Blake Elliott hat-trick helps Cambridge City III defeat Cambridge South in East Hockey League
Blake Elliott helped Cambridge City III build on their first win of the season to make it two in a row by beating Cambridge South 7-3 in MR Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division One.
City dominated the early exchanges, but South took the lead through Herbert Mudzamiri, who prodded home after the ball had got stuck in the keeper’s pads.
Four minutes later, Henry Campbell took the ball on the spin to round the keeper to bring City level.
They were 2-1 up when Jacob Marshall-Grint fed James Roca on the left wing, and he crossed on the reverse to the far post where Henry Campbell deflected in.
City maintained their lead into the break, but South pushed forward which produced a second of the day for player-of-the-match Mudzamiri, and a second ever in a South shirt for Stuart Rimmer on the defender’s 134th appearance for the club.
City had Philip Dickinson shown a yellow card.
However, Elliott helped them defy the numerical disadvantage to score a hat-trick.
His first two were low slung drag-flicks and his third was the culmination of a good run and cross from Campbell. James Madden completed City’s scoring.
Jack Franklin, Paul Matthews and Will Evans were on target for Cambridge Nomads II as they earned a 3-0 win over Wisbech Town III in 4NW.
South III earned a 2-1 win over Ely City in 4NW.
South arguably shaded territory and possession in the opening half, but Ely were always a threat due to their pacy front line. Goalkeeper George Toynton had made a couple of important saves already when Ely took the lead, their right winger streaking past the South defence and then pulling back for his centre-forward to thump home.
South took control of the game after the break and turned things around with two goals from penalty corners, which were both finished by Ali Smith.
The first was forced just over the line from a narrow angle after the ball had deflected to him off a defensive body, the second a cleaner effort as Smith took a slipped pass and powered home a low flick.
Cambridge Nomads III maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 victory over St Ives IV in 6NW (S).
Ollie Lepage grabbed two goals, sliding it to get his first at the back post after an end-to-end breakaway, and Ali Edge got the other effort.
They now lead the division by six points from St Ives.
Cambridge South VI earned a 4-2 win over St Neots IV in 6NW (S).
Laurie Haslop notched a double and there was one apiece for Jim Hall and Matt Saint-Gower, who also won the player-of-the-match plaudits after stepping forward in goal after an injury and produced an impressive display.