Harry Lewis helps Cambridge South make up ground on leaders
Nomads remain unbeaten but lose 100 per cent record to Bury St Edmunds
Harry Lewis scored a hat-trick as Cambridge South closed the gap on leaders Cambridge Nomads by beating Dereham II 5-3 in East Men’s League, Division 2N.
Lewis netted the opener, but South found themselves losing 2-1 when Joel Harrison was sent to the sin bin.
Despite the deficit, Owen Harrison levelled before the break.
Lewis was named man of the match after completing his hat-trick, while Ollie Lamming was also on target before Dereham pulled a goal back.
South have closed the gap at the top to three points as although Nomads remain unbeaten, their 100 per cent record is over after a 3-3 draw with Bury St Edmunds.
Bury opened the scoring from a penalty stroke, but Nomads replied to lead 2-1 at half time through two goals from Jack Franklin, both scored from penalty corner rebounds.
The visitors equalised with a second penalty stroke, only for Nomads to restore their lead through Martin Hamon’s penalty corner.
However, Bury struck late on to earn a draw.
Goals from Paul Matthews, Felix Polonius and Sugi Furuta earned Nomads II a 3-0 win over City of Peterborough VI in 4NW.
Jack Chalk was on target for South II but it was only a consolation as they lost 4-1 to Cambridge City V in 4NW.
Matt Puddefoot and Rob Hartle scored to give South III their first win of the season as they moved off the bottom of the 4NW table with a 2-0 win over Wisbech Town III.
Owen Russell’s goal ended South IV’s recent slump in form as they beat Horncastle II in 5NW.
Midway through the first half, Russell fed Tom South and was then on hand to flick home after the shot had come back off the post.
Despite winning a number of penalty corners, they could not add to their score, while Jan Brynjolffssen stopped a goalbound effort and man-of-the-match goalkeeper Matt Saint-Gower made a spectacular save.
George Godfrey, Chris Snow and Jez Cotton were on target for Nomads III as they triumphed 3-0 over St Neots IV in 6NW (S).
Brennan Alexander Parker netted twice for Cambridge City but a late goal saw them suffer a 3-2 defeat to Old Loughtonians in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
Cambridge South’s men’s veterans’ team returned to competitive action for the first time since 2005 in the England Hockey Men’s Over-40s Tier 2 Championships, first round.
They faced a younger Bury St Edmunds veterans and were 2-0 down at half time, only to lose 8-0 overall, conceding three goals in the last seven minutes.
South now go into the veterans’ plate competition.