HOCKEY: City of Peterborough aim to go one better and win the East League next season

Action from City of Peterborough v Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.

Action from City of Peterborough v Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.

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City of Peterborough Hockey Club can reflect on an outstanding season at mens’ first XI level.

City finished second in the hugely-competitive East Premier A Division behind Wapping and reached the semi-finals of the English Hockey Cup for the first time in the club’s history. They were beaten by National League side Beeston in the team’s final game of the season last Sunday (March 20), but that shouldn’t detract from a fine effort by skipper Ross Booth and his team.

City manager Graham Finding said: “We had a good season. Finishing runners up in a high standard East League, fighting for the title up to the penultimate game, and reaching the EH Cup semi-final are all positives.

“We were the league’s highest scorers with 68 goals, and had the second best goal difference, so there were great improvements both from an attacking and defending perspective.

“We introduced a large number of top young homegrown players including Cameron Goodey, Sam Anderson, Nicky Reddy and Peter Taylor so the future is bright and we expect to keep most of the squad together next season.

“The title-winning margin of eight points for champions Wapping, and the strength of Beeston, clearly indicate we still need to make a lot of further progress.

“However the last two East League Champions had finished second the season before and that is now our aim.”

Other teams celebrating at the end of the East League season were Spalding seconds who won Division Four North West after winning 15 matches in a row, and City of Peterborough eighths who won Division Six North West (North) at a canter.

Wisbech Ladies won the East Division One North title after putting together a five-game unbeaten run to finish the campaign and Bourne Deeping Ladies are promoted from Division Three North West after finishing second behind Cambridge University thirds.

City of Peterborough Ladies seconds and Wisbech seconds both secured safety in Division Two North West with strong final day results.

Wisbech were 2-0 down to champions St Ives, but fought back to level through Alice Salmon and Lou Sandall. Sandall struck late on to keep Wisbech up.

City Of Peterborough won their final game 4-2 at Long Sutton to confirm their survival. Meg Petherick (2), Holly Finding and Emile Morris scored their goals.