Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey Club suffered their first league defeat of the Derbyshire Division One season at the hands of Burton 2nds on Saturday.
Hornets started slowly with Burton taking advantage from the onset and took an early opportunity for a goal, which was converted within the first 15 minutes.
The Hornets had several first team players out due to injury and holidays, including their keeper, and as Burton took a further goal before half-time the Hornets struggled to keep it together.
Sarah Joyce, the Hornets’ leading goalscorer, had good opportunities but the Burton defence and keeper managed to prevent her increasing her goal tally.
The game ended 4-0 to Burton and was definitely a well deserved win for them.
Tracey Bonsor, the Hornets’ captain, reflected on the loss and was optimistic it will prove to be a blessing in the longer term: “We have come through the three divisions in Derbyshire hockey virtually undefeated and to be top of Division One is an amazing feat, but realistically we could not and should not expect another season undefeated.
“It just doesn’t happen at this level of hockey, their are some great sides and players in the league - including us - and we just had a bad day at the office.”
She continued: “We just need to learn from it, train hard in the week and get back the top slot by beating Staveley”.
The Hornets remain joint top of Division One with Staveley, who they play in the top of the league clash this weekend, in what promises to be a great game to watch.