City have enough fire­power to run riot in the Premier Di­vi­sion

Hockey - Five-star start to the sea­son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann @PTAlanSwann

City of Peter­bor­ough be­lieve they have the fire­power to chal­lenge for the East Premier A Di­vi­sion ti­tle. City opened their cam­paign with a 5-3 win at newly-pro­moted Saf­fron Walden last Satur­day.

They have a far tougher gamea­gain­stStAl­bansatBret­ton Gate this Satur­day (Septem­ber24,1pm), but man­ager Gra­ham Find­ing is con­fi­dent his side will again hold their own against the best.

City fin­ished sec­ond last sea­son. St Al­bans, who prised tal­ented young­sterA­damWil­son awayfromBret­tonGatein the sum­mer, fin­ished third.

“It was a below par per­for­mancea­gain­stSaf­fronWalden,” Find­ing stated. “But it’s the sign of a good side to win when­no­taty­ourbest, par­tic­u­larly away from home.

“We were miss­ing a cou­ple of play­ers, but the num­ber of scor­ing op­tions we now have is very en­cour­ag­ing.

“We have a for­ward line that coul­drun­ri­ot­thissea­son. There could be some ex­cit­ing times ahead.”

New re­cruit, Sam Blunt opened the scor­ing for City after 30 sec­onds at Saf­fron Walden and went on to claim man-of-the-match hon­ours.

Will Ast­bury struck twice from short cor­ners, while RossAm­bleran­dan­oth­ernew boyDan­nySis­son­also scored.

City ex­pect to have Aussie Rob­bie Muir back at the club within the next fort­night.

City sec­onds also started with a 5-3 win in the Premier B Di­vi­sion. Old Southen­di­ans were their vic­tims with Os­car Sadikot scor­ing twice.

Matthew Car­son bagged a hat-trick for City of Peter­bor­oughthirds, but it wasi­nalos­ing cause as Cam­bridge City thirds ran out 7-3 win­ners in a Di­vi­sion One match.

City of Peter­bor­ough Ladies were also vic­to­ri­ous on open­ing day. Sis­ters Anna and Emma Faux scored in a 2-0 Di­vi­sion One North win over Low­est­oft.

City are at St Ives this Satur­day.

City of Peter­bor­ough 6ths be­fore their week­end de­feat. (Back row, left to right) Ben Pear­son, John Mor­ris, Wil­liam Schelpe, Ian Martin, Neil Webb, Si­mon Buck­ley, Phil Martin. (front) Tom Richard­son, Kevin Led­brook, Dar­ren Grif­fiths, David Simp­son, Tom Clark­son.

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