Cambridge South make winning start to new East Men’s League season
Cambridge South got their Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division 1N season off to a flying start with a 3-1 win over Cambridge University II.
With the reorganisation of the leagues, South were up against a side that were previously in the division higher
Former skipper Harry Chalk capped a player-of-the-match performance with a tap in, Ed Doust finished off a penalty corner routine and James Browne maintained his goal-a-game form from pre-season.
It was not such a good start for Cambridge Nomads as they lost 7-1 to Harleston Magpies.
They competed well in the early stages of the game, but Magpies were quick on the counter-attack and led 3-1 at the break, with Nomads’ goal coming from a neat deflection by Alex Mutucumarana.
With first week unavailability meaning they had no substitutes, fatigue set in during the second half as the Magpies secured a convincing win.
In 2NW, South II were beaten 2-1 by Cambridge University III.
They produced a strong display against a talented university side, but were undone by some wrong-footing deflections in each half.
Matt Puddefoot pulled a goal back late on but despite the efforts of player-of-the-match Nik Patel, South could not find an equaliser.