City of Peterborough Ladies continued their push for promotion from East Division Two North West with a handsome 3-0 win over Pelicans at Bretton Gate on Saturday (February 7).
Once again the deadly duo of Lyn Tancred (2) and Tierney Augustine scored the goals as City maintained second place, two points behind Spalding.
On a difficult surface, it took the home side some time to get into their stride, however a dominant performance from the starting midfield three of Claire Steels, skipper Loz Finding and Nicole Duffin, together with Lisa Deacon leading the defence ensured that the Pelicans threat was nullified.
However, it took until half way through the first-half before Lyn Tancred, darting in from the left ran solo before converting at the near post with a crisp shot past the keeper. This settled any nerves that may have been there for City and within minutes the lead was doubled as the other part of the ‘TNT’ strike force, Tierney Augustine, picked up the ball at the top of the ‘D’ and converted past the goalkeeper’s left-hand post to make it 2-0.
With a comfortable lead at half time Peterborough looked to manage the game whilst ensuring that any threat
The second half was more dominant for the home side as they got more comfortable with the conditions and some restructuring ensured the Pelican’s playmaker found the going tough.
City continued to press and once again, as the ball broke in the ‘D’, Tancred was on hand to score her 19th goal of the season from close range to effectively end the game.
Late on City were awarded a flick after Pelicans had stopped the ball illegally on the line, however, on this occasion skipper Finding only managed to find the right hand pad of the goalkeeper.
This week Peterborough find themselves away at bottom of the table Ely, with complacency being the watch word. Pushback is at noon.
City of Peterborough seconds staged a late fightback against Cambridge University seconds in the same section, but just came up short. The students scored after 30 seconds and were 3-0 ahead by the break before Anna and Emma Faux pulled goals back in the second-half.
City thirds lost 2-0 to March in Division Three, but City fourths beat Bourne Deeping seconds in Division Four.