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 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.