East Hockey are looking at setting up local Masters events that will provide the opportunity to get selected for events further afield and event possibly at international level.
Men’s 1st Team
UEA STRIKE LATE ON TO SECURE A HARD-EARNED VICTORY AGAINST A BRAVE NEWMARKET SIDE
UEA came from behind to record a 3-2 victory to cancel out a Simon Donald brace.
It was top of the league, who predictably started the game in determined fashion, and it was them who looked the more likely to score as Iain Robinson saved twice from close range with another effort dragged wide from around five yards out.
Although the hosts were enjoying plenty of possession, with Robinson called into action several times in the first half, they were unable to break a solid away side who executed their ‘half court press’ tactics excellently, marshalled by a back line of Wilson, Newnes, Harrington and Jenkins, limiting their opponents to just a few meaningful shots.
The visitors were almost the first to draw blood, as Alex Andreou tried his luck from a tight angle, with a rasping, powerful strike that forced an important save.
Newmarket had been competent defensively and posed the occasional threat, which was the story for the opening 35 minutes, and enough to merit their first half efforts.
UEA looked frustrated after the break as they struggled to find the back of the net. Shortly into the second half, Ollie Wade was guilty of a glaring miss as he swept a shot against the post from eight yards out. But they eventually capitalised through Simon Donald, who spurned a glorious chance the previous week when being one on one with keeper, to give Newmarket the lead. His goal came after Darren Jenkins initiated a lightening counter attack, as he found Donald in the middle of the park, who again beat two players to go one of one with the keeper and slot just between the keepers’ legs.1-0.
The hosts soon levelled however, shortly after both Jordan Newnes was given a green card for a mis-timed challenge, and Alex Andreou for deliberately breaking down play, leaving Newmarket with only 9 men as both players served a two-minute suspension. UEA used this to their advantage, as they found an unmarked forward at the centre spot who calmly put the ball into the back of the net. 1-1.
Continuing to work hard and pounce at every opportunity, it was Newmarket that went ahead again, this time through a short corner as a fumbled straight strike was picked up by Donald who doubled his tally as he slammed the ball against the back board. 2-1. UEA quickly clawed their way back into the match however, also through a short corner, as the ball was slapped from outside the D, apparently taking the slightest of touches inside the D, and levelling the scores once more as the ball crept in at the far post. 2-2.
UEA looked like they were heading for their first draw of the season, but Newmarket were very unlucky to be reduced to 9 men again as Wilson saw yellow, and Ollie Wade green, opening the field once more for the home side, who were now overloading the final third, scoring a late winner from close range. 3-2.
Skelton was unfortunate to squander a golden chance late on, as he was set up by Andreou with an inch perfect cross, but his brilliant deflection hit the inside of post and the rebound was cleared by a defender to end the game.
It was a shaky result for table toppers UEA, and Newmarket left the pitch with their heads held high as they worked incredibly hard, playing large parts of the game with just 9 men on the pitch, and they probably deserved more from the game.
Ladies’ 3rd Team
In another week which saw unavailability hitting the lady sides, Newmarket ladies third side managed to scramble an 11th man at the 11th hour, with one of the team unavailable. 4 of the 11 man squad had already played a game prior to this too. The game was mostly uneventful for the first half as Newmarket defended well and Wisbech put in a strong attack in the midfield. With the score 0-0 at half-time, town started the second half with a couple of changes.
The second half started consistent with the first half, and it was only in the latter part of the second-half that finally some action took place. Faye Andreou stepped up through midfield to play the ball into the D to find char Abbersteen and break the stalemate, slotting in the first for Newmarket. Shortly after that similar play saw Vicky Benedikz initiate an attack to find char Abbersteen again for her second of the day.
Final score two nil win to Newmarket making this is the ladies fifth win out of seven games. Some very strong performances during the game in a squad that really plays well together and knows how to play to their own strengths.
Squad: Mel Podd (captain) Sarah Ganiford, Jane Dryland, Janie Harrington, Bea jones, Charlotte Abbersteen, Vicky Benedikz, Dev Kennedy, Faye Andreou, Jess Boyle, Megan Pithers.
Man of the match was Faye Andreou
Teddy awarded to Janie Harrington for a fall over.
Next week sees the ladies take on city 6s away.
We’re just over a month away from the annual NHC Christmas Party which is taking place on the 8th December at 7pm at The Tack Room. All you need to do is follow the link below and complete your choices for each person attending:
The price per person is – £32.00
(The Tack Room, Palace Street, Newmarket, CB8 8EP)
The Tack Room, which is positioned within the grounds of the stunning new Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art, opened in 2016 and is run by the same team that are also behind the popular Pantry Fine Food Shop and Eatery.
3 Course Dinner and Disco!!!
– Pork knuckle, apricot and pistachio terrine, panettone melba toast, mulled wine gel
– Jerusalem artichoke veloute, Douglas fir oil, toasted almonds, sourdough
– Beetroot cured salmon, salt baked beetroots, buttermilk, keta caviar
– Roast crown of Norfolk bronze Turkey, seasonal vegetables, pigs in blankets, sage and chestnut stuffing, thyme roasted potatoes.
