Boston Hockey Club Ladies lost 8-1 at table-toppers Wisbech Seconds on Saturday.
The side returned from their Christmas break and made the trek to Cambridgeshire for an early push back in the Eastern League Division 3NW.
Still struggling for players, Boston welcomed back Lisa Ceaser and Petra Wood from injury.
Wisbech were very quick on the attack and won a number of penalty corners early on, as Boston were slow to get going.
Good defending from Ceaser, Wood and Claire Nundy, combined with important running out from Katie Beeson and outstanding saves from goalkeeper Donna Chester-O’Neill kept the hosts at bay.
However, Wisbech soon found their stride and moved into an imposing 4-0 lead.
This gave Boston the wake up call they needed and the ladies finally began playing their own game.
Great midfield play from Caroline Chester-O’Neill, Kelly Tomlinson and Lauren Harvey created great attacking plays, while forward Akayla Newton won the side’s first penalty corner of the game.
This was very well worked and executed perfectly, with Caroline Chester-O’Neill pushing out to Beeson, whose strike then found the run of Chester-O’Neill at the back post.
And with one touch she found the back of the net to give Boston a glimmer of hope.
After a positive team talk, Boston were buoyed at the re-start.
Donna Chester-O’Neill pulled off some more magnificent saves, blocking several one-on-ones and making a tremendous one-handed diving stop.
Chester-O’Neill’s performance was giving the rest of the Boston team the confidence to drive forward, and great attacking play from Alice Peto and Chris Panton created chances which were unlucky not to be converted, while Caroline Chester-O’Neill saw an effort deflected.
However, Wisbech nettred four further times after the interval.
Boston host Horncastle Firsts on Saturday (2.30pm).