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Tom Kemsley double helps Cambridge South close gap on leaders Cambridge Nomads




Camb City v Old Georgians, Cambridge City Hockey Club, Wilberforce Road Sports Centre, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, Matthew Anderson. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7222957)
Camb City v Old Georgians, Cambridge City Hockey Club, Wilberforce Road Sports Centre, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, Matthew Anderson. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7222957)

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.

Nathanael Farrant tries to steal the ball from an Old Georgians opponent for Cambridge City. Picture: Keith Heppell
Nathanael Farrant tries to steal the ball from an Old Georgians opponent for Cambridge City. Picture: Keith Heppell

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.



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