Miriam Palet helps Cambridge City A get off to winning start against Cambridge South in mixed hockey league
Cambridge City A started off a midweek mixed hockey league with a 3-2 victory over Cambridge South.
In the loss of the league structure this campaign, the Cambridge sides have decided to play a series of mixed league and mini league matches.
The mixed league is being played on a Wednesday, and City A got things through Mike Balding’s goal, scoring after a mazy dribble.
He doubled the lead from a rebound after a penalty corner. South struck twice to level matters, and almost took the lead but Ella Forsyth cleared off the line.
With 10 minutes remaining Miriam Palet danced past a succession of tackle attempts to score the winner from close range.
A flying start from Cambridge Nomads meant there was no way back for City B as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to their rivals.
City C earned a 7-1 win over South II.
Youngsters Charlotte Rye, Hollie Smith and May Busher were the stars of the show for City.
Dilip Goyal opened their scoring and Nat Farrant made it 2-0 with a neat finish after a solo run.
Great work by Hannah Roberts set up Grace Evans for the third in only her second game in two years. Hannah Bevington made it 4-0, but South pulled a goal back to make it 4-1 at half time.
Bevington had her second after the break, converting a cross from Tom Butler.
Simon Webb set up City’s sixth, feeding Busher to deflect past the keeper from the penalty spot, and Chris Wiseman completed the scoring.
In the weekend mini league, City III women won 2-0 against South.
Tilly Borrett converted from close range to open the scoring and Viola Allen doubled the lead inside the last 10 minutes, with Phoebe Aldrich, Rye, Siofra Mulkerrin and Emma Owens all producing good performances.
Grace Evans netted twice for City IV in a 4-0 win over Royston.
Katie Maude-Barker lobbed the keeper via a penalty corner and Abbey Holdstock completed the scoring.
Viv Roco was on target for City V in a 1-1 draw.
In the men’s side of the competition, City IV drew 2-2 with Cambridge Nomads.
Ben Hudson slammed in the first goal and then doubled the lead from a drag flick at a penalty corner early in the second half.
But Nomads reduced the arrears and then Martin Hamon tapped home the equaliser.
Doug McLeod scored four goals for City V as they beat South III 9-4.
Leo Bridger used his pace and skill to open the scoring for City, but South equalised.
McLeod converted a cross by Simon Webb for his first and Nick Tapper converted from close range.
Harry Speed grabbed two audacious goals and then McLeod scored three more goals in the second half. Henry Denny-Gouldson marked his senior debut with the final goal.
Captain Jim Hill struck four goals as City veterans won 8-0 against South II.
Antoine Kemmere grabbed two goals and Pete Wilkinson and Phil Robinson got one apiece.