10-0 win at home vs South Notts
Newark welcomed South Nottingham this week, Newark where looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week. Newark started the game very strong pressing the South Notts defence back and not letting them get out, this pressure soon told when Scott Robinson drove down the right hand side, taking on a couple of South Notts players before slipping it to Alex Davies on the penalty spot who managed to force the ball under the on rushing keeper and into the back of the net. Newark carried on to apply the pressure and got their reward again soon when Sam smith was found free in the ‘D’ and managed to fire the ball into the back if the net, Smith was not finished yet he pressed the South Notts defence and got his reward when he took the ball past a couple of defenders and finished with a fantastic strike into the back of the net. The pressure kept coming from Newark who were eventually rewarded with a short corner, where Scott Robinson dragged it low and hard onto the right post where the defender put his leg in the way giving the umpire no choice but to award Newark a penalty stroke. Davies stepped up to take the flick but only managed to put it into the diving South Notts keeper. This gave South Notts some hope and they started to put some passing moves together but the Newark defence stayed strong and they managed to break down the pitch where a saved shot fell right in the path of Jack Mcmunn who fired the ball into the empty net. The game took a very calming turn for the last 5 minutes of the half where Newark ended it 4-0 up. After the re start in the second half it did not take long for Newark to get back on track with them winning another penalty corner this time Robinson dragged the ball into the top right corner leaving the South Notts keeper no chance. As the game progressed the South Notts team started to tire and Newark took full advantage of this pressing them back into their half, unfortunately an incident caused Craig Joynes to pick up a Yellow Card and leave the pitch, this however just spurred Newark on further with both Davies and Smith adding a couple of Goals this did bring up Smiths hat trick. Not to be out done by his strike partner Davies reached his hat trick only a few moments later. Davies celebrations were short lived when he managed to pick himself up a green card, now Newark were down to ten again and they managed to keep control of the game creating more and more chances, giving Wakeland the chance to score his first ever goal for the men’s 1s after many years stopping them going in at the other end. He was found diving in on the back post by a great ball from Smith. With only a couple of moments left Newark switched to a 3-4-3 bringing davies back on to the pitch where he picked the ball up on the edge of ‘D’ and rounded a defender and firing into the back of the net, giving him 4 for the day and making it Newark’s 10th. Man of the Match; Alex Davies Goals: Alex Davies x 4, Sam Smith x 3, Scott Robinson, Jack Mcmunn, James Wakeland
1-1 draw away at Northampton
With five missing from the team that faced Lichfield at home and three new players coming in Newark travelled to Northampton with 11 players and unsure of how the game would go.
Northampton started strongly and Newark’s new look defence were soon under pressure but with Harry Troop in goal they held firm from the first wave of attacks. With time Newark grew into the game and started to build possession and territory and started to create chances of their own.
Tim McManus opened the scoring after being the first to get to a bouncing ball and somehow found a way past the Northampton keeper and just got the ball into the goal nearly putting it wide. This lifted Newark’s spirit and with solid defensive work saw them finish the 1st half 1-0 up.
Newark continued to thwart Northampton’s advances and create chances of they own the best falling to Tim McManus from a well struck cross from Nigel Bett finding him unmarked on the back post but a save from the opposing keeper kept the ball out.
Northampton finally got the better of the Newark defence in the last few minutes to finally beat Harry Troop in goal but Newark’s heads didn’t drop and they held on for a draw.
Goal Scorer:- Tim McManus
M.O.M:- Tom Broome
9-0 loss away vs Leicester
Right from the start Newark under Pressure from Leicester, we were closed down quickly & struggled to keep possession of the ball, inside the first 5 minutes Leicester had score.
Newark fought back tried to gain shape started to pass the ball with some good 1,2s, we were just unable to score any goals.
Newark defence was under pressure from Leicester for most of the game and without the Sterling Job of Robbie Robert shaw the score line would of been far greater. Final score Newark 0-9 Leicester
Man of the Match: Robbie Robert Shaw and rightly deserved.
Mens Over 40s Newark's veteran side travelled to Coalville as they took part in England Hockey's knockout competition. With the opportunity to bring in guest players, Newark managed to put out a full side. Coalville, with the aid of several subs, managed to keep Newark on the back foot and soon opened the scoring. Newark pushed for an equaliser but everything came off but the goal. Towards the end of the half Coalville scored again and doubled their lead into half time.
The second half saw Newark run out of steam, and team work, although co-captain Simon Higgs managed to score what turned out to be a consolation goal. Coalville put a further two goals away to take the game. Newark move into the Shield competition and have another opportunity for glory later in the year.
4-0 win vs Beeston
The Ladies 1s welcomed Beeston Ladies 4s to Newark as they sought to stay on top of the Nottinghamshire Premier Division. Despite some frantic play in the first half, the home side settled into the game and their account was opened following good work from Dani Ashwell leading to Laura Donaldson to see her shot sneak past the 'keeper.
Donaldson soon had the opportunity to double the lead but her penalty flick went wide of the post. The game turned scrappy and stretched, and Newark had to keep an eye on Beeston's quick breaks. However, when Newark got hold of the ball and moved it around they dominated proceedings. Millie Hill finished from close range after Ashwell and Donaldson combined again.
In the second half the game petered out for the visitors and Hill turned from scorer to provider as she ran into the circle, drew the goalkeeper and crossed for Hannah Coe to finish clinically. Newark got a late goal from Becky Wells who was on hand at the back post to finish the game off.
Player: Charlotte Staniforth was awarded Player of the Match for her running and domination of midfield.
4-1 win vsRedhill Ladies