‘Sin­ners’ seek re­demp­tion af­ter heavy home de­feat by Saints

Hockey - City of Pe­ter­bor­ough Ladies are per­fect

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

City of Pe­ter­bor­ough skip­per Ross Booth is de­mand­ing a full 70-minute per­for­mance when his side make the long trek to Har­leston for an East Premier A Di­vi­sion game on Saturday. City have put to­gether some strong­pas­sage­sof­playintheir two league games so far this sea­son.

They did enough to win 5-3 at newly-pro­moted Saf­fron Walden on open­ing day, but they were ex­posed by a well-drilled St Al­bans side last week­end and slipped to a 5-2 de­feat.

That was a rare home de­feat for City wholost just once on their own as­tro­turf in the top flight last sea­son - to St Al­bans. For­mer City player AdamWil­son, who­camethrough the youth ranks at Bret­ton Gate be­fore leav­ing in the sum­mer, scored two and cre­ated an­other goal.

“We have a new side this sea­son,” Booth said. “It will take us time to gel, but we’ve got an­oth­er­se­v­en­daysto­gether be­fore we play Har­leston which can only help.

“If we play for 70 min­utes like we did in the sec­ond-half against St Al­bans wewill have a chance, although it is an­other tough game.”

City and Har­leston both haveonewinan­dade­feat­from their open­ing two matches. Both have been beaten by a three-goal mar­gin by an im- pres­sive St Al­bans side.

Sam Blunt opened the scor­ing for City, but the visi­tors were 3-1 up by the break and kept their noses in front de­spite City ap­ply­ing plenty of pres­sure. Booth scored his side’s sec­ond goal from a set­piece.

Matt Porter was named man- of- the- match on his home City de­but.

City sec­onds’ man­ager Peter Leaton ac­cepted Wis­bech first team had the greater de­sire to win­i­naPremierBDivi- sion game that fin­ished 5-3 to the Fen­men.

Bourne Deep­ing thirds claimed the ‘come­back of the cen­tury’ as they pipped City thirds 5-4in­Divi­sionOnewith the win­ners fight­ing back from 3-0 down and scor­ing twice in stop­page time at the end of the game.

Shayne An­drews (2), Matt Car­son and Neil Lake scored for City with Stu­art Biggs (2), James Sharpe ( 2) and Bob Slack net­ting for Bourne Deep­ing.

Bourne Deep­ing also won theDivi­sionThree­NorthWest match be­tween the clubs, but City fifths gained some re­venge with a 3-0 suc­cess over Bourne Deep­ing thirds in Di­vi­sion Four North West. Peter Hings, Wayne Humphries andSi­monBuck­leyscoredthe goals.

City of Pe­ter­bor­ough Ladies are one of three teams with a 100 per cent record in East Di­vi­sion One North fol­low­ing a 3-1 win at St Ives.

Em­i­lieMor­ris, RobynGrib- ble and Tier­ney Au­gus­tine scored the City goals. They host Lin­coln at Bret­ton Gate on Saturday (2.30pm).

It was a good day for City Ladies as the sec­onds beat Wis­bech sec­onds 3-1 in Di­vi­sion Two North West and the thirds crushed op­po­si­tion from the same club 10-2.

An­nie How­ells, Meg Peth­er­ick and Lot­tie Bore­ham net­ted for the sec­onds with six dif­fer­ent play­ers on tar­get for the thirds led by hat-trick hero­ine Lisa Dea­con. Hamp­ton­sec­onds­fin­ished their Di­vi­sion Six sea­son with a 175-run win at Long Sut­ton sec­onds thanks in part to a re­mark­able first­time bowl­ing ef­fort by Ge­orge Spencer.

An­drew Rose (93) and Andy McIn­tyre (81) scored well in Hamp­ton’s277-7 be­fore Spencer (6-33) raced throughtheSut­ton­bat­ting or­der.

It was a ter­rific ef­fort by Spencer, a player in his first sea­son of com­pet­i­tive cricket and­hav­ingh­is­first bowl of the sum­mer!

Rel­e­gated Uf­ford Park at least ended their Rut­land Di­vi­sion One cam­paign with a vic­tory.

The vil­lagers trounced Oun­dle by 10 wick­ets af­ter dis­miss­ing their visi­tors for just 99.

Opener Mark Hodg­son made 44 of those be­fore Jan Neville bagged 5-12 for Uf­ford.

Ross Keymer ( 56no) andChris Light­foot (44no) eased Uf­ford to vic­tory in un­der 17 overs.

Oun­dle, who won the John Wil­cox Tro­phy, the knock­out com­pe­ti­tion for Rut­land League sides, had to set­tle for a sixth-place fin­ish.

Uf­ford are rel­e­gated along­side 2015 cham­pi­ons Up­ping­ham.

City of Pe­ter­bor­ough be­fore their 5-2 home de­feat at the hands of St Al­bans. Back row, left to right, Ben Read, Adam Drake, Joe Find­ing, Alex Arm­strong, Cameron Goodey, Ross Ambler, Mat­tPorter, Ben New­man, Mike Yeo­man (coach). Front, James Fisher, Sam Blunt, Danny Sis­sions, Ross Booth, Jor­den Heald, Os­car Sadikot.

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