3’s Take All 3 Points

Newmarket Ladies 3 vs Huntington L3 HT: 0-0 FT: 1-0 Scorer Helen Hansgate

The first half was a forgettable affair as the 0v0 scoreline may suggest, Newmarket played some good hockey but were guilty of gifting the ball to Huntingdon on far too many occasions. Both sides manufactured a few chances but neither side looked like troubling the score board.
Following a half-time pep talk from Captain Benedikz, Newmarket returned to the field determined to hold onto possession and generate more chances.
The second half was just what the doctor ordered. Newmarket fought for every ball, tackled hard, made good runs and were rewarded after 44 minutes when Helen Hansgate picked up a rebound from her own shot and despatched it beyond the despairing keeper.
The rest of the half continued with Newmarket having the better of the exchanges but as is preferable when you are 1v0 up no further goals were scored by either side.
The win was no more than Newmarket deserved and meant they have done the double over a good Huntingdon team. With games against the bottom 2 and a real 6 pointer against Bourne Deeping this weekend Newmarket 3s have every chance of finishing in an excellent 7th place.
MOM: Bronnie King
Teddy: Georgia Atherton for some very brave shots at goal but sadly losing her feet,  in addition for nominating herself.
Team: Claire Spiers, Rach Pegg, Janie Harrington, Rebecca Barnes, Phoebe Peacock, Helen Hansgate, Hannah Fox, Bronnie King, Sophie Bell, Emily Fairweather, Rachel Hogg, Bea Jones, Georgia Atherton and Charlotte Abbersteen
Newmarket 2’s 2-0 Peterborough 4’s
Newmarket travelled to Peterborough for the dreaded 4pm pushback and was eager to get the game going but had to wait and this didn’t deter Newmarket for the task in hand of winning another crucial game to secure the promotion they was chasing hard.  Travelling with  a huge squad Newmarket knew they could put the pressure on straight away from the start and tried to get things going but it was a bit slow maybe. 
Newmarket could have done with an afternoon nap before the game as it was seeming the late game didn’t agree with them. Despite Newmarket putting Peterborough under some huge pressure they stood firm and took everything Newmarket threw at them, normally this would be enough for the opposition to crumble and the goals would start to flow but not today. 
Most of the first half was spent in Peterborough’s half  with some good passing to try and create that opportunity to get the goal and this came 29 mins in the first half when up stepped the dynamic duo of Tracy Cockerill and Cassie Ayms who opened the Peterborough defence, Cockerill weaved her way through to get a great shoot at goal only to be saved by the goalie but Ayms picked up the rebound who fired home the first goal to much relief of the team.  Newmarket gladly went into the half time break 1-0 nil up.  Knowing they had to start stronger in the second half but it was Peterborough who came out strong chasing a upset but Newmarket held strong with the back four of Becca Bunning, Stef Howard, Sarah Ganiford amd Mel Podd stopping everything that came there way and pushing Peterborough back over the half way line.  
The second goal came from a manoeuvre that started at the back with Bunning making a great tackle to get the ball to Beth Wombwell who’s slick pass picked out Abbi Pass who ran down the wing to put a great cross into the circle for Clodie Rolph to got the shot at goal only for Stefanie Anderson to slot it home on the back post.  
Newmarket defence only conceded one short corner and goalie Sue Bullimore didn’t even touch the ball once and was disappointed with only a 2-0 victory from a game they dominated for the whole 70 minutes of play but it’s another 3 points closer to promotion, Stef Howard got player of the Match for her solid work in defence whilst Anna Sambrook got Nellie for a clumsy fall over her own feet and stick. Newmarket are at home to Ely 3’s at 1pm.
Newmarket Ladies 1’s v Ipswich Ladies 3’s. 0 – 0
Last time Newmarket met Ipswich 3’s away – it was a high scoring, high paced game that although ended a 6 – 6 draw Town were awarded the points as Ipswich were found out of fielding players of an ‘illegal’ level.
This match had an entirely different feel as both teams seemed to struggle with desire to win the ball and losing possession before getting it to the forward line.
The first half ebbed away with little chances on goal for either team. Newmarket did get shots on target but Ipswich had a strong keeper between the posts and she read everything that came towards her very well. Unfortunately for Newmarket, Ipswich marked tightly making it difficult for them to lose their player. However with this happening in the defensive circle, Town took advantage, earning penalty corners for the ball going into their opposition’s feet.  Both Lydia Evans and Claire McDonnell had great shots in from the top of the circle, one even deflecting off Calli Cannon’s stick to the left post missing the net by inches.
Claire McDonnell was wearing the Captain’s armband with Faye Andreou taking a scheduled leave from he pitch and she was just as vocal at manning her troops – Newmarket however were not meeting the ball before Ipswich and playing a little too centrally.
Top goalie Jade Atkinson  stopped many great shots taken from Ipswich, some with the help of Tania Fisher who played an amazing game in defense. The play was back to back from both defensive ends however neither team was able to score, ending the half 0-0. With fresh legs and two rolling substitutes, Newmarket came out strong in the second half.
With a slight change to formation Town were playing a more tactical game and utilizing their wing runners. Sensing a victory was possible Newmarket pilled on the pressure and this started to rile Ipswich causing a player to see a green card for backchat to the umpire.
There was definitely more impulsion shown in the Newmarket players with good movement from Calli Cannon and April Atkinson who was playing an unfamiliar position. Loren Davenport too was adjusting to playing a central role and distributing well to Lydia Evans and Zoe Bailey.
There was little left to be said for the second half as Newmarket ran out of time to deliver the goods, a final chance from Donna Keats went just wide as she grappled to get to the ball before the keeper and the match ended 0 – 0 and the home side had to feel that had missed out on a couple of points.