Our Club News & Match Reports

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February

Saturday 15th Feb

Ladies 1s v Belper

It was another gusty Saturday morning for the ladies 1s who were hoping to carry on last week’s success and take home 3 points against Belper. After losing to Belper earlier in the season, Newark faced a tough match in difficult conditions against a side fighting for promotion.

Belper applied pressure from the start of the match, sending several young wingers to goal hang in the Newark defensive quarter and sending hard balls through to try and bypass the Newark defence. Newark held the score line and began to settle into the match.

The play was scrappy, with both sides panicking on the ball and losing possession. Newark finally took their chances and worked the ball around the Belper midfield with some great runs from Rosie Staniforth and Bea Smith on the wings. Shanade Bradley and Sophie Chambers both had shots on but were unable to get past the Belper GK.

Belper were quick to turn the ball around and soon the Newark defence were under pressure from some quick Belper wingers leaving Georgina Barratt in goal exposed with a 2v1 situation in the D, but Barratt made some incredible saves; the score remained 0-0.

Belper increased the pressure on the Newark defence and soon won a number of penalty corners. The away side had several slick penalty corner routines but Belper finally put a goal away from open play after intercepting a Newark free hit.

After regrouping at half time, a frustrated Newark went into the second half eager to equalise. Belper switched their wingers who hung high, drawing the Newark defence with them and creating gaps in midfield. After ten minutes and several penalty corners, an aerial shot on goal which hit defender Anna Hall on the goal line resulted in a penalty flick for Belper, who made it 2-0.

Another goal shortly followed, despite the hard work of Newark defenders and GK and the game finished 3-0 to Belper.

Players of the match – Emily Crisp, Bea Smith, Anna Hall and Katherine Hawkins.

Ladies 2s v Beeston

Still chasing their first win of the season, Newark faced top of the league Beeston at home on Saturday. After a difficult first half, Beeston put 10 goals past Newark but only managed two in the second half.

A hard-fought match, Newark continue to fight through the season despite several injuries on the team.

Player of the match – Felicity Taylor-Peck

Ladies 4s v North Notts

After a string of unlucky matches, the 4s faced Boots at home on a blustery Saturday morning and with a full squad and a couple of players back for the school holidays, Newark had a strong side.

Right from the first whilst, Newark looked dangerous causing havoc in the Boots defensive half with some fantastic runs from youngsters Frankie, Jess, Georgia and Evie. Alison Sheldon added to the pressure, intercepting a number of North Notts free hits creating an overload in the attacking D.

It wasn’t long before Newark began to break the defence with some superb shots on goal and Jess Sheldon put away three goals in the first twenty minutes followed by a reverse stick shot from mum Alison.

Newark looked strong in midfield with Moira Chambers and Amy Crouch distributing the ball wide and into the D creating opportunities for the wingers resulting in numerous penalty corners. It was Sam Wade who struck the ball past the goalie taking it to 5-0, shortly followed by another making it 6-0 at half time.

A flustered North Notts calmed down the second half and the score remained 6-0, although Newark were unlucky not to increase their lead.

George Redcan and Moira cleared any chance of North Notts scoring and GK Breagha made some cracking saves where required, although on the whole Newark kept the ball well away from their defensive quarter.

A cracking game from a well-drilled team improving with every match.

Player of the match – Sam Wade

Men's 1 v South Notts 1

Won 4-3

Men’s 2s v Mansfield 2s