13 November 2017

- Week 9 Results – Goal Blitz for NHC

Men’s 1s: 9-3 win vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Atkinson 3, Green 3, Pears, Skelton, Wilson)

A mesmeric first half display from Newmarket Men’s 1s  saw the boys back on track with their 4th win of the season.

James Atkinson open the scoring early following a superb fast passing move which involved Will Wilson, before Rob Green doubled the score with his first for the club since returning from University. This goal was contributed to by Wilson. Not to be outdone, Atkinson swiftly struck again, this time guiding home a superb deflection from a Harry Bell drive which left the keeper rooted as the ball flashed past him. Wilson was involved in this goal.

Next to strike was Mike Skelton with a trademark poacher’s goal after good work from Wilson, who then scored one himself with a precise push from the top of the home circle, at the expense of being involved in the buildup.

Town soon grabbed another after Matt Holden was brought down in the Sudbury D – the routine went awry after a dodgy injection with which Wilson was not involved, but Holden calmly went to fetch the ball, dribbled it out the circle, dribbled it a bit more, dribbled it back into the circle, dribbled it a bit more for luck, then smacked the plastic to the far post for a gleeful Green to gobble up. Wilson was involved in this goal. 6-0 at the break and Newmarket were flying, seemingly carrying on from a top class second half performance the previous week.

Sudbury were out the blocks much quicker after half time and held a constantly probing Town attack at bay for a long period, doing some attacking of their own upon occasion and forcing a superb 1v1 save from visiting keeper Iain Robinson. Wilson was involved in these, although they weren’t goals. However, Sudbury eventually spoiled a tiring Newmarket’s clean sheet and hit the backboard twice after successful fast breaks – only for Town to reply with a Mark Pears pile-driver and hattrick strikes for Atkinson and Green – goals which Wilson was involved in. At this point the umpires had a mild panic that there would not be enough match balls to go around and resorted to throwing balls at the pitch willy-nilly.

Sudbury did force two brief flurries of short corners throughout the second half and in fact had the last word on the game, a flick from the edge of the box looping over everyone and finding the side netting – but the game was won, and Wilson had been involved. A fantastic team performance, and one the travelling supporter will savour for a while to come. 9-3 the final score.

Congratulations to Chris & Tasha Leggett on getting married this Friday – from all at Newmarket Hockey Club we wish you the very best!

Men’s 2s: 5-0 win vs Norwich Dragons 5 (Home)
(Harrington 4, Donald)

Men’s 3s: 0-3 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 5 (Home)

Ladies’ 1s: 6-2 win vs Watton 1 (Away)
(G. Evans 2, Stoneman 2, L. Evans, McDonnell)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s stormed to a 6-2 away win against Watton after finding themselves two down at half time.

After conceding two goals early on, an inspirational half time team talk from skipper Lydia Evans saw Town raise their game and strike first – L. Evans leading from the front once again with a wonder strike that bamboozled the hapless goalkeeper and flew into the side netting. Then it was Hayley Stoneman’s turn to smash home the ball like it had just voted for Trump, before she made quite sure it had learnt its lesson with another thunderbolt after breaking clean through on goal. Next up to dismantle the reeling Watton defence was Di Farrell-Thomas, who literally dribbled round the entire team at least twice before passing to Grace Evans on the line who completely ignored her and ran off to celebrate.

At this point, Farrell-Thomas decided she wasn’t going to pass to G. Evans anymore and instead opted for a more worthy recipient in Claire McDonnell. At this point I feel the need to confess that I wasn’t actually there and am writing this report from the back of a betting slip, but McDonnell scored so it doesn’t matter anyway.

G. Evans, now very annoyed that Farrell-Thomas wasn’t passing to her anymore, decided to extract her revenge and belt the ball as hard as she could towards her offending team mate – however, she ducked, and the ball flew mightly into the top corner as if that’s what G. Evans had intended all along. Teamwork.

Relegation? What relegation?

