Men’s 1s: 3-1 win vs Norwich City 4 (Home)
(Skelton 2, Atkinson)
Newmarket Men’s 1s battled to a deserved 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Norwich City in the prime time pushback of the day. Town started strongly and soon found themselves in front courtesy of Mike Skelton – following some nice interplay down the left hand side, the ball was worked towards the far post where the ‘Dingo in the D’ smuggled home for 1-0.
Following a slight defensive reshuffle and a brief spell in the sin bin for Harry Bell, Newmarket struck again. Skelton found his way to the top of the circle once more and, brandishing his stick as if flipping a pancake, deflected home a delightful reverse effort that left the keeper rooted. 2-0 and Town good value for it.
Norwich, not to be disheartened, began to push forward and managed to pressure a number of short corners; however, Town stood strong and repelled all comers with goalkeeper Iain Robinson producing a couple of outstanding saves to keep his sheet clean come half time.
The second period was as filled with injuries as it was scrappy – City began to get carried away with vocalising their objections to the umpiring and focussed less on their hockey, although they did manage to sneak a goal back after a minor miscalculation from home keeper Robinson – he was playing so well that this actually caused Norwich’s centre midfielder to faint in surprise. The only other real incidents of note were another quality finish for the James Atkinson scrapbook, Louis ‘swing ‘n a miss’ Hrebeniak ignoring Chris Leggett, and Matt Holden falling over.
Men’s 2s: 3-1 win vs Dereham 3 (Away)
(Harrington 2, Donald)
Top of the league clash against Dereham 3s. 2 good teams. The ball bobbled and bounced on a flat, wet, skiddy pitch; and the battle was fierce. Missing some regulars; new faces, old strengths, and cool, calm heads. The back line built their wall and midfield engines purred; platform created, and front two (Buddha and the Pot Belly) did their boogie. How misfortune can strike a blow, and the bouncy pitch offered no favours, sending a decent shot off the top of a Newmarket stick: made it look better than it was. 0-1.
And did misfortune heads make drop? Not this team. Tiger awake and how the battled raged. Dereham were a skillfull bunch. But Newmarket too, and chances in abundance did come. No surprise then when the opposition defences were breached, first Donaldson, then Harrington.
When the opposition keeper was injured defending the fiercest of Beardon strikes, and left the pitch minutes later, some grumbling came. Why couldn’t they bring on their Premier B keeper? No, no: not the spirit. One of you lot put the pads on, or be kicking back. Kicking back they chose.
And how Dereham heads stayed high. Credit there. And James Atkinson in goal: heroics – no joke. Several brilliant saves in short succession to keep them out.
Now no coach will tell you to take a 1st time swing at a solid cross to the top of the D: there be fresh air numpty-ville. This time the in form Harrington connected; backboard sang; game over.
Great game. 3-1 win. The 2s march on.
Men’s 3s: 1-2 loss vs Harleston Magpies 6 (Away)
Another weekend of endeavour, commitment and improvement for the M3s, sadly not reflected in the result, a 2v1 (Goal for John Benedikz) loss away at Harleston Magpies 6s. It has to be noted we are yet to play another development team this season and the youngsters have acquitted themselves with increasing confidence against far more experienced teams. Man of the match goes to James Atkinson for another string of fine saves and Oliver Brown has to have a mention for some fine runs that tied the older more experienced players in knots.
Ladies’ 1s: 1-1 draw vs Norwich City 1 (Home)
Newmarket Ladies’ 1s gained a creditable 1-1 draw at home to table topping Norwich City 1s on Saturday. After a tight first period with little between the two sides, midway through the second half the ball fell to Hayley Stoneman in the City circle. Her shot cannoned off a Norwich defender and wrong footed the keeper, before rattling off the brand new backboard for 1-0 and sparking wild celebrations among the home supporters. However, City were to hit back soon after – a well worked short corner was brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell kindly for the away side to level the score at one apiece. Despite the eagerness of both teams to push on and perhaps crack home a winner, the final whistle blew soon after and sent City back home with a share of the spoils.
Ladies’ 2s: 1-4 loss vs Royston 2 (Home)
Another week and the ladies 2s have experienced another loss, this week to Royston with the final results coming out at 4-1.
The ladies started off strong with small and quick passes, looking to switch the ball to both sides of the pitch with Jazz Freed holding strong at the back as always, passing the ball wide to both Tania Parker and Sam Brooke, carrying the ball up the wing with the use of Tracy Cockerill, Helen Hansgate and Hannah Fox, this made the ball present in the D multiple times and really put Royston under pressure but it wasn’t enough as Royston used their speed to make quick breaks through mid-field and majority of defence. Keeper Sue Bullimore who stepped out well in the D, using her head/chin/shoulder deftly to keep the goals, if not the whiplash, bruising and astro burns, at bay; we had a chance to get sorted.
Going into the second half we were 1-0 down, our goal came from Hayley Tydeman who took a strike at goal on a short corner. With Royston scoring 3 more goals before full time, we held as well as we could and were able to break wherever we saw an opportunity but never managed to put the ball in the back of the goal.
Man of the match went to Jazz Freed, showing once again an impressive display of hockey and team work! Captain Zoe Bailey, absent from the squad this week, hopes that this core team, plus those returning from illness and injury will step back up the table this coming week.
Ladies’ 3s: 5-1 win vs Ely City 3 (Away)
(Le Maire 2, Swann 2, Heslop)
The 11 ladies headed off to ely to take on their 3s. The game started poorly for newmarket as they were caught napping giving away an early short corner which ely converted.
Fortunately this was enough to wake the ladies up and saw them take control of the game. A short corner for town pushed out by brooke le maire to capt mel podd at top D held and slipped back to Brooke for her to slap in for towns first.
A second was notched up for le maire when town took a long corner played by stef heslop to mel podd at the baseline into the d and slapped in by brook
Town added their third for half when joined up play and passing between stef, scarlet and brooke, slipped into the Empty D by brook followed up by lucie to find the keeper mistakenly stopping the ball with her foot picked and played in by lucie.
Half time saw the ladies pleased with their performance and a slight positional swop for the second half.
The second half saw plenty more great play for town with lucie swann driving the ball along the right hand flank and into the D resulting in another one for herself and one that found stef heslop at top D for her to sweep in.
Man of the match went to brooke le maire for another Stirling performance. Teddy went go Georgia Atherton for her early shout for roasty of the year
Victoria black played her debut game in goal for the club putting in a great effort.
The ladies were very pleased with their performance as an 11 man squad working hard and recycling play.
Next week sees the ladies take on top table camb south 3s at home at 11
Ladies’ 4s: 2-3 loss vs St Ives 4 (Home)