Hockey star Dowson grabs a hat-trick as Boston Ladies put seven past Alford Seconds

FIONA Dowson made sure Boston Ladies were in seven heaven.

Dowson grabbed a hat-trick as the town’s hockey stars drubbed Alford Seconds 7-1 in their opening match of the season.

With keeper Donna Chester-O’Neill unavailable, Lauren Pitts donned the pads and helmet.

But she was only beaten once as the away side dominated.

A well-worked goal finished by Dowson set the standard early on before she added a second from a flick after a shot had struck an Alford foot on the line.

Some lovely support play by Lauren Harvey and Tori Needham saw Boston’s attacks lead to a succession of short corners.

But despite Laura Panton finding Dowson, her strikes didn’t register.

Caroline Chester-O’Neill was dominating proceedings in the centre of the park, and grabbed Boston’s third with a lovely reverse stick flick.

Alford didn’t give up, and they pulled a goal back.

However, Boston had the final say of the half as Chester-O’Neill and Katie Beeson combined for Panton to score.

After half time, Boston came out bright and were hungry for more goals.

The second half began as the first did, with Dowson on target.

A superb individual effort was enough for her hat-trick.

Alford kept up their attacking play and earnt themselves a number of short corners.

But excellent defending by Lisa Ceaser, Beeson, Chester-O’Neill and Petra Wood made sure they didn’t add to their goal tally.

Ceaser played some great passes out onto the wing to find Needham, who was having a fantastic game on the wing causing Alford problems, and working well to win Boston more short corners.

Chester-O’Neill looked set to grab her second of the game but instead she selflessly crossed the ball into C. Panton, who grabbed number six.

One last attack found a number of Boston players in the D, but Chester-O’Neill went on to finish superbly for Boston’s seventh.

Bostons work rate throughout the whole match was very impressive and the players’ player award was deservedly shared between Lauren Pitts, for stepping in and pulling of a great performance in goal, and Caroline Chester-O’Neill.

On Saturday, Boston Ladies host Woodhall at Rosebery Avenue (KO 12.30pm).

Boston are always looking for new players to join the club. Anyone interested can contact Katie on 07951 285 541.