah Ganiford for a spectacular face plant as her legs couldn’t keep up with her brain. Next week Newmarket travel to Spalding.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s:  0-7 loss vs Cambridge City Ladies’ 4s (Away)

Week 3 Results – Comeback Victory for Men’s 1s #wolfpack

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Newmarket Men’s 1s: 4-3 win vs Norwich City Men’s 4s (Away)
(Bell 2, Wilson 2)

With newlywed Captain Matthew Holden streaming his honeymoon live over Facebook, the team travelled up to Nelson County without their inspirational leader, although with Facetime’s help he watched most of the game. Holden wasn’t the only absentee from last week, Mark Pears & Jonny Bunker were working, James McTaggart completing another 192 hour working week in our beloved NHS and Sam Smith healing after last week split lip on debut.
Town welcomed back Michael Skelton for his first start of the season and called up three players from the seconds, youngster Ollie Trent for his debut and veterans Alex Andreou and Lee Blades.
With a midday pushback in the blistering October sunshine, the game started at a furious pace, Newmarket looked a little disjointed and conceded possession in their own half setting Norwich on the attack, on this occasion the wolfpack as they refer to themselves of Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes, Darren Jenkins and Lois Hrebenianiak (so close, and yet so far -L) let the sloth outpace them to round McCourt in goal and take the lead.
Newmarket regained their composure and started to link some good moves together, through midfielders William Wilson and Chris Leggett, the intelligent running of Lee Blades and Michael Skelton created space and Harry Bell put in several dangerous crosses from the right.
Town forced a penalty corner, the slip to Bell found Andreou at the far post and his effort was blocked by foot on the line, Wilson stepped up and buried the penalty flick to equalise. Newmarket were starting to dominate possession and a succession of chances went begging, before they were hit with a sucker punch just before half time, over committing after a free hit in the opposing 25, Joe Montana launched an aerial half the length of the pitch, catching the wolfpack off guard as the giant tortoise outpaced them and put Norwich back in the lead.
At half time the team talked about taking more care of possession in the final third of the pitch and making their visits to the D count. It wasn’t long before they were level again the ball was worked out to Jenkins on the right who played the ball into Leggett, his pass sent Bell down the right to cross feed Skelton, who set up Wilson to strike first time from the top of the D.
Newmarket were really on top now, but the aerials were still causing problems and from one foray down the right hand side the umpire harshly judged the circus juggling in his own D to be dangerous and awarded a penalty corner. As fate often has it Joe Montana buried his flick into the top left hand corner.
With time running out and the heat sapping the energy out of both teams, Wilson rode a couple of challenges and from a quick free hit on the half way found Bell in the D, who deflected the ball over the onrushing keeper to equalise. It was all Newmarket now, Blades and Skelton again went close, on another day the pair could have had a brace each. Newmarket scored the winner with minutes left from another penalty corner, which Bell finished emphatically into the bottom right corner.
Credit must go to Norwich City 4s, they had lost the 2 previous games after promotion last season and they gave Newmarket a real game. Newmarket need to work on their finishing in coming weeks. Special mentions should go to right back Darren Jenkins who continues to grow in confidence and his marauding runs down the right flank caused no end of problems. Lois Herbenianianiak continues to develop and look composed at left back and young Ollie Trent made a solid contribution to midfield, leaving the first team knowing they have a promising youngster they can call upon when needed.

Newmarket Men’s 2s: 0-2 loss vs Norwich City Men’s 5s (Home)

As the region’s ‘Indian Summer’ continued this week, it was a glorious Saturday afternoon that welcomed the Men’s 2’s back to home astro. If that were not enough, the welcome was further extended by a partisan crowd, not capacity, but certainly the biggest gate of the season. The team took to the field for their warm up encouraged by shouts of “Yellows, yellows!” and “Do you need whiskey with that?” plus the fact that Norwich had arrived with only 11 players. It was an eventful warm up as first choice left back and team sponsor Mungo developed a groin strain, but more significant was the unexpected solar eclipse. It passed in a matter of seconds, but only when full daylight had returned did the players realise that it was not an eclipse, but Norwich had brought on a barn loosely disguised as a hockey goalkeeper! This mountain of a man proved unbeatable for Newmarket as he filled the goal like a well worn suit.
The match was a closely fought affair with both teams creating chances. Newmarket had 5 new faces in the team, some of which were carrying injuries into the game but they were well supported by the ‘young legs’ of regulars Rory Podd and Oscar Kenny. Despite the flux of players, Newmarket played some good hockey with the back 4 retaining possession and combining well with mid-field and attack. Adrian Atkinson at right back proved difficult to beat as his stick had a near magnetic attraction to the ball (rather like money in his wallet!) while keeper Seth Bailey also had another good game making some important and athletic saves. But it was Norwich that took the lead about 10 minutes before half time after the ball entered the ‘D’ as if it were a pinball machine. Shots, blocks, tackles and counter tackles all flew in as Newmarket tried to clear their lines but the ball was ultimately clipped in. Newmarket bounced back quickly and almost equalised before the break when Drew Wood, Andy Beardon and Will Hosegood combined well down the left only to see the shot squeezed to the left of the goal.
The home crowd swelled to near capacity during the break as the Men’s 1s returned from their victory against Norwich City 4s to support the 2s, although it later became clear they came for pizza. The second half continued in similar vein to the first but Norwich were leaving a player high in Newmarkets defensive 25. Both teams had good chances and played some good hockey with Norwich perhaps earning more possession in the midfield and creating more shots on goal. Newmarket went close when Hosegood released an Exocet of a shot that would have beaten most keepers, but not the man mountain! Half way through the second half after a Newmarket attack broke down on the edge of the ‘D’, Norwich countered with a quick break down to the lone player and as Newmarket struggled to get back in numbers the game was sealed. It was a closer contest than the final score of 0:2 would suggest, but Norwich were able to convert and Newmarket were not. The 2’s will be looking for a more consistent team next week as they welcome North Norfolk and hopefully no further astronomical events.

