Sugi Furuta strike earns Cambridge Nomads win over Cambridge South
Sugi Furuta’s goal secured Cambridge Nomads a 4-3 win over Cambridge South in a match that lived up to its top-of-the-table billing in the East Men’s Hockey League, Division 2N.
South controlled the early stages and went ahead when Tom Kemsley burst into the circle to fire low into the bottom corner.
Nomads gradually began to take control of the midfield, and equalised from their first penalty corner, Jack Franklin seizing on a rebound after Martin Hamon’s shot had been saved.
It was 2-1 to Nomads when Moritz Sirringhaus scored from their next penalty corner, while James Willington had an effort disallowed.
South finished the half strongly, hitting back from a penalty corner to make it 2-2 with Sam Highfield deflecting in Harry Lewis’ shot.
Both teams had players sent to the sin bin in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but then South went back in front.
The ball was deflected high in the circle, and Mark Williams volleyed into the goal.
Nomads responded with eight minutes left as Franklin finished off the move of the match, and then the same player crossed for Furuta to tap in at the far post.
Keeper Ethan Brown then had to make a point-black save to deny South with two minutes remaining, as Nomads stay top of the table, while South are third.
South II moved up to second in 4NW with a 3-1 win over Bourne Deeping III.
A penalty corner after a counter-attack saw Bourne go ahead, but the hosts levelled through a smart finish from Chris Walsh.
After half time, Ollie Lamming put South in front after a well-worked move and Jack Chalk made the game safe, with the win seeing them move into the promotion places.
Oli Weston’s goal helped South IV move clear of the relegation places in 5NW with a 1-0 win over St Neots III.
Former South player Tim Poole had a good game in the Saints’ goal, but he was beaten once, as Paul South dummied an Oli Scott pass for Weston to lose his marker and tap into an unguarded net.