MATCH REPORT: City put Bedford to sleep thanks to a fast start

City of Peterborough goalkeeper Cameron Goodey played well at Bedford.
City of Peterborough goalkeeper Cameron Goodey played well at Bedford.
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City of Peterborough emerged from a tough scrap at Bedford on Saturday (February 25) with their East Premier A Division titles hopes still alive.

After a couple of slow starts on recent weeks, City were determined to get on the front foot from the first whistle and it proved an effective tactic as they won 2-1 to stay in the thick of a three-way battle for top spot.

City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (right) was pleased with his side's display at Bedford.

City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (right) was pleased with his side's display at Bedford.

City raced out of the blocks and won possession back as soon as they lost it. They gained the breakthrough they deserved when a deflected through ball found its way to half-back Matthew Porter who slipped it past a stranded ‘keeper.

It was soon 2-0 when patient play from City ended with skipper Ross Booth finding Danny Sisson in the D and his square pass was converted by Will Astbury.

But Bedford set up a tricky and tense second-half by breaking away to pull a goal back just before the break. City ‘keeper Cam Goodey did well to save the first shot at goal, but the rebound fell kindly for the home striker.

The second-half was a scrappy affair with both goalkeepers making good saves from short corners, but Booth was happy with the way his side saw out the final 10 minutes.

“Overall it was a great team performance,” Booth enthused.

Bedford also lost 2-1 at St Albans yesterday (February 26) and the latter’s six-point weekend has moved them above City into second place on goal difference. Both sides are just a point behind leaders Old Loughtonians and both have a game in hand.