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s: 1-4 loss vs Cambridge Nomads Ladies’ 1s (Away) (Cockerill)

A slow start from Newmarket meant they found themselves conceding a goal soon into the game. Taking their time to get into any kind of rhythm, they found they were doing a lot of hard work then passing it straight back to the opposition, soon getting themselves 2-0 down. There were some lovely pieces of play but never enough to make an impact on the game. Something needed to change – a half time talk made Newmarket see they needed a more grit and determination. The second half saw much tighter marking from Newmarket and more pace on the ball, taking back control of the game. The ball was played into the attacking D but it wasn’t enough and the score continued in the Nomad’s favour. There was nothing goalie Sue Bullimore could do and 2 more goals were scored against Town, however without her the score would definitely have been much higher!
Working tirelessly up front and on the left, Tracy Cockerill was finding space and working the line throughout the game, in the end earning herself a goal which was worked brilliantly by Callie Cannon driving in from the 25 yard line, passing to Beth Wombwell who quickly played in back to Cannon. Nomad’s goalie had committed and Cannon saw this opportunity, slipping the ball to Cockerill, who slotted it neatly into the goal. Unfortunately, this was only ever a consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat. Newmarket need to up their game otherwise it is going to be a tough season.
Next week sees Newmarket take on Lindum at home at 2pm. Hopefully they can increase the goals and come back from this week.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s: 0-12 loss vs St Ives Ladies’ 2s (Away)

After the superb win from last week under their hats, Newmarket travelled this week to St Ives. However, with a few players away or struck with illness, Town were only able to field a team of 11 meaning a lot of work had to be done. This wasn’t the case for St Ives, and strong from the off, ploughed through the Town midfield and defence without even a second glance to try and score moments from the whistle. But, the quick reactions from keeper Jess Boyle saw not only the ball cleared away from the danger zone but also the St Ives player somersaulted in to the air. Having time to reset, Town tried their very hardest to win possession of the ball. With Mel Podd, Holly Woods, Jess Felton-Page and Tiff Seymour working their hardest to defend the Town goal, their efforts went unrewarded as St Ives managed to slip a couple into the back of the net. St Ives’ third came from a sloppy reverse stick left by Boyle as it appeared to be going off the pitch but snuck in to the left hand corner graciously with a smirk on its face (if balls had faces). However, Town did manage to get a breakthrough with the ball being passed through the midfield of Hannah Fox, Lydia Willmott, Vikki Waspe and Angel Fayers up to the awaiting Bea Jones upfront who despite her efforts was unable to get past the St Ives defence. As the half time whistle approached, St Ives managed to slot 3 more past Town as the side began to lose the battle with tiredness after playing their socks off, finally entering the half time whistle trailing 6-0.
After a team talk from coach Chris Evans and a few strategic changes to positioning, Newmarket picked their heads up for the second half to try and win back some goals. With Podd dropping in to the midfield and a quick few passes saw Olivia Haste running with the ball with the determination to score and Jones eagerly waiting in the attacking D. However, St Ives managed to win possession and guide the ball swiftly back up the pitch into the Town defence earning themselves a short corner and slotting it past the Town defence into the goal. With a couple more short corners given after that and a couple more goals earned by St Ives, the heads of Newmarket began to drop. With sheer determination, the Newmarket defence tried to stop St Ives any way they could. With keeper Boyle sliding left right and centre to try and get rid of the ball and the players, and Woods, Seymour, Felton-Page and Waspe all trying their hardest to get the ball back up the field, their efforts were rewarded when a quick free hit taken by Waspe found Fayers in the midfield who managed to launch it up field to awaiting Jones’ stick but the St Ives defence were hard on the shoulders of the Town forwards and managed to get the ball back up field slotting another goal in to the back of the net. Before the final whistle, St Ives managed to net 2 more goals making the final score 12-0.
Coming off the pitch disheartened at the score, a few pick me up words managed to bring the team back together and lighten the mood. The shock pace and skill of div 3NW finally etched in the minds of Newmarket players, and the determination of both coach and team to stay in the league, Newmarket host Ely City 1s at home next week at 12:00 to try and win back some points and goals. All support welcome!

