Nat Farrant bags brace for Cambridge City in win over Cardiff & Met in Men's Hockey League
Cambridge City twice came back from a goal down to end Cardiff & Met’s title hopes with a 3-2 win in the Men’s Hockey League, Division One North.
After two losses since the post-Christmas return, City were out to gain some sort of revenge for an 8-2 defeat in Cardiff earlier in the season.
It was not the best of starts for City as Cardiff went ahead in the fourth minute through a goal from a penalty corner by Rhys Gowman.
City were back on level terms in the 20th minute through a strike by Adam Price.
But Cardiff went into half time with a 2-1 lead thanks to Dale Hutchinson’s effort.
Two goals in two minutes inside the last six minutes turned the match on its head.
Nat Farrant struck on both occasions, and it secured City a 3-2 victory to give them some breathing space from the bottom four, and close the gap on the top six.
In the East Men’s League, City II earned a 4-2 win at Dereham in the Premier Division.
Ben Dudgeon converted two penalty corners and Grant Gilmour scored to make it 3-0 at half time.
Dereham got back into it, but Henry Campbell closed the scoring with a good run and finish.
Goals from Streeteja Jonnada, Geoff Giibbs and Nick Tapper gave City VI a 3-2 win over March II in 4NW.
In the England Hockey Men’s Tier 4 Championships, Cambridge South III suffered a 6-2 defeat to University of Nottingham V.
Heading into the match, they were unsure of what to expect of their opponents in the last 16 game, but it soon became apparent as they struggled to get a touch of the ball in the first five minutes. Nottingham took the lead through a spectacular drag flick with their first penalty corner.
They converted two more from penalty corners to lead 3-0 at half time.
South regained some composure after the break, and pulled a goal back through Jack Chalk’s drag flick from a penalty corner.
Nottingham replied immediately with a fourth, but South kept going and got another goal back through Eric Wong’s volley with three minutes remaining.
However, two penalty strokes from the visitors completed their win.
Owen Russell scored twice for Cambridge South over-40s in a 2-0 win against Braintree over-40s in a friendly.