‘Four he’s a jolly good fellow,’ Craig Larner on top form for Cambridge City IV
Craig Larner was in top form for Cambridge City IV in a 7-2 win over Spalding II in Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division 2NW.
The sides were locked at 1-1 at half time, but Spalding took the lead as City waited for the referee’s whistle after the break.
That spurred City into action, and Larner finished with four goals while Ben Hudson hit a hat-trick.
Cambridge South II defeated St Ives II in a mid-table encounter in 2NW.
They had to battle back from a difficult start to the match which saw them trail 3-1.
One of the few South players playing to his potential in the opening 25 minutes was goalkeeper Matt Lee, who pulled off one spectacular save to divert a Saints penalty corner drag-flick that was destined for his top corner. But two other similarly rapier-like shots found the roof of his net.
South skipper Matt Puddefoot had registered once early on for the hosts but it was not until the second Saints corner conversion that South finally switched on for the game.
Once they did though their slick passing created openings for Ed Creedy and John West to net twice in quick succession, drawing the hosts back level by the interval.
South hit the ground running in the second half.
Henry Blower capped his South II debut by beating the Saints keeper at his near post to give the team the lead for the first time in the game.
Player-of-the-match West then netted his second to secure South’s first win in six games.
City veterans suffered a 9-1 defeat to champions St Ives in 2NW. Adam Wilson, a member of City’s first team last year, was a big difference between the teams, who meet each other again this weekend.
In a dead rubber, City II, who avoided relegation the previous week, lost 7-2 to champions Norwich City in the Premier Division.
City III won 1-0 against South’s first team in 1N.
The sides had drawn 0-0 in their first meeting of the campaign, and mostly cancelled each other out again despite the promptings of South’s skipper and man-of-the-match Sam Highfield, who put in a high-energy display in central midfield to lead by example.
The only goal of the game came when City exploited a poorly judged pass in the South rearguard, turning the defender over and then converting the resulting overload.
South still have one game left to play in their campaign but will finish sixth while City’s campaign is over and they will be ninth.
Nat Farrant and Josh Biddlecombe were on target for Cambridge City in a 2-2 draw with Deeside Ramblers in the Men’s Hockey League, Division One North.
The draw means that City are now mathematically safe from the drop.