Gareth Machin and Nick Turner fire Cambridge City veterans to win over Royston
Gareth Machin and Nick Turner were on target for Cambridge City veterans as they defeated Royston II in the men’s mini league.
A shortage of numbers meant that Ben Hudson was forced into action in goal for his debut.
Machin gave City the lead towards the end of the first half with a strike from a penalty corner.
Pete Wilkinson and Piers Robson were working hard in midfield to create chances but, despite the crosses flying in, they were not being converted.
Royston equalised at the start of the second half, but Turner got the winner with a strike from a corner.
City V suffered a 4-2 defeat to Nomads II.
Injuries hampered City, and it was Nomads that took the lead through a penalty stroke from Paul Matthews, which both teams felt was a harsh call after a bladed shot went straight into the chest of a defender.
Nomads doubled their lead after City had lost possession in midfield.
Ben Jones gave City hope of a recovery with a goal just before half time against the run of play.
City’s keeper was shown a green card, but Nomads were unable to take advantage as Doug McLeod stepped up to marshal the defence.
However, on the keeper’s return, Nomads did score two more goals to make the points safe. McLeod scored a late consolation for City.
Three goals from the Ronco family helped Cambridge City V to a 4-1 win over Cambridge South III in the women’s mini league.
The daughter/mother treble came through two goals from Natalie Ronco, and one from Viv, who continued her scoring run.
Anna Carter scored City’s fourth with a cool finish under pressure after three defenders closed in.
City VI held South first team to a 1-1 draw.
South dominated the game as league positions would suggest, but they were kept at bay by a strong City defence.
City took the lead after 23 minutes.
Abbey Cotton drove forward and her cross was met by Grace Evans. Her first shot was saved but she converted at the far post at the second time of asking.
Keeper Lara Hassan and the combination of Katie Maude-Barker and Rachel Thomas held firm nearly all game against the skilful South forward line. But they were finally thwarted in the closing stages as South got an equaliser.
City captain Thomas said: “I could not be prouder of the girls. To draw against this team speaks volumes of how hard we all worked, particularly Abbey in midfield, and how disciplined we were in defence.
“Particular shout out to Lara who was amazing in goal.”
*Two Cambridge City youngsters have been named in the England age group programme.
Isobel Hughes has been selected for the under-18 girls’ squad, and Fergus Wootton is in the under-18 boys’ squad.