HOCKEY: Bee earns his stripes for Horncastle 2nds

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Peterborough Mens 9th XI 2

Horncastle Mens 2nd XI 4

Deadly Dick Bee crowned a man-of-the-match performance with a hat-trick as Horncastle continued their form at Peterborough.

Horncastle started the match badly, allowing Peterborough to establish 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes.

To add to Horncastle’s problems, they lost George Dann through injury after he received a painful hit on his knee just after Peterborough’s second goal.

However, the entire team dug deep and had drawn level at half time before completing the victory with a rousing second half display.

It was much different earlier on after that impressive Peterborough start. One goal came from a well-practised short corner and the other from a good piece of skill, taking the ball around the Horncastle ‘keeper.

Dann’s injury hardly helped matters and he was replaced by Ryan Baudains.

The break in play following the injury allowed Horncastle to regroup and they started to perform better.

After 15 minutes, Paul Wright played a ball from defence along the left wing to Nathaniel Moody.

He just managed to keep the ball in play before crossing to Bee who drove into the D and successfully struck the ball into Peterborough’s bottom right corner.

Horncastle continued to press for another goal and it was Bee who was again on target.

He produced another drive into the top of the D followed by a powerfully struck shot into the back of the goal.

That levelled the score at the break and Horncastle kept the momentum going at the start of the second half.

They managed to restrict the effectiveness of Peterborough’s strong centre back by winning the majority of balls he swept upfield.

Horncastle scored a third goal after Antonio Garcia drove into and found Moody at the far post who tapped in a well weighted pass.

Peterborough were beginning to feel deflated and Horncastle secured the win after Baudains selflessly crossed the ball to Bee who scored his third of the game.

Bee produced an excellent display in his midfield role as Horncastle took their winning run to five games to stay top of the 6NW(N) table.

Team: A. Atkin, P. Wright, G. Doubleday, A. Mitchell, R. Evershed, A. Garcia, D. Bee, D. Legate, J. Read, G. Dann, N. Moody. Sub, R. Baudains).