Boston Hockey Club Ladies 3 City of Peterborough 3rds 4: Early sluggishness proves costly

Lisa Ceaser.
Lisa Ceaser.

Boston Hockey Club Ladies were narrowly defeated by top-of-the-table Peterborough Thirds on Saturday.

The side seemed a little in awe of their opponents early on, and this led to a sluggish start.

End-to-end play showcased some good hockey, but it was the away team who opened up the scoring midway through the first half.

Boston heads dropped after conceding, and Peterborough used this to their advantage.

Although Donna Chester-O’Neill was making some great saves, the visitors scored twice more in quick succession.

Boston started getting into their game and great attacking play by Laura Panton, Caroline Chester-O’Neill and Katie Beeson created chances for the home team.

Caroline Chester-O’Neill made a driving run into the D and with space, had a shot on goal which hit a Peterborough foot on the line and resulted in a penalty flick, which Lisa Ceaser expertly dispatched.

The second half began with Boston knowing they had to play better hockey if they wanted to take anything away from this game.

Superb tackles and defending by Kelly Tomlinson kept Peterborough out for a bit longer, but the away side broke quickly and soon scored their fourth.

Boston then upped their game and after Claire Nundy earned her side a free hit, Ceaser found Beeson waiting in the middle of the pitch.

The captain then ran with the ball through the Peterborough half to tee up Caroline Chester-O’Neill, and with a cheeky touch she took the ball around the keeper and found the back of the net.

Boston knew they could now get something from this contest and great play down the left by Lauren Harvey and Christine Panton combined with Hermione Wright, Alice Peto and Laura Panton.

Beeson anticipated a Peterborough pass and drove towards the Peterborough goal, playing a one-two with Caroline Chester-O’Neill before rattling the backborad with her strike.

However, time was against Boston, and Peterborough held on for the victory.

Kelly Tomlinson was named as the players’ player.

On Saturday Boston travel to face Long Sutton Seconds in the Eastern Hockey League Division 3NW (11.30am).