9 January 2012

- New Year Win For Ladies 1’s!

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland Ladies’ 1’s: 3-1 win to Newmarket

After a close battle pre-Christmas Newmarket were prepared for a youthful Rutland side in the League Cup competition.
With a full Newmarket side the team started confidently and made some big tackles to turn the play goalwards. It took a little time for both teams to settle, play also looked a little rusty but Town began to move up a gear.

Lydia Evans and Angel Fayers showed great movement on both sides of the pitch giving room for Isabel Hooley and Claire McDonnell to drive the ball forward. It took 25 minutes for Town to score – Hayley Stoneman finding the target after her own shot rebounded on a shot corner.
Leading 1-0 at half time Newmarket were looking to stay in control and justify their top of league position. The second goal came from Di Thomas who sneaked a ball inside the right post after a good central build up from Jenny Richards.
It was then Rutland who picked up a gear. After a surging right sided run, a skillful forward player slapped a ball into goal. Nerves were now jangling and when a ball hit a Newmarket player’s foot preventing a Rutland goal – a penalty flick was awarded. Jess Boyle stood strong and guessed the direction of the shot, keeping Town in front – it also gave her the Player of the Match Award. Newmarket were encouraged by this and after a Rutland short corner broke down Zoe Bailey seized the opportunity to move the ball quickly to Angel Fayers. She crossed the ball to Claire McDonnell who found Beth Wombwell; with no hesitation she swept firmly into goal to compete an exquisite move. This was to be the final goal, the score remaining 3-1. The team are still unbeaten in the Cup Competition and are aiming for the final at the end of March.

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12 December 2011

- Narrow Victory For Men’s 1’s

Boston 2 – 3 Newmarket
Goal Scorers – Will Wilson, Ben Gotfredsen, Josh Dawson
Newmarket travelled away to Boston, their sixth away game before Christmas. With the closet away game having been against Peterborough everybody is looking forward to much shorter journeys in the New Year.
After a very sharp warm up Newmarket started well, dominating possession from the start, Mike Skelton and Mark Pears moved off the ball well, and it soon became clear that it was the Boston strategy to defend deep and to try and prevent Newmarket playing through them. After a swift attack featuring Chris Leggett and Josh Dawson Newmarket won their first penalty corner of the game, Will Wilson rattled the backboards from the top of the D.
Newmarket continued to dominate but as in previous weeks the team often made the wrong decision in the final third of the pitch. With the defence of Will Balding, Simon Harrington, Jordan Newnes and Ollie Wade pushing high, Newmarket were undone with a aerial over the top down the middle of the pitch, Boston broke at pace to beat keeper Chris Routs and forcing an equaliser.
Unperturbed Newmarket went forward again and soon went back in front, good work by Ollie Wade down the left created space for Ben Gotfredsen, his cross was deflected into the net by a Boston defender for his first goal of the season. Newmarket expected to go on now and assert their authority, Holden won another penalty corner, which was slipped to wade, and his pass was deflected in by Dawson through the keeper’s legs.
The half time whistle went with Newmarket leading by three goals to one. Captain Will Wilson demanded that his team sent a message to the league by going into the Christmas break having not let themselves down in the last league match of the year. In fairness the team listened to his words and dominated possession for the second half, but they were incapable of scoring. At some point it almost became a competition to see who could miss from the closest distance.
The first candidate was Gotfredsen, Wilson beat a couple of men and drove the line, the keeper guess the ball was being cut back, Wilson rolled the ball along the line for Gotfredsen who seemed to freeze and only react when the ball had passed the far post, when he then pushed the ball wide. The team looked round in disbelief, certain that they had made up their mind who was going to win the prestigious dick of the day award.
Minutes later Mark Pears decided to stake his claim, Wilson intercepted in the left back position before playing the ball down the line, Pears kept it in and released it to Skelton who played a quick pass to Holden whom returned it to Pears down the right wing, the ball was out of reach of the on rushing keeper and just in front of Pears who took a few touches without ever gaining full control of the ball and managed to dribble the ball into the side of the goal. The last miss was unbelievable, this one was just comical. Gotfredsen breathed a huge sigh of relief!
Boston punished Newmarket when they broke from another Newmarket attack, the young midfielder running from his own half beating a couple of players, Keeper Chris Routs and centre back Harrington’s despairing dive still allowed him to slot it into the far corner. It was now game on and Newmarket were fortunate that keeper Routs made another sharp stop to keep Town in front.
There was then a flash point in what had been an otherwise good tempered game, after a short corner had broken down, the Boston keeper head butted Mike Skelton, the umpire saw the offence and issued a straight red card. Resulting in an interruption to play whilst a substitute keeper was kitted up by Boston. There was still time on the clock and Boston continued to put up a spirited display that belies their position at the bottom of the table. The game remained tense, but drifted to a conclusion, Newmarket got the three points they craved, but hadn’t pulled up any trees.
Newmarket’s inability to take their chances has been a real feature over the last month, the game wasn’t helped by the local football team who seemed able to frequently kick the ball on the pitch whenever Newmarket where threatening. A bigger issue was missing two open goals and converting only two of sixteen penalty corners. This is something that really needs to be worked on for 2012 to make sure the team ram home their advantage and achieve the promotion they crave.
Man of the match was Chris Leggett for an outstanding use of the ball and covering every part of the pitch, dick of the day was Mark Pears. The next league game is at home against Peterborough on Saturday 14th January 2012.

