‘Sinners’ seek redemption after heavy home defeat by Saints
Hockey - City of Peterborough Ladies are perfect
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.