Ladies 1s v Ashfield Aztecs
It was an early start at Ashfield for the ladies 1s; Aztecs piled the pressure on Newark from the first whistle and after a lethargic start from Newark, both teams settled into a tough match.
It was Aztecs who were first to put the ball in the goal, but to Newark’s relief the goal was disallowed. Aztecs came back fighting and despite some incredible saves from GK Sophie Chambers, the home side deflected the ball into the net. Newark responded with a switch around the back to Anna Hall and Emily Crisp, sweeping the ball to Rosie S on the left wing who used her speed and skills to get past Aztecs defenders and slipped the ball into the D and into the goal to take it to 1-1.
Aztecs continued to move the ball around the pitch and had a number of shots on goal, but it was a straight strike on a penalty corner which put the home side back in the lead; Newark were 2-1 down at half time.
After the half time break, Newark took on board comments from their coach and captain and began to meet the ball and work in pairs down the wings. However, Aztecs broke play and after a 1v1 collision in the D with GK Sophie and a yellow card, Newark were down to 10 players with no GK and a penalty flick against them. Defender Megan Cocker stepped up to play in goal as a ‘kicking back’ ie in goal with just a mask to protect her; she made a cracking effort to try and save the flick, but Aztecs took a further lead to 3-1.
Suddenly faced with no GK, Newark stepped up play and dominated on the pitch, with Tricia Trafford managing to score to try and claw back a win. But Aztecs put another goal away in the final few minutes taking the final score to 4-2. A frustrating match for the 1s.
Ladies 2s – no match
As the game got going it was clear to see that it was going to an interesting one. Both teams were playing as one, moving the ball around fast. As the game progressed frustrations were running high and some tackles lead to some disagreements on the pitch.
Newark were given 2 green cards, but the team pulled together and no goals passed through. As exhaustion hit and some defensive errors on Newark’s part Redhill scored 2 very good, well planned goals. Newark came back strong and with some great passing play gained a short corner.
Eliza slipped the ball to Hattie and Edith whipped it in round the post. The game ended 2-1.
Saturday 17th October 9.30am pushback V Arnold.
Score: 7-0 win
Goals: Vicky Jones (3), Alison Sheldon (2), Eve (1), Priya (1)
Player: Vicky Jones
Well done team, fantastic win against Arnold who sadly (for them) couldn’t field a full team. However, our defence were still challenged at times and stayed strong. Well-deserved Player of the Match Vicky Jones who scored a hattrick. Up and coming juniors Seren and Priya slotted into the team nicely.
Congratulations to Priya for her first goal playing Ladies League Hockey.
Men’s 1s v Beeston 4s
6-0 loss against a very strong team. Beeston kept Newark under pressure throughout the match, a well drilled team with some experienced players. Man of the match – Ben Bradley (GK)
Men's 2s vs Mansfield 3
A highly competitive game against an experienced and gritty opponent. First was a rare goal scored by Martin Tustin. Followed by a great play by Stevie Littlewood getting round 3 of Mansfield players and smashing it in from top D into the goal. Shortly after, Logan T scored a brace from back post .
Finally, the last goal was scored by Tim McManus from the penalty spot.
The great support from the side-line really pushed the team to get the win when the score line was 3-3, Newark showed great character to win with 2 goals within the last 10 minutes to seal the win.
Goal scorers Martin Tustin, Logan x 2, Steve Littlewood, Tim McManus
Mano the Match – Logan T
Men’s 3s v Belper 6s
A 5-3 loss for Newark in a frustrating match against a good side. Goals for Craig Joynes (2) and Matt H (1).
Player of the match - Jonah