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s:  1-9 loss vs St Ives Ladies’ 3s (Home)             (Hall)

Week 2 Results – Wins for M1s, L2s & L3s

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Newmarket Ladies’ 1s vs Wisbech Ladies’ 2s: 0-2 win to Wisbech

Newmarket had their first home game of the season against Wisbech 2s at 2pm. Playing a four, four, two formation Newmarket were playing a strong game. Wisbech managed to break through Newmarket’s defence and gain a short corner, which they then formed into the first goal of the match. Newmarket then fought back but unfortunately were unable to score goals in response. By the end of the first half the score was Newmarket 0, Wisbech 1. In the second half, Newmarket were more determined to get back into the game, with Di Thomas having a few cracks at goal but to no avail. The Wisbech goalie was on fine form and keeping all Newmarket’s shots out of the goal. Wisbech then managed to score again with a short corner, whereby they lifted the ball and, trying to stop it but instead deflecting high into the goal net, was Newmarket’s Zoe Bailey. Despite Newmarket having majority of the ball in attack, when the final whistle below Newmarket lost 0-2 to Wisbech.

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s vs March Town Ladies’ 1s: 5-1 win to Newmarket (Haste 2, Howard, Kelly, Wombwell)

Newmarket welcomed March Town onto home soil this week and with the unfortunate defeat at Leadenham behind them, Newmarket entered this game positive a win was in sight. Strong from the first whistle Newmarket dominated the midfield with some great play between this week’s midfield of Clodie Rolph, Hannah Kelly, Stef Howard and Vikki Waspe (who made her debut for the club this week) saw the first goal slotted past the March keeper after just 5 minutes by Kelly. With their heads now held high, Newmarket persevered with keeping play, but a quick break from the March midfield gave the defence a bit of work to do. However, with some spectacular movement and passing from the defence of Holly Woods, Hannah Rowley, Sarah Ganiford and Tiff Seymour, the ball was quickly and effectively played away back to the Newmarket midfield. With some great 1-2 passing, Newmarket’s second goal slotted in past the keeper by Stef Howard was a superb bit of play from Newmarket. Newmarket entered the half time break 2-0 up.
After a lot of praise from skipper Woods, Newmarket went into the second half with their heads held high and a strong force of determination with them. This determination saw Newmarket’s third goal slip past the March keeper just 6 minutes in to the half by defender Jazz Wombwell who decided she wanted a piece of goal action in this superb game Newmarket were having. March however, did manage to get a break away past the Newmarket midfield and with a lot of battling from the defence and a few cracking saves from keeper Jess Boyle, March finally managed to slot the ball through Boyle’s legs into the goal. However, March’s goal did not drop the heads of the Newmarket players. In fact it all but lifted their heads with the determination of winning the game. A great ball to Waspe, who had been everywhere during the game, managed to find the waiting stick of Olivia Haste in the attacking D who slotted not 1 but 2 goals past the March keeper before the end of the game, with the final whistle blowing and Newmarket celebrating their 5-1 victory over March.
Man of the Match was a unanimous vote and awarded to Vikki Waspe who had a phenomenal first game for Newmarket whilst Dick of the Day went to Jazz Wombwell for dropping her stick and trying to pick the ball up with her hands whilst still in play. Next week’s game is Away against St Ives 2’s at 11:00.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s vs Huntingdon Ladies’ 2s: 1-3 win to Newmarket (Benedikz, Le Maire, Logan)

Newmarket Ladies 3s held on to top spot in Div 4NW(s) after a convincing 3v1 victory over Huntingdon 2s.

Newmarket started quickly pressuring Huntingdon from the push back. This early pressure culminated in Rachel Hogg taking a reverse stick shot which Vicky Benedikz deftly deflected between the keepers legs for a 1v0 lead.

Huntingdon stung by this early set back woke up and went about looking for an equaliser, but thanks to the diligence of the back line of Phoebe Peacock, Janie Harrington and Donna Seymour and keeper Claire Spiers dominance in dealing with 1 on 1s Huntingdon did not get the break through.

Half-Time: Newmarket 3s 1v0 Huntingdon 2s

Newmarket began the second half brightly and after applying pressure down the right, Man of the Match Jess Logan cut inside to score from a superb strike giving Newmarket breathing room in a closely fought encounter. 2 quickly became 3 as another attack saw Emily Fairweather, Benedikz and Sophie Bell all took aim only to be thwarted before Brooke Le Marie picked up the loose ball and slammed it into the corner of the goal. 3-0 job done.

Huntingdon continued to press hard in search of a route back into the game. Rebecca Barnes, Bell and Rach Pegg worked hard to contain Huntingdon’s very physical game play, which at times did verge on the excessive. As the game entered the final few minutes Huntingdon did pull one back through a well executed move, but it was too little too late for Huntingdon and Newmarket held on to remain at the top of the pile for the time being. Next weekend Newmarket play hosts to 2nd place St Ives in early season clash of the titans.

Team: Rach Pegg (C), Claire Spiers, Janie Harrington, Phoebe Peacock, Donna Seymour, Jess logan, Rebecca Barnes, Sophie Bell, Vicky Benedikz, Brooke Le Maire, Emily Fairweather and Rachel Hogg.

Scorers: Vicky Benedikz, Jess Logan and Brooke Le Marie

Man of the Match: Jess Logan for tireless attacks down the right and for scoring a superb goal.

