HOCKEY: City of Peterborough 7, Chelmsford 2: A masterful, magnificent display

City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (red shirt) in action against Chelmsford. Photo: David Lowndes.
City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (red shirt) in action against Chelmsford. Photo: David Lowndes.
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For the first time this season City of Peterborough showed what they are capable of with a comprehensive 7-2 East Premier A Division win over a very decent Chelmsford side on Saturday (October 3).

City are looking a different side this season, with multiple attacking options due to the addition to the squad of forwards Tom Hagues, Adam Wilson and Robbie Muir, all of whom were on the scoresheet at Bretton Gate.

At last, City look to have in place an effective short corner routine, demonstrated by Adam Wilson rifling an unstoppable flick into the roof of the net to equalise the early lead that Chelmsford had taken, during their only period of competitiveness in the game.

The Wilson goal settled City, who went on to show masterful control in all areas of the pitch. They took a 3-1 lead into the interval as captain Ross Booth struck from a short corner and Ross Ambler converted with a neat deflection. Early in the second half City went 4-1 ahead courtesy of a fierce strike from Ben Read, which knocked back any Chelmsford hopes of getting back into the game.

A further goal from Tom Hagues gave City a 5-1 lead, before they disappointingly gifted Chelmsford a consolation goal they hadn’t earned, but it was pleasing to see City use this as motivation to put the goal difference in the game back to where it should be, with late strikes from Aussie Robbie Muir and a second for man of the match Ross Ambler.

City are now sixth in the Premier A Division ahead of a trip to Havering next Saturday (October 10).