Snow joke! Now that’s a turn­around!

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE - By Richard Bright

HOW do you stop a run of ten straight de­feats stretch­ing back to Oc­to­ber? If it’s St Neots Ladies 3s then a mix of snow and a re­turn­ing cap­tain pro­vided the win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

The Hunt­ing­don­shire out­fit lost sev­eral play­ers pre-sea­son, but ral­lied to win three of their first five matches be­fore their bar­ren run be­gan.

Their form had im­proved over the last two weeks with one-goal de­feats to the first and sec­ond placed teams in the league.

Ar­guably these were bet­ter per­for­mances than how they played on Satur­day against Ely HC but a 7-0 win sub­se­quently stopped the los­ing run in fine fash­ion.

Two hat-tricks from Jay Dick­in­son and Chris Deeks set the tone with Cerys James, the player of the match, also get­ting in on the act.

Cap­tain Ali But­lerBaines, play­ing her first game back af­ter hav­ing a baby, said: “It was a great game, played in the snow. We played an at­tack­ing game, and didn’t get com­pla­cent when we were 5-0 up at half time.”

The club’s third team is made up of a mix of so­cial, older and fresh­faced play­ers

Press of­fi­cer Gareth Thomas said: “Up un­til last sea­son they were bol­stered by a num­ber of young play­ers who helped the team to some strong fin­ishes in a very strong East League Div 4NW(S).

“At the start of the sea­son the club felt that the num­ber of young play­ers and back to hockey play­ers com­ing through jus­ti­fied start­ing a fourth team.

“To pro­vide con­sis­tency for the younger play­ers, our new fourth team has been kept to­gether.

“It’s pay­ing off as they're top of Five Coun­ties League Div 5!”

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