– Celeriac and wild mushroom tart, parsley and walnut, crumble, celeriac puree, sprout leaves, sage oil
– Seabass fillet, smoked pomme puree, lobster sauce, preserved lemon and parsley gremolata.
– Ginger bread, clementine, Mince pie trifle, spiced orange sorbet
– Christmas pudding, brandy butter, sherry soaked cherries
– Salted caramel and chocolate brownie, salted caramel ice cream
If you have any further queries please get in touch with our Social Secretary, Gail Parkins, or speak to your captains.
Men’s 1st Team
NEWMARKET 2-3 HARLESTON MAGPIES
Harleston Magpies scored a late winner as they came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory at Newmarket on Saturday.
Unable to cope with the pace and power, Harleston were fortunate not to concede inside the first 10 minutes as Ollie Wade fired a low drag flick straight at former Newmarket favourite Chris Routs, now playing in goal for the visitors.
After some quick counter attacking hockey, Newmarket opened the scoring at the far post when Michael Skelton latched onto Rob Green’s low delivery from just outside the D after some good work from Wade. Harleston were level five minutes later through a well worked short corner routine as a young striker neatly slotted past a wrong footed Iain Robinson. Newmarket’s rearguard of Newnes, Wilson, Jenkins, Frost and Podd restricted their opponents to just a few meaningful efforts in the first half but with the game remaining finely poised, Newnes soon made his presence known as he put his body on the line to make a goal line clearance.
Chris Leggett and Matthew Holden linked up well in the opposition area to set up a free running Simon Donald inside the D, to go one on one with the keeper, but he unfortunately skewed his shot off the back line. Just before half-time however, Newmarket again took the lead their pressure had deserved, as a straight strike short corner was deflected onto a defenders foot on the line, resulting in a penalty flick, which was confidentially converted by captain Wilson.
As the second half started, Robinson bailed the home side out on two occasions in quick succession: thwarting a near-post slap hit and tipping a dangerous shot over the bar as the visitors piled the pressure on before the hour. The home side did have chances of their own to put further daylight between them and Harleston, as Skelton squared a ball past the keeper to Green but only for him to spoon his shot wide.
Magpies’s relentless attacking prowess finally told as an unmarked midfielder drove to the top of the D, striking the ball into the ground, with the resulting effort bobbling over an already committed Robinson and levelling the scores once more. Newmarket came within minutes of securing a credible point, but it was Harleston who scored again through another short corner, as the ball was fed to a player waiting at the penalty spot who smashed the ball home into the bottom left corner. 3-2.
Ladies’ 3rd Team
Newmarket’s ladies found themselves under pressure from the start of the game, with much time being spent defending our D. Through the keen skills and diligence displayed via keeper Jess Boyle and defenders Sarah Ganiford, Vicky Benedikz and Janie Harrington, Sudbury were unrewarded for their efforts.
Newmarket broke the scoring early with a trademark cross from Jane Dryland to find Charlotte Abbesteen on the p-spot who deftly slipped the ball around the keeper.
A long corner for market saw Georgia Atherton slip to Captain Mel Podd at left wing, shot hard into the D to find Cha Wombwell with her back at left post and the keeper directly squared up behind her. Cha Wombwell coolie played the ball around to left to find Bea Jones with the mostly open goal who keenly slotted Newmarket’s 2nd.
The second half saw Sudbury working extremely hard to try and claw their way back into the game. Their only sure fire opportunity came as a p-flick was awarded after a foot stopped a goal line headed strike. Converting the penalty took the score late into the game as a 2-1 win for Newmarket
The ladies were very pleased with their outing and happy to take the 3 points. It was a game won through teamwork. Janie “the foot” Harrington picked up man of the match for her stirling defence work, despite some serious foot ailments.
Next week sees the ladies take on Wisbech at home at 1-30pm.
Men’s 1st Team
FIRST HALF DOUBLE HANDS HOME SIDE A SCRAPPY WIN
The opening 20 minutes didn’t provide many chances for either side as both teams searched for an opening. But with the game becoming increasingly stretched, IES broke the deadlock after centre back Newnes’s fumbled attempt to intercept a through ball, fell straight to the attacker who calmly slotted past goalkeeper Robinson.
The second goal soon followed minutes later from a short corner as the ball was fizzed to an unmarked forward at the near post to deflect into the roof of the net and double the hosts lead.
Newmarket, without a win since the second game of the season, did however grab a late first half goal to give the visitors hope of a revival. Man of the match Ollie Wade orchestrated the goal, beating two players inside the D, cutting the ball back to Podd, who slotted it into an open goal!
Newmarket dominated the second period, as they flew out the blocks right from the off, but IES defended purposefully. The visitors saw many chances squandered as a Donald effort from just inside the D was charged down, Skelton was then also denied by a fine block, as well as several Holden shots straight at an impressive IES goalkeeper.
The only downside to Newmarket’s play was that they weren’t able to find the back of the net again, with the home side just about hanging on. However they did almost net that second goal on the stroke of full time, as captain Wilson picked out an unmarked Podd at the far post, but he wasn’t able to get his stick down quick enough to deflect the ball into the net.