Cambridge South celebrate double promotion
Ladies' first team make history
Cambridge South have double reason to celebrate after two of their teams clinched promotion in the East Hockey Leagues.
Cambridge South made history in style as they earned promotion to East Women’s League, Division Two with a 13-0 win over Newmarket II.
Some fast-paced and rapid passing hockey in the 3NW match saw South rack up the victory that featured six different scorers.
Sophie McComish scored four times, player-of-the-match Izzy Macdonald-Parry got three, Kim Cooil and Ellie Edwards grabbed two each and Amalia Thomas and Heather Borsuk scored one each.
Victory for South this weekend would see them seal the title as well.
Matt Smith’s goal clinched Cambridge South III a 3-2 win over St Ives III to give them the three points they needed to secure promotion in East Men’s League, Division 5NW.
Efforts from Ed Boggis and Simon Ta had put South 2-0 up at half time, but they were pegged back by St Ives after the break.
However, Smith arrived at the far post in the last 10 minutes to deflect home a penalty corner to clinch the win for promotion, and four points from their final two games would see them crowned champions.
Cambridge South earned another vital point in their battle to beat the drop in Division Two with a 2-2 draw against March Town.
The hosts took the lead but South equalised through Oli Lamming’s shot between the keeper’s legs.
March started the stronger after the break and nearly went ahead but Richard Hollidge made a goal-line clearance.
Lamming got a second to put South in front, but March equalised to take a share of the spoils.
Two goals apiece from Rich Lloyd and Martin Hamon and one from Mike Longson helped Cambridge Nomads beat Norwich City III 5-2 to put them joint top on points, and third on goal difference.
Jon Mann scored twice to keep alive Cambridge South II’s distant hopes of promotion in 4NW as they beat Alford & District 3-1.
Max Holgate scored South’s other goal, and they need two wins from their last two games and for other results to go their way in order to get promotion.
Alex Mutucumarana was at the double for Cambridge Nomads II as they won 5-1 against St Neots II.
Fifteen-year-old Zinny Longson got his first goal for the seconds and Matthew Huchu and Andrew Woodhead got one apiece.
Cambridge South IV ended their season with a resounding 4-0 win over St Ives V in 6NW (S).
In a dominant first-half performance, Ash Dookun’s mazy dribble saw him score the first goal and that was followed by a cracker of a shot from Alex Pashley.
And it was 3-0 thanks to a deflected effort from Peter Creed.
South completed their win with an effort from John Greaves from five yards, as they finished the season in second place.
Mel Ragnauth struck twice and Will Dyer got one as Cambridge Nomads III won 3-1 against Kettering II.
In the East Women’s League, there was success for Cambridge South II against Huntingdon II in 4NW (S).
After a goalless first half, Huntingdon broke the deadlock but Kendra Seed struck twice to put South 2-1 ahead
Huntingdon equalised, but the final say went to Hazel Polge, who converted South’s pressure to seal the 3-2 win.
Lou Tonkin produced a player-of-the-match performance for Cambridge South III as they were beaten 5-0 by Haverhill II.
They showed attacking promise through Polly Lockyer and Emily Stevenson, but Haverhill’s skill was too good for South as Tonkin produced a top performance in goal.