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12 December 2011

- Hatrick For Coupe as 2’s Track Leaders

Men’s 2’s hockey – Div 6NW

December 10th 2011

Newmarket 2nd XI 5
St Neots 3rd XI 1

A strong all round performance from the home side proved too much for the visiting Saints. An early lead was established through Matt Smith, latching on to a loose ball in the “D”. Another poacher’s effort from Smith in the second half and a valedictory hat-trick from Ben Coupe, all scored “route one” from short corners, put the game beyond doubt with the opposition managing a single consolation effort. Newmarket sit one point behind leaders Cambridge South 3 going into the Christmas break.

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12 December 2011

- Frosty Reception At Spalding

Ladies 3’s:

Newmarket travelled to Spalding for a cup match on saturday and were met with slippery conditions, however the game continued. The team was missing several of its regular key players, but the game was an opportunity for other players in the team to show what they could do. The match had a promising start and Newmarket seemed to have the edge with many excellent stops by player of the match Maddie Rule keeping play to their advantage. Halfway through the first half Spalding scored after an excellent strike on a short corner which, although intercepted by defender Emma Clarke, was struck with such force that it continued into the air and into the back of the goal. Newmarket immediately retaliated by winning their own short corner and battled the ball into Spalding’s goal with the final touch coming from Donna Keats making the score 1-1. Newmarket started the second half hoping to secure a win but it soon became apparent that Spalding’s stronger players were pushing forward determined to get a win for themselves and the tiring Newmarket players found themselves failing to close them down leaving the final score at 4-1 to Spalding.

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5 December 2011

- Men’s 1st Team Draw Despite Team Shuffle

Men’s 1’s: Horncastle 2 – 2 Newmarket
Goalscorers- Will Wilson, Josh Dawson
Newmarket made the long trip to Horncastle missing three regular players, Alex Andreou was still banned, Mike Skelton was constructing stairs in his dolls house and Dave Worrall re-training the computer says no woman from Little Britain. With many of the more experienced second team players unable to help out the team were grateful to Darren Jenkins who interrupted his lay in and agreed to play at short notice.
With second playing away at fourth and third in the league facing a tricky away game the team hoped it was an opportunity to put some more space between them and second placed Peterborough, the end result meant that Peterborough have closed the gap to three points. With the absentees the team was forced into a re-shuffle and never looked totally comfortable. They faced an organised Horncastle team that played 2 leagues above Newmarket last season. After five minutes it became clear that this game was going to be a battle, not helped by the Astroturf, which with its coating of mud, they could grow cabbages on, if and when it gets condemned.
Newmarket thought they had taken the lead when Josh Dawson was put through on goal, his initial shot was saved by the keeper before he put in the rebound. The goal was given until the opposition appealed for a foot. With neither umpires having seen the infringement, it was surprising that they overturned the decision, but they did reach the right verdict in the end. Newmarket threatened again when Holden blasted high and wide with the goal gaping. As the first half progressed Horncastle began to dominant, Will Wilson and Chris Leggett seems to be out numbered in the middle and the additional man took full advantage, setting up a couple of chances Newmarket were fortunate Horncastle couldn’t capitalise on. The half time whistle went with the game scoreless.
The second half started with Newmarket were determined to grind out a result, Holden and Pears took it in turns to drop into midfield and pick up the spare man. Horncastle had other ideas and weren’t prepared to lay down. The oppositions centre back hit the ball towards the D, a player at the top of the D miss controlled the pass, deflecting it to a player at the far post for a tap in, soon after they doubled their lead after a poor bit of defending leaving keeper Chris Routs again with no chance. The team now had a real battle on their hands and looked like they were down and out. However centre back Simon Harrington started to push forward, Ollie Wade moved to left back, pushing Ben Gotfredsen further forward. Passes that 10 minutes earlier weren’t finding their men and hitting opposition feet began to find their targets.
Holden hit the inside of the post from the top of the D, Mark Pears was fouled by the keeper and Newmarket won their first penalty corner, the keeper saved a Wilson flick, but Newmarket’s tails were up. Josh Dawson won another penalty corner, it was slipped to Wade who fired at the far post where Dawson was inches away from deflecting it goal wards. The game was now dominated by Newmarket, Holden won another penalty corner with Dawson’s deflection saved on the line. Just when it seemed that Newmarket were not going to capitalise on the pressure, the first goal came from Wilson sending the keeper the wrong way from another penalty corner, suddenly it was game on. A minute later the scores were level with Dawson’s reverse stock shot deflecting into the roof of the net by the man trying to clear on the line.
There was only going to be one winner now and as adrenaline pumped the umpires asked the captains of both teams to calm their players down. Newmarket threatened again but seemed to have lost their momentum, with 5 minutes to go despite Mark Pears going close they couldn’t force the winner.
Man of the match was Darren Jenkins for a solid debut at right back, he was run close by Simon Harrington who was outstanding at centre back. The team were grateful to Horncastle for providing two very competent umpires. Next week the team are away at Boston, the last long away game of the season, three points will be essential to ensure they go into Christmas with a lead!

