Haverhill’s hockey teams sitting pretty
Haverhill Hockey Club’s two teams entered their winter break on the back of two contrasting results.
The first team was edged out 3-2 at third-placed St Ives II to end 2014 in sixth-place in East League Division Three North West (South) in the only match played in the division on Saturday.
The second team was goalless with St Neots III at Haverhill Leisure Centre when the game was abandoned at half-time due to the condition of the pitch.
The abandonment left Haverhill II clear at the top of Division Four North West (South) as the only team yet to drop a point after 12 matches - a distinction only shared by one other team in all 10 East League divisions.
The first XI played much of their match with only ten players after Jane Farrow went off with a bloodied face after a ball reared up and hit her, although she did later return to the field of play.
Having fallen behind early, Anne Reed levelled for Haverhill from a short corner, only for St Ives II to go 2-1 up before the break.
St Ives went 3-1 ahead in the second period before Cara Ainsworth cut the deficit and despite creating more chances then their rivals, Haverhill were unable to make them count.
With Haverhill sitting in sixth at the end of 2014, skipper Emily Humphry said: “I think we are happy with that.
“There’s been a lot of shuffling within the team with people not being able to play and with Elaine Ward retiring, then coming straight out of retirement to play for the seconds, which was a big loss.
“I think it’s where we want to be because we know the league up is a big jump in standard for us.”
Haverhill next play at home to Cambridge South on January 10 in a rearranged fixture.