Newmarket Mens’ 1s vs Felixstowe Mens’ 2s: 5-1 win to Newmarket (Bell 2, McTaggart, Pears, Wilson)

Newmarket’s men started the first home game of the 2015-16 season against newly promoted Felixstowe who had opened with an impressive 5-2 victory last week. Newmarket without injured regulars Skelton, Worrall, Atkinson & Griffiths, the still suspended Josh Dawson and otherwise engaged Chris Leggett are a work in progress this season. With skipper Matthew Holden declaring himself available despite getting married the day before he has helped set the tone for the levels of commitment he demands!
From the outset the game was contested in the Felixstowe half. Newmarket started well, Harry Bell, James McTaggart and debutant Sam Smith running strongly with the ball from midfield getting up to support forwards Matthew Holden and Mark Pears. That said Felixstowe could play some hockey themselves and often worked the ball out of defence well and kept Newmarket’s back line of Louis Hrebeniak, Jordan Newnes, Darren Jenkins and Simon Harrington on their toes with the latter making several important tackles. The veteran centre back has had a new lease of life this season, with his life coach having sorted out his nutritional intake and the coot camps clearly making a difference to his physical appearance.
Half way through the first half Newmarket broke the deadlock, Will Wilson took a quick free hit and was tackled in the 25 by a defender who hadn’t attempted to retreat 5 yards and a penalty corner was given. Wilson despatched to the bottom right corner, one nil to Newmarket, which is how it stayed until half time.
The second half Newmarket went up a gear, retaining possession and moving the ball well all over the pitch, stretching Felixstowe and creating plenty of opportunities. There was an interruption when impressive debutant Sam Smith took a ball to the face and headed off to A&E, he’d been town’s best player up to that point, but Newmarket didn’t let up. Jenkins found Bell in the D and he finished with a reverse stick rocket through the keepers legs.
Bell then scored the third, finishing a good team move, McTaggart added the fourth from the top of the D thundering one in the bottom corner of the goal. Felixstowe reminded Newmarket they were still in the game by hitting them on the break and working the ball round the D well to leave Martin McCourt in goal with little chance.
Newmarket put the seal on a fine team performance with a fifth, Jenkins fed Wilson who fed Sub Jonny Bunker, his perfectly weighted pass set Holden free down the left, and his cross set up Pears at the far post for a tap in.
Next week, Newmarket travel Norwich City, with captain Holden on holiday and Pears working Town hope some of this week’s absentees will be able to play. What is certain though is when the injured and suspended return, captain Holden will scratch his head working out who his best 11 is!

Newmarket Mens’ 2s vs Bury St Edmunds Mens’ 2s: 3-0 win to Bury St Edmunds

After picking up 3 points in the opening game of the season, the Men’s 2’s travelled to Bury in a cautiously optimistic mood. The conditions were near perfect although that optimism was dented before the start when it became clear our squad of 11 (including 2 juniors, Oscar Kenny and Ollie Trent, playing their first full senior matches) would be facing 15. The early exchanges were fairly even with both teams having chances. Newmarket had an opportunity to take the lead when Lee Blades drove into the ‘D’ drawing the keeper out and laying a perfect pass into the path of Oscar Kenny who, faced with an open goal, managed to defy all the known laws of physics by squeezing the ball to the outside of the right post. There was a moments silence as we recognised that DoD had just been awarded, but Kenny dusted himself down and continued to throw everything he had into his first full senior game. Bury took the lead ahead of half time and at 1:0 down going into the break it seemed as if the tide was slowly turning against Newmarket. And so it was in the second half as Bury regularly rested players, held the ball well and created several chances. Newmarket keeper Seth Bailey earned Man of the Match with some jaw dropping saves, including a penalty flick, and he came close to saving another just before time. But Newmarket conceded a further 2 goals making it 3:0 on the day. With many new faces in the team and several injuries affecting the squad, it will take some time for the group to gel, but there’s a great deal of potential as we look forward to next weeks home game against Norwich City 5s.

Week 1 Results – Big Win for Ladies’ 3s

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Newmarket Ladies’ 1s vs Cambridge City Ladies’ 3s: 3-0 win to Cambridge City

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s vs Leadenham Ladies’ 1s: 5-0 win to Leadenham

Newmarket travelled for their first league game in 3NW to Leadenham this week, and welcomed back keeper Jess Boyle for the season after 3 years away gallivanting and being a typical ‘student’. With the sun shining down on the team (and a couple of Dick of the Day worthy nominations being gained for asking why there was so many planes flying on an RAF base), everyone knew things were going to be difficult from the previous season. Strong from the off, Leadenham unfortunately dominated possession but some hard fought discipline from Angel Fayers, Clodie Rolph and Lydia Wilmott in the midfield saw Town with a couple of opportunities to score. As Leadenham tried to sneak in a few cheeky breakthroughs, it was not unnoticed by the quick thinking minds of Sarah Ganiford, Tiff Seymour, Hannah Fox and Mel Podd in the defence, who managed to safely get away a few well deserved shots on goal from the opposition. Leadenham did however manage to sneak in a few short corners however, but the sharp reactions of Boyle stopped a few more shots going in until the opposition finally got the upper hand and managed to score a couple of goals. An unfortunate mix up just before the end of the first half saw Leadenham’s third of the game slot in to the back of the net, with the first half ending 3-0 to Leadenham.
After the half time pep talk from skipper Holly Woods, and a quick rejig to the formation (who doesn’t love a good movearound), Town came back stronger. Some spectacular play between Woods, Ganiford and Seymour around the back, and a pass through to Fayers who managed to find a gap in the Leadenham midfield to pass the ball cleanly and superbly into the awaiting hands of Olivia Haste upfront to get the ball into the attacking D. Being given an amazing few attempts on goal, and the Leadenham keeper also taking out one of her own defenders, the perseverance of the Town forwards and midfield unfortunately was not rewarded. Leadenham slotted in their fourth of the match from an almighty crack at the top of the D which bypassed the defenders and was unable to be stopped before sinking in to the back of the next. The fifth and final goal had to be worked for a little bit harder, with Rolph coming back to steal a few attempts away, and Woods, Seymour and Ganiford making gallant attempts to stop the ball from going in the goal, but unfortunately it just snuck past the eagerly anticipating defence and keeper and settled in the back of the net. Final result 5-0 to Leadenham.
However, the final score does not reflect Town’s performance what so ever. With a few regular players missing due to other commitments, plus a new league and new rules to play to, Town played to the best of their ability. Man of the Match went to Clodie Rolph who had some spectacular play in the midfield, whilst Dick of the Day was a bit of a closer call and eventually was awarded to Angel Fayers. Next week’s game is at home at 12:00 against March Town 1’s.

