Euan Gilmour goal unable to inspire Cambridge City
PUBLISHED: 11:20 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:20 12 October 2016
City defeated by league leaders
Cambridge City’s difficult start to the season continued as they lost 4-1 to Southgate in Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
Euan Gilmour struck first to put City ahead early on, but Southgate scored from close range to level matters a few minutes later.
Two more first-half goals and one after the break completed Southgate’s victory.
City captain Warren D’Souza said: “Southgate showed why they are top of the league. We have to concede that they were the better side on the day.
“It has been a tough start to the season for us – our first four games were against the four teams that currently lie at the top of the league.”
City travel to Brighton this week, and D’Souza added: “We hope to be boosted by some new additions. We have players returning from injury and a new Australian recruit.
“We need to put together a string of results and we are confident that that can start next week.”
In East Men’s League, Premier B, Cambridge University II earned a 2-2 draw at Wisbech.
Hugh Judge had put the Wanderers ahead but Wisbech fought back to lead 2-1 at half time.
But with seconds remaining, Alex Kirkpatrick scored the equaliser for the university.
Cambridge Nomads won 4-2 against Cambridge University III in 2N.
A mistake from a defender allowed Rich Lloyd a one-on-one with the keeper to get the first goal for Nomads, but Tim Venkatesan equalised for the university to make it 1-1 at half time.
Four minutes after the break, Lloyd passed across for Martin Hamon to put Nomads 2-1 up.
And a fast break down the left resulted in Hamon setting up Lloyd to score a tap in at the near post.
The university pulled a goal back, but Nomads completed the win as their right-back Rajen Mahendra waltzed into the D to set up Jack Franklin to score.
Chris Pearson’s second-half goal secured Cambridge South a 1-0 win over Cambridge City IV in a close-fought encounter in 2N, with South’s success being underpinned by some good defensive work by man-of-the-match Paresh Parsot.
A brace from James Menzies and one goal from Jon Mann secured Cambridge South II a 3-3 draw against Cambridge City V in a physical and challenging match in 4NW.
Ed Boggis’s goals helped Cambridge South III leapfrog Cambridge City VI in 5NW.
Paul South opened the scoring for South with a penalty corner and then Boggis got two, finishing off the end of flowing moves.
City’s consolation came two minutes from time through Tim Ireland’s penalty-corner strike.
Rick Mort scored a last-minute winner to add to goals from Sugi Furuta, Arthur Meadows and Matthew Huchu as Cambridge Nomads II won 4-3 against Alford & District in 4NW.
Cambridge Nomads III won 3-1 against St Ives IV thanks to goals from Zinny Longson, Steve Hodson and Matt Withington.