Warren D'Souza sets Cambridge City Hockey Club sights on title bid
City well placed on resumption of season
Warren D’Souza has set Cambridge City the target of winning the England Men’s Hockey League, Conference East.
After a two-month mid-winter break, City will be back in action away to Chichester this Sunday (February 4), and will do so joint top of the table, behind Oxted on goal difference.
The eight games after Christmas can be unpredictable given the inactivity, and while some may have played more because of an extended indoor season, City have used January as a pre-season period.
“Aside from our last game of 2017, we’ve had an excellent start to the season and we have put ourselves in a good position to make a push to win the league,” said captain D’Souza.
“We restart the second half of the season joint top [second on goal difference] so the aim has to be to win the league.
“We know our main competitors are Oxted and Southgate and we will play both of them in the next two months – the latter on the last day of the season. It’s in our own hands.”
City have managed to add Sam Mee to their ranks during the break, with the attacker joining from Southgate to add experience of both Premier League and Eastern Conference hockey.
And D’Souza believes friendlies against some of the country’s leading teams has stood them in good stead.
“We played Premier League teams Beeston and East Grinstead and although we narrowly lost both games it showed us levels that we need to aspire to,” he said.
“We also played against Loughborough University, who are doing well in the equivalent Northern Conference and managed to emerge victors. Again, all good preparation.”
Looking to Sunday’s match, D’Souza added: “They are a good team with a solid defence and an exceptional goalkeeper.
“They have managed to take points off the top teams in our league and we will need to be at our best to ensure that they do not take points off us as well.”