Warren D’Souza sets Cambridge City target of maintaining form

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2016

Warren D'Souza is rueing the winter break for Cambridge City

Warren D'Souza is rueing the winter break for Cambridge City

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City head into winter break

The interlude of the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East season has come just at the wrong time for in-form Cambridge City.

The league is taking its annual break until February and City signed off on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Richmond – a result that moved them to within three points of the top spot.

Goals from Scott Perry, Tom Butler, Marshall Roberts and Euan Gilmour did the damage to Richmond, with the first two strikes coming in the opening 10 minutes.

“We felt going into the game that we were going to be good, going to dominate periods and we knew that we would create chances,” said City captain Warren D’Souza.

“Thankfully we got some early goals to put us 2-0 up in 10 minutes and then defensively we were excellent, we worked really hard and showed a lot of heart and passion.

“We thoroughly deserved the three points.”

City have hit a rich vein of form in recent months, and the challenge will now be trying to maintain some type of momentum.

“We started the season slowly to be honest,” said D’Souza. “We started with a win and then had three losses on the bounce against the top teams, and now we’ve put together four wins on the trot and six unbeaten.

“We are in a position now where we come back in February, three points off the top and right in the mix. We just need to make sure now that we continue this momentum throughout January training and into February when we start again.

“December everyone sits back and does nothing and then you come back in January and it starts again; sometimes it’s new people, some people come in, some people leave and it often loses that momentum.

“So we will be trying as hard as we can to keep the same group together and keep the same momentum.”

That will be helped by the indoor hockey campaign, which City begin this weekend with the East qualifiers, aiming to reach the national league stages.

“It’s difficult because you have to constantly keep winning, and minds go off hockey a bit at this time, but this club with the players we’ve got we should be higher than we are in the indoor season,” said D’Souza.

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