Mens 1st XI Vs Spalding 3

Date 15 October 2016
Team Mens 1st XI
Opposition Spalding 3
Fixture Home
Venue Horncastle Hockey Club - Astroturf Pitch
Start time 13:00
Result W 9 - 2
Time played Normal time
Scorers Nick Bennett (5), Former member (3), David Seymour (1)
Match Report

Horncastle went into the fifth game of the season looking to extend their winning start to the season. They got off to a better start than the previous week and their early domination paid off when Nick Bennett darted forward to touch the past the onrushing defender to Cam Foster who was on hand to open the scoring and strike the ball past the keeper. Horncastle didn't rest on their laurels and continued to press the Spalding team whenever they got the ball and this pressure soon resulted in a second for Horncastle when Bennett superbly slotted the ball past the keeper to score his first of the game. Two shortly became three from a short corner when Foster placed the ball into the bottom corner and not long after it became four after a good passage of play down the right hand side led to Dave Seymour picking the ball up, swivelling and smashing the ball into the corner of the goal.

However, the game was far from over and this was proven when Spalding got the heads on and started playing some good counter attacking hockey and got two quick goal just before halftime. This meant that when the halftime whistle was blown, the momentum was in favour of the away team and at 4-2 a good start to the second half was crucial for Horncastle. 

The away team started quickly looking to get some more goal to get back into the game, but the resilient backline of Murrell, Castleden, J Cartwright, A Cartwright, Partridge and Yeldham had other ideas and remained solid stopping any potential chances from amounting to anything of real significance. The defence provided a solid base for Horncastle to go on and score many more goals. This base was built upon by the creative midfield trio of Bennett, Scott and Bee who provided the frontline of Bradley, Seymour, Foster and Gray with an abundance of chances to increase the lead. Horncastle were now getting closer and closer to extending the lead and they did so following a load of shananigans which resulted in successive short corners for the home side and a couple of cards for the away team, and it was Bennett who superbly added three more goals to his tally from the corners. It then became eight when the ball fell to Foster who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty goal following good build up play from the team. The scoring was finished when Bennett deflected the ball into the goal from a Scott shot from the edge of the D. 

Overall it wasn't Horncastle's finest performance but they carried on their brilliant start to the season and have now won their first five games. There is still room for improvement but it has been very promising thus far.

Horncastle were also joined by the owners of One Stop Spas, sponsors showing their support and happy to see the hockey club performing well on the new pitch which their donation helped make possible.


Name Squad number Position Scored Assists Cards
Robert Scott
David Seymour 1
Nick Bennett 5
Dick Bee