Mixed fortunes for Cambridge City sides as hockey leagues start to shake out
Cambridge City’s hopes of promotion were all but brought to an end with a 6-1 defeat to a polished Wimbledon side in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East.
They started the game well against their fellow promotion contenders but were hit on the break, and from the first penalty corner of the match, Rosie Pickersgill scored for Wimbledon.
The goal seemed to knock City off their stride and a more vocal Wimbledon were growing in confidence.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 10th minute from another penalty corner. The first effort was blocked, but the rebound fell to Mairi Drummond to smash home.
It was 3-0 after 24 minutes as Rio Olympic gold medalist Crista Cullen made no mistake from another penalty corner – making it three out of three for Wimbledon, and it remained that way at half time.
City came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, taking the game to the visitors.
They were unfortunate not to be on the score sheet in the 39th minute when Heidi Baber’s finish from a penalty corner was disallowed.
City only had to wait four minutes before making an impact, with Meg Crowson finishing off a penalty corner move from the top of the D.
However, Wimbledon broke down the other end immediately and, despite keeper Polly Oakman doing well to save Pickersgill’s first effort, the forward was able to tuck home the rebound.
The game was all but over two minutes later as Eliza Brett cut into the D from the left and, although Oakman was equal to the shot, Fi Burnett was on hand to put the rebound away for Wimbledon’s fifth.
The visitors wrapped up the scoring in the 66th minute as Fiona Semple’s ball into the area from the right was neatly flicked home by Brett.
It leaves City fourth in the table with 24 points, eight points behind leaders Hampstead & Westminster with Wimbledon two points adrift in second.
There was better news for Cambridge City in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
Facing Brighton & Hove at home, it was not the best of starts as they fell behind in the second minute.
Two goals from Brennan Alexander Parker and one each from Ross Hayward and Matt Anderson saw City respond in style to go 4-1 up.
Brighton reduced the arrears in the 54th minute, but Alex Drummond struck for City in the 64th minute to complete a 5-2 win.
City are targeting a top-six finish and are now four points adrift.