Newmarket 2 v 2 Market Deeping III
For the final league game of the season Newmarket hosted a Market Deeping team who had given them a fright just after Christmas. The team were keen for last week’s first defeat of the season not to turn into two. With Ben Shepperson unavailable and Josh Dawson attending a gnome convention in Jersey, Greg Cummins deputised upfront.
Newmarket started the game with real intent, Mark Pears intelligent runs were causing the Market Deeping defence trouble and they were grateful to their keeper on a number of occasions. However Newmarket didn’t take their chances and the competitive opposition midfield began to cause Newmarket a few problems, fortunately the defence of Pete Boyle, Jordan Newnes, Adrian Atkinson, Marc “Mungo” Prentice & Will Balding kept goalkeeper Chris Warren dormant most of the time.
When Newmarket did get their game going, their short passing game caused Market Deeping trouble. One break started by Chris Leggett in his own D featuring the impressive Ollie Wade and Andrew Beardon and Mark Pears culminated in Leggett almost finishing the move at the other end.
Newmarket broke the deadlock soon after, Will Wilson ghosted past a man at the top of the D and rifled in a reverse stick shoot past the stationery keeper. This didn’t seem to dent Market Deeping’s spirit who had the audacity to go down the other end and equalise just before half time.
Chris Evans half time team talk spoke about finishing off a near perfect season with the teams 20th victory and making sure that everybody worked for their team mates. To say that Newmarket dominated the second half is an understatement, camped in the opposition half, the only time the ball entered the Newmarket half was from an aerial pass by Market Deepings impressive centre midfielder.
Mark Pears who had already notched 29 goals this season, had almost a dozen chances, they either drifted agonising wide of the far post or found the goal keeper in great form, typically the one time he did find the net, the umpire blew for a free hit when maybe he should have given a little advantage. Undeterred Newmarket kept plugging away and soon got the second goal they well and truly deserved, Wilson flicking into the top left corner at a penalty corner, Newmarket created more opportunities to extend their lead on for Wilson and Wade to waste good chances on their reverse stick.
With three minutes left, Newmarket were punished for their wastefulness, an aerial into the D hit a Newmarket defender foot and a penalty corner was awarded, quickly followed by two more for further infringement, from the third go, Market Deeping scored with a flick of their own. Newmarket pushed in vain for a winner, but despite creating enough chances to win three games it wasn’t to be.
Newmarket have been promoted as Champions of 5NW and the revolution is complete. The team should be proud of their effort this season and embrace the challenge that division 4NW has to offer next year. Last season the team stayed up by 3 points, this year they have dominated the league, scoring 118 goals and losing only once.
The club expect to have a second men’s team to complement the existing team next season, so if you live in the Newmarket/Forest Heath area, have played before or are interested in playing for the first time, please get in contact. The club website can be found at www.newmarkethockeyclub.com or alternatively you can contact Captain Will Wilson on 07795 103426.