Men’s 1s: 1-10 loss vs I-ES 2 (Home)
A sub-strength Newmarket Men’s 1s suffered a heavy defeat at home to I-ES 2s this weekend. With no goalkeeper available, club photographer Mike Bennett stepped into the breach and rolled back the years with a great performance between the home posts. Despite the best efforts of the men in yellow and blue and watching Head Coach Adnan Zakir, Town soon slipped behind and found themselves struggling to keep pace with the superb I-ES pass and move game. Several goals later, I-ES began to change tack and utilise a quality ball over the top to find the young and pacey forwards running in behind, finding equal, if not greater, success.
The home side’s cause was not helped by Mike Skelton succumbing to injury at half time after trying to run the knock off in the first half, although he was replaced by able deputy Ben Atkinson off the bench. Soon after, Newmarket went down to ten after Matt Holden went down with an apparently serious achilles injury – hopefully this will turn out to be not as bad as first feared. After being further reduced to nine by means of a 10-minute yellow, the floodgates opened and the home backboard began to rattle, courtesy in part to some clever drag flick routines following penalty corners.
While perhaps not deserving of a nine-goal negative margin, Town demonstrated uncharacteristic poor ball retention and certainly missed the countless key players unavailable for selection or out injured. Striker James Atkinson was able to bash home a late consolation for the hosts, but the final whistle blew with the score 10-1 to I-ES.
Men’s 2s: 1-3 loss vs Norwich Exiles 2 (Away)
It’s a rum bunch that get exiled from Norwich; and so the Men’s 2s found themselves in a battle on Norwich Exiles home turf (in Norwich).
Several regulars down, freeing Cuba would always be tricky, and so it proved. Done well, that particular cocktail is a pick-me-up; but this time, maybe a bit heavy on the lime. Heavy on the sour notes then, but a beer tab afterwards is a cure for many ills, and so it proved, as the Exiles showed their worth off the pitch.
It was the Exiles who struck first (and not just Newmarket ankles). The Newmarket backboard sang once, twice, thrice. 0-3 at half time.
Heads up lads and at ’em. One back via Andreou’s reverse stick strike (flash fella), but the end was nigh and down went the 2s.
1-3 loss, but just a blip. And the boys turned out later for the perrenial Christmas dinner. Some of them scrub up quite well, and not a Cuba Libre in site, although there was a tasty blue number your correspondent tasted (half the one Hayley knicked – sorry) – “Div1” – clearly not brought on by the Mens side of the club.
For something that makes more sense, don’t ask your correspondent. He wasn’t there (at the match).
The Men’s 2s march on.
Men’s 3s: 3-1 win vs Bury St Edmunds 7 (Away)
(Brown, Evans, Walker)
Youngster Oliver Brown was on target for the yellow and blue machine as he notched up his first ever senior goal in a 3-1 win, other goals flying in from Jordan ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Walker and Chris Evans as the 3s banked an impressive derby victory at Culford.
Ladies’ 1s: 1-5 loss vs St Ives 1 (Home)
Newmarket Ladies’ 1s were unfortunate in defeat to a quality St Ives side. Di Farrell-Thomas struck early for Town, but alas it was not to be as the away team ran out 5-1 winners.
Ladies’ 2s: 2-4 loss vs Cambridge Nomads 2 (Home)
Hannah Fox and Hayley Tydeman were on target for a battling Ladies’ 2s side that went down 4-2 to Cambridge Nomads in the half eleven push back of the day.
Ladies’ 3s: 4-2 win vs St Ives 4 (Away)
(Kelly 3, Swann)
Saturday saw the ladies travelling out to St Ives to take on their 4th team.
St Ives broke the scoring early, with a goal 6 minutes into the game. Newmarket then settled into play and with some great joined up passing play, started generating some opportunities for themselves. Rewards game quickly as the ladies notched up two goals in quick succession for Sophie Kelly, created via the pincer moves of Soph Kelly and Lucie Swann being on the left and right post. Jane Dryland slipped into center mid for the game, which paid off for the team, as she generated opportunities backed and supported by mids: Callie Plumb and Charlotte Abbesteen. Played was further boosted by the addition of Megan Pithers for the day, who arrived full of energy and drive, linking up with Lucie and Sophie Kelly.
Half time and the ladies were 2-1 up, and feeling pleased with their performance. The second half started with St ives equalizing quickly. Play again though settled down for town and they were able to regain control of the game, and generate attacks. Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly notched her third for the game with a shot on goal that crawled so slowly that no could believe it would actually make it. Lucie Swann added another to her tally, with some great right wing play, and the reward for her effort to always go for every ball.
Newmarkets defence put in a notable performance, and kept town in the game, with some great play from goalie Vicky Black, and defenders Helen Atkinson, Sophie Bell, Gabi Asker and Scarlet Coughlin.
Man of the match went to Sophie ‘hat trick’ Kelly, while teddy was shared jointly between Capt Mel Podd and Sophie bell for a clerical mishap and an expert level fall over.
Next week sees the ladies away to Huntingdon for the first of their back to back games, at 1pm.
Ladies’ 4s: 5-0 win vs Huntingdon 2 (Home)