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Euan Gilmour strikes late to send Cambridge City to the top of the Men's Hockey League, Conference East table

Euan Gilmour scored Cambridge City's winner against Spencer
Euan Gilmour scored Cambridge City's winner against Spencer

Gareth Andrew took his goal tally for the season to 17 to help move Cambridge City to the top of the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East table with a 4-3 win over Spencer.

It was an up-and-down game for City, who fell behind after just 15 seconds to Ashley Smith’s goal, but hit back through player-coach Andrew’s hat-trick to lead 3-1.

Spencer were not done, and as City became complacent efforts from Ross Watkins and Kyle Good drew them level.

With five minutes remaining, Euan Gilmour was the saviour for City, with the decisive goal to make it five wins in a row for City.

"We showed our quality in the second and third quarters, dominating the game, but had to survive a few hairy moments in the first and fourth quarters to come out on top," said City captain Redvers Wilbur.

"Credit to the boys for showing such grit and resilience to find the winner after Spencer drew level with five minutes to play."

After Wapping’s 0-0 draw at London Edwardians, it means City have gone top of the table on goal difference with two games remaining – away at London Edwardians and home to St Albans on March 22.

Wilbur said: "We were not completely surprised by Wappings' draw against Edwardians; Wapping had already lost two games this side of Xmas, and Edwardians have had an excellent run of form recently.

"We think it is in our hands now; if we win our next two games, it will be very difficult for Wapping to overtake us on goal difference."

He added: "What will be key is keeping our nerve for the last two games; we have two challenging fixtures against Edwardians and St Albans, and we cannot afford to be complacent."

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