Horncastle Ladies 0 Boston Hockey Club Ladies 4: Second-half surge sees visitors pick up the points

BOSTON Hockey Club’s Ladies earned a 4-0 win over Horncastle.

They had a break from action last week, following their opponets failing to raise a side.

And the week away was shoping, with the away side very slow to get into the game, making it much harder match than it had to be.

After controlling possession but failing to score, Boston’s dominance finally paid off midway through the first half, with a goal coming from Tori Needham (pictured).

An inspirational team talk from Caroline Chester-O’Neill lifted Boston spirits at the break, and the side came out playing the level of hockey they’re used to.

Sarah Hugill’s through ball found Katie Beeson on the edge of the D, and the captain’s strike doubled the lead.

Horncastle threatened on the break, but Boston’s strong defence of Petra Wood, Claire Nundy and Lauren Harvey made sure they didn’t capitalise on any of their chances.

A great attacking run by Chester-O’Neill and Beeson, working superbly together, earnt Boston a penalty corner.

The ball was pushed out by Laura Panton to Beeson, who then slipped it left to Chester-O’Neill, who finished with an excellent sweep to make it 3-0.

A very well worked and well deserved goal.

An in-form Laura Panton was consistently good throughout the match, working well with Cindy Cottrell, Chris Panton and Lauren Pitts.

It was Cottrell who secured the win and the three points for Boston by scoring their fourth after a cross in by Beeson.

Boston keeper Donna Chester-O’Neill had a very quiet game, but was still there when called upon, even after a bad injury mid-way through the second half, pulling off some great saves.

The players’ player award was shared between Caroline Chester-O’Neill and Laura Panton.

On Saturday, Boston Ladies are at home to Louth Thirds (KO 1.30pm).