Cambridge South and Cambridge Nomads' battle for promotion going to the wire
Ollie Lamming hit a hat-trick to take Cambridge South to within a win of promotion in what is turning into an epic season in East Men’s League, Division 2N.
They were third going into the match against already-relegated Norwich City III, but with results being kind elsewhere, the 6-2 victory saw them move to second, six points clear of fourth-placed City of Peterborough III.
South were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes as Tom Kemsley scored from a penalty corner drag-flick, and Lamming and James Bailey netted at the far post.
Lamming got a second before half time, and Harry Lewis grabbed his 18th of the season with a classy finish, lifting the ball over the keeper’s shoulder.
Norwich pulled two goals back at the start of the second half, but South completed the scoring as man-of-the-match Lamming sealed his treble.
Cambridge Nomads lost their place at the top of the table after a 1-1 draw with Kettering.
They dominated possession through the first half, but failed to build on Jack Franklin’s counter-attack goal.
Kettering fought back in the second half, and got a scrappy equaliser.
South head to leaders Bury St Edmunds this Saturday, while third-placed Nomads travel to City of Peterborough with only one point separating the three teams.
Jack Chalk netted twice and Ash Artaman, Jon Mann, James Menzies and Nikesh Patel were on target as South II made light work of a spirited but inexperienced City of Peterborough VI side to win 6-0 and consolidate third place in 4NW.
South III made it seven wins from their last eight games by beating Nomads II 5-1 in 4NW.
Nomads made the stronger start, but South broke the deadlock on the break to lead at half time through Joe Whittaker’s goal.
Peter Creed broke into the circle from the right to lob Nomads’ keeper to give South a 2-0 lead.
Whittaker went on to complete his hat-trick with two penalty corner strikes and man-of-the-match Dan Loy got one as South dominated on the counter attack.
Nomads heads did not drop, and they got a consolation through Angus Gowland.
Individual errors were costly for South IV as they lost 4-1 to St Ives III in 5NW.
They went 1-0 down after 20 seconds, and were trailing 3-0 by the break.
Rob Barton turned in Oli Weston’s cross to give South hope, but St Ives ended the fightback with a fourth 10 minutes from time.
Two goals each from Will Dyer, Chris Snow, Luke Davies and Jez Cotton and one from Zinny Longson earned Nomads III a 9-0 win over Wisbech Town IV in 6NW (S).
Alan Radford’s penalty corner was not enough for battling South V as they lost 2-1 to Kettering IV in 6NW (S).
They had only travelled with 11, and then lost Ky Ho to injury after only six minutes.
Brennan Alexander Parker was on target for Cambridge City, but they lost 3-1 at Southgate in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.