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s vs Cambridge South Ladies’ 3s: 6-1 win to Newmarket (Benedikz 3, Atherton, King, Abbersteen)

Newmarket 3s turned up for their opening game of the new season hoping to build on a strong finish to the end of the last. The final result of 6v1 seems to suggest that this could be a good season for the 3s with promotion possibly on the cards.

As they did last season South started strongly and put pressure onto the Newmarket back line causing some panic at times. Newmarket however dug deep and came through this opening period still level and soon took the lead through Bronnie King, who shortly after turned provider as her shot was saved by the South keeper only for old Southerner Vicky Benedikz to tap home.

Georgia Atherton added a third and all was looking good as half time approached. South though, showed they had far from given up when they caught Newmarket a little too high up the pitch, were ably rescued by an excellent save from regular shot stopper Claire Spiers who kept her cool, closed down the space and then dived to smother the chance. Phoebe Peacock ably followed up the save with a clearance and the danger was over for now.

The half time the team talk was based around keeping the 3s calm, concentrating for the full 70 minutes and continuing to play the same high quality team based hockey that has served them well of recent weeks.

The second half began with Benedikz returning up front alongside Atherton and Charlotte Abbersteen, captain Rach Pegg and King in the centre of midfield flanked by Jess Logan and Rebecca Barnes. Bridget Hall dropped back into a more defensive role alongside Peacock, Janie Harrington and Jane Dryland.

Once the second half got underway Benedikz quickly doubled her tally for the match knocking in her second rebound, before she proved she could score from further than 6 inches with a superb strike from just inside the D which deflected off the inside of the post leaving Souths keeper with no chance. Newmarkets 6th was scored by Abbersteen who reacted quickly to jab home an Emily Fairweather cross.

As the half progressed Newmarkets efforts had clearly taken their toll and the odd mistake crept in to their play. Whilst chances continued to be generated they were missing the finishing touch.
Despite being on the end of a heavy defeat South did not give up and gained their consolation when a strike took an unfortunate deflection and wrong footed Spiers (GK).

Whilst tougher tests lie ahead, this was a clear statement of intent to the rest of the Division that Newmarket 3s will be right up with the best at the end of the season and for 1 week at least, Newmarket Ladies 3s can look down on the rest of the division from the top spot.

Half Time 3-0
Final score 6-1
Man of the Match Bronnie King
Teddy Georgia Atherton for ably attempting to hit the goal but missing more than she would like to remember.

Team: Claire Spiers (GK), Rach Pegg (C), Phoebe Peacock, Janie Harrington, Jane Dryland, Bridget Hall, Jess Logan, Sophie Bell, Rebecca Barnes, Emily Fairweather, Rachel Hogg, Bronnie King, Georgia Atherton, Charlotte Abbersteen and Vicky Benedikz.

Newmarket Ladies’ 4s vs Cambridge South Ladies’ 2s: Postponed due to lack of a Newmarket captain

Newmarket Mens’ 1s vs Sudbury Mens’ 2s: 0-2 win to Newmarket (Holden, Pears)

For pictures from Newmarket’s 2-0 win over Sudbury, please click here.

Photography by Nicola Clark.

Newmarket Mens’ 2s vs Harleston Magpies Mens’ 4s: 3-2 win to Newmarket (Blades, Andreou, Wood)

Another Victorious Week For The Club!

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Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Oundle Ladies: 7-0 win to Newmarket

