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Newmarket Hockey Club withdraws first team from East Ladies League

Newmarket Hockey Club has taken the decision to withdraw its Ladies first team from the East Ladies League.

The side had been due to begin their 2019/20 Division 3NW campaign at home against Cambridge City V last Saturday, but after a ‘difficult couple of seasons’ with players leaving and relegation, they have been withdrawn.

However, while it was not an easy conclusion to come to, chairman Peter Booth is convinced it will benefit the Ladies section, both in the short and long term.

Spalding Hockey Club, Glen Park, Surfleet - ladies first team v Newmarket.First half.. (17546053)
Spalding Hockey Club, Glen Park, Surfleet - ladies first team v Newmarket.First half.. (17546053)

“It’s been a difficult couple of seasons for the Ladies’ first team in particular and we could see that the remaining players would not be competitive in Division Three,” said Booth.

“Rather than risk losing more players by having them play at too high a level, it’s time to consolidate and start to rebuild from the solid base we have.

“This has not been an easy decision for the committee and certainly not one taken lightly, but I’m absolutely convinced it’s the right call for the club.

“We struggled with numbers last season to support four teams, but now each team has been strengthened a little and the players are there to make selection more competitive.

“This approach will also allow a mixture of experience and youth to blend and develop together this year, establishing our new L1 team for the 20/21 season.”

* For those interested in playing for the club, visit their website at: www.newmarkethockeyclub.com

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