Richard Lloyd on the mark in Cambridge Nomads victory
And Cambridge South also make winning start to the season
Richard Lloyd scored the only goal of the game as Cambridge Nomads started the new season with a 1-0 win over St Ives in the East Men’s League, Division 2N.
Keeper Richard Davies was called on to make a good save in each half to preserve the clean sheet, although Nomads created the better chances.
The decisive goal came just before half time as Martin Hamon and Alex James won the ball high up the pitch to set up Richard Lloyd to score.
Cambridge South produced an assured performance to earn a 3-0 victory over Long Sutton in 2N.
Against a side relegated last season, South took the lead as Harry Lewis continued his form from pre-season by striking home a penalty corner.
In the final 15 minutes, driven on by a stylish and composed performance from man-of-the-match James Bailey, goals from Lewis and Chris Pearson completed the win.
In 4NW, Tom Blair was on the mark for South II as they drew 1-1 with Alford & District.
Jon Mann set up Blair for the opener before Alford equalised against the run of play, but South’s failure to convert pressure into goals meant they were held.
Ash Dookun and Simon Ta were on the mark for South III in a 3-2 defeat to Cambridge City V in 4NW.
Matt Kern lobbed over the City keeper for Dookun to tap the opener into an empty net, but City equalised.
Ta deflected home a chest high pass to restore South’s lead, but City responded through a penalty stroke and a well-constructed goal to triumph 3-2.
Four goals from Paul Matthews and one from Felix Polonius secured Cambridge Nomads II a 5-1 win over Wisbech III in 4NW.
South IV suggested they will make a good fist of things in 5NW, despite losing 1-0 to March Town IV.
They were promoted as champions last season, but will take heart from their defeat having rained shots on the March goal only to be thwarted by some top goalkeeping.
South man-of-the-match Peter Creed was repeatedly denied, and when they did beat the keeper, it hit the woodwork – on three occasions.
Efforts from Stuart Creed, Rob Barton, John Greaves and Rupert Espley – with an early contender for goal of the season – saw South V win 4-0 against St Neots IV in 6NW (S).
Cambridge Nomads III earned a 5-0 walkover win against Ely City III in 6NW (S).