Impressive statistics as St Neots Hockey Club bring COVID-19-hit season to a close
- Credit: TIM BETTSWORTH
It has ended way later than normal but then St Neots Hockey Club's season has been anything but normal - and that's even putting the COVID-19 disruptions to one side.
The Longsands Road-based club brought their delayed campaign to an end which saw the ladies record numerous statistics of note.
The first team played higher than ever before in their 127-year history while the seconds finished second in the league that never was.
Their final game saw them lose 1-0 to an early goal against Cambridge South but they enjoyed plenty of good moments after that and were unfortunate not to get anything out of the contest.
Sue Glover and Tasha Pope went agonisingly close with efforts while at the other end Catherine Keey produced a number of brave blocks as she ran down several short corner attempts.
She also saved a certain goal from point-blank range.
The fourth team had an excellent start to the season wrecked by the virus as several key players were forced to isolate but it was the fifths who notched up the most impressive statistics.
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The team provide a gateway for those in their first season of adult hockey with the club believing in gently introducing young players to the world of the seniors.
It is all about gaining a basic understanding of the game with the results not important although this year that script was ripped up and thrown away.
They won all 11 of their games, scoring 51 and conceding just five, with youngsters at the heart of it all.
Fourteen-year-old Ruby Lane scored 24 of those goals with Fi Stokes getting 15 and Georgina Bettsworth and Katy Lloyd chipping in with three each.
Their final match was at home to Letchworth in the blistering heat but ended with a 4-0 win.
Lane got two while the final player of the match was shared between Katie Pye for her outstanding defence and newcomer Ella Roberts, who played alongside her mum, Becky, and also scored.
Club captain Helen Rowland said: “No doubt many of these young players will be snapped up by the higher teams next season.”