Newmarket ladies 1’s helped continue the clubs winning run this weekend as they convincingly beat Oundle ladies 7-0 at home.
The squad brimming with enthusiasm and skill this season were keen to show their intentions of dominating the league from opening push back. Oundle were penned into their defending half and forced to play square and back passes. With pace up front, Beth Wombwell slipped her defender and took on the keeper-with little effort she found the target to take Town in front after 5 minutes. With a full sideline of supporters cheering-the team were lifted to extend this lead. By this point Newmarket were able to sit high in defence. Nicola Boyle made her first team league debut and rose to the challenge and worked superbly with her new teammates at the back.
Town looked comfortable on the ball and coach Chris Evans was able to adjust the team – trying out new position options. Hayley Stoneman taking on a more defensive role this season provided skill and pace toward the midfield leaving Claire McDonnell the chance to sit higher. Oundle were giving Newmarket a lot of space to run with the ball and McDonnell darted up the right and found Di Thomas top D-she took a step inside and struck sweetly to beat the keeper at right post.
McDonnell was rewarded for her unselfish distribution-finding herself free top D after a pinpoint pass from Jazz Wombwell she scampered round 2 players and clipped into goal. A head injury to an Oundle player created a gap in play which was much needed due to the heat.
The second half was as high paced as the first and Town were hungry for more goals. Kerry Alderson like Boyle was making her first team league debut and certainly made an impact on the game with her pace and accuracy.
Beth Wombwell again was on target only for the goal to be disallowed – this was a teaser for the crowd as Angel Fayers stepped up and pounced on the left post soon after, giving Newmarket a fourth.
Looking solid Isabel Hooley and Louise Downs were clinical in their execution of passes confidently worked together to provide the front men shooting opportunities.
Oundle did not give up the fight and for a ten minute period were holding possession well and build chances to shoot towards Sue Bullimore in goal. Getting restless Newmarket finally got the ball away. In a goalline scramble the Oundle keeper must be praised for blocking numerous shots, however Thomas boomed the ball first time into goal to take her team’s tally to 5. Beth Wombwell was also not done with being on the score sheet and swept from mid range to get her brace.
1’s player of 2011/12 season Tania Fisher was on form as usual as was Lydia Evans who was unlucky not to find the target on several occasions. Town’s final goal started from a defensive clearance. Within about 4 passes the ball was heading goalwards. After an initial shot by McDonnell the ball fell nicely for Thomas to reverse sweep away giving her a hat-trick. At this early point of the season the team sit top of the league on goal difference-a position they wish to remain at.
Jenny Richards played her final game for Newmarket before starting student life. She will be missed by the squad and club-they all wish her luck for the future.

Newmarket Ladies 2’s v’s Peterborough Ladies 2’s – Saturday 22nd September (home)

It was a quick pace from the onset in this match with both teams fitness levels really put to the test. The first goal came from Newmarket in the 22nd minute by Lou Downs who has shown she means business now she has recovered from last seasons injury. There were plenty of shots on goal from the Peterborough side but none in the first half could get past Newmarket goalkeeper Sue Bullimore who won man of the match for her efforts. Going into the second half leading 1-0, Newmarket dominated possession for the early part of the second half which was rewarded with a second goal for them by Tracey Cockerill in the 9th minute. It wasn’t long after that Peterborough got their first goal however. There was some great play by Newmarkets Zoe Bailey, April Atkinson, Sam Brooke & Grace Evans and in the 31st minute Lou Downs got her second goal making it 3-1 to Newmarket and securing the win.

Newmarket 1st XI 6-0 St Neots 1st XI
Goal scorers – Harry Bell x 2, Matt Holden x 2, Ollie Wade and Mark Pears
Newmarket went into their first home game of the 2012-13 season fairly heavily disrupted by the unusually early start to season. With right winger Mr Suzanna Burrows trying to develop a life away from the sport he loves, Simon Harrington using Pedalo’s as only he can in Spain and James Wrinch spending more time than desired with the contents of his own stomach the team were forced into a re-shuffle. Mark Pears was moved from centre forward to right back, Dave Worrall moved to centre back with Matt Holden returning to play right wing.
Having won every home game during last season conceding only 3 goals in the process, the team were still confident. They came up against an experienced resilient St Neots team who were not prepared to roll over and competed all over the park. As the game progressed Newmarket’s superior ability and greater team work enabled them to dominate both possession and territory. Newmarket won a flurry of penalty corners capitalising on the third one when Harry Bell deflected in Ollie Wade’s pass.
The second goal followed soon after, Matt Holden drove the by line from the right wing. Skelton was open for square pass and a certain tap in, Holden instead opted to play a 1-2 with the goalkeeper’s pads. Fortunately for the team, and definitely for Holden, he tucked away the rebound.
Despite Newmarket dominance, St Neots kept the back four of Pears, Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Wilson on their toes. Goal keeper Chris Routs had to be alert to dart from his line and block, this left more space for Newmarket to attack and Holden soon scored the third, collecting Leggett’s fine through ball and beating the keeper with a shot from a tight angle. The half time whistle went soon after with the team 3 goals to the good.
The second half was more of the same, Ollie Wade continued his fine recent performances at left half, providing great defensive cover for his full back and through a combination of lung busting runs and individual skill giving his closest opponents plenty to worry about. Following a great attack down the left, involving most the team, Mike Skelton passed to Leggett, who slipped to Bell to score his second.
The fifth was scored by Ollie Wade, Alex Andreou’s shot was blocked by the St Neots keeper, Skelton picked up the rebound and squared for Wade to force home, the scoring was rounded off by Mark Pears who slammed home after the keeper had blocked Wilson initial penalty corner effort.
Man of the match was Ollie Wade and Dick of the day Will Wilson (very harsh, as the author of the match report felt he had an outstanding game, bettered by only Wade), for losing his keys and chucking a couple of less than average aerials. The team were also grateful to Greg Cummins for benching, hopefully with a little more persuasion he could play every week!
Next week the team are at home to Wisbech, the game starts at 3:30, supporters are always very welcome. The club are fortunate to have a large squad for their men’s teams, but new players are always welcome to join our successful growing club, the men train at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at the leisure centre, please look on the website www.newmarkethockeyclub.co.uk for more info.

