Liam Sillis goal seals Cambridge City III a first win of the season in East Men's Hockey League
Cambridge City III clinched their first win of the season by beating Brentwood 3-2 in East Men’s Hockey League, Division One.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, but City keeper Ben Thompson made two good stops to deny what looked set to be two certain goals.
City seemed set to take the lead when Alex Johnson went on a solo run and put the ball past the Brentwood keeper, but it hit the post and bounced clear to a defender.
The breakthrough came through a penalty corner for Brentwood, and it triggered a flurry of goals.
Blake Elliot levelled for City three minutes later with a drag flick into the bottom corner, but Brentwood went straight back down the other end to restore their lead after their striker broke into the circle unchallenged to finish with a strong reverse-stick strike.
At the start of the second half, City started to play some good hockey and dominated the opening exchanges.
It led to the equaliser as Jonny Purkiss spread play wide to Johnson, who beat his defender and crossed to Elliot to score through a deflection.
City grabbed their first points of the season in the final attack of the game, with Liam Sillis flicking the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Cambridge South were also victorious in Division One, beating Blueharts II 3-2 in Division One.
After weathering a fast start from Blueharts, South dominated the rest of the half and took the lead as James Browne set up Tim Winter to finish.
A high press by South saw them go 2-0 up by half time, with Scott Catley nipping in front of a midfielder to drive through and score.
Blueharts had the perfect response after the break, with their own press helping them draw back to level terms.
But South grabbed what turned out to be the winner when work from Harry Chalk and Herbert Mudzamiri set up Winter to score his second goal.