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5 December 2011

- Ladies 1’s Back To Winning Ways

Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Rutland 1’s: 2-1 win to Newmarket
After a two week break of match play Newmarket were apprehensive about facing an on form Rutland side. This certainly showed as Town were on the back foot and failing to find each other. As momentum built, so did their confidence in new positionings. Despite this Rutland scored first from a strong right side maneouver. Again Newmarket had the task of playing catch up as in other recent games. The team showed commendable resilience as they fought right from the defence to the forward line. Finally they were rewarded with an equaliser; Hayley Stoneman drilling a ball along the back line for Di Thomas who shadowed the keeper to flick into the bottom left corner of goal.
The half time whistle left the game on an even keel and Newmarket welcomed the opportunity to re-start the game and looked ultra confident. This continued with the back line looking fearless and the midfielders tracking their players. Stoneman took control in the centre, drove to the D and weaved her way past 3 players to shoot past the stranded keeper. At the other end Jess Boyle had to make some top class saves which earned her Player of the Match. There was a break in Newmarket’s dominance of possession which produced some heart stopping moments but Jazz Wombwell, Isi Hooley, Gail McDonnell and Tania Fisher shred out the defensives duties to stop any shots.
The last play of the game was a short corner to Rutland, they had a clear shot at goal but they did not hit the target and was parried off the back line to end the game.
Newmarket face the same team in the cup competition next week and hope for the same outcome.

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5 December 2011

- Ayms Brace Keeps 2’s out Of Danger

Nemarket Ladies 2’s v Ipswich: 3-1 win to Newmarket.
Newmarket travelled to Ipswich keen to secure another win and some valuable points. Tracy Cockerill opened the scoring after 10 mins when a well worked move between Peri Green and Beth Wombwell found Tracy in a fine position to finish. The game saw some attacking play from both sides but Newmarket’s defence of Anna Parker and Mel Podd kept Ipswich from scoring. Newmarket were awarded a short corner just before half time and Cassie Ayms converted Tracy Cockerill’s injection in some style. The first half finished 2-0 and Newmarket continued their determined play in the second half with some great runs from April Atkinson and Ruth Godden. Despite some great team play from Sarah Gainford and some lovely breaks down the left from Harriet Briggs Newmarket were unable to find the net. An error at the back from Newmarket gifted Ipswich a goal which seemed to spur the Ipswich side on. A period of sustained pressure from Ipswich culminated in a goal line save by a Newmarket foot and a penalty flick being awarded. Newmarket could feel their victory slipping away but their Keeper Sue Bullimore, not for the first time, produced an excellent save to maintain Newmarket’s lead. Shortly afterwards Newmarket were awarded another short corner and once again Cassie Ayms stepped up to convert. The game finished 3-1 giving Newmarket some much needed points in their fight to stay in this league.

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28 November 2011

- Marching On

Newmarket 7 – 0 March II
Goal scorers – Ollie Wade x 2, Mark Pears, Mike Skelton, Matt Holden, Will Wilson and Adam Gallop
Newmarket were missing 3 regulars for this blustery November match, captain Will Wilson called up Will Balding and Adam Gallop from the second team and moved himself into midfield to rekindle last seasons effective central midfield partnership with Chris Leggett. They faced a March side with a poor away record so expected to rack up win number 9 from their tenth league game of the season.
Newmarket dominated from the off, creating and squandering many good chances. Man of the match Matt Holden wrecked havoc down the right hand side, combined with Mike Skelton and Mark Pears movement up front meant March couldn’t contain the team.
Wilson almost broke the deadlock, clipping the post from the top of the D before Mark Pears broke the deadlock. Mike Skelton slammed the second home at waist height shortly afterwards. Goal keeper Chris Routs was a virtual spectator, with the defence well marshalled by the experienced Simon Harrington. The big centre back has been working hard at improving his fitness and the team are starting to notice the benefit. Together with Dave Worrall, Jordan Newnes and Will Balding they moved the ball well round the back, changing the point of attack.
Newmarket were unlucky not to be awarded a flick when a March player stopped a Holden goal bound effort with his shoulder. Newmarket were 2 goals to the good at half time but were determined to extend their lead in the second half.
Matt Holden scored the third from a goal mouth scramble lifting the ball over the goalkeeper. Will Wilson scored the fourth with a flick from a short corner. Newmarket were now rampant and scored a great team goal for the fifth. A move that involved almost every player culminated with Ollie Wade beating his man, and cutting into the D where he beat the goalie at the near post.
Adam Gallop capped a solid display tapping home Skelton’s cross to finish another sweeping move. Wilson rattled the post again from another penalty corner before Ollie Wade capped a fine performance with his second and the teams seventh goal from a short corner.
In truth March battled well and didn’t give in but the game wasn’t really a contest, Newmarket expects much more of a battle in the next 2 games away against Horncastle and Boston. Two victories should send the team into Christmas with a bit of breathing space at the top!