Newmarket Mens 2’s v Grantham: 2-1 win to Newmarket

With last weeks game playing on the minds of the Newmarket team, they travelled to Grantham with a resolve to put right last week’s injustice. Due to a delayed start tensions where building but these evaporated as the whistle blew to begin.
Newmarket immediately began where they left off last week, with the new forward partnership of Will Hosegood and James Atkinson combining to create some early chances. The chances came to nothing though as a combination of bad luck and some errant shooting conspired to keep the game level.
Grantham where not to be easily subdued however, and responded with some quick break-away attacks. These where soaked up with some robust defending from the usual back four of Boyle, Atkinson senior(very, very senior) Jenkins and Prentice. The latter proving that even the old boys have some running left in them, but it will be Thursday before he feels his legs again.
The attacks from Grantham where few and far between though, and yet again Newmarket commanded the midfield, with Ben Gottfredson and Mark Simpson pairing up effectively and feeding the wingers, Jordan Walker on the left and Rob Greene on the right.
Despite the amount of pressure exerted by Newmarket however, the half-time score remained 0-0, leaving Newmarket wondering what they would have to do to get the ball into the back of the net.
The second half began as the first half ended, with Newmarket piling on the pressure. This was rewarded by a penalty corner, which goal machine Hosegood promptly planted into the back of the net, 1-0 Newmarket. This goal buoyed up the team and they put even more pressure onto a flagging Grantham and another penalty corner was awarded. Enter Mr Hosegood to smash another one into the back of the goal, 2-0 Newmarket and a win was on its way.
Despite a late rally from Grantham which led to what was probably the goal of the game, unfortunately scored by Atkinson senior past the despairing Chris Warren in the Newmarket goal, Newmarket hung on to record their first win of the new season which was thoroughly deserved.

Spalding Take Full Glory – League & Cup Double

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Newmarket ladies 1’s v’s Spalding ladies 1’s: 4-2 win to Spalding

The League Cup Final was certainly a contest not to be missed last Saturday as Newmarket ladies 1’s put on a brave and gutsy display against League winners Spalding.
Both teams had had a 3 week gap in match play but this did not show as they battled for every ball making it an exciting contest for supporters; the team were very grateful to so many people coming to cheer Town on.
Sadly it was not a dream start for Newmarket as Spalding strung together some hot passing and created a short corner. The first effort was dealt with well by the Newmarket defence however the second short corner was too swift for Town and Spalding took the lead from close range. It did not take them long to get another in similar style and what seems to be becoming a routine for Town -they were forced to chase the lead.
Newmarket did not give up and began to dominate possession but despite this the final shot on goal did not find the target and with a quick break Spalding took the ball up-field. Switching left to right the winger struck from mid D increasing the team’s lead to 3-0 which remained until half time.
Sensing the bitter taste of defeat, Newmarket wanted to fight back and try and win the silverware after the league top spot went Spalding’s way.
Position switched Newmarket took it straight to Spalding with tiresome work from Hayley Stoneman and Claire McDonnell. The ball was no longer able to creep into Town’s defending D as the defence stood solid.
With pure conviction and determination McDonnell broke free on the right and dodged her way past defenders to score for Newmarket. Sensing a comeback Spalding looked nervous and tempers started to fray. Newmarket eager to keep this flow going played a lot of long balls with every team member fighting on. This effort was rewarded as McDonnell scored again from the right – the clatter of the backboards not even heard as a great cheer came from the Newmarket.
With 10 minutes left to go the pace steadied and Spalding were taking more time on the ball. Newmarket still looked strong but were drawn forward leaving channels open for Spalding. Sadly this gave opportunity for them to sneak into the D un-tracked and with a reverse stick flick they got their fourth. Despite a last minute short corner Town had to settle for 2nd in the cup competition, losing 4-2.
Coach Chris Evans said he was very proud of the team and they have a lot to look forward to next season as they will attempt to win the cup and league again.
GOALKEEPERS NEEDED!
We are in desperate need for female goalkeepers next season. If you are interested please go to www.newmarkethockeyclub.com and contact our team captains or coaches as soon as possible. All levels of experience welcome and there will be opportunity to train over the warmer months before the start of the new season.

LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!

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St Ives III 0 – 6 Newmarket I
Goal scorers: Mike Skelton x 3, Josh Dawson x 2, Ollie Wade
Newmarket weren’t looking forward to the final league game of the 2011-12 season. They did however want to seal another victory to take them to 61 points, 16 ahead of second placed City of Peterborough.
They dominated from the outset, the central midfield pairing of Alex Andreou and Chris Leggett controlling the game. Newmarket had to wait until the 15th minute to break the deadlock. Andreou struck the free hit from outside the 25 for Mike Skelton to deflect past the keeper from close range.
Matt Holden was his normal mercurial self, winning many penalty corners. After Will Wilsons flick was saved by the keeper, Jordan Newnes came up from the back to miss the first of many opportunities. From the third penalty corner, Simon Harrington found Josh Dawson to score with a routine straight from the training ground.
With Harrington and Newnes commanding at centre back goalie Chris Routs was once again a bystander. This allowed full backs Wilson and Dawson to bomb forward combining well with Wade and Mark Pears down the flanks. The third goal came when Dawson overlapped down the right and squared for Skelton to strike into the far corner on his reverse stick.
Newmarket were 3 goals to the good at half time and hoped to more than double that in the second half. Ollie Wade scored the fourth, bravely diving in to finish off a Pears cross from a couple of yards out. Skelton completed his hat trick deflecting Andreou’s cross from the right wing past the keeper at the near post. The scoring was wrapped up by Dawson, who was played through by Skelton and flicked past the keeper on his reverse.
Rob Green played well having been called up after many good performances for the second team, he certainly looks like a player for the future. Man of the match was Mike Skelton, dick of the day Dave Worrall who due to work commitments only made it for the last 15 minutes, many felt Newnes was fortunate not to get dotd himself having fluffed many chances to score his first goal of the season. This draws a remarkable season to a close, the 5 months until the 2012-13 starts feels like an eternity! Long live the revolution.

