HOCKEY: A great draw and a disappointing draw for City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough defenders (red shirts), Neil Evans (left) and Joe Finding (right) take on a Cambridge City forward. Photo: David Lowndes.
City of Peterborough defenders (red shirts), Neil Evans (left) and Joe Finding (right) take on a Cambridge City forward. Photo: David Lowndes.
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City of Peterborough have been handed a great opportunity to reach the quarter finals of the English Hockey Cup.

City’s scheduled second round tie against Norwich City yesterday (November 1) was conceded by the Norfolk club and today’s (November 2) last-16 draw gave the city side a home tie against Henley.

Henley are currently eighth in the Southern Premier Division, but did knock National League side Southgate out of the competition yesterday. The tie will take place at Bretton Gate on Sunday, November 15.

City of Peterborough are fourth in the East Premier A Division following Saturday’s (October 31) 1-1 draw with Cambridge City seconds at Bretton Gate.

The home side had expected a tough and close game against a side that sat a single place and a single point behind them in the league, and who hadn’t had more than a single goal margin in any of their previous six league fixtures, and that was exactly what they got.

City of Peterborough started well, controlling the play, and creating the best of the chances, including a well worked back-post tap-in for Ross Ambler following a great unselfish cross from Robbie Muir. Peterborough had a couple more useful chances, that regrettably they failed to convert, but went into half-time with a fairly comfortable and deserved lead.

In the second half Cambridge came much more into the game, though chances were few and far between for both sides. With 15 minutes left the visitors were able to equalise from a somewhat controversial short corner award. Peterborough pushed hard for the winner, but were unable to find the net, but to be fair to Cambridge they also created good chances in that spell, meaning all-in-all a draw was probably a fair result.

Next week City of Peterborough travel to top of the table St Albans who have won six of their seven games.