Hockey: Five-star showing as City crush Cambridge

City of Peterborough were flying at the weekend.
City of Peterborough were flying at the weekend.
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The City of Peterborough men’s first team produced their best hockey of the season on Saturday (November 29) and achieevd their best result of the season as well.

They convincingly beat a Cambridge City second XI 5-0 to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

And it was also a measure of the improved defensive performance that in keeping their first clean sheet of the season, Peterborough became the first side to prevent Cambridge City from scoring.

Despite constant domination from Peterborough the score sat level at 0-0 at half-time, with Peterborough having failed to put away a number of good chances, most notably when Joe Finding saw a penalty flick well saved after the Cambs City keeper had brought down Ben Read in a one-on-one.

Early in the second half Peterborough were awarded a second flick, following a defender’s foot blocking a goal-bound shot. On this occasion Shane Vincent stepped up and left the keeper with no chance with a confident finish.

This was the kick-start that Peterborough needed as they continued to create chances almost at will against a tiring Cambridge side.

Cam Heald, playing in a forward position due to an injury to Ross Ambler, used his silky skills to good effect, helping himself to two goals, and picking up the man-of-the-match award in the process. Further goals followed with a tidy reverse stick finish from Read, and finally a simple close range effort from Finding.

Peterborough were pleased to at last pick up the full three points that their play merited, and look to continue progress up the table following a stuttering start to the season.