Warren D'Souza seeks a return to winning ways for Cambridge City
Another defeat jolts promotion bid
Warren D’Souza is calling on Cambridge City to rediscover their form after a 5-1 defeat at Oxted in the Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
City were flying in joint-first heading into the mid-season break, but they have not got a win since the resumption.
They started okay against Oxted in a fairly even first half in terms of possession and territory, but the hosts took their chances on the counter attack to go 2-0 up by half time.
Failure to take chances or convert penalty corners cost City again in the second half, as Oxted struck three more goals before D’Souza’s late consolation.
“Oxted took their chances at the key times in the game and we didn’t; that was the catalyst for the result,” said the captain.
“Fair play to Oxted though – they played well and were the better team on the day.
“We are on a bad run of results and we will be doing what we can to ensure that we stop the rot.
“We know that we are capable of much better performances, we saw that in the first half of the season and we need to get back to playing that way.”
Tom Steed was the star of the show for Cambridge South V as they won 3-0 in a friendly against Hertford VI.
The teenager scored twice in a man-of-the-match performance, with Ian Marshman getting the final goal.
Jimmy Wood’s pace was a decisive factor as Cambridge South IV won 4-2 against Hertford IV.
Wood sprinted clear down the left to open the scoring. Hertford equalised but Wood then turned provider to set up Oli Anderson for the second.
Wood charged in behind the home defence for the third, and created the fourth, going past his marker to set up Nev Warren to score.
Cambridge South III’s fightback was not enough as they were beaten 5-3 by Hertford III.
A poor first half saw them trailing 4-0, but they fought back through goals from Rob Barton, Toby Watson and Will Jones. However, Hertford got a late fifth to seal the win.
Oli Lamming’s goal could not inspire Cambridge South to victory over St Ives, as the East Men’s League, Division 2S side were beaten 4-1 by their 2NS counterparts.