Richard Lloyd goal seals Cambridge Nomads derby victory over Cambridge South
Richard Lloyd grabbed the winning goal for Cambridge Nomads in a 3-2 victory over Cambridge South in the Mr Cricket Hockey League, Division One North.
South struck twice in the last few minutes to earn a draw in the match between the sides earlier in the season, and Nomads were determined not to make such mistakes this time.
South took the lead through player-of-the-match Harry Schumann, who capitalised on a raking pass to the back post from Peter Richer to turn home.
Nomads replied almost immediately through Martin Hamon from a penalty corner.
Their numbers were then diminished when Freddie Jones suffered an injury, but they took the lead at the end of the half through a penalty flick from Hamon.
In the second half, South drew level through Scott Cately, who swept a penalty corner into the far corner.
But, heading into the final quarter, a long 16 clearance from David Watts found Hamon, and his cross was deflected in by Lloyd.
Despite losing Will Evans to a green card, Nomads held on for the win.
Juan-Juan Bi twice got Cambridge City III on level terms before they lost 4-2 to University of East Anglia in 1N.
Two early nutmeg goals put UEA ahead, but Bi converted two drag flicks to bring the scores level. However, two well-executed team moves and deflections off the keeper’s pads put paid to City.
City veterans lost 8-3 to City of Peterborough IV in 2NW which means they are left anxiously looking over their shoulders, wary of being drawn into a relegation battle.
There was a heavy defeat for South II, who were beaten 9-3 by Long Sutton.
The Lincolnshire side raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first three minutes and despite some good saves by South keeper George Toynton, they conceded two more before half time. However, Will Havelange had registered once for South as they trailed 4-1.
Ollie Lamming and Steve Jackson netted for South in the last 10 minutes, but the damage had been done as Long Sutton scored a further five. Skipper Matt Puddefoot was South’s player of the match.
An understrength South III maintained their promotion push in East Men’s League, Division 3NW with a 3-1 win over St Ives.
Chris Walsh’s powerful shot gave them a 1-0 lead at half time, but the Saints levelled early in the second period.
Ali Smith finished a slick move to restore South’s lead, and Joe Whittaker tucked home a rebound off the keeper’s pads to complete the win and put them four points behind leaders Wisbech, but with two games in hand.
City V were beaten 5-0 by Wisbech Town II in 3NW.
Doug McLeod had an early chance after a strong run and shot that hit the bar, but that was as good as it got for City against a well structured and disciplined team.
They lost a defender to injury midway through the game, and the constant aerial bombardment was difficult to cope with.
Alfie Piper was player of the match on his debut for the senior club, putting in a good performance in goal to keep the score down.