Saturday 9th November
Ladies 1s v Loughborough Uni 2’s
The ladies 1s travelled to Loughborough University on Saturday to play the top of the league side; it was always going to be a tough match for Newark who have a very different side compared to last season.
After a match-style warm up, Newark looked strong and started the game well. Loughborough were a young, fast and well-drilled team and immediately put the away side under pressure in Newark’s defensive half.
Defender Anna Hall and goalkeeper George Barrett controlled the defensive D, with Anna making some key tackles and clearing the ball wide to the midfield. Sophie Chambers and Tricia Trafford worked together to move the ball up the pitch to youngsters Rosie and Bea, but Loughborough defended well and soon the play was back in the Newark half.
After 15 mins, the pressure from the Loughborough attack increased and the team won a number of penalty corners. The Newark defence put into action their new defensive penalty corner strategy but the well-oiled home side quickly put two goals away with some impressive routines and a drag flick.
Loughborough continued to apply pressure and Newark began to lose confidence on the ball leading to two more Loughborough goals.
After a confidence boosting talk at half time from coach Paul Halfpenny, Newark took control of the match and hassled the Loughborough defence but were unable to convert any shots on goal.
A well fought game against a great team.
Final score 6-0 to Loughborough
Ladies 2's V SBU 1s
The ladies 2s took on SBU on a frosty Saturday morning. Having had a hard couple of weeks the ladies had a good warm up followed by a strong talk from coach Tim and captain Lyndsey.
SBU were hard on the attack and slipped three goals past Newark in the first 15 minutes. Tim made some key changes of position on the pitch and with some fresh legs and some great saves from goalie Freya Newark managed to keep the away team away from the goal.
After half time, Newark were a different team. With renewed confidence, there was some great play, triangles and switching of the ball. Ann Crockett-Mclean weaved the ball into the D but was unfortunate not to get on the score board.
The Newark defence kept SBU out of the defensive quarter but the experienced opposition won a number of short corners leading to more goals.
Final score was 7-0 to SBU
Newark 2s are looking ahead to the next game against Notts. Uni
Player of the game was GK Freya Grocock for some great saves.
Ladies 3s and 4s matches both cancelled due to frost
Newark Men’s 1s v Mansfield
Another fantastic game for the 1’s who beat Mansfield 7-2. The game was somewhat distorted by the umpiring but Newark fought hard to seal another win.
Newark Men’s 2s v Belper 4s
Newark Men’s 3s v Chesterfield 4s