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22 November 2011

- Men’s 1’s Beaten By Deeping

Bourne Deeping II 3 – 1 Newmarket I
Newmarket travelled north to Deeping St James knowing that if they won and results went their way they would be 8 points clear by the end of the day. Bourne Deeping had other ideas and provided Newmarket with their stern test, and one ultimately they weren’t able to match.
With Worrall unable to play due to work commitments and Dawson in Lapland seeking work for the festive period, Newmarket took a bare eleven to Deeping. They started well carving out a great opportunity in the first 30 seconds. Newmarket eventually took the lead in the 10th minute. Alex Andreou’s hit from outside the 25 rebounding of the post leaving Mark Pears with a tap in. Matt Holden was instrumental in winning numerous penalty corners, Deeping defended them well with 2 of Andreou’s strikes being cleared of the line.
Deeping mounted a few of the own attacks mainly down their right hand side, from one attack goal-keeper Routs made a sharp stop, deflected into the forwards foot, he squared to a team mate who scored. Newmarket felt aggrieved as it was a clear foot, but Deepings umpire didn’t see the offence and couldn’t give something he hadn’t seen. Deeping soon scored a second goal, Newnes was harshly adjudged to have intentionally put the ball over the backline, from the resulting short corner, Harrington went missing at the far post and Deeping capitalised.
Newmarket created plenty of chances of their own, Pears could have done with more composure in front of goal, twice missing first time efforts when he had time to take a touch. Skelton had the opportunity to finish of another move but took too long to get his shot of allowing a defender to clear with the goal gaping. Deeping then made it three from another short corner when the strike wriggled through the logging keepers pads into the back of the net.
The half time whistle went, Newmarket did feel that the umpires hadn’t applied the rules consistently on the first half but were determined to re double their efforts in the second half. Newmarket had the majority of the game, despite having Chris Leggett deservedly sent off for dissent. The team wasted a couple more penalty corners, before Will Wilson glanced the post with a flick from the top of the D. When Chris Leggett returned to the pitch they continued to dominate, Skelton won a penalty flick, which Captain Wilson wasted allowing the keeper to make a save. Newmarket started to feel it wasn’t their day.
This was compounded with 5 minutes to go when both teams had a man each for sent off, Andreou was fouled by the Deeping centre midfielder several times. With the new self pass rule, preventing the opponent tackling for 5 yards sometimes giving a decision can now be an advantage. As it was both players suffered as a direct result of the umpires not taking charge of the game. With the opponent towering over him Andreou tried to get off the floor, only for the Deeping player to try and head butt him. For some reason the young umpire felt both players deserved a red card, leaving Newmarket and many spectators scratching their head in disbelief.
This should detract from the Market Deeping performance, they took their chances and therefore warranted the victory. Newmarket made many individual errors and didn’t take any of the numerous chances on offer. The only players to come out with credit were stand in right back Ben Gotfredsen, left midfield Ollie “keep it positive” Wade and man of the match Mike Skelton.
Next week Newmarket are at home to March, the team will look to get over this week’s blip and return to the championship form they have demonstrated all season.

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21 November 2011

- Second Time Unlucky for the 3’s

Ladies 3’s v Peterborough:

Newmarket faced Peterborough again this week and the team were determined to get a better result after last week’s controversy. At half time the team were 1 goal down and three of their defenders had suffered injuries. Newmarket’s attackers had frequently taken the ball towards the oppositions goal but Peterborough kept regaining possession before any shot on goal could be made. Newmarket made a strong start to the second half attempting to level the score line but Peterborough remained strong, although they had less chances at a goal themselves. An error towards the end of the second half provided Peterborough with a breakaway attack and a second goal and although newmarket had lost again this was an improvement on last weeks 0-4. Holly Woods was named player of match for her determined performance, and she was also one of this weeks key players together with Loren Davenport, Maddie Rule, and April Atkinson.

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