City of Peterborough once again suffered late agony as they dropped more East Premier A Division points to a Bedford short corner taken after the final whistle on Saturday (November 22).
City have now conceded last-gasp goals in three matches to drop six precious points. If they’d held on to win all three games, City would be third in the table, just three points off top spot, but instead they are languishing in eighth.
This was probably the hardest result to take as it took Bedford three attempts to score their final penalty corner and rescue a point from a 4-4 draw. Hockey rules allow short corners to be completed after the final whistle.
City started brightly, but Bedford took the lead against the run of play following a penalty flick conceded by goalkeeper Cameron Goodey.
Bit City’s response was to deliver some of their best hockey of the season and open play goals from Alex Armstrong, Sam Anderson and Ross Ambler saw them 3-1 ahead at the break.
However, if ever there was a game of two halves this was it, with Bedford clawing back a scrambled goal early in the second half, which gave them the confidence and impetus to quickly follow up with an equaliser. Bedford were playing in a much more competitive and aggressive way, resulting in a yellow card, which handed the initiative back to City, which was built on with a second goal from Anderson with only 10 minutes left on the clock.
This should have been the winner, but back to full strength, Bedford threw everything but the kitchen sink at City in the final minutes, eventually winning a short corner on the final whistle. City twice kept Bedford out, but conceding further short corners in the process, Bedford eventually converted at the third attempt via a rebound.
On reflection, though this was a very hard finish to the game to take. It was an even match, and a draw was possibly a fair result against an in-form Bedford side with four previous successive wins, and who comfortably beat City 3-0 at home back in March.
Wisbech appear doomed to the drop after losing the battle of the bottom two, 4-1 at home to Felixstowe. David Hodson scored the Wisbech goal.
Other City of Peterborough men results
City of Peterborough 2nds 3, Norwich City 1sts 2.
Long Sutton 4, City of Peterborough 0.
City of Peterborough 4ths 4, March 2.
Bourne Deeping 2nds 2, City of Peterborough 5ths 4
City of Peterborough 6ths 2, Bourne Deeping 3rds 2.
St Ives 3rds 5, City of Peterborugh 7ths 1
City of Peterborough 8ths 2, St Neots 4ths 1
Bourne Deeping 6ths 1, City of Peterborough 9ths 0.