|Date||5 November 2016|
|Team||Mens 1st XI|
|Opposition||St Neots 1|
|Result||W 3 - 1|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Member not found (1), Former member (2)|
Horncastle Hockey Club men’s first XI played away to hosts St Neots. Fireworks were expected during this game as last season’s matches were very competitive. With that in mind, Horncastle knew they needed yet another solid performance to show why they remained the only team with an unbeaten record within the league.
Horncastle started the game strongly despite a lengthy delay, with Chris Partridge providing consistently accurate through balls for Cam Foster and Taylor Gray to run on to. St Neot’s defence stayed closely knit and provided good outlets to start counter attacking. However, Horncastle’s defence also stayed strong and set up a counter attack of their own, which St Neot’s thought they had dealt with sufficiently by putting the ball out just outside of their 23 for a sideline ball. A darting run into the corner from Dave Seymour to receive the quick pass from the sideline ball caught the St Neot’s defence off guard. This left a gap through to the far post where Fixter picked Seymour’s drilled pass and, from a tight angle on his reverse, hit the ball into the unsuspecting keeper which deflected into the goal.
St Neot’s responded quickly when 3 of the midfielder’s stick skills and interplay won them a short corner. Despite the short being dealt with effectively by Horncastle, a subsequent short corner was given by the official. The initial attempt on goal was blocked by A. Cartwright, but the on rush of attackers soon found their feet and converted the chance well to leave the game 1-1 at half time.
A quick team talk at half time spurred the Horncastle team to keep their work rate up and this was rewarded with a short corner which Cam Foster neatly dragged between the keeper and post man. St Neot’s began to show signs of tiredness and although an initial burst provided a counter attacking opportunity, the ball was quickly shifted back into their half and link up play between Robert Scott and Cam Foster won Horncastle another short corner. Fantastic stick skills from the well deserved Man of the Match, Cam Foster, saw him beat 3 players and the shot on goal deflected off a St Neot’s stick and into the back of the goal.
Although a little manic at times due to some interesting passages of play, Horncastle showed why they are top of the league and came away with a well fought victory. At home to Leadenham next week, Horncastle will be hoping to extend their fine form.