|Date||11 February 2017|
|Team||Ladies 1st XI|
|Opposition||Cambridge City 4|
|Result||L 0 - 2|
|Time played||Normal time|
Horncastle ladies took a long early trip down to Cambridge this week, with a 10:30 pushback and snow falling, it was going to make for an interesting day.
The home side won the first pushback, and the game got underway. Horncastle gained possession back initially and a goal for the away team looked possible, with strong pressure on the home defence. However, Cambridge held well and broke back down the pitch on a counter attack causing problems for Horncastle.
As the Cambridge attacker managed to manoeuvre their way past their defender, an excellently placed wide shot caught the inside of the far post, putting them ahead 1-0 very early on. The home team used the goal as momentum and after pushback, they again intercepted the ball from Horncastle and ran the down the wing at speed, driving the baseline, forcing Horncastle's keeper to come out to the player. The winger sent the ball to the penalty spot, where it was pushed into the goal by an awaiting teammate. It was now a 2-0 lead with only 15 minutes on the clock.
Horncastle however then settled into the game, with teamwork resulting in some advances up the pitch, but goals were denied by the home team.
An incident in the Horncastle D resulted in injury for defender Tamsin Roark, which meant Horncastle had to amend positions slightly to cover the loss. Albeit faced with a quick change in play, Horncastle reacted well and held off attempts at goal in the form of several short corners and headed into half time at 2-0.
The game restarted and Horncastle dominated well throughout, just struggling to find the back of the goal. Katy Wood sent an excellent ball from the top of the D to the far post, but Horncastle were unable to get another touch to convert this into a goal.
The second half included goal scoring opportunities for both sides, with Cambridge gaining several penalty corners which were effectively kept away by the back four, with excellent goal line stops from both Alex and Emily Tokelove in turn.
Horncastle then turned the game around again and once again moved the ball up the pitch with excellent work from the midfield. This resulted in an excellent ball put to Emily Tokelove in the D who took a powerful shot at goal and was unlucky to send it just above the top corner.
The unlucky early goals, meant the game finished 2-0. Horncastle were extremely unlucky not to get on the scoreboard, commanding the second half but unable to monopolise on this.
They face Newmarket next week at home and Player of the Match went to Emily Tokelove.
Neame, E Tokelove, A Tokelove, Brayshaw, Roark, Cannon, Beall, Hopwood, K Wood, H Wood, Spendlove, Finnie, Read