|Date||25 October 2016|
|Team||Mens 1st XI|
|Opposition||Bourne Deeping 1st XI|
|Venue||Horncastle Hockey Club - Astroturf Pitch|
|Result||L 3 - 7|
|Time played||Normal time|
Horncastle were looking to carry their fine league form into their first round County Cup encounter with Bourne Deeping. Despite the fact that their opponents were several leagues above them, the team saw this as an excellent opportunity to test themselves at a higher level of hockey. The game began with Bourne Deeping controlling the pace of the game but gradually Horncastle began to get a few touches on the ball and work their way into the match. With the centre back pairing of Adam Cartwright and Sam Bradley both in fine form the home side were able to minimize the away teams chances, and were disappointed to concede the first goal to a short corner. A second for Bourne soon followed but despite falling behind Horncaste posed a threat on the counter attack.
Playmaker Nick Bennett began to have a greater influence on the game and excellent movement from Cam Foster opened up the Bourne defence on a number of occasions. This improvement in Horncastles offensive play led to Captain Rob Scott being able to convert after being found expertly in the D by Dick Bee. By the time a frantic first half ended Horncastle were pleased to still be very much in the game at 2-1 down.
However Bourne were able to show their quality early in the second half and converted a series of short corners which Horncastle were unable to cope with. In a dissapointing second half special mention should go to Dave Seymour who scored a brilliant reverse stick strike from the top of the D and also to Nick Bennett for confidently putting away a penalty stroke.
The final score of 7-3 was a fair reflection of the overall game and Bourne could have won by a greater margin but for a string of fine saves from keeper Ross Murrell. Horncastle came away knowing they could learn a lot from the encounter and will look to get back to winning ways with Saturday's match against Ely.