Men’s 1s: 3-5 loss vs Norwich Dragons 2 (Home)
(Hrebeniak, Skelton, Wilson)
Newmarket Men’s 1s succumbed to a 5-3 defeat at home to table-topping Norwich Dragons, a tremendous first half display from the visitors seeing Town 4-0 down at half time and reeling from the onslaught. However, following a productive team talk, Louis Hrebeniak pulled one back early in the second half and chalked up his first goal for the 1s after excellent work from Matt Holden on the right hand side. This was soon followed by Will Wilson deftly flicking home a second and putting Newmarket back in with a shout, before Dragons finally put the result beyond doubt with a well executed penalty corner. However, Town were not disheartened and again pulled one back through a trademark Mike Skelton finish, but the final whistle blew with Town set up for a penalty corner – and, alas, a two goal deficit still to make up.
In terms of positives, all present agreed that the second half was (in complete contrast to the first) nothing short of superb and quite possibly Newmarket’s best performance of the season in terms of passion, guile and sheer hard work. If the players can continue to perform at the level they did in the second half, regardless of how depleted by injury the squad may be, Town will not go far wrong this season.
Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Watton 1 (Away)
Men’s 3s: 0-1 loss vs Felixstowe 4 (Away)
Newmarket Men’s 3s travelled to Felixstowe in the late pushback of the day and put in another gritty performance against a team with real quality, despite the final whistle blowing well past over half the team’s bedtime. Man of the match went to goalkeeper James Atkinson once again for a string of superb saves.
Ladies’ 1s: 2-0 win vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (Home)
(L. Evans, Stoneman)
Newmarket Ladies’ 1s notched up their first 3 points of the season with an accomplished home display against Lowestoft Ladies. Town started strong and soon found themselves two goals to the good courtesy of great strikes from Hayley Stoneman and skipper Lydia Evans, before shutting the game out and ensuring a precious first clean sheet in Divison 1.
Ladies’ 2s: 5-0 win vs Wisbech 3 (Home)
Ladies’ 3s: 1-6 loss vs Royston 3 (Away)
Newmarket Ladies’ 3s headed out to Cambridge for what they new was going to be a tough game, as they took on second from top, Royston 3s at home.
Royston did not disappoint, scoring early, and looking all round competent and goal hungry.
Half time found Newmarket 4-0 down, and rousing team talk to continue working hard, and not to worry about the scoreline.
Second half saw the girls attacking with determination and drives into the opposition D. Brooke Le Maire claimed another goal for the 3s after great play from Charlie Wombwell driving up pitch. Buoyed up by the goal, Newmarket continued to work hard, gaining more possession. The final score saw the ladies finish at a 6-1 loss, but were pleased with their performance. Captain Mel Podd’s request at the beginning of the game was to make them work hard for it, and we did. Although a loss it was a very positive game for the team.
Man of the match and teddy both went to Sam Brooke for her fabulous midfield play, plus picking a green card.
Special mention goes to Scarlet Coughlin who played her second game in goal for the team and putting in another fantastic performance against a tough side.
Next week sees the ladies at home against St Neots.
Ladies’ 4s: 0-14 loss vs Cambridge South 3 (Home)