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Double delight for Cambridge City to keep Men's Hockey League, Conference East title hopes alive

Fergus McNab scored four goals for Cambridge City last weekend. Picture: David Johnson
Fergus McNab scored four goals for Cambridge City last weekend. Picture: David Johnson

Gareth Andrew and Fergus McNab grabbed four goals apiece as Cambridge City enjoyed a victorious double header to maintain their pursuit of the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East title.

Postponements because of the harsh weather meant that they faced two games in two days last weekend.

On Saturday, player-coach Andrew and McNab both scored twice and Chris White was also on the mark as they won 5-2 at Bedford.

They repeated the trick on Sunday at home to Harleston Magpies, as Andrew and McNab got another two each, and Euan Gilmour was also on target, starting the 5-4 success.

“There were a lot of goals scored, a few too many conceded really but three points is what we needed,” said Andrew.

“It’s catching up on the games that have been cancelled because of the weather, so it was nice to get two wins.”

City are second in the table, five points behind leaders Wapping, but with a game in hand.

“If we win our game in hand, we’re only two points behind them but in saying that, they’ve still got to slip up and we can’t afford to slip up,” said Andrew. “We will see, but it’s nice to make it a bit more interesting. We’ve got to keep focused on what we do, and not worry about anyone else.”

It will be a case of play it again City this coming weekend, with a home game on Saturday and away match on Sunday.

“We’ve got a tough weekend coming up, with another double header,” said Andrew. “We’ve got Old Loughts which will be a tough game because they’ve all of a sudden started picking up points. We’ve also got Bromley & Beckenham, but we’ve got quite a few unavailabilities on Sunday as well.”

Regardless of how the season finishes though, Andrew believes it has been an encouraging campaign for the youthful squad.

“We’ve got a very young team, and they need to play the right hockey at the right level. I think what we’ve done this year is a step in the right direction,” he said.

“I think it’s good for the lads to play at this level, win more games than you lose and they can progress and we can go from there. I’m pretty happy with how it’s gone.”

Phil Robinson celebrated his 40th birthday with a goal as Cambridge City IV drew 2-2 with Berkhamsted in East Men’s League, Division 2S.

Controlling a pass from Ben Hudson on his reverse stick, he moved it to the other side to drive into the roof of the net.

Sam Grimshaw’s corner flick made it 2-0, but Berkhamsted fought back in the second half to earn a point.

City Veterans earned a 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls City of Peterborough IV in 3NW.

Nick Hurd flashed in a cross that saw captain Jim Hill dive across the keeper to deflect home.

Oli Ruffle made it 2-0 from a penalty corner drag flick.

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