Nick Tapper and Doug McLeod hit hat-tricks for Cambridge City in men's mini hockey league
Nick Tapper and Doug McLeod hammered hat-tricks for Cambridge City V as they beat Royston III 7-2 in the men’s mini league.
McLeod set up captain Tapper to open the scoring with an easy finish, and the same pair combined again for City’s second goal.
The provider turned scorer when deflecting in Tim Ireland’s shot to make it 3-0 and Henry Denny-Gouldson danced round defenders to put the ball on the plate for McLeod to get his second to make it 4-0. Royston pulled one back before half time.
Denny-Gouldson was running the defence ragged, and got a deserved goal from a penalty stroke.
Simon Webb set up McLeod to complete his hat-trick by nutmegging the keeper, and Tapper sealed his treble into an unguarded net.
George Bucknall, Alex Winn, Blake Ellliott and Sam Grimshaw were on target for City III in a 4-1 win over City IV, with the superior fitness telling in the second half.
City’s veterans’ side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Royston.
Charlotte Rye bagged a brace as Cambridge City III won 6-0 against Cambridge City IV in the women’s mini league.
Iona Tripp got the only goal of the first half, with a deflection from the penalty spot, as City IV proved defensively resolute.
Rye got her first after seizing on a clearance and beating three players before sliding a shot past the keeper one-on-one. Xanthe Freeman then crossed for Rye to get her second.
Becki Wadsworth passed to Lili Richards for the fourth, Isabelle Izzard fired into the roof of the net for the fifth and Rebecca Grainger completed the scoring with a reverse-stick finish from 10 yards.
But City IV captain Rachel Thomas said: “Despite the scoreline, I’m exceptionally proud of my team. We fought hard and did brilliantly against a top team.”
Xanthe Stebbing was the epitome of composure when firing four goals for City V earned an 8-0 win. Harry Craven, Biz Whichello and Viv Roco were also on target.
City II won 2-1 against Cambridge University, with Katie Miller getting both goals.
In the mixed midweek league, Cambridge City A won 3-2 against City C.
Maddie Anthony gave City C the lead after 15 minutes, and they could have had a greater lead, having hit the post, failed to score with an open goal and just missed a deflection.
Millie Ely made them pay by equalising following Redvers Wilbur’s pass.
The C side still had the upper hand but could not take their opportunities until Chris Wiseman converted Nat Farrant’s cross.
Miriam Marti-Palet equalised for City A. Doug McLeod struck the sideboard on the break for City C, and the winner came in the final seconds through Emma Owens.
Bill Davidson scored twice for City B and Phil Robinson and Lexi Small were also on target as they beat Cambridge South B 4-0.