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

Newmarket Ladies’ 2s endured a frustrating morning against Cambridge South 2s as a controversial early goal seemed to disheartened the blue and yellow machine. Town struggled to gel and find their way into the opposing D, resulting in South deserving the 3 goal victory – however, it is worth noting Newmarket have notched up more wins so far this season than in the whole of last season, so are quite rightly still positive and strongly positioned within the table.

Ladies’ 3s: 0-1 loss vs St Neots 4 (Home)

The ladies took on st Neots at home, and we’re looking forward to a well matched game. Early on they ladies lost a player, as Sophie bell was feeling too green to play.
Town were caught sleeping, as despite having first pushback, st Neots had their first strike within the first minute. Town woke up at this stage, and the battle between the sides started. St Neots converted from a short corner to take town into the half time chat 0-1 down.
There was strong talk during half time gearing the ladies to get the goal back, feeling determined that this was a game that they could win.
The second half saw town playing much better, moving well around the pitch and holding possession. Breaks into the d saw lots of sticks and a flurry of attempts, blocked by the st Neots competent defence and goal keeper.
The first goal for newmarket was scored similarly, and the girls cheered with delight, only to be gutted as the umpired gave them a short and disallowed the goal. The short was unsuccessful. Again a second goal was not given, and town received a p flick, which with skipper mel podd on the side lines, brook le Maire stepped up to take, and was shut down by the saints goalie. Thus bringing the final result to a loss for the ladies, 0-1.
St Neots had their own struggles during the game which saw towns defence working their socks off. A p flick given against town, saw keeper scarlet Coughlin facing her first, and everyone breathed a collective sign of relief as it went wide.
Despite the score, the ladies focused on the positives, which saw plenty of great play from individuals and as a team, which gets stronger by the week.
Man of the match went to scarlet Coughlin for another sublime outing in goal, making some fantastic saves.
Poorly Sophie bell took the teddy for her self induced illness.
Next week sees the ladies take on ely 3s away at 12.

Ladies’ 4s: 2-0 win vs Cambridge South 4 (Away)
(Bailey, Unc.)

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11 November 2017

- Week 8 Fixtures – Youngsters in Action for Men’s 3s in Bury Derby

Men’s 1s vs. Sudbury 2s (Away) – 3:30pm

Men’s 2s vs. Norwich Dragons 5s (Home) – 1:00pm

Men’s 3s vs. Bury St Edmunds 5s (Home) – 3:00pm

Ladies 1s vs. Watton 1s (Away) – 1:00pm

Ladies 2s vs. Cambridge South 2s (Away) – 12:00pm

Ladies 3s vs. St Neots 4s (Home) – 11:00am

Ladies 4s vs. Cambridge South 4s (Away) – 10:30am

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5 November 2017

- Junior Poster 2017/18

We have seen a massive increase in our junior membership over the last few years thanks in part to the success of the GB women and also the increase in the number of primary schools playing hockey. Whilst we are pretty much full at U8 & U10 age groups we do have some capacity at U12 and U14, particularly in the boy’s teams, but we can also take more girls as well. So why not come down to one of our Sunday morning sessions and give hockey a go? We are a very friendly club and except players of abilities. We have started playing in regular tournaments this year to give players that competitive experience before they hopefully move into senior hockey. We hope to see you there!

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5 November 2017

- Week 7 Results – Ladies’ 1s Claim First Div 1 Victory

Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Hrebeniak, Skelton, Wilson)

Newmarket Men’s 1s succumbed to a 5-3 defeat at home to table-topping Norwich Dragons, a tremendous first half display from the visitors seeing Town 4-0 down at half time and reeling from the onslaught. However, following a productive team talk, Louis Hrebeniak pulled one back early in the second half and chalked up his first goal for the 1s after excellent work from Matt Holden on the right hand side. This was soon followed by Will Wilson deftly flicking home a second and putting Newmarket back in with a shout, before Dragons finally put the result beyond doubt with a well executed penalty corner. However, Town were not disheartened and again pulled one back through a trademark Mike Skelton finish, but the final whistle blew with Town set up for a penalty corner – and, alas, a two goal deficit still to make up.

