Player-coach Gareth Andrew strikes twice for Cambridge City in win over Chichester in Men's Hockey League, Conference East
Gareth Andrew struck twice for Cambridge City to help them to a 5-4 win over Chichester in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
Fergus McNab put City ahead through a penalty corner goal, but Chichester hit back after 20 minutes.
City surged into a 4-1 lead thanks to efforts from Euan Gilmour, player-coach Andrew and Kieran Gilmore, only for Chichester to peg them back through Alex Pendle and Andrew Sparshott.
Andrew got his second to make it 5-3, and they held on for the win despite Ollie Baxter getting a fourth for the visitors.
In the East Men’s League, Division One, Cambridge Nomads earned a 2-2 draw with Bury St Edmunds.
Nomads gradually took control of the game and a well-worked short corner saw Martin Hamon’s deflected effort go in.
They dominated the opening period of the second half, with Hamon hitting the post, and made their pressure tell as Hamon scored his second from Jack Franklin’s cross.
Bury fought back to score from a short corner, and then Nomads captain Joe Phillips had a penalty flick saved. They were made to pay for the miss as Bury scored an equaliser in the closing stages.
Cambridge South suffered a second narrow defeat in a row, going down 2-1 at Crostyx.
After a good start from South, Crostyx gradually took charge and gained the lead after a quickly-taken free hit caught the visitors napping.
Keeper Chris Watson had to make a number of saves at the start of the second half, but eventually conceded from a straightforward penalty corner routine.
South had a lifeline when skipper James Bailey’s reverse-stick pass was deflected home for a first goal for the club for Herbert Mudzamiri, but hopes of a comeback were dashed after some late indiscipline resulted in players in the sin-bin.
In 3NW, man-of-the-match Chris Pearson got a hat-trick as South II earned their first win of the season, beating Long Sutton II 7-1.
Shin Kim struck twice and skipper James Menzies and Tom Blair were also on target.
South III are top of the 4NW table after emerging 3-1 victors over Alford & District in a match between two sides that previously had 100 per cent records.
Alford sat back as they had depleted numbers after some of their players were caught in traffic.
Skipper Matt Allsopp finally made the breakthrough with some neat stick skills for a solo goal and Nev Warren doubled the advantage before the break.
Jimmy Wood got the third, with Alford getting a late consolation.
Nomads II were left to rue a slow start as they lost 2-1 to St Ives III.
They trailed 2-0 at the break, but produced a better second half effort with Paul Matthews scoring. However, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Andy Thomas and Rob Barton were on target for South IV but they were undone by a comeback from March Town II, who responded to going 2-0 down to win 3-2 in 5NW.
Centre forward Simon Ta hit a hat-trick for South V as they defeated Kettering V in 6NW (S), taking his tally to eight for the season in three games.
Captain Jez Cotton got a consolation goal as Nomads III lost 3-1 to City of Peterborough VII.