Another draw leaves City feeling blue

Hockey news from the Peterborough Telegraph, peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport, @pboroSport on Twitter
Hockey news from the Peterborough Telegraph, peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport, @pboroSport on Twitter

City of Peterborough were disappointed with the 2-2 draw at lowly Blueharts in the East Premier A Division clash on Saturday (March 7).

But it was almost much worse as City trailled 2-0 with 15 minutes to go before Nathan Foad and Ben Read struck to earn a point.

The struggling hosts have proved to be no push-overs in this league, competing well in a number of their fixtures, but City again suffered from not converting short corners – a critical element of play that must be addressed for next season.

City failed to match the standards of play produced in the last couple of weeks against much stronger opposition and allowed Blueharts to dominate the opening 25 minutes. The home side scored from their first short corner after five minutes, and also managed to miss a penalty stroke following a another short corner,

In this opening period City turned over possession far too easily and were too careless with the final pass when they did progress into the Blueharts area.

For the final 10 minutes of the first half City at last found some quality possession, and were rewarded with a string of short corners, unfortunately none of which were converted.

City were a changed side in the second half, patient and controlled in their build up, and ran the game, but again they failed to convert a good number of short corner chances. They looked to have paid a heavy price for this, when with 15 minutes left Blueharts scored a second goal, from their only incursion into the City area in the entire second half.

Thankfully, City pulled a goal back immediately from the re-start, with man-of-the-match Nathan Foad putting a good finish to a fine passing move. City then found a second goal five minutes later, Ben Read this time with the finish, and for the final 10 minutes of the game City looked the only likely winners.

This weekend Seventh-placed City host Bedford at Bretton Gate (March 14, 1pm start). The two sides sit one place apart in the league, and drew 4 – 4 at Bedford earlier in the season, so it should be a close and entertaining game. City have now drawn eight of their 20 Premier A Division matches - twice the number of any other team.