In terms of positives, all present agreed that the second half was (in complete contrast to the first) nothing short of superb and quite possibly Newmarket’s best performance of the season in terms of passion, guile and sheer hard work. If the players can continue to perform at the level they did in the second half, regardless of how depleted by injury the squad may be, Town will not go far wrong this season.

Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Watton 1 (Away)

Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Felixstowe in the late pushback of the day and put in another gritty performance against a team with real quality, despite the final whistle blowing well past over half the team’s bedtime. Man of the match went to goalkeeper James Atkinson once again for a string of superb saves.

Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Home)
(L. Evans, Stoneman)

Newmarket Ladies’ 1s notched up their first 3 points of the season with an accomplished home display against Lowestoft Ladies. Town started strong and soon found themselves two goals to the good courtesy of great strikes from Hayley Stoneman and skipper Lydia Evans, before shutting the game out and ensuring a precious first clean sheet in Divison 1.

Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Wisbech 3 (Home)
(Wisbech Conceded)

Unfortunately Wisbech were forced to concede this week, so we have gained 3 points, 5 pretend goals and remain 2nd in the table. This is a shame. L2s always enjoy playing Wisbech and there was much camaraderie last year as we shared bottom of the table with them. We hope to catch up with familiar faces when we face them away after the Christmas break.

Ladies’ 3s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)
(Le Maire)

Newmarket Ladies’ 3s headed out to Cambridge for what they new was going to be a tough game, as they took on second from top, Royston 3s at home.
Royston did not disappoint, scoring early, and looking all round competent and goal hungry.
Half time found Newmarket 4-0 down, and rousing team talk to continue working hard, and not to worry about the scoreline.
Second half saw the girls attacking with determination and drives into the opposition D. Brooke Le Maire claimed another goal for the 3s after great play from Charlie Wombwell driving up pitch. Buoyed up by the goal, Newmarket continued to work hard, gaining more possession. The final score saw the ladies finish at a 6-1 loss, but were pleased with their performance. Captain Mel Podd’s request at the beginning of the game was to make them work hard for it, and we did. Although a loss it was a very positive game for the team.
Man of the match and teddy both went to Sam Brooke for her fabulous midfield play, plus picking a green card.
Special mention goes to Scarlet Coughlin who played her second game in goal for the team and putting in another fantastic performance against a tough side.
Next week sees the ladies at home against St Neots.

Ladies’ 4s: 0-14 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)

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2 November 2017

- Week 7 Fixtures – 1st Teams at Home from 1pm

Men’s 1s vs. Norwich Dragons 2s (Home) – 3:00pm

Men’s 2s vs. Watton 1s (Away) – 2:30pm

Men’s 3s vs. Felixstowe 4s (Away) – 5:00pm

Ladies 1s vs. Lowestoft Ladies 1s (Home) – 1:15pm

Ladies 2s vs. Wisbech 3s (Home) – 11:30am

Ladies 3s vs. Royston 3s (Away) – 1:00pm

Ladies 4s vs. Cambridge South 3s (Home) – 10:00am

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30 October 2017

- Support Newnes in London Marathon

Our very own Men’s 1st Team skipper Jordan Newnes is running next year’s London Marathon. If you would like to support him by sponsorship, please use the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JordanNewnes.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

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29 October 2017

- Week 6 Results – Ladies’ 2s Go Marching On

Men’s 1s: 1-2 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 2 (Away)

Newmarket Men’s 1s travelled to Bury with a depleted squad plagued by injuries (and Nottingham) in search of a return to winning ways – unfortunately for the men in yellow and blue, this was not to be. Much to the delight of both travelling Town fans, things looked bright initially when the irrepressible Mike Skelton was on hand to knock in a close range rebound after a fantastic save by the home keeper from a Josh Dawson strike. However, after conceding a soft goal midway through the first half, Newmarket pushed the self destruct button and were caught napping by a quickly taken free hit, resulting in the away side trailing 1-2 at the break.

