George Silcock is the hero for Cambridge Nomads in derby win over Cambridge South
Nomads maintain 100 per cent record
George Silcock left it late to grab victory for Cambridge Nomads as they made it five wins out of five by beating Cambridge South 3-2 in East Men’s League, Division 2N.
It was the battle of the top two, and South enjoyed the better of the territory, possession and goal-scoring chances in the first half.
However, their profligacy was costly as Martin Hamon excellently executed a penalty corner to make it 1-0 at the break, and then at the start of the second half, Sam Walker-Farrant swept home another penalty corner to give Nomads a 2-0 lead.
South fought back when Mike Karran fed James Bailey, who swivelled to beat three players and then unleashed a reverse-stick strike into the bottom corner.
A few minutes later, and South were level as Shin Kim flicked in a penalty corner.
As South looked to push home the advantage, they were caught on the break and Silcock pounced to score the winner for Nomads.
They now have a five-point lead over South, who remain second.
Dave Bagnall notched a double as Cambridge South II maintained their unbeaten start to the 4NW season with a 6-0 win over Bourne Deeping III.
Having taken the lead after two minutes, South went on to build a 4-0 advantage by half time thanks to goals from Bagnall, Jon Mann, James Menzies and Jimmy Wood, who produced a spectacular finish with a full-length dive to push a ball from the byline through a defender’s legs on the line.
Bagnall got his second after the break, and for the second week in a row, Jack Chalk made up for missing a penalty stroke to score from open play. Bagnall and Menzies shared the man-of-the-match plaudits.
Matthew Huchu was Nomads II’s scorer as they were beaten 9-1 at Spalding II in 4NW.
South III suffered a battling 3-1 defeat against Spalding III in 4NW.
Simon Ta scored South’s goal in a see-saw match that saw man-of-the-match Alex Pashley prominent in defence and a good goalkeeping display from Matt Saint-Gower, who carried on playing despite breaking a toe while making a save.
A late goal saw South IV pegged to a 2-2 draw with St Neots III in 5NW.
South dominated the early exchanges, but only had man-of-the-match Oli Weston’s goal to show for their play.
St Neots equalised before half time, but Weston’s second goal on a counter-attack after the break restored South’s lead.
However, when South lost possession in midfield, St Neots broke to score with a shot that blindsided keeper Michael Gillingham.
South V suffered a 6-0 defeat to highly-rated Kettering III in 6NW (S).
Two goals in the opening 15 minutes set the tone, but South battled back and their defence, led by man-of-the-match Pip Ho, kept their opponents at bay for the rest of the half.
A flurry of second-half strikes saw Kettering take their total to six, while the closest South went to scoring was on the breakaway through Peter Creed, but his effort was cleared off the line.
Cambridge City surrendered a three-goal lead as they were held to a 4-4 draw with City of Peterborough in the England Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
Scott Gilmour gave City a first-half lead, and that was added to by efforts from Euan Gilmour and Will Golding after the break.
Peterborough pulled goals back in the 54th and 60th minutes, but Brennan Alexander-Parker made it 4-2 in the 62nd minute.
However, two goals in the last two minutes earned Peterborough a draw.