Battling Start to Men’s Campaigns & Ladies Show Promise In Friendlies

Cambridge Nomads Mens 1st XI 2 – 2 Newmarket Mens 1st XI

After 3 successive promotions Newmarket started the season away in Cambridge against a team that were 2 leagues above them last season. With Adam Tozer unavailable and Ollie Wade on holiday and Harry Bell just returning from holiday, the squad was a little stretched.

Nomads started well, but Newmarket’s defence of David Worrall, Jordan Newnes, Simon Harrington and Will Wilson held firm, restricting Nomad to a few penalty corners which Newnes blocked well. Nomad’s fashioned little from open play except one good chance from a tight angle which Routs beat away at the near post.

Newmarket were creating chances of their own Josh Dawson on the right wing was involved in a couple of moves regularly beat his man, he teed Michael Skelton up for a reverse stick strike which went narrowly wide. Matt Holden filling in at left midfield had a couple of mazy dribbles, one of which he beat four men before winning a penalty corner. Nomads blocked the initial strike, but Harrington brought down the rebound and rammed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Newmarket started the second half badly conceding possession too easily but preventing Nomads from troubling Routs. Harrington then saw yellow for a deliberate body check on the half way. Newmarket sat back and soaked up pressure and when Harrington return from the sin bin the midfield ofAlex Andreou, Chris Leggett and James Wrinch gradually seized control. One flowing move down the right culminated with Leggett putting it just wide. Andreou drove the D and won another penalty corner, Wilson scored with a straight strike down the centre of the goal through the keeper’s legs.

Newmarket conceded a few penalty corners, Harrington clearing from the line, Routs deflecting another of Worrall’s head and wide. With Ed Griffiths working tirelessly of the ball, space was created for Skelton, Mark Pears who both missed very good chances to add to the lead.

Against the run of play Nomads won a free hit on half way, broke quickly and fed a man free at the top of the circle, he beat Routs make the score 2-1. Newmarket continued to keep the ball nicely, working triangle in midfield, but somewhere conspired to concede a penalty corner in the last minute for lifting the ball into a player in our own D. Nomads drag flick from the resulting corner was going wide but deflected of Harrington’s abdomen into the net. The final whistle went, Nomads celebrated like they had won and Newmarket felt like they had lost.

There were many positives from today, Newmarket know they can compete at this level, if they learn from their mistakes they will get better at seeing games out. Man of the match was James Wrinch for a very efficient game in the middle. Dick of the day was Simon Harrington, who was involved in nearly every incident in the game and almost managed to pick up both awards.

Next week Newmarket host Ipswich 2’s at Newmarket Leisure Centre. The game starts at 3:30, spectators are always welcome.

Newmarket men’s 2’s v Saffron Walden
6-0 win to Newmarket

After last weeks strong showing, but ultimate defeat against a very strong Chelmsford side, Newmarket where determined to get a win under their belt to launch them into the new season.
With this in mind skipper Pete Boyle selected a strong squad, even though he had several regulars missing, which bodes well for the coming season.
From the first whistle Newmarket set their stall out with some flowing attacking moves, coming through the central midfield pairing of Ben Gottfredson and Lee Blades who where to go on and dominate the midfield for the whole match. Blades would eventually end up with 4 goals to his name, showing that despite disappearing to play some odd game called soccer for a few years, hockey still flows through his veins.
When Saffron Walden did break through however, the defensive line of Jordan Walker, Darren Jenkins, Adrian Atkinson and Pete Boyle where able to deal with the attack quite easily, with Jenkins and Atkinson particularly impressive. With Walker playing out of position at left back and making a good job of it, skipper Boyle has options now that weren’t available last season.
With a returning Peter Reed and James Atkinson dominating the wide areas on the wings, new strike partnership of Mark Pears and Rob Green where able to cause Walden a lot of problems, with Pears netting 2 goals by the final whistle.
Another plus for Newmarket is the continued top form of goalkeeper Jon-Luke Pegram and young Seth Bailey snapping at his heels in his first season in senior hockey.
With an impressive 6-0 win going into the new season, the squad should feel confident about the coming games and promotion should be a realistic ambition.
If you would like to be involved in this resurgent club, new members are always welcome, wether you are new to the game or returning from a lay off you will find Newmarket one of the friendliest clubs in the region. Men’s training is Wednesday nights 7-830, ladies training is Tuesday 730-9 and juniors is on Sundays 1030-12, come and be part of a great sport with a great club.

(Friendly) Newmarket ladies 1’s squad v Peterborough
5-0 win to Newmarket

The Newmarket ladies keep a 100% victory record in their pre season friendly campaign as they eased past Peterborough 2’s 5-0.
The squad is truly taking shape for the competitive season ahead.
Despite the majority of possession Newmarket only had the lead by a goal in the first half-the shot coming from Grace Evans who swooped in on the right post to flick the ball home after good channel work with Donna Keates.
The second half was much more competitive and also gave chance for Peterborough to test the skills of Newmarket keeper Jade Atkinson. No shots however found the target and a Peterborough foot on the line gave a penalty to town which Lydia Evans cooly converted.
Next to hit home and get a brace from the game was Beth Wombwell. After great running through midfield with Loren Davenport the striker confidently hit from mid D to take her team 4-0 up.
The final goal resulting from Wombwell’s tireless running and her shot was cheekily deflected around the keeper by Di Thomas.
The team now have 2 weeks off before facing the Newmarket ladies 2nd team in the newly amalgamated East Hockey League.

(Friendly) Newmarket ladies 2’s v Peterborough
1-1 draw.
The ladies 2’s also faced a Peterborough side at home. After an eventful game which resulted in Captain Nicola Boyle being sidelined due to injury, Newmarket and Peterborough could not edge each other and the game resulted in a 1-1 draw. The goal coming from Sarah Ganiford. The whole squad is working well as a unit and particular credit must go to the new and young players in the side. The season is set to be exciting. The ladies 2’s first league game is in 2 weeks where they face local rivals Cambridge City 2’s.