Match Reports 12.10.2019

Newmarket Men’s 1’s 6 – 0 IES II’s
12/10/2019 Goalscorers: Donald x 2, Wilson x 2, Dawson & Dykes

With talismanic veteran striker Michael Skelton unavailable and Chris Leggett heading to Chesterfield (or is it Canterbury) the firsts called up Veteran striker Matthew Holden.

Welcoming IES 2’s that were relegated into this league last summer Newmarket weren’t sure what to expect, push back was delayed as IES were stuck in traffic and when the game started 20 minutes late it looked like IES were still on the A14.

IES sportingly passed to Newmarket from the push back, the ball was played round the back to William Wilson, his aerial was well controlled by Josh Dawson on the edge of the IES 25 yard line. A swift passing manoeuvre involving Simon Donald and Oliver Wade was finished emphatically by Dawson with 51 seconds on the clock.

This really set the tone for the half, Simon Harrington and Jordan Newnes at centre back were assured in possession, Ben Dykes was always dangerous attacking from right back, Louis Hrebeniank and Alex Andreou held the midfield well, covering their full backs when needed and the movement of Dawson, Wade, Donald and Felix Allen was the perfect foil for Holden’s legendary stick skills.

Newmarket forced a flurry of penalty corners, Simon Donald scoring the second deflecting a training ground routine in at the far post. Donald declined the opportunity to make it 3, deflecting Wilson’s glorious through ball over the bar from a few yards out. Soon after Dykes made it 3, finishing off another free flowing passing move involving Donald and Holden. Donald scored from another penalty corner to make it four after 25 minutes.

The last 10 minutes of the first half were a little scrappy Newmarket made a few poor decisions and conceded a few penalty corners as a consequence, the team still managed to keep James Atkinson in goal quiet with Newnes getting off the line quickly to block successive efforts as the number one runner.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, the IES keeper made some inspired saves, and James Atkinson saved the two shots from the two attacks that got passed the Newmarket back 4. The game looked to be finishing 4-0 until Dawson won a penalty flick when his goal bound effort struck a leg, Wilson converted from the spot. Wilson then got a second from a number one strike from another Penalty Corner.

The team have a 100% record under skipper Donald and travel to Cromer on Saturday to play North Norfolk, level with them on maximum points at the top of the league. With three consecutive cleans sheets the team would love to break records with a fourth. Skelton & Leggett should return, but Hrebeniank and potentially Newnes are unavailable. They hope to come back with three points to accompany a few sticks of rock.

Newmarket Mens 2s 6 – 2 IES 5s

Newmarket M2s travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk off the back of a hard fought 4v2 victory over Norwich Dragon’s the week before.

Newmarket dominated both possession and chances throughout the match and had it not been for their strikers profligacy in front of goal would surely have managed double figures. In the end Newmarket had to settle for a 6v2 win thanks to goals from Peter Terrett x2, Drew Wood, Andy Baker, Chris Heslop and Captain Ollie Trent.

Newmarket Ladies 3s 3 – 1 Huntingdon 2s

This week Ladies 3s headed off on a road trip to Bedford to play Huntingdon 2s. Having won all their games on the bounce they were keen to keep their winning streak. First half saw keeper Jess Boyle award herself the Wooden Spoon by letting in a trickle of a goal, very unlucky though. The rest of the first half consisted of great play from the backs Jane Dryland, Maddy Henry-Jones and Callie Plumb who fed balls down the line.

An injury in the first half, caused a move around in the second half pushing Charlotte Abbersteen up as a high centre forward, Sophie Kelly moving into a central midfield position and Rachel Hogg moved over to left wing. To Newmarket’s delight, this shift around in play led to 2 cracking goals from Rachel Hogg. The 1st goal coming from a pick up at top D and a strike straight into the corner and the 2nd came off Char Abbersteen’s ball at goal which the keeper kicked out perfectly to Rachel who struck into the goal!

Mel Podd and Sophie Kelly linked up well in the middle of the pitch feeding the ball out to Amy Kiddie and Laura Excell who showed some brilliant pace down the side. Maisy Swann put in some great crosses to the D on the right hand side to many goal hungry players in the D. Newmarket’s 3rd goal came from Laura Excell who tapped in a mistaken pass from the Hunts defender. The game ended 3-1 and Newmarket are still top end of the table!

Newmarket Ladies 4s 1 – 2 St Neots 4s

The Ladies 4 hosted St Neots 4 on a very wet Saturday lunchtime. With many of the regular team out either injured or other commitments, Captain Sue had to work her magic to get a team together.

The match started at a fast pace and Newmarket 4’s dominated most of the first half. Becca and Clodie struck up a brilliant partnership on the left side, Becca shadowing the line with perfectly timed blocks from Clodie stopped the winger in her tracks. Imogen making her debut for the club (on her birthday) kept tight on her opponent stopping any hope of her scoring from open play.

Most of the opposition’s attacks came through the middle. With Meg, Zoe and Stef there, to hold them up, picking up the loose balls and passing them through to Vicky, Dev and Scarlett gave us several opportunities to score. Which didn’t take long, a strong pass from Zoe saw Dev take it in and score a cracking angled goal.

Second half started all square at 1-1 and the opposition were fighting back hard. The defence came under a lot more pressure in the 2nd half, Sue making some great defensive tackles and Anne defending the line.

Sadly St Neots were finally able to capitalise from the several short corners awarded to them, leading to their 2nd goal being scored in the dying minutes of the game. Final score 2-1. Lots to take away from the match but overall Captain Sue was very happy with the team’s strong performance.