HOCKEY: Robbie at the double as City of Peterborough close in on leaders

City of Peterborough defender Neil Evans (red) challenges an opponent from Bedford. Photo: David Lowndes.

City of Peterborough defender Neil Evans (red) challenges an opponent from Bedford. Photo: David Lowndes.

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City of Peterborough announced their arrival in the East Premier A Division title race with a 4-1 win over Bedford at Bretton Gate on Saturday (November 28).

Victory in their final match before the mid-season break at home to leaders Old Loughtonians next Saturday (December 5, 1pm) will lift City to within two points of spot.

City of Peterborough's Ben Read (red) tackles Bedford's former City player David Appleton. Photo: David Lowndes.

City of Peterborough's Ben Read (red) tackles Bedford's former City player David Appleton. Photo: David Lowndes.

This was a fourth win in a row for City, but it took them until midway through the first-half (and after goalkeeper Cameron Goodey had dealt with a string of Bedford corners with great competence) to take the lead. Shane Vincent was the goal-scorer from a pinpoint right wing cross from Sam Anderson.

Ex-City man David Appleton was in typically dazzling form for Bedford, but the home defence held firm and extended their lead with a confident Ross Ambler finish early in the second-half.

Bedford pulled a goal back almost immediately, but City responded superbly as an accurate aerial ball found Robbie Muir who finished expertly from the top of the circle.

City dominated the rest of the match leading to a second goal for Muir, There is now a six-point gap between fourth-placed City and fifth-placed Bedford.