Following last week's strong performance against Peterborough, Horncastle ladies took to the hockey pitch once again in their game away against Haverhill. After a long drive, avoiding car accidents and traffic jams, the game finally commenced. Horncastle, in their new purple away kit, were disorganised to begin with due to a rushed warm up, and allowed Haverhill too many attacking opportunities. The defence stayed strong, intercepting balls and picking up the opposition's attacking players. Great play was seen from Tokelove (E) who consistently released the ball down the pitch, giving Horncastle some much needed respite. The midfield worked the ball up the pitch, allowing the forwards access into the D but the much needed Horncastle goal wasn't to be. Late into the first half, Haverhill broke through the away team's defence, creating chaos in the D and scoring the first goal of the game. Shortly before the half time whistle blew, Horncastle conceded a short corner which lead to a strong save by keeper, Neame. The ball was pushed towards the far post where Neame confidently kicked it away, deflecting it for a sideline. The first half closed with a 1-0 lead to Haverhill.
Horncastle returned to the pitch after an intense team talk with coach, Mark Johnston, reenergised and determined. The midfield pressed deeper into Haverhill's defence creating some goal scoring opportunities. Brilliant runs down the wing were made by Hopwood, with Cannon supporting in the middle. Within minutes of the second half, Roark and Wood (H) managed to capitalise on this forward play. Working together, the two players skilfully entered the D and with a solid shot on goal from Wood (H) Horncastle levelled the score line, making it 1-1. Haverhill performed as a strong team but Horncastle held off any further attempts at goal. Finally settled into their positions, Horncastle found in Haverhill a very evenly matched and competitive game. There was a lot of ball movement from both ends of the pitch; some great channelling from defender Tokelove (A) and some fabulous breaks through the defensive line by the midfielders. One of which enabled Rourk to drive into the D and take a strong shot across the goal. The ball hit the post hard and rebounded out, with no forwards quite close enough to get a stick on it. The whistle blew, signalling the end of the game. Horncastle narrowly missed out on victory, accepting a 1-1 draw.