Martin Hamon strikes twice to earn Cambridge Nomads a draw with Crostyx
Martin Hamon struck twice for Cambridge Nomads as they earned a 2-2 draw with Crostyx in East Region Men’s Hockey League, Division One.
Nomads were looking for a response from defeat the previous week, but after an even start to the game, fell behind to third-placed Crostyx.
They were quick to bounce back as Hamon equalised with a penalty flick.
In a match of few chances, Crostyx regained their lead, but a brilliant solo goal from Hamon brought Nomads level to earn a draw.
Cambridge South’s recent winning run came to a shuddering halt as they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Potters Bar.
The well-drilled hosts took the lead after 10 minutes, and although South created chances and won penalty corners throughout the half, their routines did not click.
Potters Bar scored either side of half time to go 3-0 ahead, and South lost midfielder Mikey Karran to injury after he was hit in the face by the ball.
After a lengthy delay, when the game restarted South conceded two further goals.
Sam Highfield was named their man of the match for his composed play in midfield.
Man-of-the-match James Browne scored twice for Cambridge South II as they extended their unbeaten
run to 10 games by defeating March Town 5-3 in 3NW.
Having shaded territory and possession in the first half, a strike from Brown and a drag-flick goal from Ash Artaman gave South a 2-1 lead at half time.
March responded after the break by scoring two penalty flicks in a five-minute spell to go 3-2 ahead.
South fought back though, and Artaman and Brown finished penalty corners and George Anderson was on target from a set piece to secure the win.
Ali Sloane was at the double for Cambridge City V as they defeated Wisbech Town II 2-0 in 4NW.
South III’s promotion hopes in 4NW suffered a blow with a 2-1 defeat to St Ives III.
Man-of-the-match Jonny Camp hit the post in a promising start for South, which was eventually rewarded with winger Jimmy Wood outpacing the defence to score.
St Ives pounced on a misplaced pass to equalise before the break and, having failed to convert a string of second-half corners, South suffered the sucker punch with a winner on the counter attack from the Saints.
Nigel Anns and skipper Bill Davison were on target for City VI in 5NW as they won 2-1 at Louth II.
A profligacy in front of goal cost South IV as they lost 2-1 to City of Peterborough VI in 5NW.
They fell behind to Peterborough’s first serious attack, which resulted in a penalty corner being crisply finished.
South, driven on by man-of-the-match full-back Danny McCree, exerted pressure but the chances were either off target or thwarted by the hosts’ keeper.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Peterborough got their second following a long ball out of defence.
Tom Blair reduced the arrears from close range, after good work from Panos Panayiotopoulos, but despite laying siege on the Peterborough defence, they could not find an equaliser.
Nomads III stayed in the promotion hunt with a 5-0 win over Kettering V in 6NW (S).
They made heavy weather of the game but goals from Matt Huchu, Pete Jarvis and Tom Harris secured their win.
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