Week 2 Results

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Men’s 1st Team Report

UEA Men’s Second XI 1 – 2 Newmarket Men’s First XI

Team: Iain Robinson, Darren Jenkins, Jordan Newnes, Andrew Baker, Peter Sargeant, Rory Podd, William Jack Wilson, Chris Leggett, William Frost, Mike Landshoff, Matthew Holden.

Goalscorers: Wilson x 2

Following on from last week’s defeat at Newmarket squad was depleted and called on the youth from the second team in Baker, Sargent and Landshoff. We worked out their combined age to be 217, which seemed high but fortunately Dianne Abbott was on hand to vouch for our sums accuracy. When you chucked in veterans Wilson and Holden, it was like Dad’s army were going over the top. The quintet combined age alone probably exceeded the opposition’s team and their three man bench.

In the brief warm up that skipper Wilson’s punctuality allowed, the team discussed the tactics they’d like to implement. That went out the window after 5 minutes when the otherwise dependable Sargeant sent the young, athletic, pacy, skilful UEA forward in on goal, he beat Robinson (for the only time today) in nets to hand UEA the lead. Did I mentioned they were young….

Newmarket didn’t let their heads drop and picked up where they left off, both Rory Podd and Will Frost were outstanding on right and left midfield respectively playing with a level of discipline when out of possession which belied their tender years, providing plenty of cover for their full backs which meant Newmarket were consistently winning back possession.

Newmarket equalised when Holden won the first of many penalty corners, it wasn’t the slickest of routines, the drag and stop could have been better, but Wilson’s mishit strike deflected of the number 1 runner, wrong footing the keeper and pulling Newmarket level.

Newmarket started to grow in confidence, Landshoff worked hard and used the ball in the middle well and enable Leggett and Wilson to control the game when in possession. Newnes and Andy Baker marshalled the defence well Jenkins was always an outlet on the right. With 10 minutes or so remaining in the first half Podd almost put Newmarket in front, controlling sharply and sending a thunderous drive towards the bottom right corner which the UEA keeper somehow scrabbled round the post.

Holden’s intelligent, some might even say wise, movement caused UEA problems and he won a second penalty corner, having learnt from the first it was executed to perfection, Wilson’s strike slamming against the backboard. The half finished 2-1.

In the second half UEA continued to dominate but squander possession, on one rare occasion they did manage to penetrate the D and win a penalty corner, but Sargeant was there to make amends a pulled of a great goal line save to preserve the lead. Newmarket forced another couple on penalty corners themselves through the mercurial Holden, with UEA making a fine block from one of them, to stop Newmarket grabbing a third.

This was a hugely promising performance from a team that hadn’t played together before, the formation meant that Robinson had little to do other than to help marshal his defence. With many players unavailable today, it’ll pose problems for Captain Wilson ahead of next week’s game at home to Norwich Dragons. The match is 3pm at the Leisure Centre, as ever supporters are very welcome.

Ladies’ 2nd Team Report

A squirrel crossed the pitch.
Laura Excell scored twice, Helen Hansgate and Zoe Bailey once each and Robyn Henry-Jones bagged her first goal and Man of the Match for L2.
The squirrel did not re-appear and we did win 5-0.

Week 1 Results

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Men’s 3rd Team Report

The M3s kicked off their season with a 1v5 defeat to one of the league favourites. The size of the defeat was harsh on us as we dominated the first 25 minutes, but failed to get the ball in the back of the net. Peter Booth bagged his first of the season in the second half and there was plenty of good play going forward for Newmarket to build on.

Ladies’ 3rd Team Report

The ladies set off for their first match of the season in high spirits. The game was heavily dominated by Newmarket however goals were hard to come by despite plenty of opportunities and strikes taken. Half time saw the score still at 0-0. The second half started as the first, with capt Mel Podd starting to get a little concerned with the teams inability to put a ball over the line. A long corner saw capt Mel Podd pick up the ball just inside the D, and with her back to goal put in a welly of a hit powered by sheer frustration, finally found the mark to put the ladies 1-0 up. For a first team outing the ladies were very happy to take the win in a game that could have easily had a score of 5-0, were it not for the sterling defence work showed by Ely. Man of match went to junior Robyn Henry jones for her nonstop outstanding play all game. Jane Dryland took home the teddy. Next week sees the ladies at home at 11am against st ives.