|Date||24 September 2016|
|Team||Ladies 1st XI|
|Venue||Newmarket Leisure Centre|
|Result||W 4 - 2|
|Time played||Normal time|
On the 24th September Horncastle Hockey club played their first away game of the new season and in their new league at Newmarket.
Naturally everybody was feeling nervous on the long journey there, however once the whistle blew the adrenaline kicked in. Horncastle got off to a cracking start, dominating the possession for the first 15 minutes of the game. Lots of clever teamwork resulted in a slip pass from Emily Tokelove to Leah Tokelove who was positioned perfectly at the top of the D to hit the ball into the back corner of the goal, giving Horncastle the advantage and settling some nerves.
After the restart Horncastle were quickly back charging at Newmarket's goal again, the Horncastle attack were putting the Newmarket defence under a lot of pressure. After numerous attempts at goal the ball popped out to Stephanie Brayshaw, once again well placed, for a re-bound where she was able to smack into the back left corner of the goal bringing the score line up to 2-0 to Horncastle.
Newmarket reacted to going 2-0 down and managed to put the Horncastle defence under pressure with numerous shots deflected by the goalkeeper, and new captain Laura Neame. This period of pressure culminated with a Newmarket player pushing the ball into the right hand corner. Unfortunately for defender Abbey Harris, who had made several interceptions, it was just too far out of her reach to stop it going in. The score had been pulled back to 2-1.
Horncastle reacted to conceding and with some good pressure in the D by Fliss Beall resulting in a short corner. It was the perfect opportunity for Horncastle to extend their lead. Emily Tokelove rose to the challenge with a straight strike from the top of the D, with a cheeky tap in from Tamsin Roark Horncastle were able to increase the score to 3-1.
The final goal of the first half came from Newmarket. As the half came to a close Horncastle began to tire and were not getting back, leaving the defence vulnerable. This resulted with Newmarket making it 3-2 just before half time.
Following a frenetic first half the second saw fresh energy but not as much goal action. Only a late goal from Ali McConnachie allowing Horncastle sit comfortably and see out the game with a score of 4-2. Ali was exceptional throughout the game and deserved to score after many saved attempts, she worked hard throughout and was overwhelming voted as woman of the match by her teammates. She was a real game changer.
Horncastle are exceptionally pleased with the results of their first 2 games following last seasons promotion and hope to keep up the good work.