First Level Score For Ladies 1’s

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Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Sawtry Ladies: 4-4 Draw
 
The ladies first team went away to play Sawtry for their last league game of the season.
Sawtry were sitting second last in the table so Newmarket were confident of a victory although only won narrowly on their last meeting.
This complacency may have been to blame for Sawtry running at Town in the first minute and smashing a shot into the backboards. Newmarket were in shock after this and realised they would have to work harder to overcome their opposition.
With renewed passion great interlinking between the midfield and wingers drew Sawtry in tight; with space to the left Hayley Stoneman passed to Jenny Richards who forced a short corner after putting a defender under pressure. The two then combined again as Stoneman took first strike and Richards skillful deflected into the roof of goal to level the score.
 
Now feeling more comfortable about the situation; Newmarket began to distribute with confidence and Captain Gail McDonnell urged her team forward.
Beth Wombwell picked up the ball on the halfway line; went on a rampant run and found Tania Fisher – she did incredibly well to lose her defender and with no hesitation struck true into goal to take Town in front.
 
With their noses in front Newmarket were sturdy in defense, Isabel Hooley and Jazz Wombwell distributing well around the back line. Angel Fayers created space for herself on the right wing, drove hard and found a defender’s foot. Stoneman opened her account for the day from a free strike at top D giving Newmarket a 3-1 lead going into half time.
 
Sawtry were not looking to let this score rest and the second half was truly dominated by the home team. Newmarket perhaps looking a little tired struggled to get back after quick breaks and Sawtry scored within the first 5 minutes. They were quick to strike again from a short corner after a Newmarket player showed excellent sportsmanship in owning up to a foul – overturning the umpires decision to award a defensive free hit. Honesty didn’t pay on this occasion as Sawtry executed a perfect short corner to level the score.
 
With the pressure now on and with Sawtry in full flow, Newmarket were wishing the time away. Another quick break left the backline under pressure Sawtry’s chance was temporarily halted as Jess Boyle slid into action from the goal-line to stop the first shot – but the second was too well placed and Town were in danger of losing their last match. With less than five minutes to go Newmarket looked stronger again and looked like they were going to rob Sawtry of max points and Richards was perfectly placed again to slot a ball into goal. With the final play being a short corner – all Town players came forward to pen the ball in the D. The strike was stopped on the line by a foot. A penalty stroke was awarded – Fisher was eagerly elected by her teammates. This final roll of the ball would determine whether Sawtry were safe from relegation. Fisher pushed low and fast right however the Keeper guessed correct and deflected out to end the game 4-4. Sawtry safe from the bottom of league spot and Newmarket will end second in the league by at least 3 points.
 
The League Cup game will be played on the 21st April where Newmarket will meet Spalding to see who claims the silverware.

2’s On Hot Form!

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Newmarket Ladies II’s vs. Lowestoft Ladies II’s – At Newmarket

The weather was on fire and so were the Newmarket Ladies 2’s this Saturday as they played their hearts out against Lowestoft at home. The pace was steady for the first half which probably had something to do with the hot conditions but Newmarket picked it up towards the end of the half to show they weren’t messing around and Cassie Ayms produced the goods with a whack and a half from a short corner to give Newmarket the 1-0 lead. The second half was evenly fought with Lowestoft missing more than a few chances of a goal due to Sue Bullimore’s quick fire saves in goal and her efforts were rightfully awarded with the Coaches player of the match and joint woman of the match! It looked like Lowestoft were going to bring the score to a 1-1 draw but with a great passing effort from the defence to the midfield, proving the new 4-4-2 formation was working, April Atkinson swept the ball through to Verity MacMahon who found her way around the Lowestoft goalkeeper to secure the 2-0 win for Newmarket.

3’s End Promising Season With A Few Grazes

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Newmarket had an early start for their last match of the season and were hoping to go out on a win but within minutes of the match starting it became clear that they were not all up to their usual form. Wisbech pushed strongly for a goal which they eventually won with a great strike from the edge of the D. Towards the end of the first half Newmarket started to get things together and move towards the Wisbech goal but silly errors on the Newmarket side meant that Wisbech gained possession before the got to the D. A half time reshuffle brought Nikki Cole in to the action and away from the wings but just as she was starting to make a difference a well executed penalty corner meant that Wisbech won themselves another goal. Newmarket buckled down to try and score themselves but despite some excellent play by player of the match Jade Atkinson linking up with centre forward Donna Keates. A last ditch attempt at a goal in the final minutes ended up with Donna Keates finding herself underneath the goal keeper giving herself a few grazes as a memento of the season. The game ended 0 – 2.