Ross Hayward hopes to see Cambridge City turn chances to goals

PUBLISHED: 07:15 25 November 2016

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City set for Southgate clash

Ross Hayward is hoping to see Cambridge City turn their potential into goals in Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East.

The head coach saw his side beaten 2-1 at Hampstead and Westminster last weekend, with Heidi Baber scoring their goal, but there were plenty of positives to take from the display.

“We played pretty well in the first half and were 1-0 up at half time,” said Hayward.

“We were pretty pleased with how we played but unfortunately they scored within a minute of the restart and that gave them a bit of a lift.

“We felt the momentum shifted a bit towards the end of the game but we just unfortunately couldn’t get the equaliser.

“We were missing a number 
of players as well so we didn’t have a full team and it surprised the expectation of what we could achieve.

“When we were strong for 10 to 15 minutes we only scored one goal and perhaps had a couple of other good opportunities that we didn’t take.

“When they were on top, they made sure they got something out of the period.

“We only went with 13 players whereas normally we would go with 15 and perhaps it showed in the second half.

“It just maybe had a bit of an impact in the second half and we were a bit more fatigued than we would be normally.

“It was almost a bit gutting that we put so much into it and played well and had nothing to show for it.”

City, who are sixth in the table, have won three of their nine matches, and drawn two, but although they have only conceded 10 goals, they have scored just 11.

“It’s all well and good saying we’re playing nice but ultimately we have to put the ball in the back of the net more than we are,” said Hayward.

“If you look at our league position in mid-table, our defensive record is excellent in terms of goals conceded but on the flip side in terms of goals scored, it’s less than the teams around us in the table.

“So we just need to finish a few of the opportunities we are creating.”

City are at home to Southgate this Saturday.

“They are just below us in the league so for a team that has just come up, we know how they feel having done it ourselves last year,” said Hayward.

“No doubt, it will be quite a close game so hopefully we can make the most of the opportunities we create.”

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