Town pushed hard during the second period and drew some top quality saves from the opposing keeper, but the final whistle blew with the half still goalless and consigned Newmarket to their second defeat in as many games. Still, we wanted to finish third anyway… Right?

Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs UEA 3 (Home)
(Andreou, Wood)

Newmarket Men’s 2s drew at home to UEA 3s despite taking the lead twice to drop their first points of the season. This was a scrappy game in which Town struggled to string more than a few passes together, but still scored early on through skipper Drew Wood after good work from Alex Andreou and Jonny Bunker on the right hand side. However, UEA equalised almost immediately. The ball was half cleared from the home circle, blasted back in and brilliantly deflected high into the net past a helpless James Atkinson in the Town goal.

The second half was similar in that Newmarket took the lead once more through an Andreou penalty stroke, but UEA pulled back their second just minutes later and ensured the game fizzled out and ended with just a point apiece for each side.

Men’s 3s: 0-2 loss vs Sudbury 3 (Home)

A young Town Men’s 3s side succumbed to a 0-2 home defeat to Sudbury 3s, but, as always, much promise was shown by the future of Newmarket Hockey Club.

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 result vs Wisbech 1 (Away)

Ladies’ 2s: 4-1 win vs Ely City 2 (Away)
(Beeton 2, Rolls 2)

Ladies 2s are once again rolling in victory as they beat Ely 4-1 the goals were split evenly between Georgia Beau Rolls and Vicky Beeton. Our first half started strong with us dominating the pitch, working around the players and supporting each other down the wings, perfect play by Georgia, Welshy and Helen as 2v1s were played and triangles used to get through the game as swiftly as possible.
1-0 at half time from Beeton deftly touching in a cross goal strike, we were safe for the moment but needed to see more scores on the board. Second half started quietly, the tempo then sped up and despite Ely being in our D a few more times, forcing the ball between keeper Sue Bullimore’s legs, we scored 3 more goals, 2 from open play and one from a short corner.
Man of the Match went to Emma Russell-Price due to her tireless play, showing individual skill and brilliant support. Dick of the Day went to Georgia Beau Rolls, whose two goals could not redeem her from naming a pass and then mis-striking (more than once) and falling over more times than Bambi on ice.
Ladies 2s look forward to their next game against Wisbech and to continue their winning streak.

Ladies’ 3s: 2-3 loss vs Cambridge South 4 (Home)
(Excell, Kelly)

Ladies’ 4s: 1-4 loss vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)

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26 October 2017

- Week 6 Fixtures – M2s Aim to Continue Winning Start

Men’s 1s vs. Bury St Edmunds 2s (Away) – 4:00pm

Men’s 2s vs. UEA 3s (Home) – 1:00pm

Men’s 3s vs. Sudbury 3s (Home) – 3:00pm

Ladies’ 1s vs. Wisbech 1s (Away) – 1:45pm

Ladies’ 2s vs. Ely City 2s (Away) – 10:30am

Ladies’ 3s vs. Cambridge South 4s (Home) – 11:00am

Ladies’ 4s vs. Bury St Edmunds 4s (Away) – 10:00am

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24 October 2017

- Week 5 Results – Points All Round for Ladies

Men’s 1s: 2-3 loss vs I-ES 3 (Home)
(Dawson, Wade)

We scored 2 goals, but I-ES scored 3 goals. This meant that I-ES won and we didn’t, because they scored one more goal than we did.

Simple really.

Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Felixstowe 3 (Away)
(Baker, Bell, Harrington)

Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs I-ES 6 (Away)

Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs St Neots 1 (Home)

Ladies’ 2s: 1-0 win vs Sudbury 2 (Home)

Newmarket Ladies 2s are proving unstoppable with a third win in a row, this week against Sudbury, score-line 1-0.
We knew that the match was going to be tough and only little mistakes were going to be the difference between a win or a loss, we started strong with 2v1s being played and space being filled, the ball was carried well and support was strong, although nearer the end of the second half the team started to panic, trying to welly the ball up the pitch. Sudbury made full use of their sweeper, who whilst directing their defence at all times, made faultless tackles on every single Newmarket attacker and took on SUPERDEFENDER role by making a save from behind her keeper, not only on the goal line but deflected skilfully from shoulder height to safety.
At half time, coach Chris reminded the team to make the ball do the work and with a little bit of yelling from the main back two Jazz Freed and Sam Brooke, we were then re-energised and determined not to leave the pitch on a draw, but so were Sudbury, causing Sue Bullimore to be left abandoned and pull a blinder of a save when the ball, picked up by Sudbury on an attempted welly, made a fast break and knocked the ball on target for goal. Sue used her head in more ways than one, her helmet sending the ball over the top of the goal, the cage and the trees. Newmarket regained dominance, forcing several unsuccessful penalty corners. The little mistake that made the biggest difference came when Sarah Haird and Haley Tydeman, Zoe Bailey and Hannah Fox moved forward in a square on Sudbury’s D, the keeper stepped out of goal to deflect the shot but misjudged the force required to beat these four and was stunned to find the ball being picked up on the end of Hayley Tydeman’s stick and despite the keeper’s valiant attempt to dive and cover the far corner, Tydeman dribbled the ball firmly into the goal to put Newmarket 1-0 up.
The game was tense, play moved from one end to the other on more fast breaks, Newmarket claimed more penalty corners but couldn’t convert, although Tydeman’s strike was strong, the ball which found the back of the net was also initially struck high and rightly disallowed. Tensions mounted but Newmarket L2s held Sudbury off, keeping Newmarket 2nd in the table, on goal difference. They remain the only team in 4NW(S), and of only 2 teams from Prem to Div5, to have not conceded a goal this season. Newmarket breed good goal keepers!
Dick of the Day went to Coach Chris for causing Captain Zoe Bailey to stand on the sideline for the final 8 minutes of the game and Man of the match went to Sarah Haird who had a cracking game, was everywhere in terms of support and carried the ball to put pressure on the Sudbury’s strong defence.

Ladies’ 3s: 2-0 win vs Bury St Edmunds 4 (Away)
(Le Maire, Swann)

Saturday saw Newmarket with an early start and at pushback still looking a little sluggish, while bury looked quite strong. With a few regulars unavailable and no subs, a few players were slotted into different positions. Settling down into the first half, mqrket became more confident in their play and started some good attacks and drives into the D.
Half time saw the scoreline at 0-0, with the girls feeling that they had more possession and some definite opportunities.
2nd half the girls started confidently and putting bury under pressure. Plenty of good linked up play on both flanks with new partnerships of Brooke Le Maire and Sophie Kelly, and on the other side, Milou Ottolini and Lucie Swann. A break on the right hand side, driven down the D and crossed to Swann at the left post, stopped and played into the goal to put Newmarket up 1-0. Also Lucie’s first goal for the club. A similar drive found Brooke Le Maire at top D to sink Newmarket’s second.
Bury fought on and made plenty of their own credible shots on goal. Helen Atkinson worked tirelessly in defence. Georgia Atherton took man of the match for the second week running, putting in a Stirling performance in goal this time and ultimately keeping Newmarket in the game.
Teddy went to Scarlet for her very long walk to fetch her car!
Next week sees the ladies take on camb south 4s at home at 11.

Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Ely City 3 (Home)
(Westly 4, A. Howe)

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20 October 2017

- Week 5 Fixtures – Big Home Clashes for 1st Teams

Men’s 1s: Home to I-ES 3 (15:00)

Men’s 2s: Away to Felixstowe 3 (12:30)

Men’s 3s: Away to I-ES 6 (13:30)

Ladies’ 1s: Home to St Neots 1 (13:15)

Ladies’ 2s: Home to Sudbury 2 (11:30)

Ladies’ 3s: Away to Bury St Edmunds 4 (10:00)

Ladies’ 4s: Home to Ely City 3 (10:00)

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