Men’s 1s: 6-6 draw vs Sudbury 2 (Away)
(Wade 3, J. Atkinson, Holden, Skelton)
An exciting game in which at one point Newmarket were 6-2 to the good ended in a high scoring draw as the blue & yellow machine travelled to Sudbury in the lunchtime pushback.
Men’s 2s: 2-2 draw vs I-ES 4 (Home)
Newmarket Men’s 2s produced a commanding display at home to Ipswich East Suffolk and can count themselves very unlucky not to come away with all three points. After going a goal down early on, Simon Harrington equalised for the home side from a trademark penalty corner before Will Hosegood swept Newmarket into the lead. However, a string of smart saves from Town goalkeeper and Man of the Match Laurence Chapman was not enough to prevent I-ES snaffling an equaliser before half time, courtesy of a deflected penalty corner.
When a team is at the bottom of the league, luck seldom falls their way, and this was apparent in the second half as Town saw a couple of goals disallowed in unfortunate fashion. Spurred on by this, Newmarket pushed forwards, at some points leaving only Louis ‘one man red army’ Hrebeniak back and relying on the brilliance of Chapman to keep them level. However, despite the high pressure being applied to the opposition by the home side and in particular fluorescent midfield duo Andrew Beardon and Simon ‘ginger friend!’ Donald, the match finished 2-2 and so Newmarket remain three points adrift.
Men’s 3s: 2-2 draw vs Bury St Edmunds 6 (Away)
(H. Frost, Walker)
In the early pushback of the day, Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Culford to face top of the table Bury 6s. The game started poorly when stand-in and severely under-padded keeper Hrebeniak had the ball put through his legs by an enterprising Bury winger, but Town stood strong and managed to claim the lead through Jordan Walker’s deflection and a poacher’s effort from Henry Frost. Unfortunately for the away side, a string of seemingly harsh penalty corners followed and, despite the best efforts of all concerned, the ball found its way into the bottom corner on the rebound.
The second half was mainly fought in the midfield with a few moments of desperate defending at both ends, but the match finished 2-2 – a useful away point for the blue & yellow machine. Notable were good performances from irrepressible Welshman Dave Worrall and blast-from-the-past Greg Cummins, but the real stars of the show were once again the youngsters – full backs Rory Podd and Will Frost played with great maturity and showed that the future is indeed bright for Newmarket Hockey Club.
Ladies’ 1s: 2-6 loss vs Alford & District 1 (Away)
(L. Evans, Thomas)
Ladies’ 2s: 0-6 loss vs Haverhill Ladies 1 (Home)
Newmarket Ladies 2s take the hit of a 6-0 loss against Haverhill on the cheek. But looking at the emerging team they had, with members coming up from the 3s and 4s they held their own with the use of tactical passes from Sophie Kelly and Grace Morris (who without question deserved her “man of the match”), the two youngsters made a statement by battling hard and standing strong against Haverhill’s giants, with the fact that Newmarket only gave away 1 goal in the second half proving themselves of being worthy of staying in their current league. Statistically if you could score a league on second halves only, Newmarket would be mid table. Once again the defence gave the opposition a run for their money and made every goal worth the fight, this was thanks to the centre back and ring leader Jazz Freed, along with the keeper Jersey Bennett, who encouraged the team from the back with support and fighting talk. All pumped up and ready for another week the Ladies 2s will be back and ready to fight again, next week taking their breakfast to Horncastle for a frost-postponed match.
Ladies’ 3s: 2-1 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)
The ladies were on tenderhooks Saturday morning to find out if poor weather would again put halt to play. Happily the all clear was given, for the game to go ahead. It was a bitterly cold day and was snowing for much of the game.
Hunts arrived with 10 men, but were certainly not going to give in easily. The game started strong for both sides with breakaways. Newmarket were looking strong up front with Vicky Benedikz supporting play from the forwards, and was rewarded for her efforts, picking up a rebound and slotting it neatly into the goal for Newmarket’s first. A short 4 minutes later saw Sophie Kelly drive up the right hand side, passing across goal to be picked by Milou Ottolini and played into goal for her first for the Ladies 3rd team.
Half time saw the ladies and coach happy with their performance and keen to hold onto their 2-0 lead. Hunts came into the second half fighting hard. Plenty of opportunities were created on both sides, with only Hunts managing to convert one of them.
The ladies were very happy to take a win away from a visibly frustrated opposition.
Man of the Match went to Janie Harrington.
Next week sees the ladies play their rearranged fixture against Cambridge Nomads, away at 11am.
Ladies’ 4s: Match Postponed vs Haverhill Ladies 2 (Away)