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Dominic Absolon takes indoor form outdoors to earn Cambridge City II a draw with Norwich City




Sam Grimshaw in action for Cambridge City III. Picture: Simon Webb (27258771)
Sam Grimshaw in action for Cambridge City III. Picture: Simon Webb (27258771)

Dominic Absolon was able to bring his indoor form outside as Cambridge City II drew 1-1 with Norwich City in East Men’s League, Premier A.

With David Madden missing, City lacked their regular goal threat, but Absolon stepped up to the mark having finished City’s top scorer in the indoor season.

He was fed the ball by Samuel Rutter from a penalty corner and fired into the top corner, but the hosts equalised late on after some defensive naivety.

Cambridge South made it five wins in a row by defeating Crostyx 1-0 in Division One.

It was a strong start from South, and the opening 15 minutes ended with a deserved goal.

Scott Cately surged past two Crostyx defenders and unleashed a reverse-stick strike from the edge of the circle for his debut goal for the club.

South’s defensive unit was well organised and stood up to the sustained pressure of the promotion-chasers.

Keeper Chris Watson was in imperious form, while the workrate of skipper James Bailey and man-of-the-match Sam Highfield closed the game out.

Cambridge Nomads suffered a setback in their relegation battle, losing 6-0 to rivals Bury St Edmunds.

With an understrength team as the club’s youngsters made history at the under-16 national finals, they never got going.

They conceded two early goals through errors and, being short on numbers and tiring, let in a further four in the second half.

The bright spots were Martin Hamon hitting the post and Richard Lloyd flashing a deflection wide.

City III’s struggles in Division One continue as they were beaten 3-0 by Potters Bar.

Having dominated their previous two games but been unable to score, City were given an early opportunity to settle the nerves by being awarded a penalty stroke.

However, the effort was well saved and it did not take long for Potters Bar to take the lead.

Penalty corners came and went for City, and Potters Bar got two more goals in the last five minutes.

Cambridge South v Potters Bar, Long Road Sixth Form College, Herbert Mduzamiri. Picture: Keith Heppell. (19253652)
Cambridge South v Potters Bar, Long Road Sixth Form College, Herbert Mduzamiri. Picture: Keith Heppell. (19253652)

Herbert Mduzamiri struck inside the first two minutes to give South II a 1-0 win over Long Sutton II in 3NW.

The forward outpaced the home defence to finish coolly, but with a new surface bedding in, it undermined the threat of South’s Mduzamiri, Ollie Lamming and Tom Blair.

Man-of-the-match Ash Artaman was commanding in defence, while keeper Mike Gillingham was in good form.

Nomads III dug deep to earn a 1-1 draw with City of Peterborough VII in 6NW (S).

With a weakened team through availability going into the top-of-the-table clash, Garth Hanlon equalised for Nomads who fought well throughout the game.

A hat-trick from Tom South on his return to South V colours and a brace from veteran forward Rob Barton saw them beat Kettering V 5-0 in 6NW(S).


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