Tom Kemsley double helps Cambridge South close gap on leaders Cambridge Nomads
Cambridge South have closed the gap on leaders Cambridge Nomads at the top of the East Men’s League, Division 2N table after a 6-0 win over Dereham II.
They stormed into a 5-0 first-half lead thanks to goals from Jim Hockley, Harry Chalk, Harry Lewis, Paresh Parsot and former Scotland youth cap Tom Kemsley’s drag flick.
In a slower-paced second half, Kemsley got a second to complete the win, and after Nomads were beaten 4-1 at third-placed Bury St Edmunds, it cut the difference between the two to two points.
South II suffered a setback in their promotion push from 4NW with a 3-1 defeat to Cambridge City V.
South took the lead with a well-worked goal as Nik Patel burst through from halfway to create an overlap which Jon Mann finished from close range.
A defensive lapse allowed City to equalise before the break, and they took the lead with 10 minutes remaining. South conceded a third while they had a player in the sin-bin.
Joe Whittaker, Owen Russell and man-of-the-match Jonny Camp were on target for South III in a 3-1 win over bottom-placed Wisbech Town III in 4NW.
Keeper George Toyton had to make a smart save early on, but then South responded with three first-half goals. Whittaker got the opener from a penalty corner, Russell doubled the advantage with an opportunistic shot and Camp volleyed in the third.
Wisbech got a late consolation.
Strong performances in midfield from Dan Loy and between the sticks from Michael Gillingham were the basis of South IV’s 1-1 draw with Horncastle in 5NW.
Loy had given South the lead with a precise reverse-stick effort, but Horncastle equalised after half time, and then Gillingham produced a man-of-the-match display to deny the visitors a winner.
Ian Marshman scored for South V and Oliver Rubenstein-Baylis was man of the match in a 4-1 friendly defeat to Pelicans IV.
Cambridge City face a battle to make the top six in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East after two heavy defeats.
They were beaten 8-2 by unbeaten league leaders Old Georgians on Saturday, with Nathanael Farrant and Matt Anderson on target. And then they lost 5-2 to Old Loughtonians on Sunday, with Euan Gilmour and Brennan Alexander Parker scoring.
They are second bottom in the table, one point above Peterborough, and seven off sixth place.