Not so unlucky 13 for Jack Humby as Cambridge South defeat Bourne Deeping
Jack Humby fired two goals as Cambridge South beat strugglers Bourne Deeping 4-1 in Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division 1N.
Goals from Ed Doust and Humby had given South a two-goal lead as they seemed set to cruise to victory against a side on the brink of relegation, but Bourne pulled a goal back before half time.
South quickly reasserted their authority on the game, and Humby got his second to take his tally for the season to 13, and Will Townley was also on target.
South’s player of the match was stand-in captain Tim Winter, who put in a hard-working performance up front.
Mark Sanderson’s man-of-the-match display for Cambridge City III could not keep Spalding at bay in 1N.
Table-toppers Spalding had a goal difference nearly double that of the team below them in the table, and so it showed as they ran out 7-0 winners.
That was despite the efforts of keeper Sanderson, whose heroics in goal kept the score in single figures.
Cambridge Nomads suffered a 3-1 defeat to Pelicans.
It was a tight start with chances for both sides, with Rich Lloyd and Martin Hamon going close for Nomads but it was Pelicans that went two goals clear by half time.
Hamon pulled one back after the break through a neatly-worked corner for Nomads, but Pelicans sealed their win late in the half through a disputed penalty flick.
City II earned a 4-1 win over basement club Broxbourne in the Premier Division to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation.
They are now third from bottom, three points clear of Dereham and just two adrift of City of Peterborough II and Ipswich & East Suffolk.
City Veterans were beaten 4-0 by promotion hopefuls Kettering in 2NW.
A spectacular half-volley was the only thing that could beat an impressive Dan Farman in goal as Kettering led 1-0 at the break.
There was a bad start to the half with a frustrating goal from a penalty corner, and it was 3-0 after some slack passing was picked off. Kettering then went on to round off their win.
City V suffered a 1-0 defeat to Ely City in 3NW.
City were without a number of players and that saw Michael Vasekin step up from the under-14 boys’ team to make his senior debut, and he earned the player-of-the-match accolade for some great saves to deny the league leaders.
Gaston Hawes kept the midfield at bay with some good shadowing for a City who had been the only team to take points off Ely this season, but a penalty corner deflection proved the difference.