Chris Pearson treble sends Cambridge South through in National Mixed Trophy
Debut success against Havering
Chris Pearson slammed in a hat-trick as Cambridge South marked their debut appearance in the National Mixed Trophy with an 8-3 win at Havering.
The hosts’ first teams play higher up the England Hockey pyramid than their South counterparts, but goals from Pearson, Sophie McComish and Jack Chalk put the visitors 3-0 up.
Havering pulled two back after half time, but two goals from Pearson re-established the three-goal cushion and strikes from Chalk, McComish and Kim Cooil sealed the win.
A hat-trick from Richard Lloyd helped Cambridge Nomads earn a 5-5 draw with Pelicans.
Martin Hamon and Alex James were also on target in East Men’s League, Division 2N but Nomads were unable to hang on after leading for long spells.
Goalkeeper Jason Mass produced a man-of-the-match performance for Cambridge South to help keep Cambridge University III at bay in a 0-0 draw.
In 4NW, James Menzies scored twice as Cambridge South II won 5-1 against St Neots II.
A well-placed penalty corner strike from Jon Mann opened the scoring in the first half, and Jack Chalk doubled the lead after the break.
Menzies deflected a penalty corner in for the third, and then scrambled home the fourth. Shin Kim scored the fifth before St Neots got a late consolation.
Goals from Joe Whittaker, Simon Ta, Jason James and James Tanner saw Cambridge III get their promotion push back on track with a 4-2 win over St Neots III in 5NW.
South had gone 4-0 up before St Neots rallied in the last 15 minutes to score twice, and then South keeper George Toynton saved a late penalty stroke.
Zinny Longson and Gianlua Benendetto notched doubles as a clinical performance from Cambridge Nomads III saw them win 6-1 against Cambridge South IV in 6NW (S).
Phil Jones and Chris Snow were also on target for Nomads, while Rupert Espley replied for South, who missed some good chances after well-executed moves in midfield and saw makeshift keeper David Bridge make a number of solid saves.
Stand-in keeper and man-of-the-match Alan Radford made some spectacular saves as Cambridge South V drew 2-2 with Watton II, with Shahbaz Ali on the score sheet.
In East Women’s League, Cambridge South bounced back from going a goal down to defeat top-of-the-table rivals Ely City 3-1.
Ely went ahead after 15 minutes, but Ellie Edwards got it back to all square for South.
Robyn Murray made it 2-1 at half time and extended pressure after the break led to Alison Small completing the win.
Izzy MacDonald-Parry was at the double for Cambridge South II as they won 3-1 against Cambridge Nomads II in 4NW (S).
A bright start saw South go ahead with the first play of the game through MacDonald-Parry. She scored again and Lauren Brown got one to make it 3-0 at half time.
Nomads pulled one back in the second half, but South earned the three points to move up two places in the table.