Horseshoes may regret eagerness to play crunch tie

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AT the end of the season, the Horseshoes may come to regret insisting this top-of-the-table game went ahead on Saturday morning.

The Rutland side lost 1-0 to a Leicester Hospitals side, who top the Leicester and Rutland Mixed Hockey League and were content to postpone the match due to a frozen pitch at Oakham School.

However the Horseshoes, going into the game in second spot, were keen to play and after a delayed start the game went ahead.

Rutland should have capitalised on Leicester’s lack of enthusiasm in the opening quarter of an hour but failed to take their chances.

A fast-paced first half full of good hockey from both sides ended 0-0 but the visitors came out stronger after the break. After a series of defensive errors from Rutland, Leicester scored the only goal of the game to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Rutland Horseshoes play Leicester Mixed at Great Glen on Saturday in their final match of 2011.

Horseshoes: Neil Moverley, Chris Meadows, Wes Durston, Tim Sweet, Mat Ditcher, Kevin Stanton-King, Rob Epton, Clare Spencer, Nicola Phillips, Jo Eckersley, Sarah Watkinson, Lucy Eayrs.

Leicester and Rutland Mixed

Hockey League

Division One

P W D L F A Pts

Leic Hosp A 9 8 0 1 48 11 24

Rut Horses 9 6 1 2 48 17 19

Leics Thurs 6 5 1 0 30 4 16

Nomads 7 5 0 2 29 14 15

Mkt Harb A 8 5 0 3 27 23 15

SSC 8 5 0 3 26 33 15

Lough Carill A 8 3 2 3 25 25 11

Leicester 9 3 1 5 24 22 10

Rangers 9 2 1 6 26 49 7

Forest Wands A 8 1 1 6 5 40 4

Gremlins 7 0 1 6 17 41 1

Bedouins 6 0 0 6 8 34 0