Ten of the best as Cambridge City defeat Richmond
Brennan Alexander-Parker adds to day of celebration at Wilberforce Road
Brennan Alexander-Parker scored four goals for Cambridge City as they earned their first win of the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East season by beating Richmond 10-5.
On a day that marked the official opening of the two new pitches at Wilberforce Road, City produced an attacking display of speed, skill and guile to put Richmond to the sword.
The way in which they stretched and bamboozled the visitors’ defence was highly impressive – Richmond were at times left chasing shadows as the hosts’ passing and movement left them going round in circles.
With all the attacking splendour though, new player-coach Gareth Andrew will be fully aware of the need to tighten up at the back as Richmond were at times given too much time and space themselves.
It was, in fact, the visitors who scored first, albeit against the run of play.
In the 10th minute, they were awarded a penalty corner and Scott Wall made no mistake to fire past City keeper Dan Brown.
The hosts equalised from a penalty corner in the 19th minute, with Alex Drummond’s shot from the top of the D flicked home by Ross Hayward.
City took the lead in identical circumstances in the 26th minute, with Hayward flicking in Drummond’s shot.
It was an unrelenting end to the first half for City as a great break down the right saw Euan Gilmour pull a pass back from the backline to Scott Gilmour to fire home.
A minute later, a good pass into the circle reached Alexander-Parker, who turned and shot past Richmond keeper Dave Soulsby.
A third goal in three minutes completed the scoring, with Alexander-Parker taking a touch before firing a shot diagonally across goal into the bottom corner to make it 5-1 at half time.
Richmond got the first goal of the second half, with a penalty stroke from Jordan Hussell but two minutes later, City went up the other end and were awarded a penalty stroke of their own, which Euan Gilmour converted.
More excellent play down the right by City led to some chaos in the D, and Alexander-Parker was on hand to finish off to make it 7-2.
In the 46th minute, Alex Bastone was denied by the feet of Brown, but Jesse Gatt was able to roll a shot into the guarded goal to reduce the arrears for Richmond.
There was hardly time to catch breath as City went up the other end with Chris White and Scott Gilmour swapping passes excellently, and White’s ball across goal was finished off by Alexander-Parker for his fourth of the game.
Marcus Howard converted following a penalty corner to Richmond, but City then got two goals inside a minute.
Hayward’s pass in to Scott Gilmour saw him run into the D and then square to Euan Gilmour, who finished emphatically.
Andrew then got his first goal for the club to make it 10-4.
There was still time for Howard to get a fifth for Richmond in a what was a hectic, end-to-end game.