Matlock Baileans were pegged back to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the season at home to Towcester.
The home side started strongly attacking down the right wing with joint man of the match Laura Boddy dancing past the Towcester midfield with skill and speed which rewarded Matlock with a penalty corner.
But they were unable to convert the corner but continued to apply the pressure throughout the first half.
The second half saw solid defending from Lisa Beacham and Rachel Moor keeping
Towcester out of the game.
Matlock continued to apply pressure throughout the second half and, as Matlock attacked the silky skills of Nina Smedley (joint man of the match), saw the ball fired into the back of the net.
Matlock gained more confidence from this however were unable to convert any of this pressure into goals.
A breakaway with 10 mins left in the game awarded Towcester a penalty corner and despite a fine first time save from Amanda Jaques the rebound saw the back of the net.