Hockey: ‘Wonder Women’ are closing in on promotion after Sutton success

Action from City of Peterborough Ladies' 3-2 win at Long Sutton. Photo: Tim Wilson
Action from City of Peterborough Ladies' 3-2 win at Long Sutton. Photo: Tim Wilson
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City of Peterborough Ladies look most likely to deliver glory to the Bretton Gate-based club this season.

The ‘wonder women’ took a huge step towards promotion from East Division Two last weekend with a 3-2 win at fellow high-fliers, Long Sutton.

The success, earned with goals from the team’s newly-dubbed ‘TNT’ strike force, means second-placed City now have a seven-point lead over third-placed Sutton with just eight matches to go.

Youngster Tierney Augustine and veteran Lyn Tancred are the explosive pairing up front for City.

Augustine smashed City 2-0 in front inside 10 minutes at Sutton before Tancred poached the winning goal midway through the second-half after the home side had fought back to 2-2 with two goals from Robyn Gribble.

City host Cambridge University seconds this Saturday (Bretton Gate, 11.30am start), a team that almost did them an almighty favour last weekend.

The students went down 3-2 to leaders Spalding after conceding a last-gasp goal to the division’s top scorer Kelly Tuplin. Spalding are two points clear of City, although the teams have yet to meet at Bretton Gate.

Spalding host City seconds this Saturday so should maintain their lead at the top. City played well last weekend against Cambs Nomads before accepting 3-2 defeat. Anna Faux and Nikki Harris scored the City goals.

City of Peterborough men’s East Premier A Division season is in danger of fizzling out. They went down 3-0 at Chelmsford last weekend and are now stranded in mid-table.

City have a tough clash at home to Cambridge University this Saturday (1pm).

These students are second after winning games last weekend against Bedford (5-0) and Felixstowe (13-1).

“The University are the only team we feel have really ouplayed us this season when they beat us 4-1 at their place,” said City manager Graham Finding. “They have given themselves a realistic chance of winning promotion to the National League and we will have to improve greatly to get anything from them.

“It was a disappointment to lose at Chelmsford and we have left ourselves a mountain to climb to achieve our ambition of a top four finish.”

Chelmsford scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and again towards the end of a game City bossed territorially.

But some poor decision-making and some weak shooting meant City failed to score in a game for the first time this season.

There was a shock for Division One leaders Spalding who lost their derby match at Bourne Deeping 5-2.

Spalding should make amends this weekend as they host bottom club St Ives.

Spalding fifths made it four games without conceding a goal in Division Six as they pipped Grantham with a goal from Alan Charevicius.

Long Sutton fourths hammered Bourne Deeping sixths 10-2 in the same section. James Baker scored four goals to add to three he scored against the same opposition earlier this season.