East League - EML Division 3NW
Horncastle Men’s 1sts 8
Cambridge City Vets 0
Horncastle Hockey Club’s Men’s Firsts got revenge on Cambridge City Vets with an 8-0 victory.
Their opponents had been the only team to defeat the already- promoted Horncastle side this season, but that result was emphatically reversed at the weekend.
Connor Brook gave Horncastle the early lead before more goals were to follow.
Nick Bennett and Cameron Foster added to the scoreline while Sam Bradley offered Cambridge little chance of respite with his clever interceptions.
After the interval it was more of the same, with Horncastle adding five further goals.
Bennett was on the scoresheet again and Robert Scott scored the team’s 99th goal this season.
They reached double figures when Dave Seymour teed up Bennett for his third of the day.
Taylor Gray and Scott rounded off the victory with further finishes.
Team: Murrell, Cartwright, Bradley, Partridge, Seymour, Bennett, Bee, Scott, Read, Brook, Foster, Gray.
East League - EWL Division 3NW(N)
Pelicans 1sts 5
Horncastle Ladies’ 1sts 1
Horncastle Hockey Club’s Ladies’ Firsts suffered a 5-1 defeat at King’s Lynn-based Pelicans.
With Horncastle showcasing a new formation and a limited squad, the nerves were high when they faced their second-placed opponents.
Although an early goal was conceded, Horncastle did not let this get under their skin, keeping their composure and attacking the Pelicans’ D regularly.
A goalmouth scramble denied Horncastle but work from K. Wood and E. Tokelove resulted in I. Williams hitting the backboard.
Some fantastic saves from L. Neame kept Pelicans at bay before they regained the lead just before half time.
After the re-start, Horncastle put the Pelicans on the back foot with Tokelove going close.
Despite some further saves from Neame, Pelicans scored three more times, despite Horncastle refusing to give up.
Horncastle will now finish their campaign this weekend against champions Cambridge South.
HORNCASTLE: Neame, E. Tokelove, A. Tokelove, Davis, Roark, Beach, Cannon, Beall, Hopwood, Williams, Wood.