City of Peterborough must learn the art of seeing out games if they are to climb the East Premier A Division table.
For the second time in recent weeks City dropped points after conceding a goal after the final whistle had blown.
A short corner converted at the third attempt gave Bedford a 4-4 draw with City last weekend. Leaders Harleston escaped in exactly the same fashion earlier in the month.
City have now dropped six points to last-gasp goals this season. If games lasted 69 minutes instead of 70 they’d be third in the table just three points off the top going into this Saturday’s home game against Cambridge City seconds at Bretton Gate (1pm start).
Cambridge are a place and two points ahead of City.
“We must keep playing our attacking hockey,” insisted City manager Graham Finding. “We are scoring plenty of goals, but we need to find the confidence and composure that will help us hold on for the full 70 minutes.
“Cambridge have had a good start to life in the top flight. They signed some quality players for their National League side this season which has had the knock on effect of strengthening the second team.”
City played their best hocket of the season in the first-half at Bedford, recovering from the loss of an early goal from the penalty spot to take a 3-1 lead into the interval thanks to open-play goals from Sam Anderson, Alex Armstrong and Ross Ambler.
Bedford responded well to draw level after the break, but Anderson struck again to fire City 4-3 ahead with 10 minutes to go. Then came Bedford’s last-gasp equaliser.
Wisbech already look doomed to relegation from the Premier A Division after losing their basement battle 4-1 at home to Felixstowe.
City of Peterborough Ladies lost for the first time this season in East Division Two North West.
They went down 3-1 at Spalding who moved to the top of the table as a result.
A brilliant individual goal from Tierney Augustine gave City the lead early in the second-half, but two set-piece goals from Kelly Slator and a late Katie Gray strike moves Spalding into top spot.
It was a great weekend for Spalding who also beat higher level Watton 3-2 in the English Hockey Trophy.
City of Peterborough ought to be confident of winning this Saturday as they play their own second team at Bretton Gate (1pm).
City seconds were narrowly beaten 1-0 by third-placed Long Sutton last weekend.
Spalding should be capable of another win as they travel t0 King’s Lynn to face Pelicans.
Spalding mens’ first team are also top of the East Division One North table after collecting a ninth win in 10 matches at Ford. Regular sharpshooter Stuart Cunnington claimed a hat-trick in a 5-0 win.
City of Peterborough thirds have leaked 52 goals in just nine Premier B Division matches this season.
Long Sutton took advantage of that leaky defence to win 4-0 last weekend with Josh Fyson and Dan Batten both scoring twice.
City of Peterborough seconds beat Norwich 3-2 in the same section.
Fixtures (Saturday, November 29)
MEN (EAST LEAGUE)
Premier A Division - City of Peterborough v Cambridge C II, Chelmsford v Wapping.
Premier B Division - City of Peterborough III v City of Peterborough II.
Division One - St Ives v Bourne Deeping, Spalding v Crostyx.
Division Two North - March v Dereham II, Cambridge C III v City of Peterborough IV.
Division Three North West - St Neots v Spalding II, Long Sutton II v Cambridge C IV, City of Peterborough V v Ely II, Cambridge N v Bourne Deeping II, Cambridge South v Wisbech II.
Division Four North West - Bourne Deeping III v Cambridge Nomads II, City of Peterborough VII v City of Peterborough VI, Wisbech III v St Ives III, Spalding III v Horncastle.
Division Five North West - St Ives IV v Spalding IV, Cambridge South III v Wisbech IV, Long Sutton III v Leadenham, March II v Cambridge South IV, Bourne Deeping IV v Alford II.
Division Six North West (N) - Bourne Deeping V v Bourne Deeping VI, City of Peterborough IX v Long Sutton IV, Leadenham II v Spalding V.
Division Six North West (S) - Ely Iv v City of Peterborough VIII.
LADIES (EAST LEAGUE)
Division One North -Wisbech v Cambridge City II.
Division Two North West - St Neots v Bourne Deeping, Cambridge University II v Alford, Long Sutton v Wisbech II, City of Peterborough v City of Peterborough II, Pelicans v Spalding.
Division Three North West (N) - Spalding Ii v Spilsby, Leadenham v Long Sutton II, Louth II v Spalding III.
Division Three North West (S) - Haverhill v March, Huntingdon v City of Peterborough III.
Division Four North West (S) - City of Peterborough IV v Huntingdon II, Wisbech III v Haverhill II, Bourne Deeping II v Newmarket II.