HOCKEY: City of Peterborough seek revenge after wavering in Havering

Action from a recent City of Peterborough match.

Action from a recent City of Peterborough match.

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Revenge is on the menu for City of Peterborough’s men when lowly Havering visit Bretton Gate for an Esat Premier A Division match tomorrow (January 23, 1pm).

Surprisingly, given the current standings. Havering are one of only two teams to have beaten City this season.

A team newly-promoted team from the Premier B Division caught City cold early in the season and beat them 2-0.

Second-placed City haven’t lost since that October 10 clash, while Havering haven’t won, and there is now 23 points and nine places between the teams ahead of the reverse fixture. Few are predicting anything other than a seventh straight win for the home side.

City maintained their title challenge with a scrappy 3-2 win at Chelmsford last weekend and manager Graham Finding is expecting an improved display against Havering.

Finding said: “This is undoubtedly a very decent Peterborough side, on a good run of form, and if the sign of a good side is battling for a win when not at your best, then we are a good side as, after a strong start, we weren’t at our best at Chelmsford.

“We will need to be better for the rest of the season if we are to stay in the running for the title and we will need to play well to beat Havering.

“Havering always battle hard and that will certainly be the case now they are in a relegation battle.”

City of Peterborough Ladies have lost their last three East Division One North matches, but they will be confident of ending that run at home to Royston tomorrow (Bretton Gate, 4pm).

MEN’S EAST LEAGUE

PRemier A Division

1 Wapping 31 pts (14 games)

2 City of Peterborough 30 (14)

3 St Albans 28 (13)

4 Old Loughts 26 (12)

5 Bedford 21 (13)

6 Ipswich 15 (12)

7 Cambridge C 14 (13)

8 Cambridge Uni 13 (13)

9 Dereham 13 (13)

10 Chelmsford 10 (11)

11 Havering 7 (11)

12 Blueharts 6 (13)