Dilip van Doren is the match winner for Cambridge City II against Old Southendians
Dilip van Doren hit the crucial goal in a 3-2 win over Old Southendians to ensure Cambridge City II avoid relegation in the Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Premier Division.
With their first attack of the game, the Essex side took the lead.
A second soon followed, through a deflected penalty corner.
City knuckled down to start their comeback.
Ben Dudgeon deflected in Dominic Absolon’s drag flick at the start of the second half to reduce the arrears.
There was then a ruckus in the City circle as temperatures boiled over.
After Absolon cleared a penalty corner off the line, City broke down the other end to claim a corner of their own, which Absolon slammed home.
In the final attack of the game, Dudgeon drove down the right wing and crossed, and Van Doren charged in to deflect past the despairing keeper for the winner.
The three points means City are now safe from relegation.
Cambridge South triumphed 4-0 over Sudbury to make sure of their place in 1N next season.
Jack Humby’s thunderous shot gave South the lead against the bottom-of-the-table side.
In the last 20 minutes, Tim Winter volleyed home from close range, player-of-the-match Steve Jackson deflected in his first goal for the first team and Humby netted a second to complete South’s win which lifted them up to sixth with two matches remaining.
Jacob Marshall-Grint scored a consolation drag flick for City III in a 5-1 defeat to promotion-chasing Pelicans in 1N.
Tom Wightman netted twice for City IV in a 2-2 draw with City of Peterborough IV in 2NW.
They only had nine outfielders and no goalkeeper for the first half, and conceded two to trail at the break.
But reinforcements arrived and that allowed them to attack with gusto.
Wightman halved the deficit through a penalty corner and equalised through another one.
He had the chance to complete a victory, but saw a late penalty stroke saved by the keeper.
City veterans and South II battled out a 3-3 draw in 2NW.
Mark Moffat’s late solo run and finish secured a draw for City, for whom Pete Wilkinson scored twice, while Mariano Rosenzvaig, Ollie Lamming and skipper Matt Puddefoot were on target for South.
Defender Harrison Peak was South’s player of the match.
It was a third draw in eight days for City in their bid to beat the drop, following a midweek 1-1 draw with Cambridge University III, when Moffat was again on the score sheet, this time after some good distribution and a bit of flair.
Nat Farrant scored for Cambridge City in a 3-1 defeat to Birmingham University in the Men’s Hockey League, Division One North.