BOURNE Deeping Hockey Club Ladies began their season at a four-way tournament hosted by the City of Peterborough club on Sunday.
Bourne Deeping faced Wisbech, March and first of all Peterborough and soon found themselves under pressure and on the back foot.
Defensive mistakes provided Peterborough with two short corners with both strikes finding the back of the net.
But the club that formed from the summer merger of Bourne and Deeping hockey clubs responded with more attacking play, including some outstanding runs from defence by Marie Barber and Lauren Leaper.
After an unsuccessful short corner, Bourne Deeping were later awarded another and Jenny Tuffin scored from the edge of the area.
The game ended 2-1 as Bourne Deeping began to find their stride too late.
Bourne Deeping came out strongly against St Ives in their second game but by half time were three goals down.
The second half brought many positives, including great linking play between Jen Jackson, Sue Oakley and Lucy Hornby, and Georgie Bendle and Laura Tompson-Wright found themselves with space to make numerous runs. However, St Ives proved too strong putting away another two goals in the second half, to run out 5-0 winners.
The final game was against Wisbech and Bourne Deeping started with energy and pace.
Great attacking work down the right wing from Carol Murray gave Wisbech problems and Bourne Deeping ended the half with a great piece of play covering the length of the pitch with Jen Jackson missing the goal by inches.
They put in a great second half performance, pushing up to maximise goal scoring chances, but this left them open at the back and Wisbech were unlucky to miss several opportunities themselves.
Due to some great saves from Katie Woodward, the game ended 0-0, leaving Bourne Deeping with lots of positives to work with for the new season. Peterborough were overall winners.