Martin Hamon double helps Cambridge Nomads get up and running in East Men’s League
Cambridge Nomads got their season kick-started in style with a 7-0 win over Bourn Deeping in Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division 1N.
They were finally able to call on a stronger squad, and that led to them dominating the game from the off.
Nomads surged into a 5-0 lead by half time, and consolidated the win by focusing on keeping a clean sheet in the second half.
Martin Hamon notched a double and there was one apiece from Jack Franklin, Mikey Halton, Nick Wells, Dave Bennett and man-of-the-match Alex Maynard.
Cambridge City III clinched a 4-1 win over Bury St Edmunds.
It was the perfect start for City as Sam Grimshaw scored a penalty stroke after just three minutes.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0 as Alex Winn’s reverse-stick strike went in off the post after Leo Bridger’s drag flick from a penalty corner was saved.
After half time, Mike Balding subtly deflected in Juan-Juan Bi’s cross to make it 3-0.
Bury pulled back a goal but, despite a flurry of green cards, City completed the scoring through Winn with a tap in from Bi’s brilliant cross.
Cambridge South’s long unbeaten home run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat to an impressive Spalding side.
The visitors arrived at Long Road as league leaders, and produced an organised defensive display while breaking at pace.
South keeper Mike Gillingham, the player of the match, was equal to Spalding’s efforts in the first half, while they went close to taking the lead themselves when a diving Tim Winter was narrowly unable to tuck away at the far post.
It was a similar story in the second half, with Gillingham standing firm, but he was able to do little with a drag-flick from a penalty corner as Spalding took the lead.
They doubled their advantage through a smartly taken second 10 minutes from time.
South pulled a goal back through Scott Cateley, but their long unbeaten home run stretching back to November 2019 was brought to an an end.
Cambridge City suffered an 8-2 defeat to Cardiff Metropolitan in Men’s Hockey League, Division One North.
Nat Farrant and Josh Webb were on target for City, while Kieran Walton was named the BDB Pitmans player of the match.