Ladies 1st XI Vs Pelicans 1

Date 18 March 2017
Team Ladies 1st XI
Opposition Pelicans 1
Fixture Away
Venue TBC
Start time 00:00
Result L 1 - 5
Time played Normal time
Match Report

Coming into the last push of the season, Horncastle travelled to Kings Lynn for a game against top of the table side, Pelicans. With Horncastle showcasing a new formation and a limited squad, the nerves were high however the team gelled together as always and came out in fighting force. Although an early goal was conceded, Horncastle did not let this get under their skin keeping their composure and attacking the Pelicans D. A goalmouth scramble denied Horncastle of a well deserved goal, however numerous short corners and some solid runs from K.Wood down the right and E.Tokelove in the middle finally worked a ball into the D for I.Williams to hit the backboard. Horncastle kept Pelicans at 1-1, with the whole team supporting the defence and some great clearances from our defensive D and some fantastic saves from L.Neame who was applying the pressure from away from her goal line. Unfortunately, not long before half time, Horncastle conceded their second with a skilful run in at the keeper and a slip into the back of the goal. Nevertheless Horncastle did not let their heads go down and had another crack at attacking and kept up their solid team performance before coming into half time at 2-1. 

Coming into the second half with fighting force, Horncastle put the Pelicans on the back foot from the start with E.Tokelove working the ball into the D narrowly denying Horncastle of evening the score line. Horncastle attacked solidly throughout the second half with A.Cannon and E.Tokelove holding their own in the middle using K.Wood and F.Beall on the right hand side, however the Pelicans counter attacked well and although their were some fantastic saves from keeper L.Neame and some great team defending the Pelicans scored from a short corner, with the bounce of the pitch lifting it up over defenders sticks. The Pelicans then came back attacking and scored a goal from open play, with keeper L.Neame applying pressure and logging early, however the young legs of the Pelicans forwards managed to win the ball back and take it around the keeper. Even at 4-1, Horncastle did not let this dampen their fighting spirit and continued on the attack, being unlucky not to score another goal against a second in the table side. With the Pelicans having fresh legs against Horncastles tired 11, a fifth and final goal was conceded from a short corner being slotted in at the post finishing the game at 5-1. 

Although the scoreline did not go our way Horncastle's spirits were not dampened and this has shown some really positive play from the squad coming into our final tie of the season next weekend against top of the table Cambridge South.

Team: Neame, E. Tokelove, A. Tokelove, Davis, Roark, Beach, Cannon, Beall, Hopwood, Williams, Wood  

Name Squad number Position Scored Assists Cards