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A case of attack versus defence for Cambridge City player-coach Gareth Andrew




Cambridge City v Richmond - Brennan Alexander Pic - Richard Marsham
Cambridge City v Richmond - Brennan Alexander Pic - Richard Marsham

City put 10 past Richmond, but concede five

Cambridge City v Richmond - Christopher White Pic - Richard Marsham
Cambridge City v Richmond - Christopher White Pic - Richard Marsham

Gareth Andrew will give Cambridge City the task of tightening up at the back after their 10-5 win over Richmond in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.

They looked scintillating in attack, with a swashbuckling style full of speed, skill and movement that led to bursts of goals.

Brennan Alexander-Parker scored four, Euan Gilmour and Ross Hayward got two apiece and Scott Gilmour and Andrew got one each as they put Richmond to the sword.

However, they left themselves open at the back a bit too often, something that the player-coach will address.

Cambridge City v Richmond - James Warrington Pic - Richard Marsham
Cambridge City v Richmond - James Warrington Pic - Richard Marsham

“It was nice going forward, not so great defensively,” said Andrew. “We have worked a lot on going forward. We realise we need to score goals, but we can’t defend like that – it’s not good enough at this level.

“I’m relieved we’ve got the first three points, that’s always hard coming into a new club, and I’m really pleased with the performance of the lads.

“There are some individuals that we need to work with, but it is a hard task, a long season and the first three points puts a bit of a statement out there.

“I like attacking and I say my philosophy has changed over the years but I don’t want to play ‘we can score more than you’ – it doesn’t always work.

“We just need to have a bit of a pride about our individual defending, our one-on-one defending and our team unit defence as well.

“We gave the ball away too much with cheap turnovers and they’re not daft, they’re playing National League for a reason so they’re going to score goals if we let them.”

Andrew is optimistic that when City have their full defensive resources available again, they will prove more difficult to breakdown.

“We’re a couple of players light really,” he said.

“We lost a guy Matt Richardson, who injured himself and makes a big difference for us, and we’ve got a new lad Matty Anderson, who will be registered for us next week and will make a difference.

“We’ve got a couple of tweaks, but we’ve got the likes of Euan (Gilmour), Will Selfe and young Eddie Harper, they are going to score goals, that I don’t have an issue with.

“We just need to tighten up on our defensive stuff and one-on-one stuff.”

And on a day that marked the official opening of the new pitches at Wilberforce Road, Andrew added: “It’s great for the club, we’ve got fantastic facilities and we all joked beforehand let’s put a show on.

“I wanted the three points more than the show!”



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