Youngster Ross Ambler scored five times as City of Peterborough crushed local rivals Wisbech in an East Premier A Division match at Bretton Gate on Saturday (January 10).
City achieved an emphatic 8–1 victory in a match that they dominated from start to finish. City had worked to maintain focus over the Christmas/New Year period, and were therefore set to come out of the blocks fast, with attacking high tempo play which was maintained almost from the first whistle to last.
The Wisbech ‘keeper was busy right from the outset, but after a handful of early saves, it was Ben Read who found the back of the net with a well-struck rising shot from the right hand side of the ‘D’.
City quickly found a second goal, the first of Ambler’s haul. He was on the back post to put a quality first-time finish into the roof of the net. Ambler followed up with two more goals before half-time, his second possibly being the pick of them, beating two players at the top of the ‘D’ before taking an early shot which wrong-footed the keeper. The third was a tap-in, following a goalmouth scramble, which gave City a well deserved 4-0 half-time lead.
The second-half set off with more of the same, constant City pressure, and Alex Armstrong soon finished a strong drive into the ‘D’ from midfield, with a sharp finish for the fifth goal.
Ambler weighed in with his fourth shortly afterwards – a cheeky deflection following good work and a strong reverse-stick shot from the top of the ‘D’ from Nathan Foad. City’s seventh goal was best of them all, a brilliantly worked and composed team move, finished into an empty net by Ambler, before Joe Finding finished off the scoring with a flicked short corner strike.
The City defence were disappointed to concede a late consolation goal to Wisbech, especially given that with ‘own’ goals having been taken back out of the rules again, most spectators felt this definitely shouldn’t have stood. Notwithstanding this, Wisbech probably deserved some reward for maintaining their efforts with good grace in what was a notably friendly derby between the two sides.