Katie Barrett Bags a Hat-trick

Newmarket Ladies 1s extended their unbeaten run to 7 games with a comprehensive 5v1 victory over Cambridge South 3s. Goals from Grace Evans, Faye Andreou, Jess Griffiths and 2 more for Jess Richardson saw Newmarket ease to victory. Newmarket travel to Long Sutton, before facing a tricky fortnight playing 2 of the 3 teams above them.

Ladies 2s produced one of their better performances to beat Spalding 3s 4v2 at home and were rewarded with opening up a 5 point lead over second place. Slick play down the wings and some hard hitting had Newmarket 3v0 to the good by half time thanks to a Jess Malings short corner and two for Katie Barrett. Spalding showed they had not given up when they chipped the ball over the prone Newmarket keeper who had produced a series of good saves immediately before, but Newmarket always looked dangerous going forward and Barrett completed her hat-trick to put the game beyond Spalding despite a late consolation with the final hit of the game. Up next Cambridge City 6s

A product of Newmarket’s highly successful youth system, Melanie Benedikz scored her first senior goal for the club and Zoe Bailey added a second in Newmarket Ladies 3s 2v1 victory over Wisbech 4s. Newmarket have next week off before a trip to table toppers St Ives 3s

Newmarket Mens 1s faced off against Felixstowe 1s in a fiercely competitive match. A slow start saw Newmarket two behind early doors, before Nick Olding reduced the arrears with an excellent finish. Poor discipline and a couple of individual errors saw Felixstowe pull away, with Simon Donald providing a glimmer of hope midway through the second half. 5v2 was harsh on Newmarket and they will look to give nothing away next week when they host North Norfolk in a must win clash.

Newmarket M2s showed they were back to their finest with a superb win over Pelicans 3 allowing them to leap frog them into 5th spot. The game started evenly before Newmarket took control moving into a 3v0 lead thanks to a short corner from captain Andy Baker and two goals from Peter Terrett, the latter of which, a reverse stick strike whilst heading away from goal, into the opposite top corner of the net would have graced a much higher level of hockey. Pelicans pulled a goal back with a well placed shot into the corner to make it 3v1 at half time. Pelicans started the second half strongly but ill discipline cost them the opportunity to put Newmarket under sustained pressure and Dylan Hardy moved Newmarket further ahead finishing off a slick counter attack. Pelicans fought back again and blasted a shot from the top of the area past John Benedikz in the Newmarket goal, before he produced a crucial reflex save from a reverse tomahawk shot from the near the penalty spot, to avoid a tense final 5 minutes. Newmarket next face off against Norwich City 5s.