Tom Blair shines with goal as Cambridge South III defeat Cambridge City V in East Men's League
Tom Blair grabbed the goal of the game as Cambridge South III won 3-1 against Cambridge City V in Mr Cricket Hockey East Men’s League, Division 3NW.
City were without a number of experienced players and South started strongly, with City keeper Ian Smythe producing a man-of-the-match display to keep them at bay, with Gaston Hawes and Ethan Jeays also doing well.
The deadlock was broken when the defence was stretched for Jack Chalk to deflect in for South.
They made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time as South’s player-of-the-match Blair picked up possession in his own half to dribble through and then round the keeper to score into an empty net.
City pulled a goal back when Henry Denny-Gouldson cleverly deflected home Ben Jones’ pass into the D.
South made the game safe when Joe Whittaker added a telling touch from close range to finish off Josh Oldfield’s good build-up work.
Mel Ragnaugh grabbed two goals and Richard Lloyd, Paul Matthews and Ben Cotton got one apiece as Cambridge Nomads II won 5-3 at March Town in 3NW.
Cambridge City II suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Letchworth in the Premier Division.
Henry Campbell gave City the lead with a backhand shot from an acute angle, and then doubled their advantage from a penalty corner drag flick.
But Letchworth scored three quick second-half goals to secure victory.
Will Evans and Martin Hamon scored two goals apiece and Jack Franklin got one as Nomads beat City III 5-3 in 1N. Charlie Gilks, Jacob Marshall-Grint and Juan-Juan Bi were on target for City.
A depleted Cambridge South suffered a 3-2 defeat at Wisbech Town in 1N.
They were the better side in the first half and went ahead through a well-worked effort which saw Harry Lewis set up Jack Humby to finish.
Two quick goals at the start of the second half put Wisbech in front, but South thought they had rescued a point when player-of-the-match Joel Harrison set up Tim Winter to deflect home.
However, Wisbech got the winner from a penalty corner in the final play of the game.
Owen Russell and Laurie Haslop scored two goals apiece as Cambridge South IV won 5-2 at City of Peterborough VI in East Men’s League, Division 4NW.
Thomas Grove got a goal for South, but Peterborough struck twice on the counter-attack to lead 2-1 at the break.
A fluid period at the start of the second half saw Russell and Haslop make it 3-2 to South, and Peterborough then had a player shown a red card for violent conduct. Russell and Haslop added one more apiece to seal the win.
Cambridge City VI had four different scorers in a 4-1 win over Bourne Deeping IV in 4NW.
Nigel Anns opened the scoring from Tim Ireland’s pass, and Ben Journeaux doubled the lead. Rich Turpin deflected in Nigel Gadsby’s drive for 3-0 and Tim Willian closed out the scoring from a penalty corner.
South V secured a third successive win by beating Wisbech Town III 2-1 in 4NW.
After withstanding a string of Wisbech penalty corners, South took the lead through Jordan Walker’s strike into the top corner.
Wisbech finished off a penalty corner to make it 1-1 at half time, but South’s winning goal came 10 minutes from time as Rob Barton deflected home at the far post.